Sightings22/11/2019

Harbour Update – posted 22/11/19

Wednesday saw the beginning of our Sunnyside Ringing Demos, and what a start! Within the hour we had terrific views of the trio – Woodcock, Common Snipe AND Jack Snipe. Not only that, but we were able to compare juvenile and adult Woodcock in the hand at the same time. Six other Ringing Demo events are available between December and February. A full list of Ringing Demo events can be found here. Please note booking is essential as places are limited per event.

Returning to today, Sunnyside Scrape received an uncommon visitor in the form of a Little Grebe. Brownsea Lagoon saw 2 Greenshank, 18 Curlew, 4 Brent Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker amongst numerous AvocetRedshankBlack-tailed Godwit and Dunlin. A small flock of Shoveler spent the day shoveling but not wildfowl numbers on the lagoon today were relatively low. Holton Pools held RedshankGreenshankStonechat as well as a Marsh Harrier making a welcome appearance. A total of 85 Brent Goose were feeding at Baiter Park and a Firecrest and Grey Wagtail frequented Norden sewage works, Corfe Castle. A notable flock of 65 Pintail frequented Shipstal, amongst numerous Curlew and 17 mobile SpoonbillGreat Northern Diver was close in at Baiter this morning and a pair of Goldeneye were close in at Parkstone Bay this morning.

Woodcock – Sunnyside Ringing Demo – Dorothy Widnall

Common Snipe – Sunnyside Ringing Demo – Dorothy Widnall

Great Northern Diver – Baiter – Ian Ballam

 Goldeneye – Parkstone Bay – Ian Ballam

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