Harbour Update – posted 21/12/22

This afternoon saw our last boat trip of the year. With that in mind, we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to anyone and everyone thats been on one (or many) of our trips/events this year. It’s made all the difference to have such great support from the public and we promise that 2023 will be no different. Todays boat trip was a great final sign off for the year and quite fitting that the final bird we saw before heading back to the quay was a stunning White-tailed Eagle sat in a tree only 200 yards off the side of the boat, lit up by the fading evening sunlight as it got mobbed by a crow. As Mark Wrights incredible photo below shows, it was 2 year old G812, the male that seems to have taken a liking to the harbour, along with female G866 who we also saw during the trip, but sat distantly in a tree. Other highlights included 6 Eider, with 5 off the NW Brownsea shore and an adult male off the Brownsea south shore. In the Wareham Channel a Spotted Redshank was feeding with 6 Knot and c900 Dunlin. In South Deep a flock of 29 Goldeneye alighted and settled near Goathorn and a single Black-necked Grebe was located. Frustratingly divers kept their distance but there were 2 Great Northern Diver off Hamworthy beach, 2 off Shipstal and another 2 off Jerry’s Point. What we lacked in close divers we made up for in close feeding Avocet, dark-bellied Brent Geese, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Oystercatcher and Redshank¬†along the south harbour shore and in the Wareham Channel. Marsh Harrier numbers seem well down with only 2-3 seen at Swineham. Out on the open harbour decent numbers of Red-breasted Merganser and Great Crested Grebe now seem present and Swineham GP had decent numbers of duck on it including Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Mallard.¬†Spoonbill were logged in the Wareham Channel and in Middlebere. There were 2 Cattle Egret on Wareham Common again with a single Spotted Redshank seen at Lytchett Fields. Elsewhere a ringtail Hen Harrier was on a post viewed out from the Middlebere Lookout at Arne, a Purple Sandpiper was on the ledge in front of the Haven Hotel, in the PCW Drain a Cetti’s Warbler was seen and there were 5+ Common Chiffchaff and a Firecrest.¬†

Male White-tailed Eagle G812 – Wareham Channel – Mark Wright

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