Harbour Update – posted 08/08/20

It was just too hot today, and it was no surprise that by 10am many birds had gone into hiding. Still, it was our first Osprey watch point session up at Ham Common View point today which was well rewarded when 3 Osprey were located out over the Wareham Channel within 15 minutes! Over the 3 hours that our team were there they were seen on and off out towards Keysworth. Over the 3 hours around 30 visitors attended, coming to learn about the project and of course, hopeful in trying to see Osprey. There will be another session tomorrow morning between 9am and 12pm and each weekend day throughout the rest of August. If early September is looking good too, then we’ll possibly host a couple more as well. …full details can be found here. Yesterdays male Honey Buzzard was seen again out over the Wareham Channel out towards Keysworth before being seen flying off NW. Wheatear are now becoming ‘a feature’ with one on the sea wall of the Brownsea Lagoon and 4 at Greenland’s Farm along with 2 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Willow Warbler. Proof that migrants are pushing through early on was highlighted with a ringing session at Lytchett Heath producing 6 Grasshopper Warbler, 51 Sedge Warbler, 26 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat and 28 Willow Warbler! At Slepe Heath a Redstart and a Whinchat and further up on top of Hartland a Tree Pipit flew over.

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