Harbour Update – posted 27/04/23

It was a day of ‘general’ sightings today, but still a mix of spring and winter birds. There seemed to have been a mini fall with 8+ Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, c5 Blackcap, 5 Swallow and 1 male Wigeon in the PCW Drain and in Holes Bay NE this evening 3 Common Sandpiper. At Whitley Lake, Sandbanks there were still 48 Bar-tailed Godwit feeding on the low tide with a Wheatear there. Off Middle Beach, Studland there was 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Eider and 1 Common Scoter with 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Tree Pipit over there. At Swineham there were 3 Common Swift over the gravel pit and there seemed to be an increase in Reed and Sedge Warbler around the the site and a Cuckoo calling and 3 Little Ringed Plover on the Piddle Valley scrape. The White-tailed Eagle pair were in the Wareham Channel and there were Osprey sightings both in the Wareham Channel and Lytchett Bay. At Hatch Pond there were 4 Reed Warbler singing and 1 Common Sandpiper. There was no sign of the Forster’s Tern anywhere today, but on the plus side, female Osprey CJ7 did lay a 3rd egg this afternoon around 16:18. Now we just need to wait until the end of May to hopefully see the first chick hatch.

Female Osprey CJ7 and her 3 eggs in the rain!

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