Harbour Update – posted 18/11/16

Tough, cold, windy conditions prevailed, as our school bird boat trip did its best to freeze 70 helpless primary school children. Still, kids being kids, they still loved it and got to see some wonderful scenery and great birds including 15 Spoonbill on Brownsea along with all the usual Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Grey Plover etc. A dawn count near the harbour entrance saw 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 82 Shag fly in, 13 Red-breasted Merganser fly in, 2 Common Scoter fly in, 1 Sandwich Tern and a single Purple Sandpiper and 17 Ringed Plover on the groynes. In Old Town Poole, another Black Redstart was seen on the roofs of Market Street. The Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Ruff, 300+ Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank were at Lytchett Fields whilst at Holes Bay NE a decent sized Avocet flock were feeding near the cycle path. 

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