Harbour Update – posted 17/08/22

Along with 1 Wheatear, there was an interesting report of 2 Grey Partridge at Hartland Moor this morning; an uncommon occurrence in Poole Harbour in recent years. A quick count on Brownsea Lagoon on the low tide produce 19 Spoonbill, 10 Avocet, 72+ Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, 226 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, 2 Grey Plover, 14 Greenshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Common Sandpiper. There were 4 adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Swineham Scrape and the juvenile Spotted Redshank was still present on French’s Poole at Lytchett Fields at first light this morning, along with 9 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper and 15 Common Sandpiper. Later in the morning, 1 Osprey was seen from Lytchett Fields on the low tide, adding to the raptor activity with 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard and 1 Marsh Harrier. A second Osprey was also seen over Lytchett Bay, as well as a White-tailed Eagle visible over Holton Lee. The stream of Osprey coming through has really picked up, with another seen on the Middlebere platform from Coombe Heath this AM. We’re looking forward to the start of our Osprey Cruises this Friday, where we hope to be able to get an idea of how many birds are currently using the area, which will only continue to increase over the next two weeks. If you want to join us, tickets can be booked here.

White-tailed Eagle – over Holton Lee from Lytchett Bay – René Goad

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