Osprey today, Osprey tomorrow?

Well it seems as if there has been a bit of an Osprey invasion of late with birds turning up all along the south coast. A week last saturday we had reports of three turning up in Langstone harbour with further reports of two kicking around for much of last week. Another report of two Ospreys at Titchfield Haven (although these could possibly be the same birds coming to Langstone). And yesterday at Blashford lakes I saw another! This autumn I’ve seen more Ospreys than ever before. Here are a collection of some of my best attempts of getting (bad) photos of the very distant birds I have seen.

Langstone Osprey out on Baker Island - its sat on an electric fence post used to protect the Little tern nesting area.

Langstone Osprey out on Baker Island – its sat on an electric fence post used to protect the Little tern nesting area.

Blashford Osprey

Blashford Osprey

Elsewhere on the reserves we have started to clear back some bramble clumps to regain important grassland habitat at Swanwick. At Farlington we are speedily cutting the area around the deeps ready for the impending return of waterfowl.

Last weeks Farlington bird news:  Merlin in the hayfield (6th Sept), Little stint on the stream (4th Sept), lots of Bearded tits moving around the whole reedbed from the hut to right down around the lake, Ruff on the stream (7th Sept), Spotted Flycatcher with two Lesser whitethroat in the bushes (4th Sept), Spoonbill (3th Sept) and of course the on going Osprey reports throughout the week.

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