Sightings11/02/2013

11/02/13

This is an update of sightings over the last three days. On the 09/02/13, the Green-winged Teal remained at Upton CP. At Lytchett Bay a Firecrest was in Slough Lane, with 2 Water Pipit on RSPB land. From Soldiers Road looking towards Arne Moors 2 Marsh Harrier went into roost with a Barn Owl out hunting. On Hartland Heath there was 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl and a Barn Owl. At Swineham 13 Spoonbill flew down river and on the gravel pits there was 1 Goldeneye 18 Pochard and 12 Tufted Duck, also there, 1 Brambling on the lane with Chaffinches. A male Merlin was at East Stoke. Weather on the 10/02/13 was pretty poor all day but some minor coverage produced 52 Black-necked Grebe from Middle Beach car park, also 1 Slavonian Grebe and 11 Great Crested Grebe. South Haven had 1 Great Northern Diver and 5 Sanderling. What a difference a day make with the 11/02/13 being a perfect still day for harbour watching as a school bird boat left the quay. Highlights included a female Scaup and 13 Spoonbill off Arne. Also out in the harbour 3 Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 30+ Goldeneye, 150 Red-breasted Merganser and 80+ Great Crested Grebe. The Brownsea lagoon saw good counts of Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Avocet, Shoveler, Oystercatcher and Curlew. Out over Swineham this evening 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier and a Barn Owl. At dusk 3 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Sanderling and a Med Gull were on Pilots Point.

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