Monday, 10 October 2016

Lodmoor Rosy Starling

Started the day off fantastic with some ringing & birding at Durlston 06.30-10.30am. Highlights of the morning include 6 Ring Ouzel, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Firecrest, 40+ each of Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit & Goldcrest. Nice site records of Great spotted Woodpecker, Whinchat and a single male Wheatear.
Overhead passage of 100's of Goldfinch, 27 Siskin, 2 Greenfinch, 50 Chaffinch, 60 Skylark, 134 Meadow Pipit, 15 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird,4  Pied Wagtail, 3 Jay and 8 Swallow.
One of many Chiffchaff seen along the coastline
On route back to Charmouth, I called in to Lodmoor RSPB reserve to have a look for the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING which was frequenting a small hedgerow opposite Southdown Avenue housing estate, with 20+ Starlings. Once I arrived the Rosy Starling was showing very well and feeding on hawthorn berries before fkying to some nearby garden feeders. It showed well slightly concealed in the bushes for most of the time before flying off over the estate at 14.30pm with the flock out of view. My 2nd British Rosy Starling and great to see two this year!! 

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING-Lodmoor
Stonebarrow Hill: Charmouth 16.15-18.15pm, 2 Firecrest, 6 Bullfinch, 2 Jay, 3 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Wheatear, 100+ House Martin, 30+ Chiffchaff and decent numbers of Long-tailed Tit & Goldcrest flocks roving near visitor centre.

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