Harbour Update – posted 30/11/14

It was a fine, pleasant and mild day yesterday, which seemed to get a few birds singing. Up on Slepe Heath 2 Woodlark were in full song, along with plenty of active Dartford Warbler. Admittedly, Woodlark are early songsters often beginning to sing for territory as early as February, but late November is a bit of a coo! I also saw in the news this week that down on The Lizard in Cornwall they saw Frogspawn in some of their ponds…in November! At Swineham GP 2 redhead Goosander were present yesterday afternoon. A total of 34 Black-necked Grebe were counted around the Studland Peninsular with 26 off Middle Beach and 8 off Redhorn Quay. Also present off Redhorn 34 Great Crested Grebe, c60 Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Goldeneye. In Holes Bay there was 1 Spotted Redshank in the NW corner and 2 Sandwich Tern in NE corner. At Lytchett Bay 1 Spoonbill, 379 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier and Peregrine were present.  Out in the Wareham Channel 2 Marsh Harrier were hunting, along with a ringtail Hen Harrier.

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