Harbour Update – posted 06/07/22

The first juvenile Little Ringed Plover of the season arrived onto Lytchett Fields this morning, but although looking incredibly fresh and young, it wasn’t thought to have fledged from the Lytchett Fields area despite arriving with an adult male and female. They almost certainly didn’t breed too far away. There was an obvious increase in Redshank numbers at Holes Bay with 49 present on the low-tide along with 23 Little Egret. August sees the peak counts of Little Egret in the harbour, so numbers will continue to build around the harbour during July. There was another arrival today with 3 new Avocet back on the Brownsea Lagoon, including what looked to be a fresh juvenile, so probably from just a bit further east along the coast. Also on the Brownsea Lagoon were 1 Common Sandpiper, 39 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Redshank. 

Juvenile Little Ringed Plover – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

Adult male Little Ringed Plover – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

Adult female Little Ringed Plover – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

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