Harbour Update – posted 19/05/23

It seems the first wave of juveniles are emerging and fledging for a range of species. Blackbird fledged young a few weeks ago, but in recent days Starling, Dunnock, Blackcap and Stonechat have all seen juveniles gathering or being fed by the adults. Many species will of course still be incubating and in fact some late comers will still only just be arriving, like the 4 Swift that came in off the sea at Studland Beach this AM. Waders are still passing through as they won’t be reaching breeding grounds for another couple of weeks and today a stunning summer plumaged Grey Plover was on the Brownsea Lagoon along with 6 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin and 3 Turnstone. The 2 over-summering dark-bellied Brent Geese were still on the Brownsea Lagoon and an estimated 120+ Common Tern are now on eggs. A Cuckoo was at Lytchett Bay, this morning 3-4 different White-tailed Eagles were in around the Wareham Channel/Arne area. A Red Kite passed over the Osprey nest, where both CJ7 and 022 spent the day chilling out, not doing a great deal and sitting out the rain! The Forster’s Tern was on the Brownsea Lagoon again this morning. Our Morden Bog Bird song ID walk this AM was busy with a Marsh Tit and Firecrest in the car park and then 3 Woodlark, 3 Tree Pipit, 5 Dartford Warbler, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 recently fledged Stonechat, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Mistle Thrush, plenty of passing Linnet and Siskin overhead and 1 Willow Warbler.

Juvenile Stonechat – Swineham (yesterday) – Peter Moore

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