Sightings09/05/2023

Harbour Update – posted 09/05/23

Sunshine and showers sums up today. Plenty going on with the Forster’s Tern seen again on the Brownsea Lagoon, where a White-tailed Eagle flew low over mid-afternoon. There were also 2 Spoonbill on the lagoon and at the Studland side of the harbour entrance some evidence of wader passage with 25 Dunlin, 8 ¬†Sanderling, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel and 4 Turnstone. A new Osprey was in Lytchett Bay late afternoon, but it was unknown as to whether it was ringed or not. There was a decent sized flock of Whimbrel at Lytchett Bay with 37 heading north. The Barclays Peregrines now seem to be feeding chicks which is great news. It won’t be long until a few heads are popping up above the balcony rim, but how many will appear?! At Greenlands Farm 3 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Common Whitethroat were were around the field edges, a Hobby came in off the sea at Studland Bay and another Hobby was over Hydes Heath.

Sandwich Tern – Brownsea Lagoon – MarK Wright

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