Harbour Update – posted 24/05/16

The day started off quietly but finished with a sparkle when it was discovered that a female Red-backed Shrike had spent some time tucked up in a remote corner of Hartland Moor all afternoon and evening. Until the 1950’s this species could be found on most heathlands of east Dorset… but a decline started in 1951 and was complete by 1962. Todays record is only the 9th Poole Harbour record since 1961. Nightjars on Upton Heath were active at dusk, but activity at sites like Slepe Heath and Arne was limited with just 2-3 birds at each site. Out in the harbour there was a single late Red-breasted Merganser and good numbers of Sandwich and Common Terns out feeding. 

Red-backed Shrike – Hartland Moor

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