Saturday 13th April

Saturday the 13th of April was wet, wet, wet, but despite the driving drain a handful of decent sightings were recorded. Starting with Swineham where there was no sign of the Long-eared Owl but a 1st winter Little Gull was over the main pit, also 4 Sandwich Tern up the river Frome, 30+ each of Swallow and Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 1 Greenshank, 1 (singing) Skylark, 1 (singing) Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Cetti’s Warbler and at least 6 Brambling still near the pumping station at Church Lane, Wareham. Out on Slepe Moor a Jack Snipe was flushed and an Osprey was seen carrying a fish also there a single Wheatear and many Water Rail. Along the PC World drain still many Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper and a mystery Egret was photographed out in Holes Bay, which resembles a Great White Egret, but at 500m away it was hard to clinch!

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