Harbour Update – posted 17/10/15

The male Brambling at Arne was joined by a female and could be viewed on and off from the visitors centre window in the car park where there were also several Firecrest too. A Merlin flew in through the harbour mouth with another seen at Arne and 3 Red-breasted Merganser were sat off Furzey. There were 32 Spoonbill with 20 At Arne and 12 on Brownsea. Our monthly BoPH field trip at Greenlands Farm/Brands Bay area scored well with 4 Crossbill, 1 Ring Ouzel, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 100+ Fieldfare, 300+ Redwing, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Dartford Warbler, 4 Stonechat and the Great White Egret was on Little Sea. Overhead Chaffinch, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Swallow and a few flocks of Wood Pigeon all passed north and out in Brands Bay there were 20+ Pintail, 400+ Black-tailed Godwit along with the usual Redshank, Curlew, Teal, Wigeon etc. Also on Brownsea were 10 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 100+ Avocet, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Sandwich Tern, 15 Little Egret, 1 Turnstone, 5 Swallow, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Kingfisher and a Red Kite passed overhead.

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