Harbour Update – posted 29/11/16

Today ended with one of those true magical winter sunsets that sets a scene so perfect you just wish it could last forever. A cold stillness froze over the harbour as the tide began to drop just after lunch time and as the sun sunk lower and lower, illuminating all that was blue to pink and orange, the southern shores became a scene of true beauty. Not to mention full of good birds. Off Middle Beach there were 3 Black-necked Grebe with another 9 off Jerry’s Point and 1 in Shell Bay. There were 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 in Brands Bay, 2 off Jerry’s point, 1 in Shell Bay and 1 on the Brownsea south shore. There were also 5 Common Scoter off Jerry’s Point along with 1 Slavonian Grebe, 25 Sanderling and 11 Ringed Plover just round the corner in Bramble bush Bay. Brands Bay was full on commoner species including great views of Pintail, Grey Plover, Avocet and both Black and Bar-tailed Godwit. In Holes Bay NE 12 Spoonbill were roosting on the high tide with 300+ Dunlin flying on the low tide. At Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs was playing hide and seek but eventually showed with a few Snipe and Redshank. Finally there were 4 Goldeneye back on Poole Park Lake.

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