Sightings22/03/2014

Keeping The Old And In With The New – posted 22/03/14

There has been a good smattering of birds right across the harbour over the last few days including a small selection of migrants. Firstly some exciting news that a pair of Marsh Harrier have been seen to begin nest building again along the Frome Valley near to last years site, and potentially it looks like two different individuals from last year. There are actually at least 4 Marsh Harrier still in the harbour so it’s not inconceivable that two pairs may stay and breed. Also there are still 9 Spoonbill remaining, mainly commuting between Shipstal and the Frome Valley. At Swineham 40 Sand Martin were over the GP and 19 Little Egret were seen going in to roost.  A guided walk went out this morning around the Greenland’s Farm area and was rewarded by an incredibly early Hobby flying through the area and heading towards Rempstone. We’ll need to check the records but this must be one of the earliest Dorset records for this species. Also at Greenland’s there were 2 Wheatear, 4 Dartford Warbler, 100+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Mistle Thrush and 4 Stonechat. Out in Brands Bay the Surf Scoter was re-found close into the hide with 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Great Crested Grebe. Out off Middle Beach there was 1 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern and 3 Med Gulls whilst out on Arne Moors 3 Wheatear were noted. Finally there were 4 Greenshank and 104 Teal at Lytchett Bay.

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