Harbour Update – posted 10/07/24

Another cold, breezy day with just as many wooly hats on our ‘Summer’ Cruise this AM as there were sunglasses! The low-tide produced a big number of Black-tailed Godwits in the Wareham Channel with c500 present along with 5 Spotted Redshank in the mouth of the River Frome, Swineham and 8 Common Sandpiper there too. Female White-tailed Eagle G466 was sat distantly on the RSPB Arne shoreline and there were good numbers of Common Swift flying over Swineham GP. Later in the day 4 Little Ringed Plover were on the Stilt Pools at Swineham as were 3 adult Yellow-legged Gull. Male Osprey 022 was seen hunting this afternoon three times in the Wareham Channel. A Roseate Tern was seen departing the harbour through the entrance this morning, and from our boat trip there were clouds of adult and young Sandwich and Common Tern flying around off the Brownsea sea wall. A high tide wader count on Brownsea this afternoon produced 1 Avocet, 1 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 23 Redshank, 14 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 7 Common Sandpiper and 16 Turnstone. Holes Bay is seeing an increase in Black-tailed Godwit too with 45 there this morning along with 4 Common Sandpiper and in Lytchett Bay 6 Greenshank were feeding on the low tide this AM. Both Peregrine Falcons were on the Asda flats and up to 5 Spoonbill were recorded at RSPB Arne.

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