Harbour Update – posted 02/10/20

We all love wind! Don’t we? Well, those that went sea watching early doors certainly did with two great harbour species logged out in Poole Bay, initially with a Sooty Shearwater tracked across the bay then a later on a dark-phase Long-tailed Skua. Other notable species logged in the bay were the 1st Great Northern Diver of the winter, 1 Merlin, c30 Wigeon, 1 Brent Goose, a small flock of Common Scoter, c15 Sandwich Tern, c10 Gannet and 3 Med Gulls. Holes Bay NW had a great range of birds too with 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank, 27 Knot, 46 Dunlin, 400+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine and 1 Kingfisher. The Long-billed Dowitcher made a brief appearance on Holton Pools but wasn’t seen on Lytchett Fields where there was c400 Dunlin, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and c100 Black-tailed Godwit

Interestingly there was a possible 161 species to be seen in September within the Poole Harbour recording area and with October already starting off with a bang, will we see a great October total too?

Pintail – Middlebere 

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