Sightings26/01/2014

Swinenot go to Swineham – posted 26/01/14

You’ll have to excuse the awful title pun but the Bestwall/Swineham area received quite a bit of coverage yesterday as Mistle and Song Thrush were both in full voice, and the hedges jumping with tits and finches feeding and fighting. The GP were packed with ducks mainly Shoveler but also 3 drake Pintail, an increase in Pochard, Teal, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Coot all in good numbers. 2 Bearded Tit were calling near Swineham Point and 4 Chiffchaff fed together in the early morning warmth from the sun. A hansom Kingfisher fed from one of the submerged gate posts and the flooded fields of Bestwall were packed with Lapwing, Curlew, Canada Geese and Black-headed Gull also a small flock of 8 Snipe and 2 Spotted Redshank feeding in amongst them was a bit different. Cetti’s Warbler were everywhere and a female Sparrowhawk was flushed with a prey item. A redhead Smew was located on the pits too plus flyover Siskin, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Raven, Reed Bunting and Rock Pipit All added to the bounty. Lytchett Bay was quiet with just a Green Sandpiper and Hen Harrier being the highlight. The Poole Harbour Harrier count consisted of 6 Marsh and 4 Hen Harrier, 1 female and 3 male, one of which is a new individual.

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