Harbour Update – posted 18/10/17

A slightly slower day in terms of visible migration but birds did get moving in small numbers eventually. At South Haven, Studland 3 Redwing, 175 Siskin, 2 Brambling, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Woodlark, 2 Firecrest and small numbers of Goldfinch, Linnet and Chaffinch headed north along with 9 Swallow and 1 Common Scoter through the harbour mouth. At Arne 2 Hawfinch settled briefly in trees above the Arne café before moving off. Studland churchyard had good numbers of Blackbird and Song Thrush moving around the bushes. Up on Ballard, 3 more Brambling headed north with c150 Linnet and 20 Goldfinch and 2 late Common Redstart were also ringed. The Stilt Sandpiper re-appeared in Middlebere, hanging out with the Black-tailed Godwit and the Great White Egret was also present again. At Lytchett Fields a late Wood Sandpiper also appeared with a Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff and the standard Redshank and Dunlin

Common Redstart – Ballard Down – Olly Slessor

Wheatear – Holes Bay – John Pick Grendon

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