Harbour Update – posted 12/10/21

No eagle today, but a harbour rarity was still to be found when Ian Ballam found a Pectoral Sandpiper at Lytchett Fields which was only on view briefly before disappearing into some of the thicker grass at the back of Sherford Pools. It’s possible it could still be around tomorrow, so worth checking again on the rising tide. In the Piddle Valley a Woodlark was in full song and a Lesser Redpoll passed over. A Red Kite was high over South Beach and up around Ballard no less than c35 Stonechat were along the coast path with several groups of Linnet and Goldfinch still on the move by late afternoon. In Brands Bay there were 17 Brent Geese, 6 Red-breasted Merganser and 62 Great Crested Grebe. Off Knoll Beach there were singles of Guillemot and Razorbill and Marsh Harrier were again really active in the Wareham Channel. In Holes Bay there were 1077 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Redshank and a Lapwing Holes Bay North (scarce here), 472 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 11 each of Pintail and Shoveler, 246 Canadas and 1 Kingfisher.

Stonechats – Ballard/Glebelands

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