Harbour Update – posted 27/10/19

A chilly high of 11°C and calm winds of 9mph brought a wintery crisp feel to the day today.  The Brownsea Lagoon webcam focused on a flock of c40 Avocet with most of them dispersing throughout the afternoon. Curlew, Grey Plover and Redshank were also present, and the Peregrine was back over on its usual island in the late afternoon.

Lytchett Fields recorded 1 Marsh Harrier and 3 Water Pipit were spotted from Frenches Farm viewing platform this morning.

The Coombe Heath hide at Arne provided views of c200 Avocet, flocks of Blacktailed GodwitWigeon and Teal, all of which were spooked by a low flying Marsh Harrier along the Middlebere Channel.

Slepe Heath saw a flurry of Bird of Prey activity with 4 Marsh Harrier, 8 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel observed.  3 Raven, 1 Dartford Warbler, 4 Redwing, 8 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, c20 Meadow Pipit and 2 Lesser Redpoll were also logged at this location.

Swineham had a wide variety of species recorded today with 10 Bearded Tit over on the reeds, 3 Reed Bunting, 36 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Great Crested Grebe, c100 Coot and 3 Marsh Harrier. A Phalarope (sp. presumed Grey) was also recorded at Swineham’s main Pit, whilst over at Swineham Scrape, 2 Blacktailed Godwit, 10 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat and 2 Curlew were spotted.

Other notable sightings were a Hawfinch on the edge of Holten Heath, a lone Redshank on Holes Bay, 2 Nuthatch on the Holton Lee webcam and a Black Redstart visiting a garden feeder in Parkstone.

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