Harbour Update – posted 24/02/16

Today was another beautiful early spring day and news was received that there is now 4 Hen Harrier in the harbour with 2 ringtails, 1 juvenile female and a grey male present around the mouth of the Wareham Channel and Hartland area late afternoon. There haven’t been many reports of the grey male from around the harbour its self, so when news was received that one had been seen hunting at Morden Bog on Monday it could be that he is deciding to hunt inland rather that around the harbour fringes. A female Merlin was also on Hartland mid-morning. From Baiter late evening, the low tide saw a mass of gulls again with Med Gull present almost every 10 meters along the shoreline, and constantly calling. The low tides and calm waters make it really easy to look for open water species and its evident that there are still plenty of Red-breasted Merganser and Great Crested Grebe about but not so many Goldeneye. There were 2 Sandwich Tern again at Baiter too. At PCW the Chiffchaff are still enjoying the sun with several in song again. In Old Town Poole a female type Black Redstart was on the roof of Pizza Express and a night recording session from Old Town Poole picked up a flock of Redwing migrating back to their breeding grounds around midnight. At Shell Bay there were 22 Sanderling along the beach. 

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