Harbour Update – posted 06/09/22

More heavy rain today, but hey, at least the various pools and scrapes that have been bone dry for the last 4 months will be getting a good topping up. It was the rising tide though that saw a decent start to the day with Lytchett Fields hosting 1 adult Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, , 15 Greenshank, 11+ Common Sandpiper, 8+ Green Sandpiper, 33 Dunlin, 40+ Redshank, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover, 450 Teal, 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Whinchat. By this afternoon the rain had dropped another decent Poole Harbour bird at the fields in the shape of juvenile Black Tern along with an increase to 5 Curlew Sandpiper. In the Wareham Channel area at dawn there were 3 Osprey with 2 sitting in the same tree near RSPB Arne. Amazingly, we then later received a photo from a different harbour nest cam of our male Osprey 022 who we thought had left! This makes us wonder whether the other Osprey sat in the tree may still be 5H1? Also this morning 6 Marsh Harrier left the west harbour roost and White-tailed Eagle G801 was sat on one of the gull islands this morning, viewable from the Ham Common viewpoint. In the Lower Piddle Valley a late Swift was dashing around with Swallows and Sand Martins and this evening a juv/female Garganey was on the Lower Piddle pools, just north of Swineham GP.

Male Osprey 022 still hanging about!

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