10th October 2012

South Haven and just inside the harbour mouth was the main focus this morning. A great variety of mid autumn birds with a few winter species back in the harbour. The morning started of at 05:45 in the hope of a decent thrush movement over South Haven, but all I could muster was one Redwing and two Song Thrush. ‘Vis Mig’ was pretty poor with only 50 each of Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail passing over head along with 12 Siskins, a Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a few Reed Bunting crossing the harbour mouth. 75 Brent Geese are now present at Knoll Beach Studland, where there were also two Firecrest and a handful of Chiffchaff. Within the harbour Brands Bay seemed to be the main focus for birds as three Common Scoter (two males and a female), an early(ish) Black-necked Grebe, 20+ Great Crested Grebe and three Red-breasted Merganser were all settled, but no sign of yesterday Red-throated Diver. 8 Turnstone and 6 Dunlin were also present on the beach at Brands Bay. Shore Road also had two Red-breasted Merganser and a fly-over Redwing.

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