Harbour Update – posted 23/10/17

It was pretty grim for most part of the morning but it eventually cleared by mid-afternoon. Best of the day included a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Arne car park along with 2 Firecrest in a tit flock. Saturdays juv Goshawk was seen again, this time over the Arne Road, heading towards the Wareham Channel getting nailed by corvids. A Hen Harrier was also over the Wareham Channel area as were 2 Merlin and a Peregrine. Also on the southern edge of the Wareham Channel were 6 Ruff, c300 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Plover an adult Yellow-legged Gull. The Stilt Sandpiper was out in front of the Middlebere hide again along with c350 each of Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit, 1 late Whinchat, 1 Kingfisher and a Merlin. A Ruff was on the beach at Shell Bay which was an odd record and a good Studland record. On Slepe Heath/Hartland up to 3 Merlin were reported bombing around late afternoon. Yesterdays reported Nutcracker was also looked for but sadly couldn’t be confirmed but a Firecrest in a mixed-tit flock was a worthwhile runner up. The Redstart was still at Holton Pools, Spoonbills were on the Brownsea Lagoon, Shipstal Point, Arne, Lytchett Fields and in the Wareham Channel. 

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