Harbour Update – posted 05/05/23

It feels and sounds like there’s still another arrival due of spring migrants with multiple species seemingly on the low side. Blackcap, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat to name a few. Passage waders are also a bit thin on the ground, but as we move into May this should sort it’s self out. It was encouraging to hear that on Brownsea today the first passage Sanderling dropped in and there were high counts of 115 Common Tern and 205 Sandwich Tern. The Forster’s Tern was also on the lagoon around 1pm and then again this evening in the roost. There were 3 White-tailed Eagle over Lytchett Bay this afternoon, at Swineham, the drake Garganey reappeared on the ‘Stilt Pool’ with 2 Little Ringed Plover there and 50+ Common Swift over the gravel pit. At Morden Bog it seemed like Woodlark city with birds singing pretty much across the whole site along with singing Tree Pipit this morning and a fly by White-tailed Eagle. This evening Nightjar were heard at RSPB Arne.

Common Tern colony – Brownsea Lagoon – Martin Adams

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