Harbour Update – posted 29/10/16

After a short break from night sound recording from our listening station in Old Town Poole, the conditions looked good for a decent thrush movement so we stuck our gear out to see what was moving…well, as it turned out quite a lot actually! There was a big pulse of thrushes with 3256 Redwing calls, 1045 Song Thrush calls, 712 Blackbird calls, 54 Fieldfare calls, 4 Skylark, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Yellowhammer and 3 Golden Plover recorded, to say counting all that lot was a little tricky would be an understatement! Our dish was out again on Saturday night and we can’t wait to see/hear what the totals are. Elsewhere in the harbour, at Lytchett Bay there were 4 Brent Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Red-breasted Merganser out in the bay, on Lytchett Fields there was the Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Merlin, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and a Water Pipit. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 24 Greenshank, 9 Spotted Redshank, 34 Spoonbill, 7 Knot, 1 Merlin and increasing numbers of Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and Dunlin. There were Firecrests at Arne (1) and Upton CP (2). There was another Yellow-browed Warbler at Arne along with at least 3 different Marsh Harrier in Middlebere.

 Golden Plover 29/10/16 03:25 Old town Poole Listening – Calls of a night time migrant

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