Harbour Update – posted 10/01/21

We’d like to thank everyone that’s continued to send us sightings whilst out on their daily exercise, we really appreciate it. Today was also Poole Harbour WeBS so quite a few sectors were covered as well. As it transpired there were several highlights, most notably the sunning harbour scene once the fog cleared leaving a glass calm harbour to be counted. The best from the day included 4 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Scaup, 2 Great Northern Diver, 31 Great Crested Grebe, and 15 Goldeneye off Jerry’s Point whilst out in central harbour there were 48 Goldeneye, 82 Great Crested Grebe, 42 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Northern Diver and 8 Black-necked Grebe. Surprise of the day was when c50 Barnacle Geese came in low over Lytchett Bay and started circling the sub-urban northern fringes of the bay, circling so low residents could sound record them in their gardens! A Cattle Egret was at Lytchett Fields and a Great White Egret was in Brands Bay. Pochard seem to be having ‘a better’ winter in the harbour with 2 on Holme Lane GP and 1 on Little Sea at dusk with the roosting wildfowl flock. Spoonbill’s were in Middlebere and the Wareham Channel. Merlin and Marsh Harrier were seen at different sites with 3 Marsh Harrier at Lytchett Bay and Merlin at Middlebere and Arne.


Cattle Egret – Lytchett Fields – Shaun Robson

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