Harbour Update – posted 06/11/14

Yesterday morning saw 21500 Wood Pigeon move across the harbour but a sudden blanket of cloud soon put a stop to the spectacle. Elsewhere in the country Portskewett, Gwent  saw 200,000 move yesterday. The Great White Egret was again in Brands Bay, 3 Black-necked Grebe were off Middle Beach and 10+ Chiffchaff were along the woodland trail. Shipstal saw 46 Spoonbill and there were 2 Firecrest in the scrub next to the toilets at Arne. A small piece of Thrush movement occurred at Lytchett Bay with 43 Fieldfare and 38 Redwing, with 2 Spoonbill in the bay and a Jack Snipe over. A quick sea-watch took place off Branksome Chine after news arrived that Portland was seeing good numbers of Pomarine Skua off the bill. The sea-watch from Branksome produced 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 7 Little Gull, 2 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 14 Wigeon, 15+ Kittiwake and 1 Razorbill. A school bird boat today saw an increase in Red-breasted Mergansers appearing, but still not much else in the way of Divers or Goldeneye, lets hope the full moon tomorrow night sees an arrival of birds.  

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