Sightings17/10/2023

Harbour Update – posted 17/10/23

With the ENE wind continuing it was good to get some more vis-mig monitoring under our belt this morning with some pretty decent results. An amazing 17 Ring Ouzel were logged up on Ballard Down with 9 erupting out of one bush alone along the top of the ridge near Glebelands. The first passage Fieldfares were also logged with 3 over Lytchett Bay and 1 over South Haven. Other South Haven Vis-Mig totals included 1 Brambling, 222 Starling, 168 Redwing, 256 Siskin, 146 Goldfinch, 233 Linnet, 25 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Red-breasted Merganser entered the harbour at dawn. There were still 2 Osprey kicking about with 1 in Holes Bay for most of the afternoon and another in Brands Bay. In Stoborough 2 Cattle Egret were feeding with cows, and in Lytchett Bay there were 3 Spoonbill with a single Curlew Sandpiper hiding in amongst 264 Dunlin. A ringtail Hen Harrier and a Merlin were in Middlebere this morning, the White-tailed Eagle pair were also seen over there.

Cattle Egret – Stoborough – Sam Ryde

Ring Ouzel – Ballard Down – Nick Hopper

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