Harbour Update – posted 19/08/22

It was a perfect August day to start our series of 30 Osprey cruises. Well, not too perfect with lots of rain at dawn. However, it soon broke away by 9am leaving great conditions for migrant (and local) Ospreys to be interacting during the morning and afternoon cruises. In total there must be a minimum of 6-7 Osprey present in the harbour today. Both our Osprey cruises were rewarded with excellent views close to the boat plus lots of other activity with birds moving around the Wareham Channel and Lytchett Bay areas. This morning 022 was displaying to another Osprey over Keysworth whilst another hunted close to the boat, whilst this afternoon 2 un-ringed individuals were in pursuit of each other, also passing close to the boat with 3 over Lytchett Bay at the same time. Also, this morning 2 White-tailed Eagles were seen with one along the Arne shoreline and another out on Shag Looe Point. Other sightings included 1 Peregrine, 2 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard. At Lytchett Fields today a juvenile Golden Plover was logged which is a great August harbour record. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 18 Spoonbill, 1 Little Stint, 14 Greenshank, 23 Ringed Plover and 1 Grey Plover with Grey Plover also seen in Lytchett Bay. at South Haven, Studland there were 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat and 1 Garden Warbler. At Swineham this evening there was a Wood Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper on the Swineham Point pools. At Lytchett Bay what was assumed to one of the Wareham Channel eagles flew over the Turlin shoreline around lunchtime and there was also a pale phase Honey Buzzard over too with 2 Spotted Redshank on Lytchett Fields.

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White-tailed Eagle – Wareham Channel, from AM Osprey Cruise – Clare Slade

White-tailed Eagle – Wareham Channel, from PM Osprey Cruise – Clare Slade

Osprey – Wareham Channel, from Osprey Cruise – Kieron Hobbs

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