Sightings for November 2013
Although it seemed generally quiet all round today, there were some isolated moments of interest. A Sandwich Tern lingered with Black-headed Gull off the sandpit for a brief time this morning, while a Firecrest was in the Wood by the Double Bends and the Black Redstart was in its normal location on the cliffs. Movement at sea was very light - just a Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe and several auks in a 90-minute period - but up to 100 Common Scoter and 3 Great Crested Grebe were settled. At least 8 Purple Sandpiper were about, a Redpoll went over the end of the head and 5 Redwing left it.
There were again Firecrest to be seen on Hengistbury, presumably in the Wood and 3 birds in total; also 2 Chiffchaff by the Civic Offices and a further couple by the Purewell Stream. On Priory Marsh, a Marsh Harrier was settled on a post for around 45-minutes late in the morning and a Water Pipit was still present, while a Raven passed over there and a Grey Wagtail headed towards Wick over the Solent Meads area. The Common Scoter flock off the Long Groyne was reckoned at seventy today and the first Razorbill for some time was also on the water. For the records, the previously mentioned Marsh Harrier has been seen at Stanpit for the last couple of days.
Adult Grey Heron – Clinton Whale
...and first-winter Mute Swan – Dave Cooke
The only news from a fairly dingy day is from Fisherman’s Bank in the early afternoon, when the Spotted Redshank, a Sanderling, 14 Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 25 Ringed Plover and around 240 Dunlin were present.
With the selection of birds seen in the harbour today, spending 5-hours in the Forest of Dene searching for elusive crossbills looks to have been time ill spent. In addition to the first Scaup of the year, a female on the river, there was a Yellow-browed Warbler behind the Nursery and a Snow Bunting at the southern end of the sandspit, while the Black Redstart was still in-situ on the short section of south-east facing cliff on Hengistbury. Meanwhile, a total of 4 Firecrest were on the head - three of them at the tip - 2 Water Pipit were on Priory Marsh and 2 Bearded Tit were in the adjacent reeds. Offshore, the Common Scoter gathering has now reached 125 birds, as well as three settled Great Northern Diver and a Great Crested Grebe. All three divers moved past - singles of Black-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver, plus 2 Red-throated Diver - and 3 Purple Sandpiper and a Sanderling were on or around the groynes. At Stanpit, the Spotted Redshank was present, along with 13 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Ringed Plover and 280 Dunlin.
Black-tailed Godwit – Alan Hayden
The 2 Glossy Ibis were seen from both sides of the harbour today; firstly, in Parky Meade Rail and then later in Barn Bight, before they lifted off high towards Bournemouth and were lost to view. On Priory Marsh, 2 Water Pipit were present and a Treecreeper remained in the Wood on Hengistbury. After a seeming absence, a (the?) Spotted Redshank was seen from Fisherman’s Bank, with other waders counts from there and Mudeford Quay totalling: 25 Grey Plover, a Turnstone, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Ringed Plover and 284 Dunlin.
Teal – Clinton Whale
...and a bunch of Wigeon - note the green hue visible on some of the drakes – Clinton Whale
On a damp, cold and grey day, the 2 Glossy Ibis were still on-site but only seen when they descended into Wick Hams. The almost past migration season didn’t produce a single Marsh Harrier, so a presumed young male over Wick and then off to the east early on was a welcome sight. A Water Pipit showed well on Priory Marsh with several Rock Pipit throughout the morning, when a Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff were by the Purewell Stream beneath the golf course and 2 Brambling, 11 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing headed over Stanpit from the Wick area. Later, a couple of Red-throated Diver moved west by Mudeford Quay and 9 Great Crested Grebe were on the calm waters. Please check back to yesterday for some additional news.
Today's two Glossy Ibis over Wick Hams this afternoon – Chris Chapleo
...and then over Stanpit – Alfie Pickersgill
The Hengistbury cliffs catching the sunrise – Colin Raymond
It was set to be a fairly uneventful day, until an enforced mid-afternoon visit to Hengistbury to retrieve an errant vehicle produced something of a surprise, when 2 Glossy Ibis appeared to arrive over the Barn Field and pitch into Wick Hams. A short time later, the birds went over to Stanpit before last being seen going back towards the head. Earlier in the day, the Black Redstart was on the cliffs pictured above and a Great Northern Diver was on the water off Mudeford Quay. The monthly WeBS count seemed to be well below average in terms of numbers, with the most interest coming from: 24 Grey Plover, 14 Turnstone, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, but the valley count proved where 250 others are, 2 Ringed Plover, 239 Dunlin, a Shoveler and 5 Shelduck, the latter always worth mentioning here during the early winter months. To conclude, singles of Peregrine, Raven and Kingfisher were seen around the area.
Additional news: there was something of a diver-fest past Hengistbury around lunchtime, as singles of Black-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver, plus 16 Red-throated Diver, moved past.
Grey Plover over Stanpit – Alan Hayden
Kestrel looking for supper – Richard Cordery
It was a crisp morning, which out of the wind could be reasonably pleasant, but exposure to the north-westerly breeze brought on a reality check. A Woodlark over Crouch Hill was presumably an early cold weather mover; while in complete contrast, a juvenile Swallow that circled the Barn Field was much later in terms of getting on its travels, but hopefully can still find its way to warmer climes. Also on Hengistbury, a Firecrest by the Double Bends, the Black Redstart on the south-east facing cliff, a Chiffchaff, 6 Redpoll and 3 Purple Sandpiper. Early on, a couple of female-type Eider lingered off the sandspit, but soon moved off into Poole Bay from where they had come, and 5 Red-throated Diver headed into The Solent; then later, a Great Northern Diver, a Red-throated Diver and a Sandwich Tern went past Mudeford Quay, all to the east. At Stanpit, a Dartford Warbler and 4 Bearded Tit were on Central Marsh, with some of the latter also heard in the Parky Meade Rail reeds. At dawn, a savvy Peregrine hung in the air over the Nursery waiting for the several hundred strong Woodpigeon roost to awake and make its inland flight.
Long-tailed Tit in the North Scrubs – Alan Crockard
The sea, from Double Dykes, came up with some interest this morning, not least a Long-tailed Duck moving west and a first-winter Little Gull that headed towards the Long Groyne. Also, 3 Red-throated Diver, 22 Common Scoter and 13 Common Gull, all west. Meanwhile, a Great Northern Diver was settled on the water off Whitepits. Further east along Hengistbury, the Black Redstart was still at the end of the head and a couple of Purple Sandpiper were on the groynes, as were 5 Turnstone. Over on Stanpit, the Avocet was again present and peak counts of the commoner waders came to: 20 Grey Plover, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 85 Ringed Plover and 220 Dunlin. To conclude a reasonable, late November day, a single Peregrine visited the area.
A recent shot of a Dunlin – Alan Hayden
The sea, which was watched from both
Mudeford Quay and the Beach Huts, produced a
little more variety this morning with the best
being a Pomarine Skua west. Combined totals
were 115 Common Scoter, 32 Pintail, 18 Gannet,
7 unidentified auk, 2 Red-throated Diver and 1
Kittiwake, all of these west, and a
Red-breasted Merganser east. Another 130
Common Scoter were settled on the sea, as were
10 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Goldeneye and 4
Shelduck. Later, a redhead Goosander and 25
Teal were seen from the quay. A late Swallow
south over Hengistbury was a little
unexpected; also 2 Bullfinch moved over and 3
Firecrest were on-site, while on Stanpit a
Dartford Warbler on South Marsh was something
of a surprise. Counts from there were 100
Brent Geese, 60 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 3
Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover and 2
Sanderling. To round up, there were 2
Chiffchaff by the Civic Offices and the 2
Raven were again on the quay; also a Grey Seal
in The Run.
Avocet in Stanpit Bight this afternoon – Alan Hayden
Peregrine with prey over East Marsh – Alan Hayden
There were 11 Purple Sandpiper today, on
groyne S9 on the sandspit and a small group of
20 Common Scoter offshore; otherwise just a
Little Gull moving west. A lone Fieldfare was
on the Long Field, while the 2 Raven were
again on Mudeford Quay feeding on last night's
leftovers. Stanpit numbers were more or less
the same as yesterday, although 3 Avocet were
clearly newly arrived.
There was a real wintry feel about the
weather today with a keen north-westerly wind
making it feel quite cold, despite the
sunshine. A Treecreeper, the first of the
autumn, was in a mixed feeding flock in the
Wood, also a Coal Tit there, while the Black
Redstart was once again under the cliffs. At
least 7 Purple Sandpiper were on the groynes
and a Great Crested Grebe was on the sea.
Stanpit numbers today were 93 Dunlin, 33
Ringed Plover, 21 Shoveler, 13 Black-tailed
Godwit, 8 Snipe, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey
Plover and a Kingfisher.
Despite the harbour being shrouded in mist
this morning, there was still plenty to see
with the pick being a late Ring Ouzel on
Warren Hill; also the Black Redstart was still
below the cliffs and a Firecrest was at the
eastern end of the head, while Priory Marsh
held singles of Water Pipit and White Wagtail.
There was some early movement with 75 Song
Thrush, 17 Redwing and 11 Fieldfare north,
plus 9 Redpoll and 3 Brambling east over
Hengistbury. On Stanpit, 2 Redpoll and a
Fieldfare were in the North Scrubs. A
first-winter Little Gull was feeding off the
Beach Huts, while small groups of Common
Scoter were seen arriving from the east and
eventually the settled flock numbered 43
birds. Counts from Stanpit today were: 55
Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Dunlin, 22 Shoveler,
21 Grey Plover, 12 Ringed Plover, 4 Bar-tailed
Godwit, 4 Snipe and a Pochard. To round
up, both Peregrine and Raven visited the
harbour, and a Kingfisher was off Fisherman's
Purple Sandpiper on the sandspit – Clinton Whale
There was as little wind as yesterday, but this period was much duller with cloud lingering until late in the afternoon. Early on, a couple of Great Northern Diver were in The Run and were presumably the same two birds reported slightly later from the Beach Huts. Also from the sandspit, a Black Redstart on the cliffs at the end of the head and 10 Purple Sandpiper on groyne S9 around lunchtime. Wick held 3 Chiffchaff, while 2 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing and a Grey Wagtail passed over there. The recent suspicions of some cold weather arrival of birds were somewhat upheld this morning, when up to 600 Lapwing were flocked on Stanpit - a significant and sudden increase in numbers. To finish off, a Peregrine overflew and a Kingfisher was again using the fence posts on Wick Hams.
Black Redstart – Chris Chapleo
It was a clear day throughout, which after a slightly chilly northerly breeze had died down turned out to be quite pleasant. At the end of Hengistbury, a Black Redstart was along the base of the cliffs just east of the Gully and a couple of Firecrest were in the holly bushes halfway up the steps. At sea, a flock of three scoter that came out of The Solent contained 2 Velvet Scoter, which then settled with a Common Scoter flock for a brief period before heading into Poole Bay. In all, the settled ‘common’ count was around 60 birds, in two distinct groups, while 7 Red-throated Diver moved west. Like thrushes, migrant Starling are rarely numerous over Hengistbury so three inbound flocks, each of around 15 birds, suggested there may have been an arrival along the south coast in general. Also heading in, as it was still getting light, a few heard-only Fieldfare and Redwing. Otherwise, overhead movement was light - for example, around 1000 Woodpigeon and a handful of finches - but there was a hint of cold weather displacement of duck, not least 80 or so flighty Teal, plus 3 Shelduck and few Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall. At Stanpit, Bearded Tit were calling from the reeds around Parky Meade Rail and 4 Shoveler, 40+ Ringed Plover and 219 Brent Goose were counted.
Wigeon – Clinton Whale
Buzzard – Alan Crockard
On another still and clear morning, there was a fair bit of aerial activity. The pick was a Short-eared Owl that came in-off the sea, as did 3 Sparrowhawk, while a party of 3 Little Gull headed high to the west over the water. Before the rest of the numbers, some highlights from the deck; namely, the Snow Bunting seen briefly heading along the sandspit and a Black Redstart by the Natterjack Pond. Early on, there was a 2000+ flock of Woodpigeon, but as it turned out the day-total barely nudged five thousand, all moving west. In addition, 11 Brambling, 19 Redpoll, 30 Siskin, 115 Chaffinch, 185 Linnet and 620 Goldfinch also travelled, as did 18 Song Thrush and a couple of Fieldfare. Possibly also on the move, were a Buzzard low over Wick and 7 Lapwing, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Pintail incoming.
Grey Plover on Stanpit – Alan Hayden
On a reasonably fine morning, Woodpigeon were on the move again with a total of 45000 birds heading west over the harbour; while travelling with them were 180 Stock Dove, as well as 80 Rook, 7 Redwing and 5 Brambling. wo Hen Harrier were seen today, a ring-tail over Crouch Hill and then a male north-east over the sandspit. The sea was like the proverbial millpond so expectations were low, however a group of 4 Velvet Scoter moved west and the raft of 100 Common Scoter was still on the sea off the Long Groyne. Finally, a Firecrest was in the wood.
Common Scoter off the Long Groyne – Alan Crockard
A Black Brant, only the third harbour
record, the previous ones being in 2002 and
2004, was by the Rusty Boat on Stanpit this
afternoon with 65 Dark-bellied Brent Geese. In
total, there were 240 Brent Geese about the
marsh. On Hengistbury a Black Redstart was at
the eastern end of the head and the hundred or
so Common Scoter were off the Long Groyne. A
modest number of Woodpigeon were on the move
with 3200 logged over Stanpit; also 130
Jackdaw, 72 Skylark, 2 Crossbill and 2
Brambling, all of these west, while a Hen
Harrier headed north-east along the sandspit
and a Merlin travelled in the same direction.
A Water Pipit was on Stanpit and the Great
Spires reedbed held 4 Bearded Tit and 2
Chiffchaff. Meanwhile, counts from across the
marsh included: 108 Dunlin, 47 Ringed Plover,
34 Snipe, 24 Shoveler, 15 Grey Plover, 8
Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.
A Snow Bunting was on the beach at
Hengistbury this morning; the bird favoured
the area around groyne S1. Also present were 3
Black Redstart, one at the eastern end of the
head and two not far from the Black House,
while a late Swallow passed through.
Seawatching, mainly from Mudeford Quay,
produced singles of Great Northern Diver and
Red-throated Diver, 28 Brent Geese, 5
Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Eider all west,
while around 100 Common Scoter were settled
off the Beach Huts. Also from the quay a
minimum of eight dolphins, probably
Bottle-nosed, were watched as they moved
slowly west giving spectacular views at times
despite being quite distant. The
Shoveler count on Stanpit today was
twenty-nine, with wader numbers being 170
Dunlin, 41 Ringed Plover, 38 Black-tailed
Godwit, 12 Snipe and 9 Grey Plover while 35
Turnstone were on the sandspit. To round up, a
Merlin headed north over the Batters, a
Kingfisher was on Wick Hams, 5 Redpoll and a
Siskin moved overhead, and a couple of
Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were on-site.
The day broke to steady rain, which
persisted for much of the day and discouraged
a good deal of field activity. Referring to
some of the seabird totals from elsewhere on
the Dorset coast, however, this looks to have
been an opportunity missed. As it is, the only
news from the water is of 2 Great Northern
Diver on it off Mudeford Quay, as well as 4
Goosander incoming over there, 12 Purple
Sandpiper and a Red-breasted Merganser west.
Early this evening, Redwing were passing over
the outdoor football courts at Two Riversmeet.
A couple of the Woodpigeon flocks that passed over the harbour – Chris Chapleo
Grey Wagtail at Clay Pool – Alan Crockard
The skies were certainly clear and Woodpigeon were definitely on the move but the area didn’t witness as many birds as might be expected, as a north-westerly breeze seemed to encourage the flocks to head inland as soon as they passed Highcliffe. However, between 7:00 and 10:00, an estimated 32800 were logged on their westward journey. Early on a few flocks did pass over the area so allowing the massed wingbeats to be heard, but in the main the route was about a mile north of the harbour. All the eastward scrutiny from the Coastguards also produced a Red Kite that made landfall somewhere over Highcliffe, 5 Sparrowhawk and 2 Kestrel westbound, and a high-flying inbound Great Spotted Woodpecker. Meanwhile, 11 Brambling, 19 Redpoll, 6 Siskin, 200 Chaffinch, 180 Goldfinch and 75 Linnet moved west, and 16 Redwing and 3 Fieldfare travelled north-west. At Stanpit, the best were 4 redhead Goosander that eventually headed east, but also: a Sanderling, 15 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 47 Ringed Plover and 81 Dunlin; along with 22 Shoveler and 180 or so Brent Goose.
It was windless at dawn and although the skies to the west were leaden those over the New Forest were clear. This encouraged a westward movement of around 20000 Woodpigeon, many of them far inland, but when they hit the weather the flocks started to stall and swirl making some quite spectacular sights, before many headed back from whence they came. Forecast conditions for tomorrow, i.e. clear skies and little wind, combined with the fact that relatively few birds have so far moved through, are raising hopes for a really bumper morning - so if you need a columbae fix for the year, this could be the chance. Additionally, around 100 Stock Dove were seen to be on the move. For those less obsessed, the sea provided more conventional interest when a Slavonian Grebe, a Black-throated Diver and a Red-throated Diver headed west past the Beach Huts, as did a Great Crested Grebe and 3 Razorbill, while at least 40 Common Scoter were settled. Also seen at the end of the head were 7 Purple Sandpiper, the highest count of the season to date. Passerine-wise, the best were 2 Firecrest in the Wood, but also a Fieldfare off the head, a few Redpoll over and a Chiffchaff by the HHC.
Curlew at Stanpit – Clinton Whale
A couple of hours this morning at Mudeford Quay saw an apparent westerly movement of Brent Goose, as 75 birds passed, along with 9 Shelduck and 7 Sandwich Tern. Meanwhile, a couple of Arctic Skua lingered and hunted for scraps, and the fifteen-strong of Common Scoter were still on the sea. There is little news from elsewhere, save for: a Firecrest in the Wood, a Brambling over the Barn Field and a Chiffchaff by the HHC; while 6 Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit and over 40 Black-tailed Godwit were seen from Fisherman’s Bank.
Although the Roseate Tern seems to have left us and is hopefully on its way to more comfortable climes, we do have a little more tentative information regarding the bird’s rings. It seems that Rockabill, Ireland, also use two rings and an X on one could mean the bird is from there and at least 10-years of age. We are still working on enhancing digital images to see if more can be gleaned from the photos, however.
There was far more to be seen and heard today than of late, in particular visible migration of finches. The best was a Crossbill east over Stanpit, while up to 90 Redpoll were logged from Wick and Hengistbury, with the head also coming up with: 27 Brambling, 63 Siskin, 225 Chaffinch and 530 Goldfinch. A total of 5300 Woodpigeon on-the-move is the best of the season so far, but still woefully disappointing, although 42 Skylark, 65 Reed Bunting and 185 late Meadow Pipit were some consolation. Grounded interest came from a Black Redstart at Whitepits that headed off towards The Broadway, plus a Ring Ouzel at the end of the head, as well as at least 3 Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaff, over 50 Goldcrest, 5 Redwing and a Fieldfare on Hengistbury. A Slavonian Grebe on the sea by the Long Groyne was a bit of a surprise, but a Great Northern Diver west and 20 or so settled Common Scoter were a little more expected. Wader news is sparse, but an Avocet did pass through and there were 18 Grey Plover at Stanpit, where 12 Shoveler remain. To wrap up, a drake Pintail was sat with Mallard on the Ironstone Quarry and a Raven passed west.
The weather was nothing like as bad as
forecast so there was a bit more coverage
today, but all from the Christchurch side of
the harbour. The highlight was the first
Leach's Petrel for four years; the bird moved
west past Mudeford Quay mid-afternoon.
Earlier, a group of 5 pale-bellied Brent Geese
were on Stanpit, also there 42 Shoveler, a
good local count, plus 85 Ringed Plover, 40
Dunlin, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Grey Plover
and 5 Bar-tailed Godwit. Back to the quay,
which throughout the day produced a Great
Northern Diver that came from the east and
landed on the sea, singles of Red-throated
Diver and Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern
offshore, 23 Kittiwake and 5 Common Scoter
west, with another fifteen of the latter on
the sea. A morning visit to Stanpit found a
Firecrest in the hedge between Ashtree Meadows
and the recreation ground.
Oystercatcher at Mudeford - Alan Crockard
On another morning dominated by wind and
rain the only option was Mudeford Quay. From
there, a couple of hours sea watching produced
just a Black-throated Diver west and a
Red-throated Diver on the sea, while a late
Wheatear flew over the quay towards the
The autumn sunshine made it feel quite pleasant this morning, although the wind still had something of an edge. The Roseate Tern was still around, commuting between Avon Beach and Mudeford Quay plus the odd sortie into the harbour. A huge tide meant that much of Stanpit was under water for most of the morning. Present, however, were 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot and one each of Spotted Redshank and Greenshank. here was also a late Wheatear on Crouch Hill, while both Peregrine and Merlin passed overhead.
Seeing as the Roseate
Tern (Chris Chapleo flight & Alan
Crockard settled) has had the decency to stay
into November, it would be rude not to give it
some more space on this page. Actually, there
are a couple of points of interest well
illustrated. Firstly, the rapidly darkening
carpal bar, an adult winter-plumage feature
and one that is presumably rarely seen in the
UK; and secondly, the fact the bird carries a
metal ring on each leg, which is believed to
indicate this individual was ringed on Coquet
- just discernible is A on the right leg and X
on the left.
One individual’s trek to the Beach Huts this morning was rewarded with 2 Velvet Scoter and a Great Skua, all west; while those more disillusioned with the sea took the easier option of Mudeford Quay, but mustered just the three regular Common Scoter. However, the Roseate Tern performed well throughout the day, but also has a liking for Avon Beach, which is just outside the recording area, where this morning it settled on groynes and gave close-up views for at least one period of time. The only wader news is of 2 Sanderling on the sandspit, although 10 Curlew were seen to trickle in from The Solent early on. Casual observations of the latter over the last couple of years suggest they may leave each night to roost to the east and then return the following day. The two Raven again breakfasted on last night’s trash at the quay and a Peregrine visited Stanpit. Please check back to yesterday for some additional news.
The Roseate Tern remained off Mudeford Quay, while 3 Sandwich Tern were also logged from there. Inside the harbour, at Stanpit, a pale-bellied Brent Goose was present, as were 3 Egyptian Goose for some time. Also, now a couple of Spotted Redshank and the first Water Pipit of the ‘winter’. The high spring tide moved Snipe around, sixty-five being counted, but also a single Jack Snipe. To round up for the marsh, there were 12 Grey Plover and a continuing, notable presence of Shoveler at twenty-nine birds. Despite the strong south-westerly winds, the sea was once more quiet, with just a Black-throated Diver and two unidentifed divers to show for a couple of hours’ effort. Early on, there was a token and fairly random movement of Goldfinch, Siskin and Linnet, along with one or two Redwing and several latish alba Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.
Additional news: 2 Ring Ouzel overflew East Marsh and headed towards Stanpit golf course in the afternoon, a Purple Sandpiper was seen at Hengistbury in the morning and 3 Shelduck were inside the harbour briefly.
Conditions were similar to yesterday, but there were some snippets of interest. As the month turned to November, the Roseate Tern is still around and was seen a couple of times from Mudeford Quay, where a Black Redstart was in the dingy park this morning. Meanwhile, a couple of redhead Goosander flew upriver past the HHC. The quay again resembled the Tower of London as the 2 Raven strutted from litter bin to litter bin early on, while 2 Red-breasted passed by there. At first light, around 120 Mallard were estimated to leave a roost at the northern end of Wick Fields and head up the Stour. Of mammal interest, a juvenile Common Seal was in The Run.