Harbour Update – posted 07/09/23

This mornings intense heat gave way to some welcome cloud cover by mid-afternoon, but the dawn did deliver more migrants. There was a good mix of birds around the fringes of Sunnyside which included 2 Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Whitethroat, 10+ Stonechat, 5+ Chiffchaff, 5+ Blackcap and 10+ Meadow Pipit. There are still a minimum of 4 Osprey in the harbour, but could be up to 6 with records coming from Lytchett Bay (4), Brands Bay (1), Middlebere (3) and the Wareham Channel (2). Wildfowl numbers in Holes Bay continue to grow with 58 Wigeon, 9 Shovelers, 5 Pintail and 4 Gadwall in the northern bays. On the rising tide this evening Middlebere saw 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 11 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 187 Black tailed Godwits and 53 Redshank.

Sand Lizard – Coombe Heath, RSPB Arne – Alison Copland

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