Harbour Update – posted 08/11/22

Although we’re coming to the end of the autumn migration season, when the wind builds like it has been over the last few days then there’s always the chance of storm driven species to appear, even into mid-November, which is what happened today. Firstly, a Leach’s Storm Petrel was logged off Branksome Chine by Graham Armstrong during a morning sea watch, which is scarce bird for the Poole Harbour recording area. Then, this evening an adult winter plumage Sabine’s Gull was found by Nicki Tutton, the DWT Brownsea Warden in the gull roost which also saw c3000 Herring Gull settle at dusk. The Branksome sea watch was pretty decent actually and also saw 5 Little Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, c10 Kittiwake, c10 Gannet and 11 dark-bellied Brent Geese. This afternoon 2 ringtail Hen Harrier were seen around Middlebere and 7 Marsh Harrier were around the Swineham area. In Poole Park this morning 3 Sandwich Tern were fishing and c200 sinensis Cormorant were feeding by the outflow. In Holes Bay a Spotted Redshank was still in the SW section and a whopping 126 Shoveler were counted. Finally, off Jerry’s Point 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver were seen.

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