Harbour Update – posted 02/09/22

It was the last of our Osprey Cruises today, what an epic run it has been. The cruise this morning set out again on a low-tide, with notable species including 1 Knot, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, c.300 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Spoonbill feeding on the mudflats. Five Marsh Harrier were active throughout the day across the Wareham Channel, a Goshawk was seen high over Hyde’s Heath, later moving across Arne Moors, as well as a Peregrine bombing towards Old Poole Town, White-tailed Eagle G801 flying low over the Holton shoreline and the ever mobile Hobby adding interest on the raptor front. There were at least 5 Osprey using the harbour today, with several seen from the boat, including a juvenile attempting to hunt (unsuccessfully) this afternoon. A couple of the highlights from the afternoon trip included a confiding Kingfisher along the Poole seawall from the get go as well as 2 Osprey hunting at in Arne Bay, putting up the flock of c.43 Spoonbill. Running these cruises twice daily over the last 15 days has really allowed us to get a feel for how the Wareham Channel functions during early autumn migration and we’ve seen numbers of sinensis¬†Cormorant, Great Crested and Little Grebes all increase as the trips progressed.

An early morning report of Arctic Skua near the harbour entrance was a nice start to the day. A stunning total of 6 Curlew Sandpiper were reported in Brands Bay this morning on the rising tide, which is the highest number to have been previously recorded there. Also present were the 4 Brent Geese, 107 Teal, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 8 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Dunlin, 148 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank. As the tides changed, 22 Great Crested Grebe were seen from Redhorn, with 16 Ringed Plover, 15 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 4 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper, as well as 13 Pintail flying in the direction of Littlesea. At South Haven, a Green Sandpiper was spotted flying over, which is an uncommon recored for the area. Also on the rising tide at Holes Bay, 55 Wigeon, 151 Teal, 4 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 133 Redshank, 20 Dunlin, 4 Knot, 2 Common Gull, 2 Water Rail and 1 Little Grebe were counted. A blue-ringed Osprey, yet to be confirmed whether juvenile or adult, was hunting in the Middlebere Channel this afternoon.

Osprey – Wareham Channel – @twamersKingfisher (male) – Poole Quay from Osprey Cruise – Alison Copland

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