Harbour Update – posted 19/11/22

We’re just having a few more updates done to our website this weekend, so will need to post sightings on our social channels over the next couple of days, so thanks for bearing with us.

It was another good day today, with almost spring like conditions back again, despite a frost first thing. There were 2 Velvet Scoter out in Studland Bay, in amongst a flock of 20+ Common Scoter. With calm conditions, counting Black-necked Grebe in Studland Bay was also easier, and thankfully a better total of 11 were logged. There were 2 White-tailed Eagle in the Wareham Channel area again, with one also seen flying from Brownsea towards Long Island. Marsh Harrier numbers ranged from 1-5 present at different sites, with 3 in Middlebere, 2 in Lytchett Bay, 5 in the Wareham Channel (including a stunning adult male) and 1 at Holmebridge. Around the Studland area 10 Firecrest and 7 Chiffchaff were counted. At Lytchett Fields there was a colour-ringed Water Pipit and a Cattle Egret. On Brownsea 16 Spoonbill were still snoozing and off Jerry’s Point there were 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, c30 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Goldeneye. Holes Bay saw 2 Spotted Redshank in the SW sector and there were 100+ Shoveler, 10+ Knot and 2 Kingfisher near the Stone bench. There was a lone cold, late Swallow over the floodplain between Stoborough and Wareham. At Hatch Pond there were 4 Water Rail and 33 Tufted Duck.

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