Spring Arrives – posted 08/03/14

There’s no denying that spring officially arrived today as a warm sun and gentle breeze made it very pleasant to be out and about. Early signs of spring migration are still taking there time, but I’m sure things will start to ‘kick off’ over the next week or so.  Despite the lack of migrants there was still plenty to talk about starting with a mystery gull that was photographed in Holes Bay which initially looked to be an Iceland Gull but on closer inspection the dark primaries and tail seem to actually point to something else, possibly a Kumlien’s Gull or even a leucistic (white pigmented) Herring Gull. We’ll let you know if there are anymore comments on this bird over the next few days. The Yellow-browed Warbler is still at Knoll Beach car park, Studland and off the beach 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 2 Great Northern Diver.  At Lytchett Bay a Bittern was present in the reedbeds near Turlin Moor, also there both a male and female Hen Harrier, 2 Spoonbill, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Spotted Redshank, 57 Brent Geese, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper. Around the Swineham/Bestwall area there was a male Hen Harrier, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded Tit and a Kingfisher. On Brownsea a Firecrest was singing near the public hide, 3 Sandwich Tern were on the lagoon and a Black Redstart was around the quay buildings. A Lesser-spotted Woodpecker was recorded again on private land near Ower and one was seen in the woods next to Holmebridge. 

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