Harbour Update – posted 19/02/17

A bit colder and grimmer today but still pleasant nonetheless. Another night recording session produced another high count of Redwing with up to 400 calls between 7pm and midnight. However singing Robins and Blackbirds took over at 00:30 making the analysing of sonagrams almost impossible. Also several Blackbird, Song Thrush and Fieldfare along with a flock of Brent Geese at 23:30. At Lytchett Bay 2 Spoonbill were on the fields with both Marsh and Hen Harrier seen. There was also a Firecrest near the Slough Lane allotments and Med Gull numbers are increasing on a daily basis. The Lesser Yellowlegs although was missing for most of the day, turned up later in the day. At Studland there was a single pale-bellied Brent Goose near Old Harry, 1 Black-throated Diver past Old Harry, there were 12 Black-necked Grebe in Studland Bay and 1 in Shell Bay, 10 Sanderling in Bramble bush Bay and at Norden sewage works 2 Firecrest and c10 Chiffchaff. A ringing session at a site on Canford Heath, carried out by SRG saw an amazing 9 different Bullfinch ringed, bringing the total for that site alone to 27 in just a few sessions. At Arne 16 Spoonbill were on Shipstal and a Firecrest was in the car park.

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