Sightings16/06/2023

Harbour Update – posted 16/06/23

Mid-June….a very quiet time indeed. Sweltering heat made things tricky but along the Piddle Valley a Marsh Harrier Headed high west over the Osprey nest area and a Hobby was active there too. The mid-summer gathering of Great Crested Grebe began in Brands Bay with 15 present and another 8 in the Wareham Channel and the female Eider was in Studland Bay north. There were 3 different White-tailed Eagle around the Wareham Channel, although strangely, the female of the pair, G466 has gone for a very long wander way into West Dorset. At Lytchett Fields a single Ringed Plover was present, a Cuckoo was at Coombe Heath RSPB Arne and a Hobby was at Hydes Heath.

IMPORTANT: It was announced by the Dorset Wildlife Trust today that unfortunately several dead birds were found on the Brownsea Lagoon with suspected Bird Flu. All have been sent for testing and the nature reserve is now currently closed until further notice.

Male Osprey 022 near nest site – Alison Copland

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