Slow Go – posted 19/03/14

Despite early morning vigils and avidly watching the sky’s there’s still sign of migration picking up just yet. No more Sand Martin have been reported since 3 flew over Studland Heath last week and no more Wheatears either. There’s certainly been an increase in Chiffchaff numbers right across the harbour with birds singing from numerous woodlands. At Swineham Cetti’s Warbler are very active with birds calling right around the whole Bestwall/Swineham area. There was an arrival of 400 Black-tailed Godwit back on the Brownsea Lagoon which are likely to be birds arriving back from the Avon Valley. There are still 7 Marsh Harrier leaving the pre dawn roost at the moment and a single ringtail Hen Harrier is still present. There are still at least 10 Spoonbill present on Shipstal Point, Arne and a single Great Northern Diver and Common Scoter were off Middle Beach Studland. Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Linnet, Greenfinch and Woodlark are all very busy on the local heathlands and Great Spotted Woodpecker are very active drumming in the woodlands. Its well worth trying to listen out for Lesser-spotted Woodpecker in any wet, boggy woodland as they’re very active at other Dorset sites at the moment.

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