Harbour Update – posted 26/11/16

Today was the Dorset Bird Club conference, which was a great event with a really interesting range and variety of talks. We’d also like to thank the DBC for inviting us to come and talk about our night migration work this year. With many of Dorset’s birding community all packed into one room at Bournemouth Uni, sightings were few and far between but we did receive some. At Lytchett Fields there were a nice mix of waders including the Lesser Yellowlegs, a Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank and a female Marsh Harrier to top it off. At the harbour entrance there were singles of Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe with 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Med Gull, 20 Sanderling and 10 Ringed Plover. Birds of the day went to two White-fronted Geese that were seen from the Brands Bay hide in fields to the left, also from the hide 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 20 Brent Geese, 53+ Lapwing, 3 Avocet, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Knot, 1 Sandwich Tern and a Kingfisher. Finally, the Poole Harbour Spoonbill flock all seemed to be on Brownsea today with 33 present. 

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