Sightings17/05/2023

Harbour Update – posted 17/05/23

Sorry for the late post, but we’ve only just returned from this evenings Puffin cruise, which was an absolute delight. There was a minimum of 5 Puffin at Dancing Ledge, c1000 Guillemot spread along from Durlston up to Dancing Ledge, only around 10 Razorbill seen and just 2 Kittiwake! Other snippets were a Peregrine at Ballard, a Wheatear on the Brownsea sea wall, 3 Gannet, including a couple of close(ish) diving for fish, 4 Fulmar (Durlston), 2 Eider in Shell Bay and plenty of Common and Sandwich Tern. During the day a new Osprey arrival was seen high over the nest site with CJ7 going to investigate but the newbie soon disappeared off. There were 3 White-tailed Eagle in and around the Wareham Channel/ RSPB Arne area and an Osprey was in Lytchett Bay briefly this morning. The Forster’s Tern was on Brownsea again this afternoon. A Common Redstart was at Rock Lea view, Lytchett Bay, a Cuckoo was along Soldiers Road and yesterday a decent passage of 105 Swift passed north over South Haven, Studland with 14 Sanderling on Shell Beach this evening. Finally, this afternoon, the incredibly strange record of what seemed to be an adult Black Kite was found sat in a tree in Poole Park! Black Kite are the much scarcer relative of our more common Red Kite, and to be honest, at first glance that’s what we thought it was. However, looking closer it shows features of adult Black Kite which would be a highly unusual record for Poole Town centre, not not impossible? Below is the Facebook post, posted by Garry Moors the finder……

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