Sightings16/06/2024

Harbour Update – posted 15/06/24

Wow…we’re already half way through June, meaning autumn migration will soon be picking up as the first juv Little Ringed Plovers will start appearing soon and numbers of Green Sandpipers will increase and start passing through. We’ve already begun seeing the first roving Long-tailed Tit flocks moving about which contained the first juv Chiffchaffs of the year, and give it another 2-3 weeks, the flocks will also start containing fresh lemon yellow, juvenile Willow Warblers. It felt far from summery today though as strong SW winds whipped across the area and frequent rain showers still made it feel like mid-October rather than mid-June, but it got a few seabirds moving with a few Manx Shearwater logged off Old Harry and a small passage of terns (failed breeders?) heading west out at sea. There was an unusual June record of an Avocet in Lytchett Bay and the White-tailed Eagle pair were still just chilling out in the Wareham Channel area for most of the day with male Osprey 022 seen in Lytchett Bay and the Wareham Channel during numerous fishing trips.

Sandwich Tern – Brands Bay – Mark Wright

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