Sightings01/12/2022

Harbour Update – posted 01/12/22

Misty conditions struggled to clear across the harbour this morning given the still weather. The Wareham Common Great White Egret was present for another day, seen while on the bypass. A Razorbill is still kicking around North Channel, today seen feeding off the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sandbanks. An out exploring the harbour at low tide, 11 Spoonbill were feeding in the Middlebere Channel, watched from the Arne Lookout hide. By the end of the day, visibility was better and a roost watch off Jerrys Point logged 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, c20 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 9 Avocet, 1 Sandwich Tern and a Marsh Harrier was in Brands Bay. Meanwhile, off Middle Beach, Studland just after sunset there were 6 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 17 Common Scoter, 8 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Great Crested Grebe in several loose roosts.

Our safari this Sunday is sold out, but there’s still availability on the final two safari trips on the lead up to the Christmas break. More details about these trips can be found here. Numbers of winter visitors are building nicely across the harbour and our checklists are consistently hitting 50 species from the cruises – Great Northern Divers are set to have a good year while Red-throated Diver and Eider, a couple of smart open water water species seldom logged within the harbour, have frequently offered good views recently.

Spoonbill – Middlebere Channel Kate Plater

Curlew – Middlebere Channel Kate Plater

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