Harbour Update – posted 09/10/19

Our second School Bird Boat of the winter took place this morning and they were lucky enough to see an Osprey circling right over the boat off Shipstal Point, Arne. A further 3 Osprey were also recorded over at Lytchett Bay so potentially 4 in the area currently. Also spotted from the boat was a flock of 55 Spoonbill at Middlebere and a Redbreasted Merganser in South Deep. Also, at Lytchett Bay, a ringing session this morning produced small movements of GoldcrestReed Bunting, Blackcap and Cetti’s Warbler. Lytchett Fields also recorded singles of Spotted RedshankGreen SandpiperRedshank and Blacktailed Godwit, along with 2 Greenshank.

A good variety of wader species were logged at Brownsea Lagoon this morning with 83 Avocet, c80 Blacktailed Godwit, c12 CurlewRedshankGreenshankDunlin and 1 Spoonbill. Wildfowl numbers are still high with WigeonGadwallShoveler and Teal recorded. A Peregrine spent most of the day sat on the back wall of the lagoon surveying the area for unsuspecting prey.

Sunnyside produced a single Firecrest, whilst at the Quay several Swallow flew right over our office. Middlebere was also bustling with c350 Blacktailed Godwit, c150 Avocet, c50 Redshank, a Great White EgretLapwingTeal and Wigeon. A Sparrowhawk was logged at PCW Drain and a Marsh Harrier was seen at Holton Pools in the afternoon.

Sparrowhawk – PC World Drain – Ian Ballam

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