Sightings30/07/2020

Harbour Update – posted 30/07/20

Autumn definitely landed today with the first migrant Osprey of the season arriving into the harbour. Thankfully it wasn’t a distant speck out over the Wareham Channel but in fact was a visitor to our Poole Harbour Osprey nest cam, much to the disgust of CJ7 who quickly arrived and made the new arrival (who we believe to be a female) feel rather uncomfortable, so much so that she soon left the nest. That said, it was great to see two Osprey on the nest cam again, we just hope an unattached male bumbles along some time over the next week or so and CJ7 isn’t so hostile next time! August is the best month for Osprey migration through Poole Harbour so there should be more on the way any day now. Other birds of prey in the harbour this AM included 4 Marsh Harrier out of the west Poole Harbour roost and what looked like a Hobby family out over Arne Moors, viewed from Hydes Heath. Willow Warbler filtered through much of the harbour today with a peak between 7am and 10am. A high tide count on the Brownsea Lagoon saw 4 Spoonbill, 6 Greenshank, 170 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 92 Common Redshank, 2 Avocet but very low numbers of tern remain with just 18 Common and 4 Sandwich Tern.

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