Harbour Update – posted 09/06/21

Yesterday, we reported that an Osprey was observed moving up the Frome Valley, towards Holmebridge. Initially considered as “out of character” for our over-summering pair (CJ7 & 022), we speculated this could be a fresh in migrant heading north. However, with no sign of 022 in the harbour since 09:30AM yesterday, and coupled with the report of a Osprey fishing on Sherborne Castle Lake this morning, it would seem our male has set off an exploratory wander, very typical behaviour in 2-year-old birds and to be expected this time of year.

One of the Isle of Wight White-tailed Eagles entered and roosted in the harbour yesterday evening. Today saw the bird visit Brownsea Island and Goathorn Point before soaring over Studland, treating several observers to views over Poole as it tracked north over Lilliput and Lower Parkstone at 11AM and continued east. Both adult Peregrine were logged on the ASDA highrise building, with 2 fledglings on Barclays. An additional Peregrine sighting was recorded over the Baker’s Arms Roundabout heading west, presumably from the Lytchett/Morden area, as opposed being one of the Holes Bay individuals. In other positive news, the first tern chicks of the year have now hatched on Brownsea, with both Sandwich and Common Tern appearing in the last few days.

~ Joe Parker

Sandwich Tern (above) and Common Tern (below) – Brownsea Island – Luke Johns

Peregrine chick – Barclays, Poole – @nyrak62 (twitter account)

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