Harbour Update – posted 26/05/15

The Red-footed Falcon seems to have disappeared today, however it also disappeared the day after it was originally found and then stayed for five days, so we’ll just watch this space. Lytchett Fields has been productive again with 2 Ruff, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Gull, 1 Greenshank and between 30-50 Black-tailed Godwit. Nightjar are really active locally with males setting up territories on all heathland sites. I did notice the other night that at one site there was no wing clapping or kew-eek type calls despite the high number of males, which would possibly suggest that there are still more females to arrive, which will no doubt cause great excitement in the next few days. There have been plenty of newly fledged birds around too, with Stonechat being most notable out on the heathland with most pairs already fledging young it seems. There are also plenty of raptors around too with Hobby frequenting similar habitat to the Red-foot, a Red Kite was over Wareham yesterday, displaying Buzzards, hunting Kestrels, the odd Peregrine (one sat on the Middlebere Osprey nest today), the Marsh Harriers feeding young and numerous Sparrowhawk.

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