Summer heat returns – posted 20/08/12

Sorry for the lack of news but we’ve just arrived back from the Birdfair up in Rutland, which if you’ve never been to before, I highly recommend it, so much to see, learn and do…just incredible.

It seems the summer is on its way back with long, warm sunny days passing us day by day. This along with a nice passage of migrants, it’s easy to see why this is many birders favourite time of year.

Highlights from the last week include an Osprey seen fishing in the Wareham Channel on the 18th, large numbers of waders arriving on the Brownsea Lagoon including 243 Oystercatchers, 102 Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 6 Spotted Redshank, 186 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 112 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 8 Avocet and many Little Egret. Little Egret seem to everywhere at the moment with a peak count of 26 from Lytchett Bay alone. Also at Lytchett Bay a maximum of 16 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 2 Ringed Plover, plus good numbers of Snipe, Lapwing and Teal. Passerines seem a bit thin on the ground with a Whinchat near the Bakers Arms the only notable bird. 

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