Harbour Update – posted 13/12/14

A Short-eared Owl was hunting out in the afternoon sunshine along Arne Moors and the lower Frome Valley at times interacting with a couple of Marsh Harriers. Short-eared Owls aren’t quite an annual winter visitor to the harbour but when they do occur they’re well worth staking out. Hartland Moor, Middlebere, Arne Moors, Swineham and the Frome Valley are good places to look anytime from early afternoon to dusk. Another Bittern or possibly the same as yesterdays was seen further up the Frome Valley near Redcliff Sailing Club. 5 Bearded Tit were at Lytchett Heath along with 4 Chiffchaff.  7 Marsh Harrier were out around the Wareham Channel area. Middlebere late afternoon looked cracking with a great Avocet flock at the western end. There were 2 Pale-bellied brent Geese in with a large flock of Dark-bellied Brents at Ower and a Jack Snipe was seen leaving its roost in a very Woodcock(esque) style. As I write, I’ve just received an email from a visitor to our site called Jo who has kindly sent a photo asking if the bird present in the photo is a Black Guillemot? Well, quite simply…yes it is! The photo was taken off the car park in front of the Haven Hotel this afternoon. Great find, well done. 

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