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Harbour Update - posted 13/12/18
Harbour Update - posted 12/12/18
Harbour Update - posted 11/12/18

Today we hosted our first private bespoke bird boat tour which was a great success and is something we’d like to role out to a wider audience. If you have a group of between 30-40 people and would like your own personal boat cruise around the harbour then get in contact with us on 01202 641003 for more details. Todays trip saw 3 Great Northern Diver (1 off Hamworthy Beach, 1 in central harbour and 1 in Bramble Bush Bay), also 2 Eider in Bramble Bush Bay, 2 Black-necked Grebe in central harbour and a Slavonian Grebe in South Deep. On Shipstal there were c25 Spoonbill, in the mouth of the Frome there were 2 Marsh Harrier and a Kingfisher was off Hamworthy. In Lytchett Bay the sites first record of Black Brant was found along with 145 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Water Pipit. Along Holme Lane 15 Cattle Egret were still in the field near the Springfield Hotel and the Mandarin was still in Poole Park. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 710 Avocet, 2850 Dunlin, 3 Spotted Redshank, 3 Knot, 70 Bar-tailed Godwit 14 Greenshank, 2 Sanderling, 184 Grey Plover, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Water Rail. A Great White Egret roosted on Little Sea, Studland and the White-fronted Goose was still commuting between Swineham GP and Arne Moors.

Harbour Update - posted 10/12/18

More windy, troublesome weather making birding a bit tricky. Not much reported to us today other than 2 Marsh Harrier at Swineham and 1 Great Northern Diver in Bramble Bush Bay.

Harbour Update - posted 09/12/18

This morning we hosted our second public bird boat of the winter, which saw us venture up towards Wareham on the River Frome and then around the rest of the harbour. It was a tad windy but we still managed a good haul of species including the White-fronted Goose up at Swineham, 7 Little Grebe, c30 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Black-necked Grebe near the harbour mouth along with 6 Eider, 100+ Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Goldeneye, 2 Egyptian Geese, c300 Brent Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 35 Spoonbill, c1500 Dunlin, c200 Avocet, c40 Bar-tailed Godwit and c20 Curlew plus all the usual harbour cohort of Redshank, Shelduck, Shag, Pintail, Wigeon, Raven etc. An adult male Black Redstart was seen in the Skinner Street area which is the first to be reported this winter period. The Mandarin Duck was showing off outside in front of the café at Poole Park for most of the day and there were 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Goldeneye, 61 Coot and 24 Mute Swan on the main lake too. The 18 Cattle Egret were in the Holme Lane fields again and a ringed Black-headed Gull that was photographed in Poole Park this week is known (thanks to the details sent by BTO) to be at least 22 years old! In Middlebere several hundred Avocet were still out in front of the hide and a Peregrine buzzed on through.

Shag - Brownsea shoreline - Rene Goad

White-fronted Goose - Swineham - Rene Goad

22-year old Black-headed Gull - Poole Park - Dorothy Widnall

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