Harbour Update – posted 02/07/20

With some strong winds arriving for the weekend it was worth trying to get some birding done today and tomorrow. At dawn, it looked as if an Osprey (probably CJ7) was sat on the Middlebere platform briefly, although frustratingly it didn’t trigger the camera. Post-breeding flocks of Mistle Thrush are building nicely with a flock of c20 at Arne and in the Piddle Valley. At Lytchett Bay, 4 Crossbill passed over the heath and on the fields were 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 17 Teal and 3 Oystercatcher. A newly arrived Common Sandpiper was also on the Brownsea Lagoon. In Holes Bay there were 27 Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron and still c150 Canada Geese. The Holme Lane GP saw 13 Egyptian Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine and 5 Little Grebe with 2 chicks. The autumns first juvenile Common Whitethroat was ringed in Lytchett Bay, which suggests it being a migrant as they don’t breed in the area, along with 2 new Cetti’s Warbler. Finally, non-avian but an amazing scene this evening when a Muntjac Deer was seen on a town road in north Wareham!

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