Harbour Update – posted 12/01/22

Today’s highlight is a desirable addition to any Poole Harbour birders’ year list: a Glossy Ibis which flew over the Approach Field at Lytchett Fields just before 10:30 this morning, heading low east over the SANG fields. This may have been the same bird that was found at Lodmoor yesterday and was seen there again earlier this morning. Also of interest in the north of the harbour was a Water Pipit reported at Holes Bay and a drake Goldeneye was photographed in Poole Park.

Over at Arne this morning, 22 Spoonbill were spotted making their commute across from Brownsea. 5 Goldeneye and 15 Red-breasted Merganser were both visible out in the central harbour from Shipstal Beach, and further up the Middlebere Channel 1 Ringtail Hen Harrier and 3 Marsh Harrier were hunting actively, the latter causing much disruption amongst the large flock of Avocet. Further south, a Cattle Egret was also reported in Stoborough. And at Norden Sewage Works were Grey Wagtail, plenty of Chiffchaff and 5 Siskin.

5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Razorbill were seen off South Haven at Studland, whilst singles both Siberian and Common Chiffchaff were present in the trees surrounding the Shell Bay reedbed. Off Middle Beach were was an addition Great Northern Diver, 19 Black-necked Grebe, 9 Common Scoter and 4 Ring-necked Parakeet. On the opposite side of the penisula, between Brands Bay and Bramblebush Bay there were 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Scaup (one drake), 1 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 50+ Shelduck, 40 Brent Geese, 30 Wigeon, plus Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser on the open water, alongside Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Sanderling, 44 Turnstone, 6 Redshank, 4 Little Egret, and big numbers of both Knot & Dunlin.

 Drake Goldeneye (back) & Tufted Duck – Poole Park – Katrina Roberts

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