Harbour Update – posted 19/07/16

There were more new arrivals today with the first returning Spoonbill of the autumn. We’ve seen a record-breaking year every year over the last 3 years in regards to the over-wintering Spoonbill flock. In 2014 the Harbour hosted 49 and in 2015 it host 60, just how many will arrive this winter? Also on the Brownsea Lagoon were 5 newly arrived Avocet, two of which were colour-ringed and 2 Spotted Redshank. On Lytchett Fields there were 10 Little Ringed Plover and 6 Common Sandpiper. The Arne Nightjar was still in its tree but there was no sign of the Great White Egret in Middlebere from the weekend.

We’d also like to promote a piece of work carried out by local birder Simon Kidner who has kindly compiled all the sightings from the Middlebere Hide log book from August 2014 to July 2016. This must have taken quite some time, not only due to the amount of entries but also trying to decipher my awful hand writing ! The full report can be found on our Survey Page

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