Harbour Update – posted 20/06/20

After the first report of Green Sandpiper for the “autumn” yesterday, 2 were reported at Lytchett Fields today, along with building numbers of waders including 11 Lapwing, 6 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and a Little Ringed Plover. In Brands Bay the over-summering 4 Brent Geese were still there and there were 13 Curlew and 14 Black-tailed Godwit. There were no reports, however, of the Common Sandpiper seen yesterday. Early this morning at Lytchett Bay an Osprey was seen fishing, which isn’t the usual hunting spot for 022. It’s possible this was a newcomer in the area, or perhaps just a quick change of routine for 022, as the bird then headed to the Wareham Channel to continue hunting, which is where 022 favoured last year. It’s miraculous how often 022 has been hunting lately without being seen, so it’s nice to hear of a sighting. After a power cut in the night, we also had to reset our Osprey webcam this morning, which means there is a new link to the camera that can be found here.

We’re still in full swing with our Puffin and Seabird Cruises, with 3 running this week. We have a couple of tickets still available for our cruise tomorrow evening, which can be booked here.

Distant Osprey hunting – Lytchett Bay – Ian Ballam

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