Spring Song – posted 02/03/14

The warmth of yesterdays sun really got many birds ‘in the mood’ as apposed to todays wind and rain that just put everyone in a bad mood! At Soldiers Road 3 Woodlark were chasing each other with one bird producing a full repertoire of notes and song. Alongside the Woodlark at least 6 Dartford Warbler were very vocal and 5 Stonechat including 3 males battled for territory. Mistle and Song Thrush have been very vocal for a few weeks now and the odd Chiffchaff can be heard in the early spring sunshine. Other sightings include a Spotted Redshank, Water Pipit, 5 Greenshank at Lytchett Bay. In Studland Bay 1 Eider, 28 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Med Gull, 3 Sanderling, 2 Grey Plover and 20 Brent Goose. Still at least 8 Marsh Harrier have been leaving the winter roost. At Shore Road there were 150 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Sanderling, 7 Med Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern. Out in the harbour still at least 3 Great Northern Diver, but there’s also been a mass departure of Merganser and Goldeneye with only around 50% left compared to previous months. There are still 20 Spoonbill at Arne. Elsewhere in the country Wheatear, Garganey, Common Whitethroat and Swallow have all made landfall in single figures so keep your eyes peeled for more spring migrants arrive.

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