Harbour Update – posted 18/04/24

Some more fantastic Osprey news, with our male 374 from the translocation project returning again safely from migration and being seen landing on one of the nest platforms late last night. This is a bird that returned successfully for the first time last year, having been translocated in 2021. This means he’s old enough to breed this year so we could be in with a chance of a second pair nesting in the harbour, if he can find a roaming female! We’ll certainly be keeping everything crossed! He may well have been the third Osprey that was seen over the nesting pair yesterday. We also watched eagerly as CJ7 laid her second egg today at 12:21pm which is fantastic news and we would expect the third egg on Sunday! You can watch the live webcams here.

The 2nd calendar year Bonaparte’s Gull was the highlight of today with lots of people getting on to it as it was refound this morning in the same place on Wareham Common, just below the surgery. 2 Common Sandpiper¬†were also feeding on the same floods close by. The 2 White-tailed Eagle took advantage of the warm weather with multiple sightings of the local pair including from our School Bird Boat and Lytchett Fields. 2 Whimbrel were still in Holes Bay south-west. At least 2 Great Northern Diver were still in the harbour, one in the Wareham Channel and one on the north shore of Brownsea. 1 Spoonbill was on the Brownsea Lagoon this morning and 1 Arctic Tern was reported. The Forster’s Tern was seen flying between Shipstal Point and Round island and this evening 6 Whimbrel were on Bestwall floods, near Swineham.

Bonaparte’s Gull – Wareham Common Floods – @LytchettBirder on X

Male Osprey 374 appearing yesterday evening on a nest platform in the harbour

2 Osprey eggs freshly laid by CJ7

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