Harbour Update – posted 13/08/23

The Terns have really stolen the show again today, with both Forster’s and Arctic Tern off Shipstal at Arne first thing. These had not long dispersed having been flushed by a hunting Peregrine, when 2 Little Tern appeared just a short way up the Middlebere Channel, staying throughout the day and later moving to the Wytch Channel. The juvenile, no doubt yesterdays bird seen on Brownsea Lagoon, was closely following an accompanying adult who could be seen hunting frantically and making food passes after each successful catch. On Brownsea lagoon the 3 Avocet chicks were offering stunningly close views from the Avocet Hide, and there was also a surprise visitor of juvenile Kittiwake. In Holes Bay a Cattle Egret joined the a flock of Little Egret on Pergin’s lsland, and nearby in Lytchett Bay both Osprey and Peregrine were recorded. Elsewhere a single Redstart was also present at Swineham, and on Wareham Common autumn migration was evident with 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Wheatear.

Juvenile (left) and adult (right) Little Tern – Middlebere – @BirderOtbt on Twitter

Adult Little Tern – Middlebere – @BirderOtbt on Twitter

Juvenile Avocet – Brownsea Lagoon – Nikki Tutton

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