Harbour Update – posted 17/12/16

 With more thick fog set in early morning it wasn’t until midday until sightings began to be reported. Of significance today an over-wintering Yellow-browed Warbler was seen near the villa on Brownsea Island. At Lytchett Bay the Green-winged Teal was seen out in the actual bay for the first time since its discovery, the Lesser Yellowlegs was out on Lytchett Fields with c600 Dunlin and c220 Lapwing. A ringtail Hen Harrier was seen out across Hartland Moor and the Cattle Egret was still in the cattle fields along Holme Lane. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 3 Spotted Redshank and 10 Spoonbill. In Rempstone Forest a flock of 7-8 Crossbill were seen, a good find seeing as they’ve been pretty scarce this autumn/winter.Don’t forget that this list of birds is just a selection ofhighlights from throughout the day, there is still plenty of other species to see that we don’t mention on a regular basis, such as Dartford Warblers on all the local heathlands, big numbers of Avocet in the Middlebere Channel, Fieldfares and Redwings in local fields, great numbers of wildfowl in Holes Bay NE not to mention ‘overlooked’ species such as Nuthatches, Siskins, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Marsh Tit at feeding stations at places like Holton Lee and Arne whilst at the harbour mouth Shags, Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Grey Plover are all easy to find on the low tides. For any info on the harbour and its bird life then by all means contact us anytime.

Crossbill – Rempstone – Phyl England

Goldeneye – Poole park – Ian Ballam

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