Harbour Update – posted 27/07/14

Autumn migrants continue to pop up in various places as another Pied Flycatcher was feeding with 3 Willow Warbler and 3 Dartford Warbler on the Soldiers Road/Slepe Heath boarder. Willow Warbler on the whole are certainly more numerous with bright yellow juveniles tagging along with mixed tit flocks along tree lines on heaths and in woodlands all around the harbour. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll start seeing a real surge in migrants with the likes of Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler and Blackcap all passing through in good numbers. Looking on early, still mornings along hedgerows and field edges can really pay dividends, as you’ll often see mixed flocks containing several species feeding and moving through the bushes. On Brownsea little change but good variety with 65 Redshank, 16 Greenshank, 7 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 48 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, and 300+ Oystercatcher. The Sandwich Terns on Brownsea haven’t faired so well this year with only 20 fledged juveniles compared to last years 110+. In Holes Bay a few Whimbrel can be found on the low tides along with 120+ Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpiper. Finally some more good raptor news in that the second Marsh Harrier nest has produced 3 juveniles meaning that with the other 4 from nest one Poole Harbour has produced an incredible 7 young this year…FANTASTIC! 

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