Sightings17/12/2019

Harbour Update – posted 17/12/19

Another beautifully calm day which saw rain mid morning but it soon eased off, providing excellent harbour watching conditions again. Highlights today included 2 Long-tailed Duck of the north Brownsea Lagoon shoreline, which were associating with Red-breasted Merganser. A total of 8 Great Northern Diver were spread across the harbour with individuals off Baiter, Hamworthy Park, Shipstal, Brownsea and several in South Deep. On Shipsstal c20 Spoonbill were huddled and 8 Black-necked Grebe were out in central harbour. Holes Bay NE was again looking great on the low tide this AM with Avocet, Dunlin, Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatcher all right next to the cycle path. Up the Frome Valley at East Holme 2 Egyptian Geese were on the floodplain with 10 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier and Peregrine went over. At dusk the Black Brant settled on Round Island with dark-bellied Brent Geese. In Lytchett Bay there were 228 Avocet this morning and 42 Dunlin and at Holton Pools 1 Water Pipit and 1 Greenshank were out in front of the hide.

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