Sightings23/07/2023

Harbour Update – posted 23/07/23

The Forster’s Tern was seen from Shipstal beach at Arne this morning, landing briefly with a mixed flock of Gulls, Waders and other Terns, before departing off up the Middlebere Channel. A ringed Osprey with a fish was seen flying in the same direction a few hours later carrying a fish. Though we missed both from our morning Summer Safari Cruise, we were still treated to great views of Marsh Harrier, White-tailed Eagle, 4 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 150+ Black-tailed Godwit and plenty of Swift overhead in the Wareham Channel. Meanwhile on the Brownsea Lagoon highlights were 5 Spoonbill, 8 Dunlin, and the 3 Avocet chicks along with raucous of Sandwich and Common Tern activity. Elsewhere, in Lytchett Bay, a juvenile Sedge Warbler was present in the hedgerows, and on the rising tide there were 14 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 31 Curlew, 75 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher and 1 Green Sandpiper, plus 1 Little Ringed Plover on Whimbrel Field.

Forster’s Tern – Shipstal, Arne – Sam Levy

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