Spring Delights – posted 16/04/14

After weeks of moaning (by me) spring migration is in full swing and after the weekends Black-winged Stilt excitement more and more of the commoner migrants are popping up all over the harbour. Up on Hartland a Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat and Cuckoo were all seen, along with good numbers of Swallow passing through. At Swineham and Lytchett Bay Reed Warbler can now be heard singing. At Soldiers Road a Ring Ouzel was out on one of the fields along with a Wheatear. Another Ring Ouzel was seen in fields below the main viewpoint along the Studland to Corfe Road. There seems to be Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff wherever you go and 5 House Martin flew over Poole Park. A Little Gull continued to hawk over Swineham GP. At Lytchett Bay 3 Greenshank were present along with 3 Spoonbill, which are probably from the group of 10 that are still present in the harbour. On the Brownsea Lagoon 5 Spotted Redshank, 10 Knot, 2 Grey Plover, 6 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel and reasonable numbers of Black and Bar-tailed Godwit. A Hobby was seen over Hartland Moor mid afternoon and a pair of Garganey were found on the Brownsea Lagoon. Click HERE for a short clip of this morning’s Ring Ouzel at Soldiers Road. (It was quite far away)!

Ring Ouzel – Soldiers Road

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