Golden Delight – posted 17/02/14

The rare orange ball that seems to have deserted us for most of the winter was hanging beautifully in the sky yesterday, beaming down rays of warmth, which I have to say felt glorious. The storms have obviously left a trail of destruction and a number of birds seemed to have been displaced due to the weather. Another Little Gull was out on Baiter on Saturday morning along with 15 Med Gull. The Surf Scoter is still present out in Ower Bay with a Slavonian Grebe, 5 Great Northern Diver and 7 Black-necked Grebe. There were 16 Black-necked Grebe and a Great Northern Diver off Goathorn and 4 Great Northern Diver and a Common Scoter in Studland Bay. There were also 2 Firecrest in the wood at South Beach. A male Hen Harrier was on Slepe Moor and a juv Marsh Harrier at Middlebere. At Swineham 600 Lapwing, 2 Bearded Tit, 20 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Smew, 14 Pochard, 93 Shoveler and 3 Little Grebe. A ringing session in the center of Poole produced a nice surprise with a Common Buzzard ringed along with 3 re-trap Chiffchaff, one of which was originally ringed at the same site in January 2012. An impressive 2000 gulls roosted at Parkstone Bay containing 120+ Mediterranean Gull. The Goosander is still present in Poole Park and a sea-watch off Branksome Chine produced 12 Pintail, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Kittiwake, 2 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot and a Great Crested Grebe. A Bittern was seen flying along Arne Moors.

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