Sightings09/08/2020

Harbour Update – posted 09/08/20

What a weekend with a fantastic range of species right across the area. New for the autumn today was an adult Curlew Sandpiper in Holes Bay north, feeding with Redshank. Our second Osprey watching session at Ham Common saw 2-3 Osprey grace us with their presence with 2 fairly active at the far end of the Wareham Channel for most of the morning. In the Arne car park a group of 7 Spotted Flycatcher were feeding together and at Lytchett Fields/Bay some good totals of waders including 26 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, and 7 Greenshank. Surprise of the day were 5 Cattle Egret that lifted from the Lytchett Fields area and flew NW towards the Bakers Arms roundabout. Osprey passed over Holton Lee/Lytchett Fields this evening as well as a ragged looking Marsh Harrier. Passerine migration was a little slower today but the Lesser Whitethroat was at Lytchett Heath and a ringing session in the west of the harbour produced 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Common Whitethroat and a Nightjar.

We’ve also created a ‘This is your Life’ video which introduces CJ7 and provides more detail on this new lady in town. You can watch the full video below

Cattle egret – Lytchett Bay – Ian Ballam

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