Habour update – posted 15/11/19

Plenty of great sightings today, with a good range picked up on the survey boat, including c150 Red-breasted Merganser, 200 Great Crested Grebe and 450 Brent GeeseBrownsea Lagoon was highly productive, with 1000+ Dunlin, c50 Grey Plover, 15 Spoonbill, 4 Sanderling, c150 Avocet, 3 Spotted Redshank, Knot, Ringed Plover, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, c800 Black-tailed Godwit, and Common Snipe.

Unusually, there was a record of a Sanderling feeding at Lytchett Bay this morning. This is the first sighting during winter on record. At Lytchett Fields there were reports of 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper and 70 Lapwing, as well as over 100 Avocets and 57 Brent Geese in Lytchett Bay and 4 Water Pipits on the Pool Field.

Unfortunately, still no sign of the Long-eared Owl at Swineham, but otherwise great sightings of Marsh Harrier, 300 Curlew, 134 Lapwing, 1 Swallow, 2 Pochard and 1 PeregrineOther highlights include 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter in the central harbour, 1 White-fronted Goose at Bestwall, 1 Merlin feeding at Arne, 12 Black-necked grebe and 1 Red-throated Diver seen near Hamworthy beach.

A Red-necked Grebe was seen to fly into the harbour this morning, along with 85 Shag, 25 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 diver sp. & 1 Sandwich Tern and the groynes opposite Sandbanks Pavilion features 22 Ringed Plover & 5 SanderlingA Slavonian Grebe was recorded at Baiter amongst 2 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Rock Pipit.

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