Harbour Update – posted 14/02/17

Although milder, a strong easterly wind was still blowing making a Studland bay watch a little tricky. Still, from Middle beach there were still 2 Black-necked Grebe bobbing about with 5 Common Scoter and 1 Great Northern Diver plus 2 Fulmar out over the water. In Shell Bay there was another Great Northern Diver with a Red-throated Diver going east and a single Black-necked Grebe in the bay. At Poole Park, on the main boating lake some areas are still nice and muddy which attracted in 1 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and numerous Oystercatcher with 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Little Grebe and 2 Goldeneye feeding in the shallows. At Lytchett Bay the Lesser Yellowlegs was still present with a Hen Harrier hunting along the northern shore of the bay and at South Haven, Studland 44 Sanderling were on the rocks. At Arne 16 Spoonbill were still on Shiptstal, Arne and Just outside the Poole Harbour boundary in Corfe Mullen 6 Waxwing were found in a Beech Tree on Hanham Road. On Hartland Moor a ringtail Hen Harrier caught some prey at the top end of the Moor and out in South Deep, off Brownsea a single Slavonian Grebe, 7 Black-necked Grebe and 5 Goldeneye were feeding. 

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