Just Great Birds – posted 19/02/14

The harbour saw a fantastic range of birds today as a number of areas were covered by local birders and an RSPB bird boat went on a harbour tour this morning. Bird of the day has to go to the first year Glaucous Gull that was discovered at around 4pm on the Brownsea Webcam. There are currently only around 8 previous records for the harbour so it was a welcome find. Chances are it will roost on Brownsea tonight, so if you’re out around the harbour tomorrow, keep your eyes peeled for a large, chunky, pale white-winged gull. There were actually 10 species of Gull in the harbour today as the 2 Little Gull were still present at Baiter, 2 Kittiwake were off Poole Quay, a Yellow-legged Gull at Middlebere, numerous Mediterranean Gull were dotted about plus the usual Common, Black-headed, Herring, Greater and Lesser Black-backed. From the RSPB bird boat 3 Black-throated Diver, 7 Great Northern Diver, 11 Black-necked Grebe, the Surf Scoter, 24 Spoonbill, 11 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Sandwich Tern, many Great Crested Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser and Goldeneye, 30 Avocet, 100 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Greenshank. At Swineham 3 Siberian Chiffchaff were seen together and a male Hen Harrier and Jack Snipe were noted. The Goosander was on Poole Park lake again today. 


            Glaucous Gull with Herring Gull and Black-headed Gull – Brownsea Lagoon

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