Harbour Update – posted 12/06/22

A decent day, with more sightings logged today than in previous days. This morning male Osprey 022 was seen hunting in the Wareham Channel at 6am, and then again later in the afternoon. Sadly he didn’t appear during our first ‘Summer Safari’ boat tour this morning but we did get lots of decent views of the local Marsh Harriers, as well as 2 of the Common Seal that reside in the mouth of the River Piddle. At Swineham a few Bearded Tit were in the reedbeds off Swineham Point and there were multiple Reed Bunting on territory along the river, most in full song. A Red Kite drifted west over Keysworth and there were 2 Spoonbill in Middlebere. As the tide dropped up to c40 Shelduck were feeding on the mud in the Wareham Channel and a Green Sandpiper was in front of the Middlebere hide. At Lytchett Fields there were 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover with an increase in Lapwing with 9 now present and up to 23 Gadwall with another 18 on the Brownsea Lagoon. A drone filming Power Boats leaving Poole Quay annoyed the local Oystercatchers with 4 attacking it over the Quay Marina and a new nesting Oystercatcher was found as we passed one of the large barges moored off Hamworthy Beach, with an adult settled on 2 eggs on some old concrete! Last night a Tawny Owl visited the Osprey nest, looking quite interested in CJ7. Luckily she didn’t flush and the chicks remained safe. The 2 juv Peregrines were still looking content on the Barclays building.

Oystercatcher on Hamworthy barge – Clare Slade

Tawny Owl visits Osprey nest  last night

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