Glaucous Release – posted 15/03/14

In the dense thick fog of yesterday morning a 2nd year Glaucous Gull was released onto the Brownsea Lagoon having spent six weeks in care at ‘Wildlife in Need’ in Bournemouth. It was originally found bruised and battered at Gumwharf Quays in Portsmouth after one of the brutal storms and was handed to the wildlife rescue home by the RSPCA. Wildlife In Need is a small independent rescue centre that operates 365 days a year. For advice, or if you find a seabird in distress along the coast, please call 01202 428129. Along with the released bird, another Glaucous Gull was seen leaving the harbour this morning, this bird being a 1st year.  At Swineham three Marsh Harrier were seen displaying with two birds calling very near to last years nest site. Also at Swineham a handful singing Chiffchaff, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit, 6 Curlew and 12 Meadow Pipit. At Soldiers Road 3 Fieldfare headed north, 2 Woodlark were singing, also 3 Dartford Warbler, 3 Stonechat and a good number of Greenfinch were all singing. At Middlebere a ringtail Hen Harrier was still present. At Holes Bay a Great White Egret was reported, also there 1 Pochard, 2 Avocet and a Yellow-legged Gull. At Lytchett Bay there was 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 3 Med Gull, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Cetti’s Warbler.  2 Sand Martin were seen over Studland Heath with 3 Sanderling on Studland Beach. There were 14 Sandwich Tern on the Brownsea Lagoon. Finally I want to say a HUGE thank -you to ‘A Focus on Nature’ for their wonderfully put together videos highlighting and talking about our School Birdboat Project. Please watch the videos by clicking HERE

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