Harbour Update – posted 17/11/22

Not too much coverage from across the harbour today but a hint of a Starling murmuration over Poole Park this evening, consisting of 750+ Starling brought back the fond memories of the 2017 Studland flock of several thousand. Who knows, if it gets colder this ‘Poole flock’ could grow, so well worth keeping an eye out. There were 2 different White-tailed Eagle in the Wareham channel area this afternoon, and this morning 5 Marsh Harrier were failing to see off one of the eagles as it cruised out over the channel just after dawn. Off Jerry’s Point there were 2 Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Great Crested Grebe¬†and a Red-throated Diver.¬†The juv Eider was visible off Shipstal Point, Arne and c30 Spoonbill were on Shipstal Point. It seems there’s still not masses of Woodcock back yet with only limited numbers seen coming out of roost sites at dusk at various known spots. There was a single Spotted Redshank in Holes Bay, 3 Sandwich Tern in Parkstone Bay and 66 Brent Geese on Baiter Park. A Marsh Harrier in Holes Bay NW was unusual.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese – Baiter Park

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