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Sunday, 17 June 2012

'Post Nesting Depression'

Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2012

The Swannery from Chapel Hill.
Another rather quiet week bird wise, if not weather wise... the highlights being the lingering male Marsh Harrier and a Hobby over but there was little else of note as the near gale force winds failed to blow in to the sanctuary of the lagoon any hoped for passage seabirds.

Despite the awful weather the Common Terns are still settled on the island and in fact even more pairs have arrived and appear to be nesting, with over thirty individuals around the island at times. A few Sandwich Terns are still about and the pair of Oystercatchers are still incubating on the island too (the latter species being the only waders of the entire week!).

Although migration seems to have ground to a halt post breeding dispersal seems to already be underway as a few species not seen for a month or so are beginning to reappear, such as three Teal, Treecreepers, a Nuthatch and Bullfinches, none of which bred at The Swannery this year but, at least in the case of the last three, did so elsewhere in Abbotsbury.

Bee Orchid - one of a small colony in the car park.
There has still been no sign of any Southern Marsh Orchids in The Swannery meadows however.
The water level in the meadow is still high with all the rain, despite the sluice being out again, but hopefully it will drop soon, just in time for all those early waders returning south!

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