Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Middlebere & Hartland Moor.

Had a wander up through Windspit Valley this morning with c50 Chiffies and just as many Goldcrests gave hope of something slightly off location but a Single Whitethroat and my first Redwing of the autumn was as best it got. 

Lunch at the Worth Matravers Tea rooms was a relaxed affair, sat in the garden basking in the midday sun with a cloudless Dorset blue sky above.

Mid afternoon was spent sharing time with the juv Stilt Sandpiper at Midddlebere with a couple of Curlew Sandpipers, 9+Knot, and a single Golden Plover and several colour ringed waders, Sika Deer are becoming active (image above & below).

Early evening had us having a wander around the higher parts of Hartland Moor where a second Hen Harrier of the season was present, this time a ringtail, a Male Merlin perched up preening in the distance and a single Snipe added to the daily Wader List with a winning sunset and then rounded off the day with a Ruby in Wareham, "had worse days"


  1. Nice to see the Hen Harriers, the Stilt Sandpiper seems to have regained all appendages!! Not sure what was going on the other day with it at Lytchett

  2. Hi Ian, yeh strange but it was hopping about on one leg at Middlebere on Wednesday as well so something was going on. Been getting quite a few colour ringed waders at Middlebere maybe you might pick some of them up at your end? hope all is well over your side of the Harbour. Simon