Sightings30/04/2014

Harbour Update – posted 29/04/14

Starting with Lytchett where a Little Gull has been loitering for a few days, also present there 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 2 Wheatear. At Swineham the 3 Garganey remained along with 3 Little Gull and bizarrely a Barnacle Goose turned up out of nowhere, also present 1 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler and 4 Cetti’s Warbler. 10 Whimbrel were in field next to Woodland walk at Upton CP. There was also some sad news stating that the incubating Marsh Harrier doesn’t seem to be on the nest any more possibly due to either to a flooded nest or predation from fox/corvid? Both male and female were watched actively adding to and repairing the nest so hopefully they’ll re-attempt to lay again, we’ll keep you posted. Frustratingly it seems the/a Great White Egret is up to its old tricks again by only showing its self for about one minute to one person every few days with two reports of the bird flying both up and then down the Frome Valley at Stoborough and East Holme. At Middlebere the 9 Spoonbill are still about, 5 Teal and a fly through Marsh Harrier. At Greenland’s Farm 3 Cuckoo, several Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat and a singing Firecrest

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