Sightings04/05/2021

Harbour Update – posted 03/05/21

What started off as a fairly decent day, descended into what was an almost autumn gale like situation with winds building up to 40mph by late evening. Female Osprey CJ7 had had enough of trying to stay on her nest and took off vertically around tea time simply by opening her wings. We hope she’s safe somewhere and returns to the nest sometime soon. The winds did make it good sea watching conditions with a morning and afternoon session carried out and saw 14 Manx Shearwater, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Eider, 30 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Fulmar and a decent passage of Sandwich Tern. There were 2 Cuckoo around Lytchett Bay and 6 Little Ringed Plover at Lytchett Fields with 19 Whimbrel, 10 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper. There were still 13 Turnstone at Baiter and at Swineham just the two Egyptian Geese and a Greenshank were on the scrapes but there were 13 Whimbrel on the fields.

Whimbrel – Swineham – Peter Moore

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