Sightings31/10/2023

Harbour Update – posted 31/10/23

A fairly wet Halloween this year but still plenty of good birds around. 1 male Ring Ouzel was still at Godlingston Hill. Lots of sightings of White-tailed Eagle as well with 1 being seen first thing in the morning at Lytchett Heath along with 2 Marsh Harrier and then the pair later on at Middlebere.

The high tides in the harbour are continuing and with plenty of floodwater a lot of waders are being pushed out of some of their usual sites. Holes Bay had very few Black-tailed Godwit but there were 714 Wigeon, 40 Dunlin and 3 Common Snipe and at Middle Beach, Studland, 3 Razorbills were out at sea. The high tide in the Middlebere Channel produced 2 Great White Egret, Spotted Redshank, 4 Grey Plover, 1550 Black-tailed Godwit, 350 Avocet, Pintail and 7 Red-breasted Merganser. Cattle Egret was still present at Holmebridge amongst several Little Egret.

Finally the Brownsea Lagoon had some very impressive counts of waders including 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1420 Dunlin, Sanderling, 28 Knot, 620 Avocet, Spotted Redshank, 18 Greenshank, 2470 Black-tailed Godwit, 39 Bar-tailed Godwit and 25 Spoonbill.

Curlew Sandpiper – Brownsea Lagoon – Hamish Murray

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