Harbour Update – posted 8th & 9th July 2020

The unsettled weather dropped a few more birds onto Lytchett Fields including a site record total of 15 Little Ringed Plover, also there over the last couple of days have been 17 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 30+ Common Redshank, 40+ Lapwing, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. At Swineham there were 2 Common Sandpiper on the main gravel pit island and 2 Hobby were active over the Slepe Heath, Arne Moors area. Swallow numbers seem very very low around the Poole Harbour area with hardly any being noted in traditional sites, with only 6 individuals logged at Redcliff Yacht Club at Bestwall. There were 26 Common Redshank back on the Brownsea Lagoon today too, which are the first of the autumn returners. A blue ringed Osprey was seen in the dead trees at Middlebere which was assumed to be CJ7 but, we’re all on the look out for our 2018 female 014 who was only in Devon a couple of days ago and has since gone missing from there, along with 200+ Black-tailed Godwit also in Middlebere and a Marsh Harrier yesterday. We also had a lovely encounter on our Osprey nest cam last night when 3 Nightjar (2 males and 1 female) courted on the perching post of the nest, providing a great insight to this normally invisible behaviour.

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