Spring is in the air (through the gloom) – posted 24/01/14

Amazingly a Chiffchaff was heard singing at Lytchett Bay on Wednesday afternoon in the glorious sunshine. Now look at it! More rain and gloom. Not much else to report unfortunately other than the Poole Park Scaup has relocated to Hatch Pond. At Lytchett Bay the Smew was still present yesterday, also there 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Skylark, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Little Grebe. I also received some great counts from a birder who was visiting from Gillingham whom reported at Middlebere 1030 Avocets, 468 Black tailed Godwits, 825 Brent Geese (rose to 1000+ in the afternoon), 4 Ravens, 851 Lapwings, 250+ Teal, 4 Dartford Warblers (Coombe Heath) and at Shipstal 27 Spoonbills, 1 Great White Egret (roosting with the Spoonbills), 57 Red Breasted Mergansers, 4 Goldeneye, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 613 Oystercatchers. 2 Black Swan were on the Wareham/Stoborough flood and a Golden Plover was seen in amongst a Lapwing flock near Swineham.

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