Sightings16/07/2022

Harbour Update – posted 16/07/22

Brownsea Lagoon featured its first Caspian Tern in 10 years. There have only been four confirmed Poole Harbour records previously, with all but one of these attributed to Brownsea Lagoon. The rarity, presumably the recent Stanpit Marsh bird which departed at 11am this morning, was picked up by the Dorset Wildlife Trust team around 11:45am and hung around until 2pm before flying north-east towards Evening Hill.

It was great to hear that the Lytchett Bay colour-ringed Greenshank (RN-GB) has returned back for its 8th season winter! This individual was ringed as a juvenile at Seabrook, Montrose Basin, Scotland on 29th September 2015 and has been a seasoned visitor to Lytchett Bay ever since. There were also good numbers of juvenile Common Terns at Brands bay this morning along with 200+ Mediterranean Gulls accompanied by a handful of Curlew and a lone Whimbrel.

Caspian Tern – Brownsea Lagoon – Dorset Wildlife Trust digiscope

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