Harbour Update – posted 26/09/15

A vis-mig session was held up on Ballard at first light, and although the conditions looked good for birds to move, it never really got going beyond a slow trickle. However, whilst listening to passing migrants the song of a Woodlark was picked up distantly from one of the farm fields, a really odd record for Ballard and after a bit of tracking down 2 were actually discovered. These were only the second and third record for the Studland peninsular all year. Also noted during the session were 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Crossbill, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Skylark, 50+ each of Linnet and Goldfinch and 70+ Meadow Pipit. Also seen on Ballard were good numbers of Chiffchaff and Stonechat along 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Buzzard. The 2 Firecrest were at Middlebere again near the cottages, also 5 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff, 1 Whinchat, 1 Whitethroat, 16 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Sparrowhawk. In the channel were 6 Spoonbill, 1600 Black-tailed Godwit and a few Wigeon. From Slepe Heath a Hobby was seen chasing some of the many, many Swallow that were passing through all day and 1 Woodlark on the heath. 

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