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Last RSPB Poole Harbour Bird Boat breaks Boat Record…..

Wednesday 18th February saw the last RSPB Poole Harbour bird boat of the 2014/15 winter season take place, and what a trip it was. A challenge was made to try and beat the boat day record of 56 species set by Haymoor Junior School only the week previously. The group was treated to great close views of the over-wintering Great White Egret sat on the Brownsea sea wall, plus a mass of waders and wildfowl on the exposed mud. Well, the challenge was set and the crowd jeered up, and after 2.5 hours of searching the record was beaten….a record breaking 57 species! The full sightings list can be found below….

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Canada Goose
  3. Brent Goose
  4. Shelduck
  5. Mallard
  6. Gadwall
  7. Pintail
  8. Shoveler
  9. Wigeon
  10. Teal
  11. Tufted Duck
  12. Common Scoter
  13. Goldeneye
  14. Red-breasted Merganser
  15. Black-necked Grebe
  16. Great Crested Grebe
  17. Cormorant
  18. Shag
  19. Little Egret
  20. Great White Egret
  21. Grey Heron
  22. Spoonbill
  23. Common Buzzard
  24. Sparrowhawk
  25. Moorhen
  26. Oystercatcher
  27. Avocet
  28. Ringed Plover
  29. Grey Plover
  30. Lapwing
  31. Knot
  32. Turnstone
  33. Dunlin
  34. Redshank
  35. Spotted Redshank
  36. Greenshank
  37. Black-tailed Godwit
  38. Bar-tailed Godwit
  39. Curlew Whimbrel
  40. Black-headed Gull
  41. Common Gull
  42. Mediterranean Gull
  43. Herring Gull
  44. Yellow-legged Gull
  45. Great Black-backed Gull
  46. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  47. Wood Pigeon
  48. Meadow Pipit
  49. Pied Wagtail
  50. Robin
  51. Wren
  52. Magpie
  53. Jackdaw
  54. Carrion Crow
  55. Rook
  56. Raven
  57. Starling

 Great White Egret - Brownsea Lagoon - Kevin Birch

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