Harbour Update – posted 28/11/14

The Short-eared Owl that was spotted on Hartland last week was seen again yesterday morning in roughly the same place, elsewhere add that to the 3 Hen Harrier, 8 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin and numerous Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk and you could you’ve got yourself a pretty fine raptor list. From a school bird boat today 2 Common Scoter and 1 Great Northern Diver were out in central harbour, also plenty of Red-breasted Merganser, and Great Crested Grebe There were 9 Spoonbill on Brownsea and another 30+ on Shipstal. Brent Geese were feeding in good numbers in the fields around Middlebere and Wytch Lake. On Baiter Beach this morning there were 21 Ringed Plover feeding. A Great Grey Shrike was reported on Coombe Heath, Arne briefly which if we’re lucky should hang around…they normally do! Firecrests were in Stoborough, Arne and Knoll Beach, Studland. At Sandbanks 32 Sanderling were on the beach and 2 Purple Sandpiper on the groynes near the Haven Hotel. Lytchett Bay saw 4 Marsh Harrier and a Hen Harrier along with good totals of the usual waders out in the bay on a low tide. 

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