Poole Harbour Update – posted 07/04/14

The weather this weekend didn’t leave much room for birding however Swineham received a good deal of attention yesterday and with decent reward too. Firstly a drake Garganey was discovered in amongst the small Teal flock on the GP, and then later on in the afternoon a full summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe. Sand Martin numbers rose to around 60 and 16 Swallow moved through. Also 7 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 24 Med Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern on GP and another 4 in the Wareham Channel, 5 Marsh Harrier, 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1030 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Blackcap and 1 Pochard. A Hobby was seen flying over Stoborough Heath and At Lytchett Bay 43 Curlew, 2 Gadwall and 1 Green Sandpiper were the highlights.

On Thursday 10th April, BoPH’s Paul Morton will be hosting a talk at the Upton Community Centre at 19:30. The topic of the talk will be… ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’s first year’, what have we and the birds achieved? Why not come along for an interesting update on the work they’ve carried out in their first year as a charity.

Finally there are still a couple of places left for the next field trip – Spring bird song at Soldiers Road and Sunnyside Farm on Saturday 19th April. For full details click HERE

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