Harbour Update – posted 10/09/22

Plenty going on today. A Wryneck was found in the approach field of Lytchett Fields, which was seen several times before then going into hiding for the rest of the day. also at Lytchett Fields were  3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat where yesterday there was a flock of 18 Common Sandpiper! There were also 2 Cattle Egret at Bestwall. In the Wareham channel this morning 7 Marsh Harrier left the west harbour roost and there were also 14 Spoonbill and male White-tailed Eagle G816 was present until around mid-day but then soon disappeared off north! Ospreys were present at several sites with 022 seen on a harbour platform around 8am, but not seen since, so has he now disappeared? Another was seen on the Holes Bay feeding platform at Pergins Island, with other singles seen feeding in Brands Bay, Middlebere and a flyover at Hydes Heath, at Arne. In Middlebere there were 2 Hobby and 2 Marsh Harrier seen. In Holes Bay Wigeon numbers have risen to 163. Along Hamworthy Beach there were 48 Turnstone. Across the rest of the harbour decent numbers of Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Spotted flycatcher, Whinchat, Wheatear and Swallow were logged. Finally, this evening a Bee-eater Was seen heading towards the harbour area from Creech, so will be well worth checking any power lines that cross the heathlands around Hartland, Arne, Sunnyside etc.

Wryneck – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

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