Sightings14/09/2023

Harbour Update – posted 14/09/23

There suddenly seems to be even more Ospreys around again with 3 in Lytchett Bay today, 2 in trees at Middlebere this AM, 2 in the Wareham Channel, up to 2 in Brands Bay this afternoon and 1 was even seen to fly from male 022’s roost tree next to the nest site this AM suggesting he could even still be about?! Some of these will refer to the same bird but this suggests there could be 5+ around again at the moment. The White-tailed Eagles are wandering a bit with female G466 seen heading off high over Wareham Forest, and another was high over Greenlands Farm, Studland. We noted today that Firecrest are still in full song, which is what we also noticed last year. There are 3 Firecrest territories at the same site as the Osprey nest with the males arriving on territory in mid-April and they continue to sing all the way until late September. They’re so numerous these days, with breeding pairs now right around the harbour. There must be a min of c20 pairs, probably more. This morning 5 Tree Pipit, c50 Siskin, and 1 Hobby passed over Wareham Common and 4 Spotted Flycatcher were in scrub near Wareham Hospital. Curlew Sandpiper were on the Brownsea Lagoon (6) and in Middlebere (2). The Forster’s Tern was off Shipstal Beach again, this evening a Great White Egret passed over Wareham Walls heading towards the harbour roost and there were 56 Spoonbill on the Brownsea Lagoon.

Firecrest singing outside our office window this afternoon

Spotted Flycatcher – Wareham Common

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