Sightings31/01/2013

30/01/12

Another school bird boat went out this morning with a true spectacle to behold. As we were approaching the Brownsea Lagoon we noticed a flock of about 50-100 Black-tailed Godwit flying in off the sea over Sandbanks heading for the lagoon, and then another 100 and another and another until we had squadrons on Black-tailed Godwit flying over us like Spitfires returning home after a long term away from home. In total around 1000 Black-tailed Godwit, which we presume were the birds arriving back from the Avon Valley, came and landed on the lagoon, only to be instantly disturbed by a Peregrine. Another great spectacle was the Sterte Starling flock at about 17:15pm wheeling and twisting about the town. The flock consisted of several thousand birds, so if your in the area, its well worth a look. Other sightings from today include several Marsh Tit sightings from Rempstone, Little Sea and South Haven. Middle Beach had 1 Great Northern Diver and 8 Black-necked Grebe. A Golden Pheasant was seen on the slipway of Furzey Island. Holmbridge recorded the Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose and 3 Goosander at High Tor. 13 Spoonbill were on Shipstal Point.

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