Sightings11/01/2018

Harbour update – 10/01/18

A welcome bit of sunshine resulted in more reports today – thank you! Studland Bay held 320 Brent Geese, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-necked Grebe, 44 Sanderling and in the village 3 Ring-necked Parakeet. Bramble Bush Bay was also productive with 2 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver, 9 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Sanderling and a Kingfisher. With water levels on Brownsea Lagoon still higher than normal Knot have been quite hard to locate recently so it was pleasing to hear of 38 in Brand’s Bay. In Poole Park the Great Northern Diver was still in attendance as well as several Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser with the drakes displaying in the glorious sunshine. Two Spoonbill were still on Otter Island in Lytchett Bay and at least 11 were seen from Shipstal Point in the afternoon. The adult male Hen Harrier continues to dart around various sites in the west of the harbour. At Swineham a Firecrest was seen and several pinging Bearded Tit remained resolutely hidden in the reeds although a Grass Snake lured out by the winter sun was more cooperative.

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