Harbour Update – posted 29/04/24

With the weekend over, there weren’t as many eye’s out searching the area, but still enough to return some decent sightings. The Lower Piddle Valley floods continued to deliver with the Bonaparte’s Gull still active there with the 1st winter Little Gull, along with a newly arrived Wood Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper. This morning a migrant Osprey passed over Holes Bay, before carrying on north where there were also 9 Whimbrel. On Studland Beach there was a mixed flock of Sanderling and Dunlin, at Hartland Moor there were 2 Wheatear and a Lesser Whitethroat with 1 Hobby and 1 Wheatear on Slepe Heath. At Sunnyside there were still 5 Wheatear with 3 on Wareham Common along with 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great White Egret and a Red Kite over. A White-tailed Eagle flew over Swineham Point and an Osprey (presumably male 022) flew up the Piddle Valley this evening with a fish.

Red Kite – Wareham Common

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