Harbour Update – posted 14/04/21

Pop-Up Osprey Watches Resume!

Exciting news! We’ll be running two free Pop-up Osprey Watch events this week at Ham Common Viewpoint from 9am – 11:30am on Thursday and Saturday. We’ve had one of the best springs on record for ospreys in Poole Harbour, and the Wareham Channel is THE place to look for them at this time of year. Join one of our experts to hear the most recent project updates and hopefully see some ospreys for yourself! BCP car parking charges apply. Please note that social distancing will be in place and we won’t be able to share optics so please bring your own binoculars!

A single Fieldfare in this fields next to the Holton Lee office was certainly a surprising record! Still 40+ Avocet hanging around Brownsea Lagoon today. The first “grounded” Whimbrel for Lytchett Bay were logged this morning, with 3 individuals recorded on the fields. A couple of singing Willow Warblers and 3 Little Ringed Plover made up the supporting cast of spring migrants.

58 species were observed along the Two Rivers Walk around Swineham this morning. Highlights include a singe Little Ringed Plover on the Stilt Pool, together with 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Teal and 2 Egyptian Geese. No water (or birds) on the Curlews Pool. Common migrant included 8 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler at the eastern end of the main pit, 4 Willow Warbler, 8 Swallow, 21 Sand Martin, 4 Blackcap. Other species included a single Marsh Harrier hunting in the Piddle Valley, where it was joined by a Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard. Five vocal Mediterranean Gull, mostly in the Frome Valley towards Redcliffe, 13 Reed Bunting, 4 singing Skylark, 1 Raven 12 Greylag Goose, as well as 1 Little Grebe and 11 Great Crested Grebe on the main Gravel pit.

A watch from South Haven logged 1 Whimbrel leaving the harbour through the entrance and a Cuckoo heard behind Shell Bay. As well as two Willow Warblers on territory since early in the month, about another four today. Greenlands featured a single Common Redstart and 10 Wheatear (8 males & 2 females) with one male in strong song on top low gorse, not often experienced here.

Avocet – Brownsea Lagoon – Hamish Murray

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