Sightings27/12/2023

Harbour Update – posted 27/12/23

Thats it, the post Xmas Waxwing hunt is now on. With news today that one was found in a Torquay garden, down in Devon means there just HAS to be a/some Dorset/Poole Harbour Waxwing somewhere?! With this in mind, everyone should make a mental note to check the top of every tree they pass on their way to work, during post-xmas shopping, whilst gazing out of the kitchen window or when booze shopping for New Years Eve. This broad sweep observation style will come good eventually, and someone will jam in on a jingling flock high upon a supermarket car park tree somewhere. But where will that be?

Whilst trying to ignore the cross-boarder jealousy, birds that were actually in Poole Harbour today included 24 Cattle Egret on Wareham common, we’ll need to double check, but we think this may be a Poole Harbour record. Also, today 3 Great Northern Diver and a likely Black-throated Diver flew in through the harbour mouth and a White-tailed Eagle was over Brownsea. There was a Spotted Redshank on Lytchett Fields and a Hen Harrier was at Middlebere.

Great White Egret – Middlebere (yesterday) – Kate Plater

 

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