Harbour Update – posted 03/10/15

Another fine still early autumn day which produced a bit of fog and mist, but the sun soon burnt that off. A ringing session at Lytchett Heath saw a good mix of species including 4 late Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler along with good numbers of Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest, 2 Bearded Tit (four more present in the reeds) and 1 lone Lesser Redpoll. There was a bit of vis-mig whilst ringing too which saw 8+ Lesser Redpoll, 6 Crossbill, 2 Woodlark, 1 Redwing, several Siskin and a high flying Bullfinch. At South Haven 17 Crossbill passed over the harbour mouth with 2 Yellow Wagtail and a handful of Chiffchaff and 5 Brent Geese arrived. The Ring Ouzel (possibly 2) was again feeding in the Rowan Tree at Middlebere much to the delight of several photographers. Also at Middlebere 22 Brent Geese came down and settled in the channel and there were big numbers of Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Wigeon and Teal present. On RSPB Lytchett Fields there were 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Greenshank and a Firecrest was along the lane. The Great White Egret was on the Brownsea Lagoon for most of the morning and the harbour Spoonbill flock reached 47…almost breaking the 50 mark!, also there 29 Little Egret, 16 Spotted Redshank, 355 Teal, 55 Wigeon and 83 Dunlin.

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