Harbour Update – posted 20/07/14

A lazy quiet Sunday morning was suddenly turned into a day of excitement when a Spotted Crake was found sat in the base of a Willow Tree on private land in the north of the harbour. Although not unheard of, Spotted Crake tend to be found more so in August rather than July showing that birds may be on the move earlier this year due to a good breeding season. At Swineham the juvenile Marsh Harrier have finally emerged from nest 1, with four beautiful youngsters regularly playing and talon locking over the tops of the reeds. We’re still waiting to see how many young come out of nest site 2, but its thought no less than two at the moment. Also at Swineham out on the main pit 4 eclipse drake Pochard were unusual, along with 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe ad 9 Tufted Duck. A late piece of info from Tuesday last week of a 1st summer Eider sat on a rock off Old Harry. Along Soldiers Road 2 lovely lemon yellow juv Willow Warbler were calling away and 2 Woodlark were feeding along the side of the road and a Dartford Warbler seemed to still be food carrying to a nest site.  At Lytchett Bay 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Lapwing and 8 Sedge Warbler.

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