Sightings16/02/2017

Harbour Update – posted 15/02/17

Today we conducted the commentary on a DWT public bird boat which gave us a great excuse to be out on the water for a couple of hours, something we can never really ever turn down. Although a band rain hampered viewing for a short while a good range of species kept the crowds entertained with 2 Great Northern Diver, one in South Deep and the other off the NW corner of Brownsea, 19 Black-necked Grebe including a flock of 15 in central harbour, 16 Spoonbill on Shipstal Point Arne, 21 Goldeneye and plenty of Mergs and Great Crested Grebe. The lagoon was really busy with good numbers of Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal and a couple of Pintail whilst a single Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, c70 Grey Plover an adult Yellow-legged Gull, c50 Bar-tailed Godwit including the summer plumaged bird, 1 Merlin and a single Firecrest near the villa. At Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs was still there and a Hen Harrier was still hunting in the area and 6 Sandwich Tern were in the Whitley Lake, Sandbanks area. 

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