Harbour Update – posted 05/08/23

The run of dire weather continued, although apparently there’s light at the end of the rainy tunnel by mid-week. There’s even some light easterly winds forecast for Thursday and Friday which suggests more common migrants could be on the way…..and perhaps some not so common? Aquatic Warbler springs to mind. Despite the rain today Osprey sightings were still pretty frequent at some sites, certainly Lytchett Bay where there were 2-3 individuals see. There were also 2 over Middlebere again with one on the Middlebere nest platform, plus another over Wareham Common and a few sightings in the Wareham Channel. There’s no doubt some of these sightings relate to the same individuals, but it’s certainly a good start to the month, with plenty more due on the way over the coming weeks. The Forster’s Tern was again off Shipstal Beach a few times today and an adult Arctic Tern was also in the roost where there were also 4 summer plumaged Knot. There were 12 Spoonbill on Brownsea, a White-tailed Eagle flew over Lytchett Fields, a Gannet flew past Branksome Chine and last night c70 Little Egret went into the Holes Bay roost.

Osprey on Middlebere Channel platform getting harassed by crow

CJ7 roosting on nest perch tonight. Not something she often does

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