Harbour Update – Posted 20/12/15

Today saw the harbour receive coverage from almost all corners as the WeBS counts (Wetland Bird Survey) took place. The low pressure system that has been bringing wind and rain for weeks was also playing havoc with the tides too as there was very little movement at low tide, resulting in much of the mud staying under water. From Shipstal Point, Arne a Great Northern Diver was off the beach with 14 Goldeneye, 22 Great Crested Grebe and 40 Red-breasted Merganser with 8 Spoonbill further up in Wytch Lake. From Coombe Heath there was a good spread of raptors with 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl and 18 Little Egret went into roost. From Swineham Point 740 Dunlin were feeding and 17 Spoonbill were feeding further up the Wareham Channel. From Goathorn there was another Spoonbill, 33 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goldeneye and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit. In the Wytch Channel there were another 9 Spoonbill, 3 Knot, 2 Turnstone and a ringtail Hen Harrier went through. In Brands Bay, Studland the Great White Egret reappeared, there were 4 Spoonbill, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver and 2 Sandwich Tern. The Smew was again in Holes Bay south with 3 male Goldeneye.

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