Harbour Update – posted 15/03/23

Spring migration is really coming into its own and it really won’t be long now until the first Poole Harbour Wheatear of the season is reported, with an exciting count of 50 individuals at Portland and the first Swallow seen in Dorchester today. Sand Martin numbers continue to rise, with 3 reported over Wareham Common this morning, along with 6 Black-tailed Godwits. 2 Cattle Egret were also logged flying up the River Piddle this morning. 1 Spotted Redshank was present in Lytchett Bay again today, with a distant Goshawk seen over Lytchett Fields. A count Holes Bay produced 13 Avocet, 51 Pintail, 7 Shoveler and 30 Dunlin, as well as high numbers of Black-tailed Godwit and Wigeon still present. 1 White-tailed Eagle was seen over Arne and the Wareham Channel this morning, also being reported at Hartland Moor along with one ringtail Hen Harrier over the site.

White-tailed Eagle – RSPB Arne – Kate Plater

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