On Friday 4th September the weather looked fairly promising a little cloudy but dry. I decided a trip down the RSPB Arne was overdue. I had heard that there were Ospreys in and around Poole harbour and they had been sited from Coombe heath at Arne, they use the harbour as a stopover for their migration journey to Africa in the autumn. I have never seen an Osprey although I saw the nest of the first breeding pair in the UK when they returned to Loch Garten in Scotland. They were highly protected and you were some distance from the nest, I can still remember it! Unfortunately they were not at the nest or flying around when we were there.
So we decided to walk on Coombe Heath, as we went through the overflow carpark there were two Sika Stags grazing, a young stag and a more mature one, they looked very handsome, their coats as were the deer themselves were in good condition ready for the breeding season.
We also came across a small herd of Sika Hinds in the undergrowth, they were quite nervous and soon disappeared. The RSPB are also grazing English Longhorn cattle on the Heath we bumped into one on the path, she looked quite scary but soon moved away from us as we walked towards her.
We then went to the Hide overlooking Middlebere water unfortunately the tide was out so we weren’t lucky to see an Osprey fishing. There was plenty of other birds though, A Great White Egret flew by and juvenile Shelducks feeding in the tidal mud. Anyway our patience was rewarded and we spotted two Osprey circling around on the other side of Middlebere, they were distinctive in their flight. Luckily I had my binoculars and I could see them fairly clearly as they stayed over the other side. I did take a photo (below) just a record I’m afraid but at least I saw them, a real thrill.