Sightings16/10/2012

16th October 2012

A strong south westerly wind had picked up by mid morning making harbour watching difficult. An RSPB school bird boat went out this morning and saw good numbers of birds on the Brownsea Lagoon. Totals included 18 Spoonbill, 4 Knot , 13 Spotted Redshank , 40+ Curlew , 4 Brent Geese, 400 Avocet, 5 Greenshank, 700 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Oystercatcher, plus many Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Redshank and Cormorant. Very quiet out on the water with just 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Great Crested Grebe with at least another 15 Brent Geese in and around the marshes at Arne. A report of a 1st Winter Caspian Gull came in from Holes Bay mid afternoon, but despite much searching late afternoon/early evening couldn’t be relocated.

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