Harbour Update – posted 11/04/21

We’re sorry we didn’t get to post our sightings yesterday. We had just finished hosting our Reintroduction and Rewilding Summit and had had enough of computers by the end of the day! However….what a day, and what a great response. If you watched it, thank you very much, if you watched most of it but missed some, you can catch up with the rest on the link below. If you watched it all and thought it was bloody amazing, you can also watch it again on the link below! In all seriousness, we’d like to say a huge thanks to Chris Packham, Megan McCubbin and Fabian Harrison from the Self Isolation Bird Club for their support in making the day a success and of course to all the contributors who kindly provided their time and expertise in providing detail and passion about how and why reintroductions and rewilding are so import as we move forward. Please, if you get a chance to watch any of the event the program was recorded and is now broken up into chapters and available for free to watch……

Also, today CJ7 had her first visitor to the nest this spring and for a brief moment saw pulses rise when a blue ringed (right leg) Osprey landed briefly on the nest cam around 14:30. Of course, all our translocated birds are blue ringed on the right leg, but as are almost all English and Welsh Osprey too. Anyway, the ring thankfully showed, enabling the bird to be ID’d as a 2018 Rutland female called 3AX. Yes…another female! It’s incredible that almost all encounters with CJ7 have been with other female Osprey, perhaps jealous of her care free, single life? Who knows, but a male surely, SURELY has to be on the cards soon? As Tim mackrill pointed out to me today….patients is a virtue. There was also an un-ringed Osprey in Middlebere this morning too, so there’s certainly no shortage at present. Other birds of note included 3 Pochard at Swineham GP which is a good mid-April record, also at Swineham 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, and a small mix of Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin. A Hobby was over Hartland and a female Merlin was at Slepe Moor. At Lytchett Fields yesterday there were 7 Little Ringed Plover and a Purple Sandpiper was still at Sandbanks. The first Cuckoo of the spring was at Morden Bog and Woodlark were really vocal and active today across southern harbour heathlands despite the nippy cold wind.

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