Harbour Update – posted 01/04/24

The start of the month got off to a flyer (literally) when a White Stork was found and tracked south over the Piddle Valley by Mark and Mo Constantine, only then for it to appear a few minutes later over Nick Hopper in Stoborough who also watched it move south. It later sounded like it must have then tracked east, as it (or another) was then seen over Christchurch Harbour about an hour later. The Forster’s Tern was once again off Shipstal Point, RSPB Arne moving between Middlebere and Shipstal. A new White-tailed Eagle appeared today, this time a 2023 IOW female translocated chick, G644 (as apposed to G466 our resident female). Most amazingly, after she was first spotted in the Wareham Channel she was then found and photographed on Pergins Island in Holes Bay north, giving anyone driving down the Holes Bay dual carriage way a potential shock, should they have looked over in that direction. On Lytchett Fields there were 2 Spotted Redshank and 4 Greenshank. On the move this morning a House Martin and 2 Swallow were over the Piddle Valley along with 2 Red Kite. The Little Gull was still on the floods just north of Swineham GP, a Swallow went through Sunnyside and un-ringed female Osprey ‘Beaky’ was on the Middlebere platform for most of the day.

White Stork – Stoborough – Nick Hopper

White-tailed Eagle – Pergins Island, Holes Bay – Rene Goad

Red Kite – Osprey nest platform – Private Site

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