Harbour Update – posted 29/08/14

Osprey passage is really picking up with 3 in the Wareham Channel yesterday, one in Lytchett Bay this morning and another sat on the Middlebere post. Admittedly, there is probably some duplication somewhere but the most I’ve ever seen at once in Poole Harbour is 6! This was during the Arne Raptor Weekend in 2010, so maybe this year’s Raptor Weekend which is hosted on September 6th and 7th will beat the record? There are currently 5 different Marsh Harrier roosting in the harbour, including the adult male still. Also in the harbour lots and lots of Terns around, mainly Common and Sandwich Tern, but a juvenile Arctic Tern was at the harbour mouth this morning and hopefully the odd Black Tern will arrive over the coming weeks. Also out in Poole Bay today 2 Fulmar, 1 Peregrine, plenty more Terns and lots of Gannet, including one that entered the harbour and started fishing just off Brownsea! In Middlebere there was a whopping 26 Greenshank and 6 Spotted Redshank, which surely has to be a record. Out in Lytchett Bay a Little Stint was with Dunlin and also 2 Ruff there. 

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