Harbour Round Up – 18/01/14

Two separate boat trips have been out over the last two days with another venturing out tomorrow. Bird species out on the water have produced no major surprises other than a Slavonian Grebe near Goathorn. Other species recorded were 6+ Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, several Black-necked Grebe, 1 Scaup, 20+ Spoonbill off Shipstal, 20+ Goldeneye and a Razorbill off Green Island. At Shell Bay 14 Sanderling and 15 Ringed Plover were on the Beach and 3 Eider were in the Shell Bay. In Studland Bay 2 Common Scoter were present. At Middlebere 410 Avocet, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit plus 30 Dunlin, 20 Curlew, Redshank, Teal and Wigeon were chasing the tideline. At Lytchett Bay the Smew was still present also 5 Greenshank, 1 Peregrine, both male and female Hen Harrier and 6 Greylag Geese. The Brownsea Lagoon was looking spectacular with many, many hundreds of birds including the usual Avocet, Black and Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Knot, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Shoveler, Turnstone, Oystercatcher and Common Redshank.

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