Sightings12/05/2023

Harbour Update – posted 12/05/23

A few odds and sods around today including sightings of at least one (possibly 2) new Osprey in and around the harbour. No decent views have been obtained yet to see if any are ringed but there were sightings today of individuals in Middlebere (eating a fish), one flying near the nest site briefly with 022 and another in the Wareham Channel this afternoon whilst 022 and CJ7 were at the nest site. In 2021 our male 022 appeared for the first time back in the UK on May 18th so we’re certainly approaching the time when more can arrive back, and the fact we’ve already had 2 females return this spring is a great start. Elsewhere the Forster’s Tern was doing the harbour rounds with views on the Brownsea Lagoon, off Shipstal at RSPB Arne and off Pilots Point at Studland where there were also 15 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, and the female and immature male Eider by the training bank. This morning one of the White-tailed Eagles was eating an eel out on Shag Looe spit and another flew over Middlebere.

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