Sightings24/04/2023

Harbour Update – posted 24/04/23

Wow, plenty of excitement today. With yesterdays Forster’s Tern known to have roosted on the Brownsea Lagoon last night it was a case of covering all bases this morning to see if anyone could track it down. There were birders at the harbour entrance, the Brownsea lagoon, off the Hamworthy shoreline and waiting in Lytchett Bay, just in case on the off chance it decided to venture back after yesterdays short jaunt there. It was all quiet for the first hour of day light, that was until the bird was miraculously found sitting on a marker buoy off Hamworthy Beach around 8am. It soon lifted and headed straight back to Lytchett Bay where an eager group were waiting in hope that there was a repeat of yesterdays performance. And perform it did. For several hours it toured Lytchett Bay giving great views to the various people who had traveled to see it and who waited patiently and different viewpoints. It was gone by mid-afternoon but just like last night, it appeared on the Brownsea Lagoon webcam this evening possibly suggesting it could be on show for a third day tomorrow. We’re sure the Lytchett Bay crew will be covering all bases again tomorrow and will make it known if it re-appears during the morning. Whilst watching the tern, multiple other birds were seen with an Osprey fishing in the bay, 2 White-tailed Eagle over the Wareham Channel, a Red Kite and a Hobby over Lytchett Fields and 3 Common Ringed Plover and 3 Little Ringed Plover on Lytchett Fields. On Brownsea 5 Common Sandpiper were along the eastern shoreline, there were c70 Common Tern on the lagoon with c20 Avocet. At the harbour entrance 2 Yellow Wagtail flew over.

This evening female Osprey CJ7 laid her 2nd egg of the season which is great news. Not so great is the fact that the male then brought in another big lump of plastic which is now hanging over the side of the nest. Hopefully it will dry out and blow away in due course.

Forster’s Tern – Lytchett Bay – Ian Ballam

Common Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

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