Shipley Bridge, South Brent

At Shipley for 8am this morning, despite heavy mist on the lower ground Dartmoor was in full sunshine, the Ring Ouzels were being very elusive but over the visit nine birds seen, all in the area where the road leads up to the filtration plant. Very few Rowan berries left but Holly and Hawthorn berries may be enough to hold the birds for a few more days.

Plenty of Blackbirds and smaller numbers of Mistle Thrush and Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Raven and Jay all present.

As nice as it was to see the Ring Ouzels a female Merlin up towards the filtration plant was an unexpected treat.

Just as I was leaving a bird of prey came over the top of the hill being mobbed by a Carrion Crow, it being the first Hen Harrier I have seen on Dartmoor in two years.

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Posted October 19th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts