Sightings15/12/2023

Harbour Update – posted 15/12/23

Today, after a couple of weeks of trying, we finally managed to break the Poole Harbour Great Northern Diver record with 25 logged across the entirety of the harbour. The biggest total was in the north channel between the Poole Quay and Sandbanks which consisted of 13 individuals, with 8 around South Deep and 4 in central harbour/Wareham Channel. There are still plenty of other good birds around with the Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Eider, 2 Black-necked Grebe and 7 Goldeneye off Jerry’s Point. Off Fitzworth there were 21 Spoonbill, in the Wareham Channel there were 4 Marsh Harrier and male White-tailed Eagle G463, with the the pair both in Middlebere this morning. On Swineham GP 8 Pochard remained, and this evening, a long awaited double figure count of 10 Black-necked Grebe entered the roost in Studland Bay, where there was also a single pale-bellied Brent Goose.

Long-tailed Duck – Jerry’s Point – Clive Hargrave

Eider – Jerry’s Point – Clive Hargrave

Slavonian Grebe – Jerry’s Point – Clive Hargrave

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