Sightings24/09/2023

Harbour Update – posted 24/09/23

Raptors stole the show on this morning’s Autumn Safari Cruise, with close views of a Scottish ringed male Osprey hunting in the top end of the Wareham Channel, followed by a Marsh Harrier soaring low over the reedbeds at Swineham, a direct flyover by a Peregrine in the mouth of the Frome, and topped off with a hawking Hobby right next to the boat as we departed the channel! With today’s neap tides the majority of waders were to be found on the Brownsea Lagoon where there were 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 38 Avocet, 1 Knot, 1 Sanderling, and 1 Spotted Redshank, along with 595 Teal and 61 Spoonbill. Highlights from elsewhere included a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper on Lytchett Fields and 1 Whinchat in the Arable field. At Arne the Forster’s Tern was present at Shipstal, whilst Kingfisher, Peregrine and another Scottish ringed Osprey – this time a juvenile – were reported further up the Middlebere Channel.

Greenshank – Lytchett Field – Paul Kirby
Peregrine – Middlebere Lookout – Kate Plater

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