Harbour Update – posted 01/09/23

The harbour returned to form again today after yesterdays soggy interruption. Despite a few minor short showers there were decent birds to be had across the area today, which amazingly consisted of the reappearance of female Osprey CJ7 who hasn’t been seen in the harbour since the afternoon of August 28th. We thought she’d left when the chicks left at roughly the same time, but perhaps she wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Poole Harbour yet and ventured back? Another amazing moment was this afternoon when boarding our guests for the 2pm Osprey Cruise, when the local gulls started alarm calling and low and behold an Osprey flew in over the boat, high from the NE, over the quay and headed towards the Wareham Channel. This was an obvious new arrival but we’re not sure if it stopped or just carried on starlight through? In the Wareham Channel there were 4-5 Osprey present again, moving between Lytchett Bay and Middlebere and numerous Hobby were active over RSPB Arne, Swineham and Keysworth. Other highlights from the day included excellent displays from the White-tailed Eagle pair which were sat out on Gold Point, RSPB Arne (opposite Hamworthy Park), before taking off and drifting off towards Middlebere before then taking to the air mid afternoon and displaying/interacting over the Wareham Channel. There was a Cattle Egret in the Wareham Channel this afternnon, 4 Yellow Wagtail with cattle at Swineham and the scrapes held 150+ Black-tailed Godwit. The Brownsea Lagoon hosted the Forster’s Tern today due to this mornings incredibly high tide which covered it’s favoured spot at Shipstal. Also on Brownsea were 40 Spoonbill, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Knot, 1 Grey Plover, c40 Ringed Plover, c100 Dunlin, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Avocet, dark-bellied Brent Goose and 1 Wheatear. At Lytchett Fields 2 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel and 8 Common Sandpiper were on the fields and in Brands Bay 6 Grey Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank.

White-tailed Eagle pair G466 (left) & G463 (right) on Gold Point, RSPB Arne from Osprey Cruise this AM – Twitter@twamers

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