Harbour Update – posted 20/05/17

As the breeding season progresses its good to get a grip on totals of breeding species in certain areas and a check along the Frome Valley by local birder Peter Moore produced an excellent 60 Reed Warbler between Wareham and Swineham, also 23 Cetti’s Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cuckoo, as well as the usual Swift, Swallow and Sand Martin over the flood meadows. Although a fraction outside our Poole Harbour recording area we hosted a public walk at Morden Bog this AM which produced a c10 Dartford Warbler, 2 Woodlark, 2 Redstart, 3-4 Tree Pipit, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellowhammer, plenty of Stonechat and 4-5 Mistle Thrush. At Arne there were 2 Whimbrel, 5 Grey Plover, c20 Dunlin and c40 Black-tailed Godwit in the Middlebere Channel. Nightjars are now on many of the heathlands around the harbour and on the Brownsea Lagoon there were 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 95 Dunlin and 2 Sanderling with reasonable numbers of Sandwich Tern back breeding on their traditional island in front of the Mac Hide. 

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