Saturday, 20 January 2007

Poole Harbour

It was about time we gave Poole a visit. With regular sightings of decent birds. The Bittern showed at Hatch Pond at first light, though the views were brief. (c) Ashley Howe. The Bittern at Hatch Pond as it slowly walked across the reed cut channel there.

We crossed the toll ferry at about 10:00am after looking for the Little Stint at Baitor. But as expected it wasn't there. Ravens, Mergansers, Shags and a few waders were seen on the crossing. It wasn't long before we located our target bird in Studland Bay: Black-necked Grebe. Eventually we must have located about 10 birds. 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and 20+ Mediterranean Gulls were there too.

Arne RSPB was unfortunately a waste of time, with Marsh Tit the only addition to the year list. However a visit to Shipstall Point revealed a juvenile Spoonbill, waders and Sika Deer. We didn't bother with the Red-breasted Goose at Middlebere Farm, so slowly went in the direction of home. Stopping at various view points. 2 more Great Northern Divers were in Poole Harbour.

(c) Lee Fuller - Spoonbill of Shipstal Point and (c) Ashley Howe - Robin at Arne RSPB

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