Harbour Update – posted 05/08/17

The Osprey chicks are still doing great and their confidence is growing day by day. Although much of the day’s are being spent around the pen site some are making longer flights now and are even flying to the feeding area, grabbing half a fish and then flying off to a favour feeding perch to feed, which goes to show they’re advancing all the time. LS7 and LS1 continue to do mini practice dives and are now happy to at least get their toes wet if nothing else! Will we see any catch a fish before they depart? We really really hope so!

Sightings from today included 2 adult Osprey over towards Middlebere. Lytchett Fields was busy with 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Dunlin, 5 Greenshank, 9 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 106 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15+ Green Sandpiper and 1 Wood Sandpiper later in the evening with a Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper on the new Holton Pools. A single Hobby was soaring above the Wareham Channel and 2 Marsh Harrier were near Arne Moors. There were 7 Spotted Redshank on the Brownsea Lagoon with 35 Dunlin, 2 Knot, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and just 1 Greenshank. A ringing session at Lytchett Bay was really productive with 40 Willow Warbler, 79 Sedge Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Reed Bunting ringed. 

Osprey chicks eating fish on their favoured feeding posts

2nd winter Bonaparte’s Gull – Brownsea Lagoon (yesterday) – James Phillips

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