Harbour Update – posted 13/04/20

Here’s a round up from the Easter weekend. After a week of blissful sunshine, the weather turned today and a cold NE wind began to blow. That said it provided a decent run of waders at Lytchett Fields with 282 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 2 Greenshank and 2 Red Kite went over, Yesterday there were 5 Whimbrel in Holes Bay and two late Wigeon remained. Red Kite were over Upton, Lytchett Matravers, Morden Bog, Corfe Castle and Studland. At Slepe Heath a Cuckoo was calling and another was a Morden Bog and yesterday they were logged at Sunnyside Farm and Stoborough Heath. A Common Whitethroat was seen at Ballard. At Wareham Common 2 Little Ringed Plover were there again with several Sand Martin and Swallow. After a week of being on a nest platform in the harbour, female Osprey ‘Beaky’ seemed to have left yesterday which is disappointing, but we’re sure she’ll be back a bit later in the season.

However, female Osprey CJ7 continues to be the star of the show on the live nest cam, and this morning featured on Chis Packhams Self Isolation Bird Club show, which you can watch HERE at 7 minutes in. She’s been so active on the nest, it’s been a real privilege to be able to witness all her comings and goings, with continuous nest cup scraping, stick collecting, moss rearranging etc. She even warned of a Red Kite the other day and continues to fend of the local Ravens. There’s still plenty of time for things to develop with LS7 hopefully arriving back sometime in the next week or so.

Whimbrel – Holes Bay – Rene Goad

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