Sightings23/05/2021

Harbour Update – posted 23/05/21

Huge thank you to Megan McCubbin and Chris Packham for inviting us on to the final episode of The Self-Isolating Bird Club to provide an update on the Osprey project. Watch the birds providing an incredibly magical moment with impeccable timing below. You can catch up with the full programme and stream all 91(!) episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/SIBirdClub

A Nightjar paid its first visit of the season onto the Osprey nest cam at 00:47. Beginning Thurs 3 June, we are resuming our Slepe Heath Nightjar Experience Walks. The southern heaths of Poole Harbour are a stronghold for Nightjar – and Slepe Heath is no exception. This mysterious bird and its quirky lifestyle add to their endearing personality and haunting ‘churr’ rings out across the heathland at dusk. More info and bookings available here: https://birdsofpooleharbourbookings.co.uk/event/nightjar-experience

Beyond the livestream Osprey webcam, 19 mainly summer-plumaged Sanderling made for an enjoyable surprise on the west side of Arne this afternoon during a harbour-wide Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) for the BTO. The Two Rivers walk around Swineham offered male Marsh Harrier, Sedge, Reed and Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Swift, Swallow, House and Sand Martins.

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