Harbour Update – posted 11/08/20

Another sweltering day with some more good finds early on. A Cattle Egret was once again roosting on the islands at Swineham GP and an Osprey was fishing just off Swineham Point at sunrise. Another Osprey was active in Middlebere late afternoon and opted to sit on the small t-perches next to the Middlebere nest as apposed to the nest it’s self. Two ringing sessions were carried out early doors, one at Lytchett Heath which saw 30 Sedge Warbler, 20 Reed Warbler, 7 Willow Warbler and 1 Tree Pipit ringed, then in the west of the harbour near the mouth of the Piddle, 2 Nightjar were caught and ringed along with 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Tree Pipit and small numbers of Sedge Warbler. Finally, we received a phone call from our friends at the Dyfi Osprey project this afternoon informing us that our 2018 female Osprey 014 is now back at their nest, flirting with 2 males, one from Scotland and another from the Lake District. She was only in Devon a couple of weeks ago, highlighting just how much these non-breeding Osprey like to move about the UK!

Poole female Osprey 014 on Dyfi Project nest cam in Wales

Tree Pipit – Lytchett Heath

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