Sightings18/12/2023

Harbour Update – posted 18/12/23

With Christmas Day now only a week away, it seems a white Christmas is almost definitely off the cards sadly. Will we ever see one again? Who knows, but there are certainly loads of Redwing and to a lesser extent Fieldfare currently moving/arriving in Dorset. This is really late in the season for numbers to be arriving, but this last week has seen a dramatic increase in Redwing moving about with October, November and early December seeing almost none spread across the area. It would be nice if some Waxwing could arrive with them too. Perhaps a few will turn up on Xmas Day as Christmas present in someones garden? Other sightings today included 2 Slavonian Grebe and 5 Great Northern Diver off Jerry’s Point, 12 Spoonbill on Shipstal Point, RSPB Arne and a male Hen Harrier in Middlebere. A Spotted Redshank was on Lytchett Fields and off Middle Beach there were 4 Black-necked Grebe and 6 Common Scoter. 

Bar-tailed Godwit – Shore Road, Sandbanks 

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