Sightings19/04/2014

Harbour Update – posted 19/04/14

Lots of pleasant birding going on around the harbour over the last few days with migrants still coming through and birds getting busy for the breeding season. Highlights (in chronological order) have included 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear and 1 Whimbrel at Lytchett Bay, also six species of Warbler at Swineham including Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 each of Reed and Sedge Warbler, 5 Cetti’s Warbler and a Blackcap, also there 4 Bearded Tit, 2 Marsh Harrier a Barn Owl.  Out on Arne Moors a female Merlin was present along with a Wheatear. Up on Hartland Stud 2 Red-legged Partridge were found and even more incredibly Grey Partridge were discovered on private land in the Frome Valley, a true Poole Harbour rarity! An Osprey spent two days on the post in the Middlebere Channel. At Lytchett Bay yesterday 3 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 94 Shelduck and 1 Snipe and today 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, Bullfinch and 4 Med Gull. Up on Ballard 1 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler and a ‘Sibe’ Chiffchaff were present. Our ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ field trip around Sunnyside Farm and Soldiers Road came up trumps with 1 Woodlark, 2 Dartford Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Willow Warbler, numerous Swallow and House Martin, 5+ Linnet, 4 Stonechat plus Chiffchaff, Common Buzzard, Kestrel and a Cetti’s Warbler in the Sunnyside car park.

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