Harbour Update – posted 25/11/16

With a nippy NE wind blowing we thought it would be a good idea to take another boatload of primary school children out to give them a true winter Poole Harbour experience. The chill factor may have been tough going but we and the pupils persevered and were rewarded to another good haul of birds with 13 Black-necked Grebe (Brownsea south shore), 4 Great Northern Diver (2 north channel and 2 off Goat Horn), 3 Common Scoter (South Deep), 15 Spoonbill (Shipstal) and as usual good numbers of Great Crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser. On the sea wall at Poole Quay 10 Ringed Plover were roosting up with c20 Dunlin. Along the Baiter shoreline up to 3 Sandwich Tern could be found feeding still and 4 Rock Pipit were on the beach. Off Arne, 350 Avocet were feeding in the mouth of the Middlebere Channel and 50 Brent Geese were on the Long Island sand bar. At Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs was still present with 194 Dunlin including a summer plumaged bird. 

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