Harbour Update – Posted 10/02/16

Another fine sunny day (we could get used to this) obviously got a few birds moving about. There was a recent high of 7 Marsh Harrier in the west of the harbour early evening, including a newly arrived spanking adult male. There were also still 2 ringtail Hen Harrier in the same area as the Marsh Harrier. The Black Guillemot was tucked into the Brownsea shoreline mid-morning and still at least 5 Great Northern Diver around the Brownsea and the inner harbour. The 10-15 Spoonbill were again on Shipstal and the Smew was still in Holes Bay north/south. At PC World there were 2 Firecrest, 18 Chiffchaff, including a Siberian (tristis) type and c15 Siskin. A high tide count at RSPB Lytchett Fields saw a whopping 873 birds with highlights being 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 478 Lapwing, 300+ Dunlin, 1 Med Gull, 5 Greenshank and good numbers of other common waders and wildfowl. 

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