Sightings17/06/2023

Harbour Update – posted 17/06/23

There was some interesting Osprey activity today, firstly with an un-ringed individual hunting over the Wareham Channel this morning, then, later this afternoon a ringed individual visited the nest site briefly, upsetting CJ7 momentarily before heading off down the Piddle Valley down towards the harbour. Unfortunately the ringed bird didn’t land on the nest so we weren’t not able to ID it, but there’s a good chance it’s one of our translocated birds. Elsewhere there was a White-tailed Eagle out over the Wareham Channel this morning, near Swineham. The Wareham Channel Marsh Harriers are still feeding young, however it can’t be long until one of the nests fledges. There are 1000’s of Canada Geese spread across the harbour with c600 in Middlebere alone this morning…….all good eagle food! At Lytchett Fields, a juvenile Redshank was logged, suggesting succsful breeding has taken place. Despite yesterdays worrying news about bird flu potentially being found on Brownsea, there were many hundreds of terns (Common Tern and Sandwich Tern) spread right across the harbour which is positive.

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