Harbour Update – posted 07/07/24

With many young birds fledging right across the harbour now, we’d like to thank Ian Ballam for this nice comparison set of photos of fresh juvenile Black-headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull, both of which would have fledged from the ‘Gull Islands’ in the Wareham Channel recently. There’s already beginning to be a big movement of Common Sandpiper with c30 at Abbotsbury Swannery yesterday meaning the usual Poole Harbour haunts (Seymours on Brownsea north shore, Swineham and Lytchett Fields) could start seeing good numbers now. Yesterday there were 4 Great White Egret on RSPB Arne Moors and this evening from our Sunset Safari we had 2 Osprey, 12 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Marsh Harrier.

Juvenile Black-headed Gull – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

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