Harbour update – 11/01/18

Numbers of Egyptian Geese continue to rise in the harbour area with 9 to the east of Holmebridge with another flying north over Lytchett Bay. Bramble Bush Bay still held the immature female Velvet Scoter as well as 5 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-necked Grebe. The Poole Park Great Northern Diver was still in attendance catching crabs on the main boating lake. Four Spoonbill were on Brownsea Lagoon with another 5 on the foreshore in the Fitzworth area and a lone bird on Lytchett Fields. A Spotted Redshank was on Sherford Pools in addition to 3 Greenshank. A single Sandwich Tern was buzzing around Newton Bay where good numbers of Red-breasted Merganser (50+) were present. At Swineham a Bittern flew from the direction of Arne Moors and appeared to drop near Lakeview and in the nearby fields were 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 55+ Curlew and 40 Lapwing. A Dartford Warbler at the far end of Swineham GPs probably represents the first site record.

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