November 2019

Harbour update - posted 21/11/19

Jerry’s Point at midday offered 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver close in, 6 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Sandwich Tern as well as 10 Sanderling, 7 Turnstone and 3 Grey Plover on beach. Poole Quay produced Great Northern Diver, Common Guillemot, Great Crested Grebe and two small flocks of Avocet from our office window, but we’re still working on picking up the Long-tailed Duck from the office!

High water levels at Lytchett Bay held good numbers on Approach Field including Dunlin, Greenshank, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing and Teal. Also, 2 Marsh Harrier quartering about Lytchett Fields this morning with the 2nd bird seen to catch a teal on French’s Pool.

Harbour update - posted 20/11/19

Wareham Piddle flood turned up 7 Shoveler, Jack Snipe, c50 Black-tailed Godwit and Little Grebe. Lytchett Fields was more productive this afternoon holding 3 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 74 Dunlin, 70 Lapwing and 99 RedshankWorking along from Houseboats to Brand’s Bay produced 3 Sanderling, 3 Grey Plover, 4 Redshank and numerous Turnstone, Brent Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Wigeon, Teal. The rising tide offered 4 Great Crested Grebe and a Red-necked Grebe.

A Great Grey Shrike has been recorded at Wareham forest over the last few days. This morning the bird was seen at Sugar Hill, south of small car park on Hyde Bog, along with a couple of Crossbill and a flyover flock of c100 Redwing. Holes Bay NE produced a female Scaup and our weekly Poole Town Birding Walk offered views of 2 Goldeneye on Poole Park, 5 Brent Goose towards Whiteciffe and comparison of feeding Black-tailed Godwit and Bar-tailed Godwit at Baiter Park amongst the Oystercatchers.

Harbour Update - posted 19/11/19

Today saw the first decent frost across the harbour with the water flat as glass across much of the area. Writing the sightings during the winter is always such a pleasure as there’s always so much to comment on. At Swineham the White-fronted Goose was still on the flood plain and a Jack Snipe was flushed from along the two-rivers walk. At Lytchett Fields there was 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 7 Avocet, 70 Dunlin and 1 female Marsh Harrier. In Middlebere there were 2 Spotted Redshank, 30 Grey Plover, 200 Dunlin, 40 Curlew, 37 Redshank, c350 Avocet, c200 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier. In Brands Bay counts included 281 Wigeon, 48 Pintail, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 121 Black-tailed Godwit and 30+ Lapwing. In Bramble Bush Bay 7 Sanderling were on the shoreline along with 6 Ringed Plover, c20 Turnstone and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. On Hartland Moor c220 Fieldfare were still busy feeding on berries, a Marsh Harrier was sat out in the middle of the moor and 22 Lapwing flew over. In Poole Park a Water Rail was feeding on the small duck pond and there were 28 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 34 Oystercatcher, 36 Coot and 2 Redshank whilst around Baiter 2 Goldeneye were out in Parkstone Bay along with 21 Brent Geese, 20 Turnstone, 76 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit and 1 Med Gull. There were 2 Kingfisher were off Poole Quay, 8 Black-necked Grebe off Middle Beach and the 1st winter Long-tailed Duck was off the northern end of the Brownsea Lagoon.

Water Rail - Poole Park - Samuel Levy

Harbour update - posted 18/11/19

Find of the day was awarded to a 1st year male Long-tailed Duck located off the western end of The Lagoon sea wall around midday. At least 4 Goldeneye were also kicking about the harbour amongst good numbers of Red-breasted Merganser. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were Spotted Redshank 6, Greenshank 7, Redshank 35, Knot 22, Grey Plover 94, Ringed Plover 29, Turnstone 6, Sanderling 5, Dunlin 1,385, Curlew 25, Bar-tailed godwit 37, Black-tailed godwit 542, Avocet 85, Oystercatcher 124, Common Snipe 1, Spoonbill 17, Little Egret 1, Grey heron 11, Cormorant 37, Shelduck 29, Teal 189, Shoveler 55, Mallard 3, Gadwall 50, Eurasian Wigeon 67, Common gull 1, Great black-backed gull 15, Black-headed gull 3 and Moorhen 18

The ringing session at Lytchett Heath began with views of a Marsh Harrier leaving the roost at Lytchett heading west. Yesterday saw 3 Marsh Harrier leaving Lytchett in the morning. Holton Pools also recorded an individual late morning. The ringing session was fairly quiet with a couple of Cetti’s Warbler and a Redwing the highlights.

Harbour update - posted 17/11/19

A visit to Swineham Gavel produced c150 Coot, 37 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher and 6 Reed Bunting. Nearby, the flood fields opposite Redclyffe Yacht Club held 1 White-fronted Goose with 2 domestic geese, 37 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff.

A quiet Sunnyside scrape featured 14 Teal, Little Egret and 2 Meadow Pipit. The second November Scaup was recorded today. A female/1st winter was seen brieflyin Holes Bay NE, before flying south of railway line. The Bay also harboured 427 Dunlin and 2 Knot amongst the more common assemblages.

Harbour update - posted 16/11/19

A pair of Bar-tailed Godwit continue to Baiter Park as their main feeding area, amongst the Oystercatcher flock, while a Poole garden featured a male and female Blackcap. Littlesea featured 1 Great White Egret and high Kingfisher activity was logged at Holton Pools.

Brownsea Lagoon saw an increase in Spoonbill numbers in recent weeks.  A total of 21 individuals were recorded with the webcam, accompanied by several hundred Dunlin, Knot, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover and Black-tailed Godwit.

Arne featured its first Brambling of the Autumn, located near the RSPB Welcome Hut and a Marsh Harrier was quartering over reedbeds in front of Raptor screen.

Jerry's Point offered 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Common Scoter, 17 Red-breasted Merganser and abundant Great Crested Grebe. 40 Oystercatcher, 4 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and a single Grey Plover on opposite spit. Brands Bay held c200 Brent Goose, 40 Pintail, c100 Lapwing, c150 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Curlew & 30 Redshank. A total of 6 Dartford Warbler were recorded on Studland Heath.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Baiter - Ian Ballam

Habour update - posted 15/11/19

Plenty of great sightings today, with a good range picked up on the survey boat, including c150 Red-breasted Merganser, 200 Great Crested Grebe and 450 Brent GeeseBrownsea Lagoon was highly productive, with 1000+ Dunlin, c50 Grey Plover, 15 Spoonbill, 4 Sanderling, c150 Avocet, 3 Spotted Redshank, Knot, Ringed Plover, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, c800 Black-tailed Godwit, and Common Snipe.

Unusually, there was a record of a Sanderling feeding at Lytchett Bay this morning. This is the first sighting during winter on record. At Lytchett Fields there were reports of 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper and 70 Lapwing, as well as over 100 Avocets and 57 Brent Geese in Lytchett Bay and 4 Water Pipits on the Pool Field.

Unfortunately, still no sign of the Long-eared Owl at Swineham, but otherwise great sightings of Marsh Harrier, 300 Curlew, 134 Lapwing, 1 Swallow, 2 Pochard and 1 PeregrineOther highlights include 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter in the central harbour, 1 White-fronted Goose at Bestwall, 1 Merlin feeding at Arne, 12 Black-necked grebe and 1 Red-throated Diver seen near Hamworthy beach.

A Red-necked Grebe was seen to fly into the harbour this morning, along with 85 Shag, 25 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 diver sp. & 1 Sandwich Tern and the groynes opposite Sandbanks Pavilion features 22 Ringed Plover & 5 SanderlingA Slavonian Grebe was recorded at Baiter amongst 2 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Rock Pipit.

Habour update - posted 14/11/19

Unfortunately, no sightings of the Long-eared Owl today at Swineham, hopefully it will be seen again in the next few days. However, still good sightings of 3 Marsh Harrier, c15 Bearded Tit, 1 Merlin, 107 Curlew, 93 Gadwall, 1 Brambling and 3 Cetti’s Warbler at Swineham.

Some nice sightings of 3 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and Black Necked Grebe seen at Jerry’s Point.

Other records include 25 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall and 1 Pintail at East Holme, and 20 Pintail, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Common Sandpiper and 110 Brent Geese recorded in Brands Bay.

Harbour update - posted 13/11/19

A Long-eared Owl at Swineham was the showstopper today. The species remains very rare in Dorset and extremely rare in the Harbour, with only a couple of records confirmed within the Harbour this century! Our school bird boat today logged 2 Velvet Scoter seen in the central harbour area this morning. Other highlights from the trip included 2 Spoonbill on Brownsea Lagoon and building numerous of Red-breasted Merganser in the Central Harbour.

A high tide visit to Coombe Viewpoint offered c200 Lapwing, c250 Avocet, Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit & a female Marsh Harrier and a brief visit to the Holton Lee pool early afternoon produced 4 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher.

Harbour update - posted 12/11/19

Amigrant Red Kite passing over Upton Heath early afternoon was a pleasant highlight today. Coombe Heath Viewpoint this morning provided views of 2 Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine along with a mobile Avocet flock, several Curlew, Shelduck, Black-tailed Godwit and numerous Teal and Wigeon.

A Great Northern Diver and 2 Black-necked Grebes remained visible off Middle Beach today. Jerry's Point featured c40 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Brent Goose, 56 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Dunlin & Ringed Plover. While Brand Bay produced 1 Great White Egret, c110 Brent Goose, 1 Spotted Redshank, 40 Lapwing, as well as abundant Pintail & Curlew, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Shelduck, Great Crested Grebe, Teal and Wigeon.

Habour update - posted 11/11/19

Another nice autumnal day brought in good reports from around the Harbour. Shell Bay provided several sightings including 7 Brent Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit and 2 StonechatBramble Bush Bay harboured a similar assemblage as well as 28 Turnstone and a single Redshank.

Off Middle Beach a maximum of 9 Black-necked Grebe were reported, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Razorbill and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Brands Bay was also productive with 700 Wigeon, 50 Pintail, 10 Avocet, 170 Brent Geese, 5 Grey Plover, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Dartford Warbler, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Turnstone, 300+ sinensis Cormorant, 11 Shelduck, 45 Curlew, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Black-necked Grebe and a Knot.

Jerry’s Point featured 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Black-Necked Grebe and 15 Red-Breasted Merganser, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Northern Diver and 5 Great Crested Grebe this afternoon. Other highlights include 1 Great White Egret at Littlesea, 50+ Avocet at Stonebench, 2 Spotted Redshank and 3 Green Sandpiper seen at Lytchett Fields and 70 Avocet at Upton Country Park. Swineham recorded upwards of 50 Lapwing, 21 Curlew, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Raven, 2 Green Sandpiper and 23 Black-tailed Godwit.

Harbour update - posted 10/11/19

Sightings a little thin today despite the improvement in weather conditions. Poole Park produced a single Goldeneye on Poole Park Boating Lake. While Holes Bay NW held its fair share of waders and wildfowl today. Numerous Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit were seen along with Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and 8 Little Grebe.

Today saw a minimum count of 8 Water Pipit on The Pool Field, Lytchett.

Last night’s trip to Hartland (the first visit this autumn/winter) to survey for nocturnal feeders delivered a hattrick with 2 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe and 1 Common Snipe ringed, with c15 Woodcock seen. Woodcock will begin arriving in numbers (coinciding with the first full moon in the month - 12th November) and a study commissioned by Birds of Poole Harbour during winter 2013/14 estimated approximately 650 Woodcock over-winter within the Poole Harbour area each year.

Woodcock - Hartland

Jack Snipe - Hartland

Common Snipe - Hartland

Harbour update - posted 09/11/19

A Velvet Scoter was seen off Red Horn Quay before heavy rain this morning. Later in the day 6 Turnstone, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Common Seal and numerous Curlew and Brent Geese. While over at Lytchett Fields a colour-ringed Lapwing was recorded, probably ringed in Holland.

A decent haul from a watch from Middle Beach, Studland produced 2 Black-necked Grebe 2 Great Crested Grebe and 16 Brent Geese.

Meanwhile, 6 Woodcock were seen on a walk around Morden bog this afternoon.

Harbour update - posted 08/11/19

A lovely still morning at Lytchett Fields produced 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin and c30 Redshank. Parkstone Bay held 42 Brent Geese and Baiter held a further 10, along with10 Turnstone and several Redshank.

A female Peregrine made a brief appearance at Middlebere, flushing 4 Spoonbill, 2 Brent Goose and a Bar-tailed Godwit was feeding amongst the Black-tailed Godwits.

A visit to Hartland Moor revealed 2 Woodlark, several Fieldfare and singles of Siskin and Dartford Warbler. Sightings from a rather cold School Bird Boat included 2 Black-necked Grebe in Ower Bay, a small handful of Red-breasted Merganser and a slight increase in Brent Goose numbers around the Studland peninsular.

Harbour update - posted 07/11/19

The first of our Poole Town Winter Birding Walks kick-started today – and what a day to start. The weather was beautiful, and there was plenty about to train our spotting scope onto. The Quay offered intimate views of Turnstone before we caught up with a loose flock of c75 Brent Goose along the shoreline at Whitecliff. A Bar-tailed Godwit was among the feeding Oystercatcher flocks on Baiter Park. Tufted Duck were in abundance on Poole Park Boating Lake, but there was no sign of the recent Scaup.

A beautiful calm sunny morning at Middlebere with c150 Avocet, c300 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, c80 Dunlin, 15 Grey Plover, 1 Pintail, 3 Great Crested Grebe, a female Marsh Harrier and numerous Kingfisher sightings. The walk along Middlebere track held a mixed flock of c250 Fieldfare and Redwing and as many as 24 Robin.

A scan from Jerry’s Point offered views of 2 Velvet Scoter, 14 Common Scoter, at least 8 Black-necked Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser and a single Light-bellied Brent Goose fly by. Spoonbill numbers have dipped recently, with 5 observed from Avocet Hide at Arne, along with a single Great White Egret and 6 Spotted Redshank.

From Middle Beach this evening there was a decent mix of birds with 12 Common Scoter (11 females and 1 male), 8 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 100+ Med Gulls.


Harbour Update - posted 06/11/19

Another exciting day today with plenty of interest. The undoubted highlight (well, for us anyway) was the mass Wood Pigeon migration that took place over the harbour this AM.  It’s one of our favourite days in the birding calendar when the Wood Pigeon migrate.....yes, really sad I know. But its one hell of a spectacle and this morning around 50,000 moved west, south west high above the harbour, passing over Sandbanks and Brownsea. It happens every year, but only on a single morning when the conditions are perfect, normally between Nov 1st - 10th with crystal clear sky's and a light NE breeze. Below are several videos of the many hundreds of flocks that flew over between 8am and 9am this morning. Annoyingly we missed the peak time which is normally between 7am and 8am. In 2010 a record count of 161,000 were counted on the morning of November was quite a sight!

It's assumed these are all UK Wood Pigeons that have moved south through the country during the late summer and early Autumn and are departing the south coast, heading down into Cork Oak forests of Portugal and Spain.

There was plenty else on offer today too with the Wood Sandpiper still on the Swineham Scrape along with 2 Green Sandpiper, 35 Curlew, 62 Lapwing, 1 Redshank and 2 Common Snipe. In Brands Bay the drake Velvet Scoter was still present along with 3 Common Scoter, also the first 2 drake Goldeneye of the winter and 3 Black-necked Grebe. Off Middle Beach, Studland the summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was still there along with 15 Black-necked Grebe. A flock of 2-3000 Starling left the reedbeds near Swineham at dawn as Marsh Harrier began to stir in the Wareham Channel. Finally, a Great Bustard was seen again in flight over Brownsea this time, heading towards Arne and just outside the harbour boundary an adult male Hen Harrier was seen at Morden Bog.

Wood Pigeon migration over Poole Harbour this morning

Harbour Update - posted 05/11/19

It was much of the same today but still all exciting none the less. The Velvet Scoter was out near Brownsea mid-morning but was seen flying towards the harbour mouth and the 3 Common Scoter were still present in Brands Bay along with c30 Red-breasted Merganser and 6 Black-necked Grebe. A summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was off Middle Beach. In Middlebere there were c200 Avocet, c600 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Dunlin, 75 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine, 6 Spoonbill, 17 Grey Plover, 22 Brent Geese and 27 Curlew with a few Fieldfare about too. The best news of the day was that the west Poole Harbour harrier roost saw 10 Marsh Harrier leave this morning, which is the highest since 2016. The Little Owl was seen at Holton Lee first thing this AM and in Holes Bay North, Avocet, Redshank, Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Black-tailed Godwit and Gadwall were all on easy show from the Stone Bench at Upton CP and along the cycle path.

Harbour Update - posted 04/11/19

There’s no doubt Poole Harbour is easiest to bird than in winter with good numbers of a whole host of species dotted around various parts of the harbour. With yesterdays Long-tailed Duck and Scaup the winter vibe really picked up and it continued this morning too with a Velvet Scoter settled out in Brands Bay along with 9 Black-necked Grebe, 46 Red-breasted Merganser, 28 Great Crested Grebe and a Great Northern Diver was in Shell Bay. Around the Groynes of North Haven 3 Rock Pipit were feeding on cast seaweed and a few Meadow Pipit were moving overhead. Out in Whitley Lake, Sandbanks there were 108 Brent Geese, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit and 11 Turnstone. Off Branksome Chine 3 Sandwich Tern were feeding along the shoreline and 3 Common Scoter were settled on the water at the end of the day before alighting and headed into the harbour where they settled off Jerry’s Point with 2 Great Northern Diver which also flew in at dusk whilst 23 Shag left. At Lytchett Fields there were 4 Avocet, 6 Greenshank, 8 Dunlin, c70 Redshank, 1 Water Pipit and 1 Rock Pipit and out in Lytchett Bay 49 Brent Geese, c100 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe and 1 Red-breasted Merganser were on the water with 2 Bearded Tit in the reedbed. The Sunnyside Scrape was pretty flooded but held good numbers of Lapwing, Teal, Gadwall and Mallard and in Poole Park there was no sign of the Scaup but 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Little Grebe were logged.

Rock Pipit - North Haven - Sandbanks

Harbour update - posted 03/11/19

With the worst of yesterday’s winds passed there were strong winter vibes out in the Harbour today. Early morning saw a summer plumage Great-northern Diver enter through the harbour mouth, along with a Velvet Scoter heading towards South Deep and Brands Bay where it joined c50-60 Red-breasted Merganser. Meanwhile Bramble Bush Bay sheltered 4 Greenshank, 2 Sanderling, 19 Turnstone, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 3 Great-crested Grebes. Also a Peregrine passing over Studland. Over the other side of the peninsula there was a nice surprise of c12 Bottlenose Dolphin just outside the harbour mouth off Pilots Point at Shell Bay, along with 1 Common Scoter and a female Long-tailed Duck which settled briefly before being disturbed by jet skis.

On the North Haven side a Black Redstart was found on Sandbanks Pavilion roof, plus c15 Brent Geese in Whitley Lake. Further round at Poole Park there was a 1st-winter Scaup in south-east corner of boating lake just 3 feet off the duck feeding area!

Lytchett Fields was still half flooded this morning holding only 34 Lapwing, Black Headed Gulls and a Little Egret. These were later joined by 94 Avocet, 10 Dunlin and 2 Red-breasted Merganser.

At Middlebere the channel held good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets, Lapwing, Teal & Wigeon, plus 3 Pintail, 7 Brent Geese, 27 Grey Plover & 6 Spotted Redshank. Raptor wise a Peregrine was making the most of the vacant Osprey pole, whilst a Sparrowhawk and a female Marsh Harrier and also made appearances. Further up the track on Hartland moor there was a Male Merlin eating breakfast early morning and later a female at the end of the tramway. Finally, a late Hobby over the Arne Road this afternoon, and 6 Marsh Harrier in west of the harbour around Swineham/Wareham Channel area.


Harbour update - posted 02/11/19

The winds were howling this morning, making the afternoon winds of 36 mph seem positively light! Conditions limited time spent in the field. However, scanning a blustery Brownsea Lagoon from the comfort of our HQ revealed c220 Dunlin, 21 Avocet, c20 Grey Plover and c60Black-tailed Godwit amongst reasonable numbers of Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Redshank, Greenshank, Teal, Gadwall, and Shoveler.

There were no signs of yesterday’s Hen Harriers over at Middlebere but the conditions were far from ideal. Compensation came in the form of several Marsh Harrier showing well as they battled the strong winds including a stunning adult male which are incredibly rare plumage type and age of Marsh Harrier in Poole Harbour. 

A visit to South Haven early afternoon as the winds eased prodiced 1 Red-throated Diver125+ Brent Goose, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Turnstone and 10 Sanderling. Brands Bay held 2 Common Scoter, 9 Red-breasted Merganser and 17 Turnstone.

Amazingly, an evening visit to Swineham produced a really late Wood Sandpiper on one of the new scrapes which is probably one of the latest Dorset records. Also on the scrapes were c200 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Lapwing, 53 Curlew and 2 different Marsh Harrier flew over. On the main gravel pit at Swineham was a single Goldeneye (rare here) and 4 Great Crested Grebe. A Black Redstart was in a private garden on the housing estate opposite Purbeck Sports Centre.

Around Studland there was a Red-throated Diver, 125 + Brent Goose, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Turnstone and 10 Sanderling and in Brands Bay 2 Common Scoter, 9 Red-breasted Merganser and 17 Turnstone.


Marsh Harrier - Middlebere - Simon Kidner


A busy scene on Brownsea Lagoon

Black-tailed Godwit - Brownsea Lagoon

Harbour Update - posted 01/11/19

Finally, 2 Hen Harrier in the harbour today - sighted in and around Middlebere! And it turned out to be a fine day on the raptor front as 4 Marsh Harrier were observed between Arne Moors and Keysworth shore, a female Merlin was perched in birches below Great Knoll on Hartland and at least one (possibly two) Short-eared Owl were seen from Lytchett Bay View during a watch this morning.

An impressive 56 species were recorded during the Lytchett Bay View watch including a sub adult male Marsh Harrier, 375 Wigeon, 328 Teal, 5 Brent Goose, 185 Canada Goose, 9 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 58 Shelduck, 6 Mallard, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (first of the winter in the Bay), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 104 Avocet, 78 Oystercatcher, 46 Lapwing, 28 Curlew, 253 Black-tailed Godwit, 31 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 2 Greenshank and 132 Redshank. Crikey! Lytchett Fields also held 2 Water Pipit.

A Great Bustard flew over Studland towards Old Harry earlier this afternoon.

A short stint at the Raptor screen, Arne rewarded views of Marsh Harrier and Kingfisher and Fieldfare. Brownsea Lagoon was teeming with activity and the webcams provided views of abundant Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Curlew, Brent Goose and various wildfowl.

Harbour Update - posted 31/10/19

Lytchett Fields held 7 Water Pipit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank and 40 Redshank. Brownsealagoon webcams offered views of c50 Avocet, c100 Dunlin, c20 Curlew, Grey Plover and numerous wildfowl. A morning along Holes Bay NE and NW produced c500 Black-tailed Godwit, c600 Wigeon, 29 Avocet, 84 Dunlin, c120 Redshank, c60 Curlew, c60 Oystercatcher, c50 Shoveler, c20 Pintail, 3 Kingfisher and 1 Brent Goose. Baiter Park featured singles Sandwich Tern and female Goldeneye.

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