Harbour Update – posted 21/08/22

The third day into our back-to-back Osprey Cruises was a real raptor fest, with 3 different Ospreys seen in the morning and 2 on the second trip as well as good Marsh Harrier views, Hobby and Kestrel all showing. The 1 year-old female White-tailed Eagle G801 graced the skies in the morning but remained elusive in the afternoon, hunkering down in a strand of trees near Lytchett Bay! Sandwich Terns were very vocal, offering great comparisons of adult and juvenile calls while Common Seals gave nice views throughout. A low tide visit to Brands Bay late morning produced 18 Great Crested Grebe, the 4 over-summering Brent Geese, singles of Lapwing and Whimbrel and 14 Ringed Plover along with small flocks of Teal, Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit. A ringing session at Lytchett Bay produced quite a few common migrants including a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Tree Pipit and an adult male Redstart the previous evening. At Lytchett Fields this evening there were 26 juvenile Black-tailed Godwit plus 10 Greenshank and 10 Common Sandpiper.

Osprey – taken from Osprey Cruise – Gerry Shilham (@gerryshilham1)

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