Harbour Update – posted 09/02/24

Well, it certainly feels mild enough to be spring despite only being early/mid February, but it was a real surprise this afternoon when the springs first Swallow appeared at South Beach, Studland, looking rather bedraggled. It was only earlier this week we mentioned this could be a possibility because of how far south the winds were coming from during the course of this week and sure enough it delivered us our fist hoped for spring migrant. Great Spotted Cuckoo would be nice as the next one please!! This morning there were 3 Spotted Redshank at Lytchett Fields and a Water Pipit this afternoon. Crossbill have been thin on the ground this winter but 2 flew over Middlebere this afternoon. From Shipstal Hide at RSPB Arne, male White-tailed Eagle G463 was seen catching a sick Redshank and a Black-throated Diver and 3 Great Northern Diver were off Shipstal Beach. The 8 Waxwing were in Dacolme Drive and then appeared at Asda, Canford Heath. A ringtail Hen Harrier was at Middlebere and a Merlin was over Wareham Common where there were 17 Cattle Egret. 

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