Sightings17/01/2020

Harbour Update – posted 17/01/20

The Poole Park Great Northern Diver remained on the Boating Lake near the model boats today, with another 2 individuals were seen from Shell Bay. Poole Park Boating Lake also featured 7 Goldeneye and a Red-breasted Merganser. Lytchett Fields featured 2 Water Pipit again. The Wareham Common Siberian Chiffchaff also still present (at base of Northwest Walls in ditch by River Piddle, 100m west of North Mill). A Tawny Owl was calling early morning at Upton Country Park. A seawatch from Branksome Chine offered several auks and a Kittiwake.

Our Holes Bay Guided Walk this morning enjoyed a Peregrine flush all the waders and wildfowl we were working through in the northern bay. The large Dunlin flock and several hundred Black-tailed Godwit and Avocet eventually settled back down, offering wonderful views of these winter visitors among RedshankCurlew and several Lapwing. The stone bench offers some of the best views of WigeonTealPintailShoveler and Gadwall in the harbour, accompanied by Water Rail regularly calling.

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