Sightings18/04/2023

Harbour Update – posted 18/04/23

We’re still waiting for CJ7 to lay her first egg. Surely it has to be in the next couple of days? Last year she laid 13 days after 022’s arrival. So far it’s been 18 days since they were reunited, but it can often be any time between 2-3 weeks before the first eggs are laid, so there’s still plenty of time yet. There were a few Red Kite over the harbour today, with one over Lytchett Bay, 1 over Arne and another over the Osprey nest. Whimbrel were passing through too with 7 in Lytchett Bay this morning, 3 in Holes Bay, 2 in Middlebere and 1 in off Baiter. This afternoon a Great White Egret was on Holme Lane Gravel Pit, a Spotted Redshank was in Lytchett Bay and there are still currently 28 Avocet on the Brownsea Lagoon, many of which are pairing up which is a good sign. A Common Sandpiper was at Hatch Pond and a Marsh Harrier was seen drifting over Hartland Moor. There are currently 3 White-tailed Eagles around, consisting of the pair G466 and G463 and younger male G816 all of which were in and around the Wareham Channel. Up on Ballard this morning a Nightingale was singing briefly near Glebelands and a Lesser Whitethroat was also seen up there.

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