Harbour Update – posted 24/11/14

Having been away for three days, it’s nice to catch up and hear what’s been seen over the weekend. Well it seems the Long-tailed Duck has been quite a crowd pleaser, showing off just a few meters off the groynes, to the left as you head out of the harbour mouth. From various reports it seems like it may enter the harbour on a low tide, and then head out to feed off the groynes on the higher tides. Either way, a good search between the harbour mouth and a few hundred meters along the beach should help you locate it. Highlights from the first RSPB Family Bird Boat of the winter produced 36 (43 later counted) Spoonbill on Shipstal Point , 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Common Scoter, 10 Goldeneye, 100 Avocet on Brownsea, 1 Sandwich Tern , 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Black Redstart on the Sunseeker buildings on Poole Quay. Near Swineham 5 Marsh Harrier were active at dusk, a ringtail Hen Harrier and a new grey male Hen Harrier and a Merlin were also present. Last night the Great White Egret came into roost on Littlesea with 51 Little Egret, most of which arrived in near darkness.

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