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Harbour Update – posted 24/03/20

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For obvious reasons the amount of sightings reported each day will be slightly reduced for the foreseeable future but that doesn’t mean we have to stop reporting various bits of news.

Firstly, there was an excellent blog written by Birdguides yesterday about how to make the most of ‘home birding’ over the next three weeks whilst we’re all in lockdown. Here at BoPH our home garden lists have started well with Sand Martin and Raven (from the bath)!, Red Kites, and migrant Meadow Pipits all making the grade so far. Plus, with this gorgeous weather due to continue over the coming days, there’s no better time to be sky watching and trying to add obscure passing birds to your garden lists…..Red Kite? Marsh Harrier? Osprey? Goshawk? White Stork? Black Stork? Black Kite……Bee Eater? J

Don’t forget we’re still allowed out for our daily exercise, so interpret that as you wish, but the key is to keep yourselves and the rest of the community safe, so please please don’t put anyone else at risk should you decide to go out for a stroll. That said, someone’s morning ‘exercise stroll’ produced an Osprey yesterday morning over Lytchett Bay. Red Kite were logged over Lytchett Matravers (2), Upton (1) and Creekmoor(1).

With so many people home-bound we’ve noticed a big spike in the number of viewers tuning in to our new Osprey nest cam so we’ve just launched a competition to see who can be the first to send us a screen grab of an Osprey on the nest! You can either contact us via email, Twitter or Facebook and there’s a prize too! A copy of local publishing companies excellent title – Catching the Bug, A guide to the birds of Poole Harbour. If you haven’t tuned in then the here’s the link –

We hope everyone’s ok and keeping safe and the mean time, for anyone who’s missing the sound of the heathland, here’s a nice recording we made back in 2014 of a Woodlark & Meadow Pipit in full song with a Great Spotted Woodpecker butting in a bit.

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