(Above) Lesser Yellowlegs © Brian Hill
A rare bird called a Lesser Yellowlegs was discovered on the Brownsea Island Lagoon on Monday 8th December, much to the surprise of Dorset Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers.
The very rare vagrant from North America was found by DWT volunteer Graham Armstrong whilst surveying the lagoon for other birds. This is the first ever record for Poole Harbour and only the 9th ever in Dorset.
The Lesser Yellowlegs is a relation to our much loved Redshank
The bird is most likely to have been blown off course during storms in recent months and is now looking for somewhere safe to feed up. The Lesser Yellowlegs is a relation to our much loved Redshank and although the Island is currently closed, the bird hasn’t been seen since Monday meaning it could easily be elsewhere in Poole Harbour.
Part of a great year on Brownsea Island
DWT Brownsea Island Reserve manager, Chris Thain said, “This is a fantastic rare spot for Brownsea Island. We are having a great year for a variety of birds visiting the lagoon this year. Members of DWT can come along to a members’ day on 10th January 2015 they may spot the first rarity for 2015!”
You never know what you're going to spot!
Paul Morton from the Birds of Poole Harbour charity said “This is a great find by Graham, and just goes to show, you never know what’s out there, I really hope it’s found again in the harbour….Poole Park would be nice”
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