Harbour Update – posted 09/08/22

It sounded like there were some more migrant Osprey arrivals today with 2 seen over Middlebere, 1 over the Wareham Channel, 1 at Morden Bog and 1 over Lytchett Bay. Some of these sightings could be the same bird, but Osprey sightings are definitely increasing. A White-tailed Eagle was at Lytchett Fields and seen to fly low over the fields. Also at Lytchett Fields there were 10 Common Sandpiper, 11 Greenshank, 42 Redshank and 4 Green Sandpiper. Yesterday there was a Black Redstart calling near Poole Quay and there were 16 Spoonbill on the Brownsea Lagoon. Ringing activities across the harbour were a bit slower today but did return a couple of Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Nightjar, 20+ Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat and a few Willow Warbler. The rare sight this year of 3 Crossbill passed over Wareham Common and a Honey Buzzard was seen to drift north over the west of the harbour. The male and female Peregrines were back on the Barclays building and the first Shoveler of the autumn was back in Holes Bay with 2 Common Sandpiper, 219 Black-tailed Godwit and 97 Redshank. 

Nice comparison of juv (above) and adult (below) Grasshopper Warbler

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