Harbour Update – posted 24/08/23

It felt like there could be a torrential down pour at any moment today, but thankfully it never materialised, apart from a brief shower at lunch time. The cloud cover did drop some new waders into the Wareham Channel though with a flock of 15 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin and 1 Curlew Sandpiper on the mud in the mouth of the Frome in the Wareham Channel and several Common Snipe dropping in from height into Swineham. There was a good selection of terns on offer with 3 Black Tern and the Forster’s Tern at Shipstal Beach, RSPB Arne and 3 random Little Tern off Poole Quay at lunch time, as well as moderate numbers of Common and Sandwich Tern still spread across the area. A stunning full adult male Marsh Harrier was quartering along the Swineham shoreline and an adult female was over Giggers Island. The White-tailed Eagle pair were on Shag Looe spit this morning and Osprey activity saw 3-4 birds active around the Wareham Channel and Lytchett Bay including what looked like a new arrival in over Poole Quay/Hamworthy early this evening as we returned from this afternoons Osprey Cruise. A few nights sound recording in Stoborough by Nick Hopper returned 3 Pied Flycatcher, 10 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 48 Tree Pipit, 2 Whimbrel flocks, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper (Wed and Thurs night). At Swineham 3 Wood Sandpiper were on a pool west of the ‘Stilt Pools’ along the Frome. At Lytchett Fields there were 11 Ringed Plover, 11 Snipe, 8 Greenshank and the Spotted Redshank on French’s Pool. Other ‘bits and pieces’ include 10+ Yellow Wagtail at Swineham with the cattle, 3 Hobby over Hyde’s Heath, RSPB Arne and 2 Spotted Flycatcher at Rock Lea view, Lytchett Bay.

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