Harbour Update – posted 26/12/22

We hope everyone had a good Christmas and Boxing Day. What a beautiful day today was. Our main highlight (although not in the harbour) was finding a Black Kite just north of the harbour, near Almer. This is a decent winter record with most UK Black Kite records being during spring and autumn periods of migration. Winter records usually mean they’re over-wintering in particular areas, so there’s a good chance it could stick around. They’re subtly different to Red Kite with a notable shallow fork in the tail, with a much darker upper wing pattern and darker rufous on the underside. They’re also not as ‘lanky’ as Red Kite with much shorter, narrower wings (like a Buzzard) and they’re overall a bit stockier. We managed to get a short video grab before it drifted off which shows some of the key features. From around the harbour it was quite quite sightings wise, with 2 Slavonian Grebe in Studland Bay, 1 Cattle Egret on Wareham Common and 3 in Lytchett Minster the only other notable from the day.

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