Harbour Update – posted 20/01/23

This fine weather certainly gets the White-tailed Eagles active and moving around. At the start of the week we only had 1, female G801 who had been around for several days, but as soon as the blue sky’s and sunny conditions kicked in, male G812 then arrived on Thursday. Then, today, 4 year old G466 arrived back, having been on the Isle of Wight for several weeks. Several lucky observers were lucky enough to see all 3 soaring over Middlebere about lunch time. From Slepe Heath, a Red Kite and a Goshawk were also recorded passing over the Wareham Channel and 5 Marsh Harrier were around Swineham. This morning a Black-throated Diver was off Jerry’s Point along with 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe and 3 Goldeneye. In Middlebere there was also a Spotted Redshank and at Hatch Pond a Bearded Tit was in the reed bed. In Holes Bay 1300+ Black-tailed Godwit were roosting/feeding, which explains why there are literally none anywhere else in the harbour. Also in Holes Bay were 1 Spotted Redshank, 258 AvocetĀ and 306 Dunlin. Around the woodlands, Great Tit are now in full spring song mode, with many already really going for it. Plus, Snowdrops and Daffodils are now emerging and the first drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard on the edge of Greenlands Farm.

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