Harbour Update – posted 04/08/21

A warm muggy day with a huge gathering of gulls over the harbour stretching from Wareham all the way to Hamworthy, all feeding on flying ants. There must have be 5000+ gulls all feed, mostly Black-headed Gulls, but quite a few Med Gull and Great Black-backed Gulls too. Both Ospreys CJ7 and 022 were in the Wareham Channel with 022 catching a fish about 11:30am and heading west up the river valleys. There were 172 Mute Swan in the Wareham Channel too with 108 Curlew and 225 Black-tailed Godwit. In Middlebere there were 4 Spoonbill and 2 Marsh Harrier. There also seemed to be what looked like the beginings of some hirundine passage with a decent number of Swallow also over the Wareham Channel. It’s a bit early for departures, so could have all been local birds meeting and feeding up. It certainly provided an autumn feel though. More passerines were pushing through too with another ringing session at Lytchett Bay highlighting whats on the move with 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 51 Sedge Warbler, 2 Kingfisher and 18 Reed Warbler ringed.

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