Sightings07/10/2013

Summer Returns? – posted 07/10/13

It seems summer made a dramatic comeback this weekend with temperatures almost reaching 20 degrees. Despite the great weather, reports were a bit thin on the ground.

The Grey Phalarope was again showing well on the Brownsea Lagoon out from the lower hide and another count of 32 Spoonbill was reached from the Shipstal Hide at Arne. Also

A report from the Hartland Moor area produced 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Raven, 8 Dartford Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Buzzard, 2 Bullfinch, 100 Meadow Pipit over and 4 Skylark migrating overhead.

Out on Arne Moors 3 juvenile Hobby were harassing a pale morph Common Buzzard also there 1 juvenile Marsh Harrier, 1 Wheatear,  1 Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel.

In and around the Studland area, good numbers of Chiffchaff and Blackcap and at Brands bay 42 Great Crested Grebe and a Marsh Harrier.

A late report of a Pectoral Sandpiper came in from the NT Middlebere hide, but the bird seemed to be showing some odd characteristics in the dimming light. By no-means was the observer claiming it could be the exceptionally rare equivalent species, a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper but stranger things have happened! Well worth keeping an eye out for a small Redshank sized wader with a clear ‘Pectoral Band’ across the breast. Also from Middlebere yesterday there were 4 Marsh Harrier together.

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