Harbour Update – posted 26/10/16

Today was a fine spring…erm, we mean autumn day! As temperatures in the sun hit about 15 degrees. At Arne and night sound recording session produced 307 Redwing, 24 Song Thrush, several Barn Owl calls, 1 Common Snipe and a few Grey Plover. When collecting in our gear in the morning we also had 1 Brambling, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Skylark and a few Linnet flocks passing over. On Arne Farm a Black Redstart was on the Autumn Watch studio roof. Spoonbills were mostly resident on Brownsea however moved over to Arne in the darkness to feed! In Studland bay the Black-necked Grebe total rose to 19. On Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs returned after a few days absence and was hanging out with 5 Greenshank and also thee 4 Rock Pipit were present. A Puffin was reported to fly by Old Harry rocks. Finally, a Lesser Whitethroat was photographed at Middlebere cottages this morning, which is a really late record. An attempt to try and re-find it tomorrow will take place to try and obtain some sound recordings if possible. 

Lesser Whitethroat – Middlebere Cottages – Bryan Pinchen

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