Harbour Update – posted 24/11/22

Woodcock have definitely arrived back into the harbour in numbers with a good count logged as we surveyed Sunnyside Farm during a busy winter wader ringing demonstration last night – a session which saw 5 Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe and singles of Common Snipe Meadow Pipit and Redwing ringed. Turning our attention to today, the harbour mouth featured a moulting adult Great Northern Diver, with a Red-throated Diver entering the harbour and a sinensis Cormorant flock several hundred strong feeding offshore. Holes Bay supported 181 Avocet across the northern sectors, double figures of Common Snipe and a Kingfisher while Swineham Point offered views of 7 quartering Marsh Harrier mid-morning. A spot of colour-ring reading at Shore Road picked up a Dutch Black-headed Gull (EFN1), observer awaiting further details from the scheme.

Adult Great Northern Diver – Harbour Entrance – OTBT Birder

Winter Wader Ringing Demo – Jack Snipe, Woodcock and Common Snipe (left to right)

A bustling Brownsea Lagoon – Nicki Tutton
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