On Good Friday, 15th April Rod’s niece came to visit and we went down to RSPB Arne to see what was about. For the last few visits we haven’t seen much at all but our visit that day was very exciting. It was a lovely day and although cold in the morning it stayed sunny and bright for the time we were there.
We decided to head up over Coombe Heath we had ideas of what we hoped to see but as usual it doesn’t always go as planned. Elaine was hoping for Dartford Warblers and so was I and although we had a full day there no luck. What made up for it was probably one of our first sightings of the day. As we topped Coombe Heath we spotted a large bird on the Platform at the end of the Middlebere channel and it was an Osprey! I had been watching their return on Social media and we were hoping to see one. She, as we were told by one of the RSPB recorders was one of the Birds of Poole harbour translocation Ospreys, so it was and exciting event! Of course the bird was very distant but distinctive and I took some images to record what we had seen. After a while she flew down the channel and disappeared but a while after we saw two possibly three flying above us again at a distance, but so great to see.
We ended up walking Coombe Heath twice and the new Hyde’s Heath on the other side of the road from the main Arne reserve, Hydes Heath is the new land acquired by the RSPB and is being regenerated. We saw plenty of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Linnets and a few small birds as we walked around. We spotted two Kestrels one hovering and then one a little time after in the Heather some distance away but I spotted the different colouration in the Heather.
As we walked back through the car park at the end of the day we spotted a Mistle Thrush on a wire, so nice to see he flew down close by to us, an end to a great day we went home very happy if a little tired!
As of 25th April a male Osprey has returned and mated with the female, an egg has been laid www.birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk/osprey-news/osprey-diary-2022/ which is fantastic news, I hope all goes well for them.
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