Thursday 18th October 2012

Another windy day out on the water today with a school bird boat leaving the quay first thing. A huge high tide made birding difficult with almost all marsh areas totally submerged. Again the focus was mainly on the Brownsea Lagoon with 8 Spoonbill, 400+ Avocet, 400+ Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Oystercatcher, 14 Greenshank plus many Redshank, Dunlin, Wigeon, Shoveler and Little egret. Brent Geese were few and far between with only a handful of birds in Brands Bay and over the harbour mouth. Out on the water Great Crested Grebe were the only diving species of any note while a Seal put in an appearance off Shipstal Beach. In the west of the harbour, the Wareham Channel area saw a male ringtail Hen Harrier as well as Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Merlin all trying to take advantage of the abundance of waders. 4 Marsh Harrier were seen going into a roost.

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