9th October 2012

A short wet trip down to the harbour mouth produced some nice birds in half an hour. A Red-throated Diver flew in and landed in Shell Bay for around 30 seconds before taking off again and headed into the harbour towards Brownsea. 5 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew in high from the east over the harbour mouth and down toward Arne. 5 Sandwich Tern were still feeding off the sea wall at North Haven, and a Sparrowhawk made an unusual sea voyage flying low across the water from South Haven to North Haven. On the way back a quick stop off at Shore Road produced 8 Turnstaone on the beach, 1 each of Oystercatcher and Redshank and 2 Stonechat on one of the 4 gorse bushes! Poole Park had at least 30 House Martins and Swallows hawking over with 1 Sand Martin.

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