Harbour Update – posted 19/09/16

Things just seem to be getting better for Lytchett Fields with a true red-letter day today. It began when a Great White Egret passed low over the fields around 9am and then news that the Lesser Yellowlegs was again present on the fields and stayed until around 11am. Then whilst watching the Yellowlegs a Spotted Crake was found at the back of the fields preening and having a wash. Plus, when you include a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper and all the Teal, Redshank, Dunlin, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit and Snipe then it made for pretty impressive viewing! The Brownsea Lagoon was also looking just incredible with zero winds, flat calm water and BIG numbers of birds. The lagoon saw 33 Spoonbill, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank, c40 Ringed Plover, c120 Dunlin, 142 Avocet, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Knot, 6 Turnstone, 2 Ruff, c150 Redshank and building numbers of Shoveler and Wigeon with 2 Firecrest and a Whitethroat in the woods behind the lagoon. In Middlebere an Osprey was still fishing regularly in the channel and the Great White Egret was again present. Finally, what better way to end a day that a member of the public finding a Wryneck on Coombe Heath, Arne.

Osprey – Middlebere – Simon Kidner


Avocet – Brownsea Lagoon – Paul Morton


Shoveler – Brownsea Lagoon – Paul Morton


Spoonbill – Brownsea Lagoon – Paul Morton



Sparrowhawk – Brownsea Lagoon – Paul Morton



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