Harbour Update – posted 16/04/23

As each day goes by, more and more foliage is appearing on our hedgerows and in our woodlands, making it look like the beginnings of a painting of summer, yet to be completed. Blackthorn and Hawthorn are in full flower, providing a stunning floral frame for the newly arrived Blackcaps, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff that coming through. Today an adult male Ring Ouzel was along the Turlin shoreline at Lytchett Bay. Also in Lytchett Bay a Reed Warbler was at the end of footpath 12 and an Osprey headed high east this evening. At Lytchett Fields there were 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Great White Egret and a Hobby with a Spotted Redshank and White-tailed Eagle out in the bay. From our Spring Safari this morning the White-tailed Eagle pair put on a good show, the Marsh Harriers were active in the mouth of the Frome and on the Brownsea Lagoon 10+ Common Tern were back with 150+ Sandwich Tern. There were really decent numbers of Swallow, House and Sand Martin pulsing through again, really high above the harbour all day. There are also still really good numbers of beautiful summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit around with 500+ off Round Island where there were also 4 Whimbrel. At Hatch Pond there were 2 Reed Warbler and 1 Willow Warbler. In Studland Bay 5 Eider and 2 Common Scoter were out on the water.

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