Sightings19/02/2023

Harbour Update – posted 19/02/23

It could easily have been mid-March today, with Brimstone and Specked Wood Butterfly seen on the wing, Bumblebee’s visiting early flowering daffodils and a warmth on your skin that simply made you smile. In fact it was incredibly hard to believe that it was only mid-February today. Bird-wise, an early morning female Goshawk dashed through Lytchett Fields and a ringtail Hen Harrier was at Swineham with 4 Marsh Harrier. A White-tailed Eagle was high over the Wareham Channel and the Poole Peregrine pair looked cosy, often dropping down onto the nest balcony. at the PCW drain there were 4 Common Chiffchaff and a Firecrest. Off Swineham Point 1 Spoonbill and 1 Spotted Redshank were logged and along the southern shores 500+ dark-bellied Brent Geese. In Studland Bay 5 Black-necked Grebe were just off shore and along Shore Road, Sandbanks a number of adult Med Gulls are already beginning to look like they’re in full summer plumage.

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