Sightings19/04/2024

Harbour Update – posted 19/04/24

Plenty going on today across the harbour, despite it being a chilly NW wind. The Bonaparte’s Gull was still showing nicely on Wareham Common, coming and going during the course of the day. A Great White Egret was also on Wareham Common and there was a decent passage of Swallow up both the Piddle and Frome River Valleys. Around the harbour an Osprey flew in high from the SE over central harbour, heading towards Lytchett Bay. On Poole Quay 2 Common Sandpiper were on the marina sea wall and a Peregrine flew over the Quay. There was a single Wheatear on the Sunseeker factory roofs with another on the Brownsea sea wall and 1 atr Lytchett Fields. The Brownsea Lagoon had c30 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Common Tern, 8 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and 3 Sanderling. A White-tailed Eagle was in Brands Bay, in Ower bay c50 Dunlin, 26 Knot and 8 Grey Plover were in a single flock and 5+ Whimbrel were settled on the mud. A Hobby was over Keysworth, 2 Marsh Harrier were at Swineham and 2 Red Kite were over Ham Common viewpoint. Holes Bay saw some wader passage too with c30 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and 1 Whimbrel. In central harbour there were 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-breasted Merganser still. The Barnacle Goose was still at Holme Lane GP.

Bonaparte’s Gull – Wareham Common – James Leaver

Grey Seal – Middlebere Channel – Nick Hopper

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