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December 2014

Harbour Update - posted 31/12/14

Wow, what a year, and what a great end to the year too with the discovery of a Green-winged Teal in Brands Bay this afternoon. The Black Guillemot was seen briefly off the harbour mouth again whilst 3 Purple Sandpiper gave exceptional views down to 5 feet on the sea wall at North Haven. There were 32 Spoonbill at Arne, and another 2 feeding in the outflow at Holes Bay, again giving stunning views down to less than 10m away as were 3 Spotted Redshank. Out of Middle beach there were 13 Common Scoter, 18 Black-necked Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebe. Both Holes Bay and Brands Bay were both full of birds again on the low tide consisting of many Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit etc. The rising tide at Shore Road pushed 15 Sanderling close into the sea wall and 100+ Bar-tailed Godwit. 2014 has been an exceptional year for birds in Poole Harbour and I’ll be writing an annual review in the coming weeks, but until then thanks again for all your support and interest in our work and we wish you a very happy and birdy 2015.

I spent today videoing some of the harbours ‘best show’ off birds and will upload them over the coming days, but for now I hope you enjoy these Purple Sandpiper that were feeding at North Haven today and HAPPY NEW YEAR! (TIP: To watch in HD, when watching the video, hover your curser over the screen so the panel at the bottom of the video screen appears. Click on the cog shaped symbol and then click on 1080HD. This will turn the video into HD after a few seconds)

Harbour Update - posted 30/12/14

Another bird filled day starting with the Studland area. The Great White Egret was on Littlsea mid morning and 22 Black-necked Grebe were off Middle Beach with 13 Common Scoter and a handful of Great Crested Grebe. Brands Bay looked incredible on the falling tide with the sun lighting it up.  The bay its self was full to the brim of Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, and Avocet, not to mention the odd Shoveler, Gadwall and Goldeneye. Down by the houseboats in Bramble Bush Bay were 17 Sanderling and 15 Ringed Plover with 2 Purple Sandpiper on the sea wall of North Haven. Holes Bay saw 21 Spoonbill with another 2 including a colour-ringed bird at Lytchett Bay. Also at Holes Bay a group of 5 Spotted Redshank were near the outflow along with 2 Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher. At Swineham a Bittern was noted near the gravel pits and off Swineham Point 2 Jack Snipe, 12 Rock Pipit and numerous Bearded Tit groups. There are currently 3 Hen Harrier patrolling the marshes between Middlebere and the Wareham Channel and a minimum of 10 Marsh Harrier. I was also sent some information today regarding a colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit that was seen out in Lytchett Bay this weekend. The data that has come back from the BTO states that the bird was first ringed in Iceland on the 13th June 2003, making the bird 11 years old!

 

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  • Spoonbill (colour ringed) - Lytchett Bay
  • Robin - Arne RSPB Reserve
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker - Holton Lee
Harbour Update - posted 28/12/14

Today was the Poole Harbour wetland bird survey and some big numbers of wetland species were reported. Off Arne it seems there could have been around 1000 Avocet stretched along the Middlebere, Wytch Lake, Fitzworth area although they were fairly mobile so a bit of double counting may have occurred. Spoonbill were feeding off Arne, Green Island and in Holes Bay. Species such as Wigeon, Teal, Dunlin, Pintail and Shelduck all seemed to have increased quite a bit. There were 119 Bar-tailed Godwit and 41 Sanderling at Shore Road, Sandbanks. Hen Harriers were seen at Middlebere and Swineham and the usual 8+ Marsh Harrier were around the Wareham Channel.  On the north shore of Brownsea 2 Spotted Redshank and a Common Sandpiper were counted. In the evening grebe roost in Studland Bay 22 Black-necked Grebe were recorded and 11 Common Scoter were also present. The cold weather has attracted more duck to Swineham GP including 102 Gadwall, 57 Shoveler, 8 Pochard and big numbers of Greylag and Canada Geese. Down off Poole Quay 12 Ringed Plover were present and 2 Sandwich Tern.

Harbour Update - posted 27/12/14

Today I accomplished something I’ve never done in Poole Harbour before, and that is encountering all possible raptor species (including owls). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the harbour is a raptor magnet in the winter and you could encounter any of the following species at numerous places around the harbour from November through to march. The ten species included Kestrel x 1 by the Wareham bypass, 
Peregrine x 2 – 1 at Holme Bridge and 1 at Arne, Merlin x 2  - 1 at Middlebere and 1 on Hartland, Hen Harrier x 1 on Hartland Moor,
 Marsh Harrier x 8 around the Wareham Channel,
Common Buzzard at  Arne,
Sparrowhawk x 1 over Wareham,
Short-eared Owl x 1 on Hartland,
Barn Owl x 1 at Middlebere and Tawny Owl x 1 at Holton Lee.  A few big groups of Greylag Geese, around 50+ came in to roost just before dusk and settled at Swineham, it was too dark to make out any ‘scarcities’ but these are the kind of flocks that Pink-footed and White-fronted Geese like to tag on to so well worth checking if you come across any geese flocks. Middlebere looked superb late afternoon on a falling tide with 200+ Avocet, 300+ Lapwing, 100+ Dunlin, plus numerous Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, Teal, Wigeon and plenty of sharming Water Rail. There were 2 Spoonbill in Holes Bay and a Chiffchaff at the outflow. Finally, I was lucky enough to capture some footage of the Short-eared Owl on Hartland this afternoon, plus some video of a large Curlew flock on the flooded fields at Swineham and a Lapwing in the Frome Valley.  You can watch the videos HERE

Harbour Update and MERRY CHRISTMAS - posted 26/12/14

Firstly, we here at BoPH would like to wish you all (a slightly belated) very merry Christmas and a (not so belated) very happy new year. Your support and interest in our work and various projects is key to what we do and we can't thank you for your support enough, so we look forward to meeting, speaking and working with you in the next 12 months and lets hope for another bird filled year in Poole Harbour. Bird-wise, the only highlights have included sightings from around the Studland area where 19 Black-necked Grebe and 11 Common Scoter were present off Middle Beach and the 3 Purple Sandpiper and 35 Sanderling were on the Sandbanks groynes. 

Harbour Update - posted 23/12/14

Well, Christmas is almost upon us and the harbour has been delivering its own set of Christmas presents recently with Red-necked Grebes, Black Guillemot, Bean Geese, numerous Marsh and Hen Harriers, vast wader flocks and a good selection of open water species. As everyone winds down for the festive period I strongly urge you to get out and explore the harbour in a bid to walk off that Christmas pudding and those mince pies. This morning I visited South beach again to see what I could find out on the water, and by scanning back and forth across Studland Bay I counted 26 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 8 Red-breasted Merganser. Late news, but a Great Bustard flew over Lytchett Bay on Sunday, which will be one of the released birds from the Salisbury Plain reintroduction program. There are still are minimum of 3 Purple Sandpiper on the groynes at North Haven, often association with Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling. I managed to get some footage of the Common Scoter flock this morning off South Beach and also of a decent Lapwing flock at Swineham and a Grey Plover hanging out with a Turnstone in Bramble Bush Bay. You can watch each of the videos HERE.       

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  • Great Crested Grebe - South Beach
  • Shoveler Duck - Poole Park
  • Oystercatcher and Black-headed Gull - Poole Park
Harbour Update - posted 20/12/14

Today BoPH co-hosted a walk with the DWT along Holes Bay, promoting their Living Landscapes initiative and Great Heath Project. Part of the project is to link up important areas for wildlife, whilst interpreting that wildlife to the people that live within and close to those areas. Holes Bay is a great example of an important area for wildlife right in the heart of an urban surrounding. Todays walk highlighted perfectly why it’s worth getting out of the house and visiting this area with a great list of birds accumulated. Highlights were 2 Spoonbill right next the footpath, 100+ Avocet in various areas of the bay, numerous waders including Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin and Oystercatcher. Around 350 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in one of the fields along the woodland track between Upton CP and Holes Bay, giving views down to about 20 meters. Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Gadwall, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Common Gull and Common Buzzard all added to the supporting cast as Goldcrest and a Jay also appeared. Out at Swineham a Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier were hunting together and a Short-eared Owl was accidently flushed up on Slepe Heath. At Shell Bay there were 2 Sandwich Tern and a Red-necked Grebe, with another (or the same) Red-necked Grebe off Middle beach with 19 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe and 13 Common Scoter

Harbour Update - posted 19/12/14

The species range out in Studland Bay is starting to look pretty impressive, especially now that the Black Guillemot has been re-located out there. It was found off Middle Beach, but was also viewable from South Beach. It was some distance out, only viewable with a telescope, but that’s not to say it won’t come in closer over the coming days/weeks. An hour vigil from South Beach this afternoon produced 1 Black Guillemot, 19+ Black-necked Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Razorbill, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Sandwich Tern and 10+ Mediterranean Gull. There are now 4 Hen Harrier in the harbour, 2 juveniles, 1 adult male and a young male, along with the 11 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin and numerous Peregrine. The best place to try and catch up with any of these is around the Swineham area or viewing Arne Moors from the top of Slepe Heath, as Arne Moors is strictly a private site with no access. 

Harbour Update - posted 16/12/14

The harbour is full of waders at the moment and a low tide on any stretch of the harbour shoreline can provide you with views of at least 18 species of wading birds. Some species are site specific, for example the Bar-tailed Godwits will always favour the sandy shoreline of Shore Road (Whitley Lake) and Turnstone the stony beaches of Baiter and Hamworthy beach. Wherever you are around the harbour, just take a moment to peek onto the shoreline to see what you can spot. Wading species you can currently encounter are Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew and Snipe. There were 4 Black-necked Grebe off Jerry’s Point along with good numbers of Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser. Other sites monitored included Lytchet Bay where there was 1 Greenshank, 1 Water Pipit and 2 Green Sandpiper. Holes Bay saw 1 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30+ Avocet and 1 Tufted Duck (unusual here). At Hatch Pond still no Bittern but 49 and 9 Snipe roosting on the 2 small areas of cut reed plus 1 Pochard. I’ve finally managed to get out and do some sound recording recently and was thrilled to get a recording of a bird I never was never expecting. I was out along the Arne Road hoping to sound record Redwing coming into roost when I heard a call I was quite unfamiliar with. It was a husky gruff , rather heron like. I looked up only to see to see a Short-eared Owl flying over my head and away towards the Wareham Channel. The call was coming from the Owl! It did it again, so I  quickly pressed record hoping it would do it one last time before disappearing and sure enough, as it lofted away into the cold, gloomy light it called one last time. The recording below is of that call. 

Harbour Update - posted 15/12/14

There was lots of coverage from around the harbour today. Starting at Studland where much peninsular was covered. I experienced a wonderful first too when I had all three regular Diver species in one scope view out in Shell Bay. 

Middle Beach

Black-necked Grebe x 21

Great Northern Diver x 1

Great Crested Grebe x 2

Knoll beach

Firecrest x 2 (including 1 ringed bird)

Chiffchaff x 1

Bullfinch x 4

Shell Bay

Great Northern Diver x 3

Red-throated Diver x 1

Black-throated Diver x 1

Black-necked Grebe x 1

Treecreeper x 1

Lesser Redpoll x 2

Bramble Bush Bay

Goldeneye 20+

Red-breasted Merganser 100+

Grey Plover x 8

Great Crested Grebe 20+

Dartford Warbler x 2

Shipstal Point

Long-tailed Duck x 1 (think its the same as the Sandbanks bird)

Black-necked Grebe x 2

Goldeneye 80+

RB Merganser 200+

Great Crested Grebe 50+

Spoonbill x 19

Baiter

Great Northern Diver x 1

Ringed Plover x 24 on rocks

 

The Short-eared Owl was out again along the Arne Road and 4 Marsh Harrier were seen to go into roost. At Middlebere there were 500 Dunlin in front of the hide, 300 Dark-belled Brent Geese, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 110 Lapwing and ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 Spoonbill, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, plus the usual Teal, Wigeon, Redshank etc. Sanderlings are now a regular feature at either Shore Road (Whitley Lake) on a low tide, or along the Studland beaches on a high tide. A Common Sandpiper was in Holes Bay NE. There are so many great birds around the harbour at the moment, whether its Kingfishers in Poole Park, Rock Pipits and Brent Geese at Baiter, Turnstones on the Quay, masses of wildfowl in Holes Bay, Woodpeckers in Upton CP, a majestic Harrier or dopy Diver off Arne, it’s a great time of year to be out so make the most of it. 

I’ve also made two short videos recently, having not had time to put anything together over the last month or two. Watch the HERE….Enjoy!

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  • Grey Plover - Bramble Bush Bay
  • Little Egret - Poole Park - Keith Rawling
  • Sanderlings - Sandbanks - Will Bown
Harbour Update - posted 13/12/14

A Short-eared Owl was hunting out in the afternoon sunshine along Arne Moors and the lower Frome Valley at times interacting with a couple of Marsh Harriers. Short-eared Owls aren’t quite an annual winter visitor to the harbour but when they do occur they’re well worth staking out. Hartland Moor, Middlebere, Arne Moors, Swineham and the Frome Valley are good places to look anytime from early afternoon to dusk. Another Bittern or possibly the same as yesterdays was seen further up the Frome Valley near Redcliff Sailing Club. 5 Bearded Tit were at Lytchett Heath along with 4 Chiffchaff.  7 Marsh Harrier were out around the Wareham Channel area. Middlebere late afternoon looked cracking with a great Avocet flock at the western end. There were 2 Pale-bellied brent Geese in with a large flock of Dark-bellied Brents at Ower and a Jack Snipe was seen leaving its roost in a very Woodcock(esque) style. As I write, I’ve just received an email from a visitor to our site called Jo who has kindly sent a photo asking if the bird present in the photo is a Black Guillemot? Well, quite simply….yes it is! The photo was taken off the car park in front of the Haven Hotel this afternoon. Great find, well done. 

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  • Black Guillemot - Harbour Mouth - Jo Tasker
  • Short-eared Owl - Wareham Channel
  • Black Guillemot - Harbour Mouth - Jo Tasker
Harbour Update - posted 12/12/14

After last nights storm the wind eased to a steady bellow and eventually eased to gentle breeze. Todays highlight was a Bittern on the Swineham/Arne Moors boarder that lifted off one of the footpaths and disappeared into the reeds. Although not reported too often, it wouldn’t surprise me if several Bittern over-winter in the harbour, its just that the reed beds are so vast and complex you just never see the. I haven’t checked Hatch Pond recently….has anyone else?  There was also a minimum of 11 Marsh Harrier in and around the Wareham Channel. Spoonbills were out in Lytchett Bay and Arne moors (of all places) but still, the best spot to see them by far is out on Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB reserve. Kingfishers seem quite prominent at the moment with several encountered along the Frome this evening and birds being seen regularly from Shipstal Hide. Water Pipit were at Lytchett Bay and Ridge Wharf Yacht Club. 

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  • Kingfisher - River Frome - Swineham
  • Marsh Harrier - Bestwall/Swineham
  • Goldcrest - Arne RSPB Reserve
Harbour Update - posted 10/12/14

Today I led an RSPB public bird boat, which despite the forecast was a huge success. With a bright winter sun bearing down and a brisk westerly wind whipping in we headed out from Poole Quay at 10:30. We headed straight for Arne and Shipstal Beach where we were treated to 35+ Spoonbill on Shipstal Point and 2 Common Seal right next to the boat. The salt marsh was full on Teal, Wigeon, Curlew the odd Little Egret and Brent Goose. We then went round the back of all this islands and encountered the usual Cormorant and Shag as well as good numbers of Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe and Canada Geese. Kingfishers were seen on both the Brownsea and Furzey Island Quays but surprise of the morning had to go to a Swallow that flew around the Brownsea Quay and our boat for a short period. The Lagoon looked wonderful with Avocet, Black and Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Knot, Greenshank, Redshank, Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon and Grey Heron all present and a Great Northern Diver just off the sea wall. Add 2 Common Scoter and a Black Redstart on the roof of my office when I returned and I have to say the trip was a big success. Poole Park is still looking good with feeding Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher and Little Egret right next to the wall and a large Greenfinch roost in Poole Park of around 150-200 birds.

With the extremely popular response to our BoPH/RSPB Dorset Discovery Winter tour we have decided to start advertising our up and coming Spring Tour too. You can find details of it HERE

Finally please take a minute to look at and sign this Marine Conservation Zone Plan which includes protecting both Studland Bay and areas of Poole Bay.

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/mcz

Harbour Update - posted 09/12/14

The Lesser Yellowlegs was looked for again yesterday, but unfortunately didn’t materialise. One place that was checked was Poole Park boating lake, which has currently been drained, offering a feeding habitat not just for a Yellowlegs but many other species of bird too. I was stunning to see that around 10 Little Egret, 10 Turnstone, several Black-tailed Godwit, numerous Oystercatcher and a good variety of Duck were just meters from the lake wall, not fussed one bit by the many runners, dog walkers and prams that were whizzing on by. The harbour was flat calm early morning, which made counting the open water species easier. From the harbour mouth there as 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 50+ Red-breasted Merganser, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 15 Sanderling on the rocks and a handful of Goldeneye. The Spoonbill are commuting between Brownsea and Shipstal on the high tides, and still out feeding in Holes Bay and Middlebere on the low tides. I have kindly been sent 2 photos of the Brownsea Lesser Yellowlegs by Brian Hill, one of the lucky DWT volunteers on the island that day carrying out a winter work party. Thanks Jol Mitchell for also sending in a photo of the Bean Geese from Monday 8th December.

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  • Lesser Yellowlegs - Brownsea Lagoon - Brian Hill 08/12/14
  • Lesser Yellowlegs - Brownsea Lagoon - Brian Hill 08/12/14
  • Tundra Bean Geese - Swineham - Joe Mitchell
Harbour Update - posted 08/12/14

Today was another exciting day in the harbour when Graham Armstrong on the Brownsea Lagoon discovered the first record of Lesser Yellowlegs for Poole Harbour. Brownsea is closed during the winter, but a DWT work party of which Graham was part of was helping to carry some work out on the island when he thought he’d do a little birding prior to getting stuck in. When scanning through a Redshank flock from the Mac Hide he suddenly found a bird with bright yellow legs in amongst them. As luck would have it I was running a school bird boat at the time and we were just approaching the lagoon when I got the phone call, however the bird was so far away, and the wind so strong that I couldn’t figuer out which one was the Lesser Yellowlegs. Lets hope it chooses to feed somewhere a little more accessible on the low tides. The two Tundra Bean Geese were again present, switching from Swineham and Arne Moors for most of the day. Out on the bird boat, 6 Spoonbill were on the lagoon with another 20+ on Shipstal, Arne and a Merlin over there too. Some late news too that a flock of 12 Bearded Tit were very close to the footpath at Swineham on Saturday, giving excellent views. Holes Bay is a great place to visit at present on a low tide, with the NE corner being most favorable with many birds including Avocet, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Spoonbill, Pintail, Teal and Wigeon all viewable, often at close range just from the cycle path. 

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  • Bearded Tit - Swineham - David Whalley
  • Black-tailed Godwit - Holes Bay - David Whalley
  • Spoonbills - Holes Bay
Harbour Update - posted 08/12/14

The two Bean Geese were again at Swineham first thing yesterday, and then moved on over to Arne Moors which made them only visible from Slepe Heath. I forgot to mention yesterday they are the Tundra race of Bean Goose and not the much rarer Taiga race. There are currently 10 different Marsh Harrier going into roost in the west of the harbour, which seems to be a December Poole Harbour record. Spoonbills seem to be feeding in a number of places on a low tide with 14 in Holes Bay NE and 7 in Lytchett Bay, with a Water Pipit and the latter site. Also at Holes Bay a Common Sandpiper, 46 Avocet and 8 Pintail

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  • Tundra Bean Goose - Swineham - Peter Moore
  • Tundra Bean Goose - Swineham - Peter Moore
  • Tundra Bean Goose - Swineham - Peter Moore
Harbour Update - posted 07/12/14

Yesterday morning I went for a walk up on to Slepe Heath in the hope that I would I would be able to find the 7 Egyptian Geese that had been seen flying into the harbour. Slepe Heath gives a great view across to the wet fields of Swineham and Arne Moors where many geese and waders have been feeding and roosting on the flooded fields. I couldn’t see any geese and was about to leave when I found a small flock of Canada Geese tucked away on the same pools that the Black-winged Stilts were found earlier this year. Straight away I noticed two smaller geese in amongst them, which is always a good sign of something different. I watched them for a good ten minutes looking for features of both Pink-footed Goose and Bean Goose, the former being a scarce visitor to the harbour, the latter being an exceptionally rare visitor to the harbour. I was watching from about a mile away but was pretty sure they were Pink-footed Goose and more likely to be too. However, on closer inspection by some local birders who visited Swineham upon hearing my news I then received a phone call to say they were in fact Bean Geese, the first Poole Harbour record since 2004. Also out at Swineham/Wareham Channel area 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 200 Lapwing, 120 Curlew and 1 Kingfisher. There were 3 Purple Sandpiper at the harbour mouth, in front of the Haven Hotel.  At Lytchett Bay there was 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Pipit and 1 Spoonbill. At Studland 23 Black-necked Grebe were still off Middle beach.

Harbour Update - posted 05/12/14

Apologise for the lack of updates, I’ve been up in Norfolk for a few day with no internet access, so will do a bit of a round up for you now. Today saw a really productive school bird boat with 5 Common Scoter, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 32 Spoonbill, a marked increase in Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser and Great Crested Grebe totals, 500+ Avocet on Brownsea and 2 Sandwich Tern near the harbour mouth. A likely Siberian Chiffchaff was at Boarder Road, Lytchett Bay and 2 Red Kite were over the stubble field there.  In Brands Bay there were Red-breasted Merganser – 31,
Wigeon 272,
Brent Goose 66,
Redshank 80+,
Curlew 110+,
Teal 24, Pintail 61, Turnstone 11,
Lapwing 30+,
Grey Plover 2. A new male Hen Harrier arrived in the harbour today making this the 7th different Hen Harrier to have appeared in the harbour this autumn/winter period so far. There are currently three in the harbour and still 8 Marsh Harrier

Harbour Update - posted 01/12/14

There were a lot of areas covered around the harbour today with nice birds being found. Highlight of the day has to go to the adult Ring-billed Gull that was found off Swineham Point in amongst a group of Common Gulls. Also at Swineham 1 redhead Goosander over the GP, 2 Golden Plover over, 1 Firecrest on the path down to ‘Curlews’ and an increase of Shoveler, Gadwall and Tufted Duck on the GP. Scarce gulls are often quite difficult to catch up with in the harbour due to the sheer size of the area and the many nooks and crannies they can choose to feed, roost, wash etc. Another Grebe count was conducted from Middle Beach where the total of Black-necked Grebes went up by one to 27, also 61 Red-breasted Merganser and 7 Great Crested Grebe. A Red-necked Grebe was found drifting into Shell Bay whilst a dawn watch was being conducted at the harbour mouth where 57 Shag, 35 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Common Scoter all entered the harbour at dawn and 24 Grey Plover were flushed off the Shell Beach. At Lytchett Bay 2 Firecrest, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Water Pipit were present.  At Hatch Pond there is still no sign of any Bittern but 25+ pairs of Teal and 30+ Snipe were counted. 

 

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