Sightings17/07/2023

Harbour Update – posted 16/07/23

With the strong winds due to ease next week, it was another day of holding on to your hats for the most part of the day. So it was a case of making the most of the day which we did from our evening summer cruise with a few highlights including the Wareham Channel Marsh Harrier family active at the top end of the channel with both juveniles on view for a period of time. The Brownsea Lagoon hosted 8 Spoonbill still and the Avocet family are looking great with the 3 chicks well on their way to reaching adulthood all being well. There was also a huge gathering of 2000+ gulls and terns out in central harbour during the evening which were obviously responding to a (newly available?) food source near the surface of the water. Elsewhere there was a Common Sandpiper and juvenile Marsh Harrier at Lytchett Fields, a Whimbrel in Holes Bay and a Common Sandpiper on the Brownsea sea wall. Our trail cams on other Osprey nest platforms logged male Osprey 022 sneaking off during the morning for a quiet meal over at the Middlebere nest platform and this evening new male Osprey ‘374’ was once again seen on a nest platform for about 30 minutes.

Male Osprey 374 on harbour nest platform this evening

Male Osprey 022 on Middlebere nest platform this morning having a quiet breakfast away from the family!

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