Harbour Update – posted 09/12/14

The Lesser Yellowlegs was looked for again yesterday, but unfortunately didn’t materialise. One place that was checked was Poole Park boating lake, which has currently been drained, offering a feeding habitat not just for a Yellowlegs but many other species of bird too. I was stunning to see that around 10 Little Egret, 10 Turnstone, several Black-tailed Godwit, numerous Oystercatcher and a good variety of Duck were just meters from the lake wall, not fussed one bit by the many runners, dog walkers and prams that were whizzing on by. The harbour was flat calm early morning, which made counting the open water species easier. From the harbour mouth there as 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 50+ Red-breasted Merganser, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 15 Sanderling on the rocks and a handful of Goldeneye. The Spoonbill are commuting between Brownsea and Shipstal on the high tides, and still out feeding in Holes Bay and Middlebere on the low tides. I have kindly been sent 2 photos of the Brownsea Lesser Yellowlegs by Brian Hill, one of the lucky DWT volunteers on the island that day carrying out a winter work party.¬†Thanks Jol Mitchell for also sending in a photo of the Bean Geese from Monday 8th December.

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