Harbour Update – posted 13/01/17

A strong built throughout the day making ant type of outing tricky, and we even had to postpone one of our school bird boats with 40 knot winds predicted. However by late afternoon things had settled again and a few snippets of info made it our way. In the Frome Valley a redhead Goosander was downstream of Holme Bridge with 2 Green Sandpiper in the valley and 3 Firecrest in woods bordering the river. At South Beach there was a single pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Gannet and a Firecrest. In Old Town Poole a Black Redstart was on the roofs of the high street. At Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs and Green-winged Teal were still present with usual good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Lapwing and Teal on the high tide. At Whitley Lake, Sandbanks the ‘reverse plumaged’ Bar-tailed Godwit was seen again for the first time this winter and in Holes Bay south the redhead Smew was still feeding. At Arne the Spoonbills are prepping for their limelight as Winter Watch prepares to catapult them into stardom and in the Wareham Channel still at least 3 Marsh Harrier are present.  

Bar-tailed Godwits – Shore Road, Sandbanks – Peter Moore

Black-tailed Godwit – Poole Park – Peter Moore

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