Harbour Update – posted 02/11/14

Today was the Poole Harbour WeBS count so the harbour saw some nice coverage for most of the day. Starting with the Studland area where the Great White Egret appeared in Brands Bay again and a Yellow-browed Warbler was still in Knoll Beach car park. Out in Studland Bay there were 17 Black-necked Grebe. Elsewhere there was Black Redstart x 1 at Arne Farm and another at Knoll Beach, Firecrest x 4 in the Arne car park,
Hen Harrier x 1 on Arne Moors,
Marsh Harrier x 4 in the Wareham Channel including the adult male, 
Peregrine x 1 on Arne Moors,
Spoonbill x 28 at Shipstal Point,
Knot x 7 Arne Bay (rare here), Red-breasted Merganser x 20 off Long Island,
Goldeneye x 9 in Central Harbour, Woodcock x 2 Grip Heath, Arne. A Brambling was on Brownsea Island mid-afternoon. There was also 2 Firecrest at the Swineham entrance road. The first Pochard of the autumn was at Hatch Pond, and Baiter saw its first Brent Geese of the autumn. There seemed to be good numbers of the ‘usuals’ with at least 400 Avocet at the mouth of Middlebere/Wytch Lake, plus big numbers of Curlew, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit and wildfowl species. 

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