Sightings16/09/2023

Harbour Update – posted 16/09/23

Environmental protection and justice comes in many forms. Ensuring that the natural environment has the support it deserves boils down to the many great individuals and organisations across the country who make it their life’s work to ensure the law is upheld and that nature has the best chance. Over the last two days we’ve been honoured to host Wild Justice on two different boat trips which were organised to highlight the important work they do and to (hopefully) show them great birds. Thankfully this morning the birds did perform and the harbour showcased its self to be the exciting and dynamic landscape we’ve been able to highlight over the last few years. Male White-tailed Eagle G463 sat proudly on Gold Point at RSPB Arne as a handful of (late) Common Tern continued to hunt/feed along the Hamworthy shoreline. Amazingly, in the Wareham Channel 4-5 Osprey were still around with 1 catching a fish close to the boat along with 1 Marsh Harrier. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 70 Spoonbill (only 16 away from a county record, will we see the record broken in the coming weeks?), 6+ Curlew Sandpiper, 23 Avocet, c50 Dunlin, 23 Ringed Plover, 16 Greenshank, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 20 Common Redshank. On the Swineham Scrapes a nice variety of ‘eclipse’ plumaged duck were present including multiple Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal and Gadwall. There were 3 Spotted Redshank at Lytchett Fields today and 16(!) Curlew Sandpiper reported in Middlebere.

Wild Justice crowd enjoying White-tailed Eagle 

Male White-tailed Eagle G463 – RSPB Arne

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