Harbour Update – posted 26/03/24

It was another eventful start to the day, after male Osprey 022’s arrival yesterday morning when his mate, breeding female CJ7, suddenly appeared on the camera at 05:58, catching us all by surprise. This is the earliest she’s ever been back (even taking into account the Leap Year), which means we could see an early breeding season this year with eggs potentially being laid mid-April? We’ll just have to wait and see how that pans out, but the fact they’re both back safely and have been getting down to business already is just the start to the season we were hoping for. This evening we saw the first fish hand over of the season during a snippet of sunset and CJ7 spent most of the day sitting on the perch above the camera and then the one opposite the camera this evening allowing for some neat camera work to catch these moments. There was a lot of Marsh Harrier activity around Swineham this morning, later this afternoon the White-tailed Eagle pair were out in the Wareham Channel, a Green Sandpiper was at Swineham and 2 Swallow went through there. There were still 4 Great Northern Diver still out on in central harbour, the Brownsea Lagoon was pretty busy with c30 Sanderling, c40 Grey Plover, c50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Avocet, 20 Knot and c20 Sandwich Tern.


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