Harbour Update – posted 20/03/23

It was difficult to see beyond a few hundred meters for most of the day, but that didn’t stop the springs first migrant Osprey powering on through, with one seen heading over the Wareham bypass this morning, heading up the Frome Valley. A search for yesterdays Alpine Swift in Poole returned no news, although an intriguing sighting of a long winged, ‘Hobby-like’ bird seen dashing high over Wareham train station got excitement going. A search for it from Wareham Walls couldn’t find the mystery bird, but did see 8 Golden Plover fly north. On the Brownsea Lagoon 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Spoonbill and 11 Sandwich Tern were the highlights amongst the remaining Avocet, Black-tailed Godwits and Redshank. As usual, the 2 White-tailed Eagles were in the Wareham Channel this morning and again later this afternoon, and there were 2 others just beyond the harbour boundaries near Wareham Forest and Kimmeridge.

Stunning summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

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