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The surprise bird today was a Cetti's Warbler singing very loudly at Sandsfoot Halt, the third record for the trail. A bit further on a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine flew overhead.
A few more migrants today with the first Willow Warblers and Linnets at Downclose Embankment and a Swallow flying north across Smallmouth. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling nead Newstead Road.
The first Wheatear was at Smallmouth and there were still plenty of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps around.
It had to happen eventually - an Osprey over the trail! With today's clear weather and the mid-April date an Osprey sighting was a definite possibility and when all the gulls on Chesil Beach got up and started creating a fuss I was pretty certain what the cause was. The Osprey appeared over the caravan park at Ferrybridge and spent a while cruising over Smallmouth before heading south to Portland. Later it returned to Ferrybridge and headed off towards Radipole, which was when I got the photo above.
Just 8 Mergansers left in the harbour today but there was a rare sighting of a Curlew settled at Whitehead's Pier at low tide. A Green Woodpecker was calling at Rodwell Halt and nearby a female Blackbird was collecting food for her young.
The first Whimbrels of the year, 3 of them, were settled on the shore at Albert's Bay this morning. Also the first Coal Tit heard for some weeks, singing at Buxton Road.
Lots of migrants around today with a record 15 Wheatears at Smallmouth and several Sand Martins with the Swallows flying north. All the Mergansers seem to have gone now, apart from a few lingering in the Fleet at Ferrybridge. A pair of Peregrines were soaring high over Abbotsbury Road.
The first Common Tern and a late Mediterranean Gull were off Sandsfoot Castle this afternoon.