Sightings19/05/2014

Harbour Update – posted 19/05/14

The harbour was somewhat under-watched yesterday and today despite the promising conditions although the re-appearance of the Great White Egret in the Frome Valley almost confirms that it’s (currently) over-summering in the harbour. Although being super elusive it was witnessed flying towards Arne at 20:25 last night as it headed into roost. Its probably doing this every evening so there’s a chance if you watch from Swineham or elsewhere with a good view of the Wareham Channel that you’ll pick it up flying down the channel. At Swineham there were 2 first summer Little Gulls, 1 Cuckoo, 11 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sedge Warbler and many Reed Warbler. On Brownsea the Nightjars provided a great view sat on the post in front of the Lake Hide. Also on the lagoon 1 Brent Goose, 3 Avocet, 5 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed godwit, 257 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Wheatear. The male Marsh Harrier continues to feed both females quite happily suggesting everything is going smoothly with both nests at the moment. At Lytchett Bay there was 1 (possibly 2) Spotted Flycatcher, 140+ Black-tailed Godwit, including 2 colour ringed birds, 3 Lapwing and 1 Whimbrel.

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