Sightings03/04/2024

Harbour Update – posted 03/04/24

Another breezy day. In fact the breeze looks like its here to stay for a while, so don’t put your winter coats away just yet. Not a huge amount reported today, but Ospreys were well represented with male 022 seen on a different harbour nest platform near RSPB Arne with an un-ringed female. This is likely to be the female that landed on his nest last week, and shows she’s keen to stay in the area…..we just need male 374 to turn up! Female ‘Beaky’ was again on the Middlebere nest platform again all morning, an un-ringed Osprey was in the dead trees at Morden Bog this evening and late this afternoon a mystery Osprey briefly visited CJ7’s and 022’s nest site. In the Frome valley, up near Holmebridge there were 17 Cattle Egret, 1 male Mandarin DuckĀ and 618 Black-tailed Godwit feeding on the floods. In Lytchett Way, Upton the Lesser Redpoll was in Alders again, the seasons first Whimbrel was on Patchin’s Point, on RSPB Arne and a full summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe was off Middle Beach, Studland Bay. There was also another season first with a Hobby over Slepe Heath and a Spotted Redshank was on Lytchett Fields. Finally, we’re not sure what time but apparently the Forster’s Tern was seen again off Shipstal Beach.

Male Osprey 022 on a harbour nest platform near RSPB Arne with un-ringed female early this AM

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