Harbour Update – posted 03/10/20

The weather may have been a tad off putting today, but it didn’t stop us getting out and about! If you didn’t venture out today, we hope this video will give you a seen of what’s about in the harbour at the moment and inspire some October birding.

Our enjoyable visit to Swineham this afternoon featured plenty of migrants, highlights being 8 Pochard, 2 Cattle Egret, c.1000 Swallow, c.500 House Martin, 3 Marsh Harrier, 5 Bearded Tit and a Peregrine that was too quick too capture on camera!

Elsewhere across the harbour, Holes Bay continues to draw in winter vistors, with 429 Wigeon, 10 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Mallard, 57 Mute Swan, 3 Pintail, 9 Shoveler, 37 Teal, 12 Canada Geese, c.200 Black-tailed Godwit, 40+ Redshank, 30+ Dunlin, 15+ Curlew, Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull and 2 Kingfisher. A flock of 10 Stonechat was a lovely addition near the screen hide and a Firecrest was opposite Upton House entrance this afternoon, with tons of hirundines whizzing over the fields. There was no sign of the Long-billed Dowitcher at Lytchett Fields today, however 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Spotted Redshank helped make up for its absence among the hundreds of waders on the rising tide. A Siberian Chiffchaff at recorded at Broadstone yesterday evening, but there has been no subsequent sightings.

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