Harbour Update – posted 02/10/16

A vis-mig session up on Ballard seemed like it could be productive but as dawn approached a few Goldfinch, Linnet and Siskin flocks moved through followed by a handful of Crossbill and that was about it. The biggest movers were Meadow Pipit and alba Wagtails with the prior moving all day on a broad front across the whole harbour. Up on Ballard there was a single Redstart and an obvious moderate arrival of Chiffchaff and Goldcrest. Sadly, it was announced that a Great Skua was found exhausted on Shipstal Beach and had to be taken into care, which would have almost certainly bee the bird that was on the Brownsea Lagoon yesterday. On the rising tide today on Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs was still present with 136 Dunlin, 200+ Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 40+ Snipe and a Marsh Harrier. Up on Hartland there were 3 Merlin and 4 Marsh Harrier were in the west Poole Harbour roost. The Brownsea Spoonbill total was 40 with 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Spotted Redshank and a whole suit of other commoners waders. An early evening Osprey drifting low over Lilliput was a nice end of day surprise. 

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