Harbour Update – posted 03/07/24

Things continue to build nicely with more arrivals dropping in in small numbers. This morning during our Summer Safari we logged a number of passage waders including the first Common Snipe of the autumn on the Stilt Pools at Swineham along with 4 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Shoveler and 1 Common Sandpiper. In the Wareham Channel male Osprey 022 caught a fish during the trip, both White-tailed Eagles were out on private land at Keysworth and a female Marsh Harrier was over Giggers Island. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were good numbers of newly fledged Sandwich Terns testing life on the wing, plus 1 Avocet, 1 Dunlin and 1 Turnstone the only passage waders. Yesterday evening in Middlebere there were 2 Spoonbill, 1 Yellow-legged GullĀ and an Osprey (likely 022) was on the Middlebere nest platform. There were also 3 Great White Egret in the mouth of the Piddle Valley yesterday evening along with 2 Marsh Harrier. Today on Lytchett Fields there were 24 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 30+ Lapwing, an adult Med Gull and 51 juvenile Black-headed Gulls.

Juvenile and adult Sandwich Terns resting on Brownsea Lagoon

Freshly fledged Stonechat – Slepe Heath


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