Harbour Update – posted 27/10/17

Visible migration watching took place at several places, starting at Glebelands, Ballard Down where 72 Bullfinch (the second largest UK passage of this species), 653 Goldfinch, 32 Brambling, 19 Reed Bunting, 407 Linnet, 116 Siskin, 48 Lesser Redpoll, 203 Chaffinch and 28 Skylark were all logged along with singles of Fieldfare, Golden Plover, Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. At South Haven, Studland totals included 1 Hawfinch, 47 Bullfinch, 187 Goldfinch, 5 Brambling, 385 Linnet, 37 Siskin, 26 Redwing, 5 Swallow, 2 Skylark and 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Wood Pigeon migration began to ‘bubble up’ with 6185 heading high SW over Evening Hill towards Brownsea. A night migration sound recording session from our listening station in Old Town Poole was really productive and produced 3 Hawfinch, 4-5 Ring Ouzel, c2000 Redwing calls, c1500 Song Thrush calls and c500 Blackbird calls along with 1 Golden Plover, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Skylark and 1 Gadwall. There were 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in the busy urban part of Poole with one in a private garden and another calling at the north end of Pitwines (Sainsbury’s) car park. Ringing up on Ballard was slower today with 20 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Goldcrest the highlights. Out towards Swineham 3 Marsh Harrier were hunting loosely together and this afternoon a fresh juv female Hen Harrier was seen with the juv male around the Slepe Heath area. On Brownsea there were 28 Spoonbill and 1 Little Stint and at Lytchett Fields there were 2 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 10 Skylark over and the autumn/winters first Water Pipit.  

 Ring Ouzel night Passage – Old Town Poole Listening Station 27/10/17 @ 4:00am

 Hawfinch – Single call of night time migrant – Old Town Poole Listening Station 27/10/17 @ 03:47 

Yellow-browed Warbler – Poole garden – Marcus Lawson

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