Harbour Update – posted 02/05/23

We had a bit of a result today when the House Martin Tower we installed last summer at Lytchett Bay/Fields car park finally saw a bit of action with first prospecting House Martins of the year. There’s a colony close by and we’d been waiting for the first birds to arrive back, which they did over the Bank Holiday weekend, so decided to try and play a short bit of play back to entice birds in…..and enticed they were. Within about 5 minutes several House Martin dropped down and flew up into the structure to have a look, before then moving off again. Although these short visits won’t necessarily mean they’ll nest this season, we’re hoping that with a few more attempts at drawing them in this May we can hopefully get a few pairs to settle within the structure this summer, and therefore expanding that particular population. We took a short video which shows the first birds entering the nest cups this morning.

Bird wise it was a tad quiet, but the Forster’s Tern was still on the Brownsea Lagoon mid afternoon. A White-tailed Eagle flew over Lytchett Bay towards the Wareham Channel, there were 3 Little Ringed Plover on Lytchett Fields with 2 Yellow Wagtail overhead, and last night the first 2 Nightjar of the summer were heard churring briefly on Rempstone Heath.


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