Harbour Update – posted 01/10/16

The Brownsea Lagoon was again given another good grilling today and the reward came in the shape of a juvenile Great Skua which came and pitched down next to a dead gull for around an hour before moving off again. Other totals from the lagoon included 43 Spoonbill, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 8 Knot, 25 Greenshank, 15 Spotted Redshank, 174 Redshank, 9 Sanderling, 4 Turnstone, 456 Dunlin, 58 Bar-tailed godwit, 191 Avocet, 33 Ringed Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 2 Snipe, 600+ Oystercatcher, 3 Common and 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kingfisher and 3 Water Rail. Up on Hartland 2 Merlin were seen interacting, a male and a female. At Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs remained and a juvenile Marsh Harrier passed through and there were also 2 Knot on the fields. At Swineham there were Yellow Wagtail at the end of the lane, a Hobby dashed through and at Swineham Point 2 Skylark, 2 Snipe and a Kingfisher, along with a Wheatear at Bestwall and 6 Sand Martin feeding over the main pit. 

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