Harbour Update – posted 30/06/23

Despite the foul weather there were a few decent birds from todays Osprey viewing sessions including distant fly by of White-tailed Eagle, fly over Red Kite, 17 Mistle Thrush and 3 Woodlark. At Lytchett Fields the first 2 Greenshank of the autumn arrived and there were still 4 Little Ringed Plover. There was a decent wader arrival in Brands Bay too with 6 Grey Plover, 34 Eurasian Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin and 8 Common Redshank. 

We also had a repeat visit today from our new male Osprey ‘374’ who’s been traveling the south coast far and wide since his arrival earlier in May. We’re pretty sure he visited our nest site on May 12th before then being photographed in Wiltshire the following day. Then, on June 8th he was photographed in Wareham Forest before then disappearing off and being photographed in East Sussex five days later on June 13th. Then, today, we got an exciting photo from one of our other nest cam traps which showed ‘374’ settled on another of our harbour platforms briefly. He could well have left again already and be in Devon, Hampshire or Wales. However, this is classic behaviour of 2-year old males, spending the summer exploring and then regularly returning to his natal area. No doubt we’ll see him on other nest platforms over the next few months. We just need him to cross paths with the un-ringed female that was around earlier this spring.

Male Osprey ‘374’ – Ardingly Reservoir, East Sussex, June 13th – Tony Titchmarsh

Male Osprey ‘374”s brief visit to a harbour nest platform today

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