Winter Thrush’s arrive – posted 29/09/13

Ok, so the title sounds a bit dramatic, but the harbour saw it’s first 5 Redwing of the autumn this morning as a ‘vis mig’ session took place around the Studland/South Haven area. Also counted during the visible migration session were 1000+ Swallow, 37 Linnet, 15 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 59 Chaffinch, 59 Siskin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 39 Alba Wagtail, 31 Pintail, 34 Wigeon, 4 Brent Geese and 7 Chiffchaff and a Redstart present.

In Brands Bay there were 31 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Brent Geese, 35 Pintail, 31 Wigeon, 116 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot, 6 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Wheatear and 1 Whitethroat.

Lytchett Bay reported a small arrival of common migrants of 40+ Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat and 5 Blackcap were in the hedgerows, also there 6 Green Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 26 Snipe, 29 Lapwing, 4 Wigeon and a flock of 25 Cormorant over the bay.

Finally, a Grey Phalarope was spotted from the chain ferry area and later reported on the Brownsea Lagoon.


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