Harbour Update – posted 17/03/20

Even though it was a tad chillier today, spring stepped up a gear by producing another good mix of spring arrivals. Wheatear were dotted around with 5 at Greenland’s Farm, 1 at Arne and 1 at Hartland. The harbours first Little Ringed Plover of the spring was (unsurprisingly) at Lytchett Fields on the approach pools. At Middle Beach, 3 Sand Martin whizzed by the beach and 5 summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe were out on the water. At Little Sea the Great White Egret was feeding in a marshy bog viewable from the road at the southern end. Mid-morning saw 2 Red Kite enter the harbour and drift over the Wareham Channel. Further along the coast the first Puffin was seen off Dancing Ledge, which will hopefully be the first of at least several more!

We also managed to get a good look at the female Peregrine that’s been showing interest in the Asda building in Poole, only to find that she too had a ring on her leg…red on the left leg numbered 20. Thanks to Jason Fathers we were able to get some quick details which told us that she hatched from the New Milton Water Tower in 2018 and was ringed on 6th June.

And finally….we’re super thrilled to finally launch our new POOLE HARBOUR OSPREY NEST CAM which was installed by Wildlife Windows over the last few weeks and funded by our Christmas fundraiser last year. As a charity we’ve always strived to engage and educate as much as we can from right across the harbour, but with tough times approaching, we hope the new webcam provides a welcome break and exciting opportunity to witness all the comings and goings of one of Poole Harbours most exciting birds.

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