Harbour Update – posted 20/03/20

Brrrrrrrrrr, it was freezing today. All we need is some sun for a week or two with no wind and no rain, and we’re sure the nations mood will rise at least a few notches. The sooner spring can really spring into action the better.

Saying that, we’ve not done too badly for early spring migrants already with the first Little Ringed Plover, Sand Martin, Swallow and Osprey all already having been logged this week. All we were missing was a handsome Garganey…and then today, BOOM, right one cue…..two appear on the outskirts of Wareham. A male and female were on Wareham Common, right next to the by pass on the south side of the road in between Wareham and the Purbeck Sports Centre. There’s no doubt that a spring male Garganey is enough to take anyone’s mind off the current situation, so we hope they stick around a for a few days. Also logged today was a ‘new’ raptor crew in the Wareham Channel with a ringtail Hen Harrier (imm male) bombing about, a new migrant female Marsh Harrier and a female Merlin. In Middlebere there were 2 Spoonbill and 4 Spotted Redshank and 2 Red Kite drifted over Corfe Mullen. The Peregrine pair were on the tall Asda building still waiting for milk and eggs.

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