Harbour Update – posted 24 & 25/08/22

Firstly, we apologise for no sightings yesterday, we had a website ‘back end’ issue, which we won’t go into now, but it’s all sorted! We’ll update sightings from the last couple of days during the course of this evening but initially we’ll do an update on the Osprey cruises from the last couple of days. The last four Osprey cruises have been fascinating with multiple Osprey logged across all four trips. Yesterday we had no less than 7 different Osprey, but most amazingly of all, we had the first views of Poole chick 5H1 flying over and practice hunting over the harbour. This was a historic moment, and one we’re so glad we were able to share with a whole boat full of guests. Not only that, during our afternoon cruise both CJ7 and 022 did the courteous thing and also flew close to the boat which is the first time they’ve been seen together out over the harbour since April! White-tailed Eagle G801 also put on some fantastic displays, passing over the boat and even settling in trees close by, not to mention the fly over Hobby’s, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Marsh Harriers. It’s been an absolute raptor-fest. On todays boat, weirdest sighting of the day was a Common Scoter in the Wareham Channel along with the more standard 2 Spoonbill and c300 Black-tailed Godwit. There are still plenty of tickets for this weekends and next weeks cruises so if you want to book on then please do by CLICKING HERE.

Passerines have been pushing through with the mist and murk downing quite a few birds. Pied Flycatchers were at Ballard and the Lower Piddle Valley, with Ballard also clocking 1 Redstart 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Reed Warbler, 6 Tree Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 7 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap and 10 Whitethroat. At Lytchett Fields the Glossy Ibis was seen again and the 2 Little Stint were still present plus there was a late(ish) Swift, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 14 Common Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Whimbrel. One of the White-tailed Eagles also flew low over the fields first thing. Spoonbill numbers are increasing with 26 now present including 5 colour-ringed birds. Along Soldiers Road there was a Pied Flycatcher (yesterday), and this evening a Whinchat, 1 Redstart, 4 Wheatear and 2 Spotted Flycatcher, with another 6 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Pied Flycatcher on the edge of Rempstone. This evening there were 3 Spotted Redshank, 4 Avocet and 489 Black-tailed Godwit.

Osprey chick 5H1 over the harbour yesterday from our Osprey cruise – Paula and John Thorpe

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