Harbour Update – posted 04/07/15

There has certainly been more signs of migration over the last couple of days, but by far the most incredible news from the last few days is that there is now not only one Marsh Harrier chick in what was thought to be abandoned nest site, but three! After weeks of watching with almost zero activity, it appears the female has been stretched to the absolute max by trying to provide for her self and three hungry young. With so few visits to the nest site its almost unbelievable to think that three young could have survived, but she has obviously been able to do just enough undetected to pull through. What a very happy ending, to what was looking like a total disaster.

This evening Nightjar walk was another stonker with Barn Owl, Spoonbill, Hobby, Yellow-legged Gull, Black-tailed Godwits, Curlew and a Green Sandpiper all noted from Middlebere and then a good number of Nightjar out on the heathland, followed by Glow Worms and juv Tawny’s back at the car park. At Lytchett Fields there were 5 little Ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper and a Yellow-legged Gull. On Brownsea today a summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was present, with 2 Spoonbill. Sound recording from the last two nights in the Lower Frome Valley produced a couple of Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and likely Little Ringed Plover.

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