Harbour Update – posted 18/02/16

Spring like sums up today and very pleasant it was too, warm, dry and hopefully a sign of things to come. The Black Guillemot was again viewable from the mainland, out towards the Brownsea SE shore. At North Haven, Sandbanks 4 Purple Sandpiper were on the groynes around the corner from the Haven Hotel. A raptor watch from Soldiers Road saw plenty enjoying the sun, mainly Buzzard with 20+ noted also 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin on Hartland, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 4 Marsh Harrier and a ringtail Hen Harrier flew along Arne Moors. In Holes Bay a single Spotted Redshank was seen along with the over-wintering Common Sandpiper and at least 2 Firecrest were at Norden Sewage Works still. At Arne a decent flock of 15+ Siskin are coming to the feeders and singing quite happily in the sunshine. The 15 Spoonbill are still off Shipstal Point, Arne. 

Purple Sandpiper – Sandbanks – Ian Ballam



Rock Pipit – Sandbanks – Ian Ballam



Long-tailed Tit – Lytchett Bay – Ian Ballam

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