Harbour Update – posted 07/08/23

The harbour was looking it’s absolute best this morning during the low tide with good birds spread right across the harbour. This morning there were 1-2 Osprey hunting in the Wareham Channel with another 1-2 in and around the Middlebere area. The White-tailed Eagle pair were moving between Arne Bay and Lytchett Bay and there were 2 Marsh Harrier in the mouth of the Frome. There was a juvenile Arctic Tern in the Wareham Channel and the Forster’s Tern was off Shipstal Point still. Despite the hideous bird flu outbreak this summer, there are good numbers of juv terns, both Common and Sandwich Terns being fed their parents on various mudflats, shorelines and marker buoys. A group of 14 Spoonbill flew out of Middlebere and there were another 12 on the Brownsea Lagoon. On the the Swineham GP 2 juv Pochard were loafing with the Coots and 4 Bearded Tit were in the reeds of Swineham Point. The low-tide held great numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew and Oystercatcher right across the harbour and there were a few Grey Plover and Knot in Brands Bay too with a single Sanderling on a mudflat off the Brownsea south shore, where the 2 Eider were still present. There were also 15+ Whimbrel spread across the harbour, hiding in amongst the Curlew. At Lytchett Fields there were 13 Greenshank spread across the site with 8 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper and 2 Whimbrel. At Swineham this evening there were 2 adult Arctic Tern over the pit, with at least 2 adult Common + 3 juv ‘commics’ in the channel. Also 2 Little Ringed Plover including a juv on the meadows and the bushes were hopping with Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler plus there were 9 Yellow-legged Gull on Stilt Scrape.

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