Harbour Update – posted 30/06/17

A better today with more signs of dispersal around the harbour, where a fresh juv Kingfisher was ringed in Holes Bay north. You can ID young Kingfisher quite easily this time of year, especially with a decent view. The tops of their feet are dirty brown and grubby and their overall plumage a duller blue with brown toned fringes to some of the feathers. Both adult and young Kingfisher disperse from their breeding grounds at the end of the summer and head down river to coastal spots which is why you can often encounter Kingfisher at places like Poole Quay, Poole Park and Baiter from now to Feb. The Osprey was again on the perching post in Middlebere for most of the afternoon. At Lytchett Bay a Red Kite drifted over Otter Island towards Turlin Moor and on Lytchett Fields there were 2 Little Ringed Plover and 5 Green Sandpiper. We’ve also had a decent amount of recoveries from a ringing site we’ve been running in the north of the harbour this spring called Fleets Corner. Earlier in the spring (mid-March) we experienced a rush of Chiffchaff, several of them already ringed. Below is the ringing history for those birds. Plus a recovery of one of the birds we ringed at Fleets Corner re-trapped elsewhere.










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