Harbour Update – posted 10/10/23

Signs of winter were in much evidence this morning with a range of new arrivals entering the harbour including the first small groups of dark-bellied Brent Geese through the harbour mouth, a small arrival of Redwing and Song Thrush over South Haven and 3 Red-breasted Merganser off Jerry’s Point. There was also a grounded Ring Ouzel at South Haven, Studland and a group of 7 Cattle Egret arrived through the harbour entrance. There were still several Great White Egret around with 1 in Holes Bay with a Spoonbill, 1 off Ham Common and 1 at Swineham. The White-tailed Eagle pair were in the Wareham Channel all day and seen from our Autumn Safari this afternoon along with 3-4 different Marsh Harrier, 64 Spoonbill and c100 Avocet on the DWT Brownsea Lagoon, 3 Swallow were also at Swineham and c500 Black-tailed Godwit were out on the mud in the Wareham Channel. This morning an incredible c1000 Jackdaw left the roost on Pergin’s Island, in north Holes Bay and at Lytchett Fields there were 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 20 Greenshank. At Middlebere 8 Spotted Redshank remained.

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