Harbour Update – posted 15/08/22

A foggy start to the morning put a damper on recent ringing efforts within the harbour, but still produced 3 Grasshopper Warblers at Lytchett Heath, a species that seems slow off the mark this year following a recording-breaking tally last season. Scoping Lytchett Bay early doors picked up 2 Spotted Redshank and a quartering Marsh Harrier over Otter Island.  An Osprey made an appearance later in the morning, perched in pine behind Sherford Pools, Lytchett Fields while a Whinchat associated with the Stonechats in Approach Field. Brands Bay, Studland clocked Lapwing and 2 Common Sandpiper, along with a Whimbrel, 46 Black-tailed Godwit, smaller numbers of Redshank and a couple of Sandwich Terns while the nearby Houseboats at South Haven featured 21 Common Terns.

A White-tailed Eagle flushed 3 Ospreys off the northern shoreline of the Wareham Channel late afternoon, setting the scene for our jam-packed Osprey Cruises taking place from this Friday! Brownsea Lagoon featured 18 Spoonbill,  a Cattle Egret and good numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Plenty of gulls on the dry scrapes at Swineham look prime to pull in a Little Gull. Adult and juvenile Marsh Harrier were very active over the western reedbeds.

Osprey – Lytchett Bay (yesterday) – Mark Wright

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