Harbour Update – posted 24/05/17

Pretty quiet today but as things warm, other interests begin to evolve. Bird-wise just a few waders were reported on Lytchett Fields with 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Lapwing 2 Dunlin and 1 Grey Plover. At Swineham GP the pale-headed Egyptian Goose was on the main pit. Swifts have now taken up residence over old Town Poole and can be heard screaming away. Although none were reported within our Poole Harbour area today, the county saw several Red Kites passing through and with the high pressure forecast to continue its worth keeping an eye out for Red Kite passing overhead. We actually received late news of one passing over Poole on May 22nd. As May ends and June begins, Dragonflies and Moths can be a welcome distraction from what can often seem a ‘birdless’ month. RSPB Arne often hosts Moth Trap demo’s which are well worth taking a look at. As a charity we (Birds of Poole Harbour) are also at the very beginnings of carrying out a two-year Moths and Butterflies of Poole Harbour study. More on this in the coming weeks, but it will almost certainly involve some Moth Trap demo’s for people to attend. Gaging and monitoring the health of moth and butterfly populations within the harbour is just as important as monitoring the birds as this will indicate how and where eco-systems and populations are flourishing which will of course in turn benefit the birds. 

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