Enjoyed a wonderful evening out tonight on patch. It was just a few hours but much needed in the middle of a busy week of work.
First and foremost was the female Osprey that's been around for at least two days, which was showing well perched in a tree on Bridge Marsh, before fishing (unsuccessfully) over the Estuary. We know it's a her because she's colour-ringed, and was showing off her '014' blue ring this evening. As often is the case with colour-ringed birds, once the ring is read and history learnt a fascinating back story unwinds. Blue 014 is one of the translocated birds from Scotland released in Poole Harbour in the summer of 2018. She spent the summer of 2019, as to be expected for a first-summer bird, not in the UK, but in May this year she surprised everyone by reappearing on a Osprey nest cam in Dyfi, Wales! Full details of her movements can be found HERE.
And here she is on the Axe Estuary tonight...
|Osprey in situ|
|014 on the Axe - how exciting!|
A quick look over the sea showed c20 Med Gulls (so many stonking adults and second-summers) and my first independent juvenile Herring Gull of 2020...
|Sadly not a Yellow-legged|
I ended the night with a look along the river and a quick visit to Black Hole Marsh. This showed 15 Common and my first Green Sandpiper of the autumn (a fine adult), a beautiful fresh juvenile Little Ringed Plover, an adult Greenshank, ten super smart Black-tailed Godwits and a Shoveler.
|A distant juvenile Little Ringed Plover|
Can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. And HELLO autumn!