Sightings04/03/2024

Harbour Update – posted 04/03/24

Not quite as Spring-like in the harbour today, but hopefully, with conditions looking better later in the week and winds pushing from the right direction, we’ll have some more of our first spring migrants arriving. Plenty of our overwintering birds are still around though with 82 Bar-tailed Godwit at Whitley Lake this morning. 1 White-tailed Eagle was in the Wareham Channel first thing and 9 Crossbill were seen at RSPB Arne. Off Redhorn Quay the 1 Slavonian Grebe was still present. Spotted Redshank are still showing well in certain parts of the harbour with 2 at Lytchett Fields and 2 in the Middlebere Channel.

The Great Grey Shrike was still in Wareham Forest, just north-west of Woolsbarrow Fort. It appears to have a ring on it’s right leg and so is likely to be the bird that was seen back in the Autumn and ringed at Lytchett Fields. It probably never left and has been moving around the Wareham Forest area all winter, but with few people watching and a big area to cover it has only just been re-found.

 

Great Grey Shrike – Sugar Hill, Wareham Forest @aidanjb118 on Twitter

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