Harbour Update – posted 05/04/24

Despite the strong breeze, there was some definite movement today with an intermittent trickle of Swallow and Sand Martin arriving in all day across the entire harbour. This afternoon off Middle Beach, Studland House Martin, Swallow and Sand Martin all arrived in off the sea as did small numbers of Meadow Pipit. There was also still a full summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe in Studland Bay and a 1st winter Kittiwake was off South Beach with 1 Great Northern Diver. There were also 3 Great Northern Diver sheltering in Shell Bay this afternoon and 2 Willow Warbler in the Shell Bay car park. The Forster’s Tern showing well off Shipstal Beach this morning and was seen well from this mornings cruise. There were 4 Marsh Harrier at Swineham, the Brownsea Lagoon held 1 Spoonbill, 11 Sanderling, 9 Avocet, c300 Black-tailed Godwit, c20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Wigeon, 1 Greenshank, c20 Sandwich Tern and later this afternoon the lagoons first Common Tern of the year arrived. Female Osprey ‘Beaky’ was on the Middlebere nest platform for a few hours this morning but then seemed to catch a thermal during late morning and proceeded to leave. At Lytchett Fields there were 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Wheatear, with another 2 Wheatear at Greenlands Farm.

Sandwich Tern arrival – Brownsea Lagoon – Clive Hargrave

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