Looking east towards Anvil Point Lighthouse, Durlston.
Wandering back down towards the valley proper I was once again struck by how much habitat there was, loads of massive sycamores and not just the handful that I recalled from my visit of nearly 19 years ago. Birdwise it was still much of the same but with some Siskin and a lone Redpoll flying over, a single Bullfinch could also have been a migrant. A few Red Admiral and Speckled Wood were still on the wing and this one of the latter was enjoying some autumn sunshine.
A single Migrant Hawker was chasing smaller insects up in the sycamores too. Where the footpath meets the sea there's some great low vegetation in the gully there, and half a dozen Chiffchaff feeding actively.
A couple more Blackcap were present as well as more Robins and Blackbirds.
The occasional Song Thrush would fly over quite high up but Redwing were strangely low in numbers with just seven seen/heard.
A small slim falcon then appeared for a couple of seconds above the quarry heading east but with the poor light and brevity of the sighting no details could be ascertained - shame! I noticed a path which headed up to the coastal path proper so clambered up the steep slope in the hope that the falcon may have alighted and also to avoid disturbing the owl. I failed on both counts as there was no sign of the falcon and the owl flew from a cave below me, I took advantage of the great flight views and apologised for disturbing it again.
I then noticed a Black Redstart down amongst the rocks in the quarry which was getting some stick from a Robin. With time getting on I started to make my way back up the valley towards Worth Matravers, there wasn't much more to report other than a Merlin which whizzed over me near the pumping station.
A pleasant afternoon and I'm looking forward to more visits in the future.