About Two Owls

Thursday 7 November 2013

a.m. Saturday 2nd November 2013

For our visit to Durlston Country Park we arrived at 7.10hrs with birds already passing over, by  07.30hrs everyone was assembled at the end of Long Meadow for an introduction to Vis Mig the birders shortened version of visual migration.  This is something that can be very addictive to many birders in the autumn and there are few places that do as well as Durlston on a good day when the weather condition are right.  Unfortunately though we had nice weather the wind direction wasn't perfect but for the beginner starting out it was ideal, it wasn't too manic with thousands of birds passing over.  In fact it turned out to be a finch morning and ended with a scarce warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler.  Thanks to Jess who spoke to a friend of ours, Ian Lewis, who was ringing there that morning, he kindly waited an extra couple of minutes so everyone could have a view of this little eastern gem.

Yellow-browed Warbler - Durlston CP. © Nick Hull

For an hour and a half we listened and watched and counted the following:-
Goldfinch- 360
Meadow Pipit - 11
Pied Wagtail - 29
Redpoll - 4
Linnet - 85
Chaffinch - 88
Siskin - 75
Swallow - 6
Song Thrush - 2
Redwing - 1
Blackbird - 1
Starling - 11
Skylark - 1+
Greenfinch - 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1

Other plus grounded species
Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk - 1+
Peregrine - 1 pair
Kestrel - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 in the hand
Goldcrest - several
Firecrest - 1 heard
Bullfinch - 3
Wren, Dunnock, Robin, House Sparrow, Blue & Great Tit.

Out to Sea
There was very little usual Black-headed, Herring Gulls, Great Black-back Gulls, a distant Kittiwake and a very distant Gannet, two Razorbills on the sea close inshore.

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