Sightings21/02/2016

Harbour Update – posted 20/02/16

Today was our third and final Family Bird Boat of the winter, which has seen us run three free trips for families to get out and enjoy their local environment together. Over the three trips we’ve taken out around 225 people and have been able to show them some great wildlife spectacles. Todays was no different and although its obvious that a fair number od waders and wildfowl have moved off already for the spring, there was still plenty to keep everyone entertained on a blustery Saturday morning. Highlights included 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Spoonbill, 1 Guillemot, 80+ Red-breasted Merganser, 15+ Goldeneye, 1 Sandwich Tern, 5 Med Gulls, c50 Avocet, c20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and a small mixed flock of Dunlin, Grey Plover and Knot.  AT Lytchett Fields there were 7 Water Pipit back on the Pools Field with 1 Rock Pipit and 43 Redwing, also 3 Sandwich Tern out in the Bay with 271 Dunlin. At Holton Lee 7 Green Sandpiper were on Holton Pools, a really great winter count.

Many thanks to local wildlife photographer Peter Moore who accompanied us on our Bird Boat today and has provided a wonderful set of photos for us to show you.

 

Bar-tailed Godwits – Shore Road – Peter Moore 

 

 

Great Northen Diver – Central Harbour – Peter Moore

 

Goldeneye – Central Harbour – Peter Moore

 

Red-breasted Merganser – Central Harbour – Peter Moore

 

Red-breasted Merganser – Central Harbour – Peter Moore

 

Shag – Central Harbour – Peter Moore

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