Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Wind south 2, 8/8, low cloud
Despite the low cloud, things looked quite promising with birds moving as I arrived (c06.40)
Lots of ticking Song Thrushes in first line of bushes along track. On reaching the end heard yet another Ring Ouzel chakking away. Saw it briefly, looked like a male.
Couple of Redwing over, next was a flock of 15 finches with plenty of Brambling calls coming from amongst the Chaffinch, couldnt say what the mix was.
A few more flocks with Brambling calls until light rain stopped all that.
South beach wood area: 1 Goldcrest, more Brambling heard and 1 Chiff, this bird was giving a short version of the juv seeoo call. In fact so have many of the others I have recently heard. I think we will have to come up with another explanation for these calls in late October as they are clearly not young juveniles.
Fort Henry: 20 + 3 Siskin over and a Green Woodpecker feeding on the grass.

A flock of finches feeding in the tops of the sycamores behind the Manor Hotel turned out to include at least 5 Brambling and prob quite a few more. Took a few shots but they were very skittish for some reason so most pretty poor. Couple of Blackcap and Chiffs about and a Song Thrush singing.

Merlin flew through Studland Churchyard and another Song Thrush singing