Harbour Update – posted 30/04/23

Despite no rain being forecast for this morning, a steady band slowly passed on through, depositing multiple hirundines along the way with Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin gathering in numbers around Swineham and Arne Moors, along with 5-10 Common Swift. The Forster’s Tern was on the Brownsea Lagoon again by midday along with decent numbers of Common Tern and Sandwich Tern now on their breeding islands, courting, displaying and mating. Around the Swineham/Arne Moors area there was a minimum of 3 Great White Egret and a Marsh Harrier was over Swineham Point. A White-tailed Eagle was in the Wareham Channel, sat out on Shag Looe spit and a mixed flock of c100 Black-tailed Godwit, c30 Dunlin, 4 Grey Plover and 1 Whimbrel were in the mouth of the Frome. Around Hartland both Cuckoo and Hobby were seen, there was a single Yellow Wagtail on the Stilt Pools at Swineham.

Forster’s Tern – Brownsea Lagoon from Spring Safari – Alison Copland

Great White Egret – Swineham from Spring Safari – Alison Copland

Whimbrel – Swineham from Spring Safari – Alison Copland

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