Sightings - Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 still Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 1 Ferrybridge
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor leaving towards the east this evening.
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Hbr.
Little Ringed Plover - 3 Little Ringed Plover East Holme (first cattle field on right with all the exposed mud at the Springfield Hotel end Holme Lane), 1 Abbottsbury Swannery
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest in pines north of Pylons
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson Sewage Works.
Wheatear - 1 Lodmoor
White Wagtail - 1 Kinson Sewage Works.

Wigeon - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 21st March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 still Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 8 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 8 Arne
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Priory Marsh
Purple Sandpiper - 13 Lyme Regis
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest on Sika Trail
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Thumb Lane, Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson Sewage Farm, 1 retraced Fleets Corner Poole.
Willow Warbler - 1 Kinson Sewage Farm
Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Whites Pit Christchurch.
Water Pipit - 2 Priory Marsh Christchurch

Dunnock-Bournemouth © David Wareham


Oystercatcher - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 20th March 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
Cattle Egret - 1 still at Clifton Maybank (ST577138)
Grey Plover -  2 Lodmoor, 1 Lytchett Bay
Little Ringed Plover - 2 Stanpit, 1 Lodmoor
Ruff - 1 Upton CP
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Thumb Lane (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson SW (Bournemouth)

Wheatear at Lytchett Fields © Trevor Wilkinson

Sightings - Sunday 19th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 4+ Abbotsbury
Cattle Egret - 1 at Clifton Maybank (ST577138)
Grey Plover - 1 Lodmoor
Little Ringed Plover - 2 Lodmoor, 2 Priory Marsh (Christchurch Harbour)
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Bay
Iceland Gull - 1 briefly at Barleycrates Lane
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 heard at Thumb Lane (Portland)
Waxwing - 4 again at Hanham Road (Corfe Mullen)
Water Pipit - 1 Priory Marsh (Christchurch Harbour)

Female Teal at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 18th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Cattle Egret - 2 Norris Mill Farm (nr Lower Bockhampton)
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 8 Studland Bay, 2 Portland Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Sandbanks
Swallow - 1 Swineham GPs
House Martin - 1 Durlston CP
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Thumb Lane (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson SW (Bournemouth)
Black Redstart - 3 Portland Bill

Purple Sandpiper near the Haven Hotel, Sandbanks © Clinton Whale
Sanderlings near the Haven Hotel, Sandbanks © Clinton Whale

Sanderling near the Haven Hotel, Sandbanks © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Friday 17th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 drake Lytchett Fields
Garganey - 1 drake Stanpit
Scaup - 1 Poole Park
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
Cattle Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Little Ringed Plover - 2 Lodmoor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Sand Martin - 12 Lodmoor
Swallow - 1 Lytchett Fields
Willow Warbler - 1 Upton CP
Black Redstart - 1 West Bexington, 1 Durdle Door

Crossbill at Oakers Wood © Roger Hewitt

Greenfinch at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sand Martin at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Thursday 16th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
CATTLE EGRET - 9 roosted at Radipole Lake, 1 over Swineham GPs
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Yellow Wagtail - 1 north over Blacknor Portland
Swallow - 1 Radipole Lake
Sand Martin - 60+ Radipole Lake, 50 Swineham GP
House Martin - 1 Swineham GP
Meadow Pipit - 500 disorientated birds Hengistbury Head
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Obs
Waxwing - 4 Hanham Road Corfe Mullen, 4 Northbrook Road Broadstone
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Thumb Lane Portland
Willow Warbler -  1 Portland Obs
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson Sewage Works Bournemouth

Sightings - Wednesday 15th March 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
CATTLE EGRET - 2 Bockhampton, 9 in flight Radipole Lake
Meditteranean Gull - 111 Brownsea island lagoon
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog

Bittern watch

At this time of year a wonderful phenomenon occurs around sunset, when conditions are good, whereby Bittern will depart from the reed beds they've been hiding in and circle around the site uttering their gentle bark-like call before departing in a generally NE direction.

Over the past week at least 5 birds have been observed departing the Swineham GPs area with another two from Lodmoor and 1 from Radipole. Some of these will be birds which have spent the winter here but we also believe that birds are using these sites as staging posts before migrating towards their breeding grounds.

This is where we need your help please. Any reed bed, regardless of size, could potentially hold a Bittern or two. Most sites around the Poole Harbour area are being monitored but are you able to get to a local reed bed in Dorset this evening to see/hear if any birds depart as conditions look favourable?

Generally speaking birds will rise from the reed beds half an hour either side of sunset with stragglers occasionally leaving an hour after dusk. The optimum time for this evening will be around 18:40 given recent experiences.

If you could let me know via recorder@dorsetbirds.org.uk or by replying on Twitter if you are able to cover a site then I can coordinate to ensure that best coverage is achieved.

Good luck!

Sightings - Tuesday 14th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
CATTLE EGRET - 1 left roost at Abbbotsbury, 1 Swineham GPs
AMERICAN HERRING GULL - possible late pm at Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog, 1 Bailey's Plantation Verwood
Waxwing - 4 Hanham Road Corfe Mullen

Grey Heron & Great White Egret Longham Lakes copyright David Harrop





Lesser Black-backed Gulls copyright David Wareham


Sightings - Monday 13th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - drake on Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 5 still at Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Cattle Egret - 1 still at Norris Mill Farm, 2 Abbotsbury roost, 1 Swineham GP
Bittern - 3 departed Swineham around dusk
Lesser Yellowlegs - on Lytchett Fields 
Ring-billed Gull - 1 Wareham Channel (last night)
White Wagtail - 2 Suckthumb Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole Lake
Waxwing - 4 briefly Hanham Road Corfe Mullen

 
Turnstone Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Sunday 12th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - drakes on Lytchett Fields and at Rodden Hive
Pintail - 500 at Rodden Hive
Long-tailed Duck - 5 still at Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Cattle Egret - 9 at Tatton (Langton Herring), 4 still at Norris Mill Farm, 3 still near the Old Engine Room at Portesham,
Great White Egret - 1 flew over Chard Junction GP
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - on Lytchett Fields at high tide then from Turlin Moor viewing screen later.
Caspian Gull - 1 1st-winter at Radipole late afternoon
Waxwing - 4 still on Northbrook Road (BH18 8HD)
House Martin - 1 Durlston CP
Hume's Warbler - 1 still at Thumb Lane (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - singles still at West Bexington and Radipole Lake
Great Grey Shrike - 1 still Verwood (SU106104), 1 still Hartland Moor, 1 still Wytch Causeway

Also good numbers of Chiffchaff today along the coast as well as several Wheatear and a few Black Redstart.

Wheatear (11/3) - North Poorton © Derek Fowler 



Sightings - Saturday 11th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - drake still on Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 5 at Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Pilot's Point
Cattle Egret - 6 at Ford Farm (Litton Cheney), 3 at Littlebredy, 4 Norris Mill Farm (DT2 8QL), 1 Hurst Green (DT2 8RA), 2 New Barn Farm (DT3 4JG)
Great White Egret - 2 at Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 9 in the Wych Channel
Litte Ringed Plover - 1 Swineham at dusk
Purple Sandpiper - 13 Lyme Cobb
Lesser Yellowlegs - still on Lytchett Fields but only briefly
Hoopoe - 1 in a private area of Poole Harbour
White Wagtail  - 1 Studland village
Waxwing - 4 Northbrook Road (BH18 8HD), 1 flew over Verwood
Wheatear - several along the coast today
Hume's Warbler - 1 still Thumb Lane (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - singles at Kinson Sewage Works and Radipole Lake
Great Grey Shrike - 1 from Wytch Causeway (Rempstone Forest)
Brambling - 2 Sadborow
Snow Bunting - 1 Pilot's Point again but elusive

Siberian Chiffchaff - Radipole Lake © Brett Spencer

Siberian Chiffchaff - Radipole Lake © Will Lawson
Little and Cattle Egret - Norris Mill Farm © Marcus Lawson

Grey Wagtail - Lyme Town Mill © Will Lawson

Purple Sandpiper - Lyme Cobb © Will Lawson

Sparrowhawk - Lyme Regis © Marcus Lawson





Sightings - Friday 10th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Garganey - 3 (2 drakes) Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Black-necked Grebe - 3 Pilot's Point (Shell Bay)
Cattle Egret - 1 to roost at Abbotsbury, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Great White Egret - 1 Shipstal Point
Spoonbill - 9 Shipstal Point
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 West Bexington
Snow Bunting - 1 Pilot's Point (Shell Bay)

Sightings - Thursday 9th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - drake still Lytchett Fields
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road), 1 female Poole Park
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Pilot's Point (Shell Bay)
Bittern - at dusk 2 left Lodmoor with singles departing Radipole and Swineham GPs
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 2 Portland Bill
Hume's Warbler - 1 still Thumb Lane (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 West Bexington
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Hartland Moor
Snow Bunting - 1 still Pilot's Point (Shell Bay)

Black-headed Gull (and fly!) Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Bournemouth © David Wareham


Sightings - Wednesday 8th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - drake still on Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 5 still at Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Scaup - 3 still at Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Pilot's Point

Cattle Egret - 2 Wool (seen from train east of village)
Lesser Yellowlegs - still in Lytchett Bay
Sand Martin - 2 Swineham GPs
Snow Bunting - 1 Pilot's Point (Studland)


Skylark at Stanpit © Clinton Whale


Lesser Black-backed Gull at Canford Bridge © Roger Peart


Mediterranean Gull at Canford Bridge © Roger Peart

Sightings - Tuesday 7th March 2017

Eider - 1 Studland.
Yellow-billed Teal - 1 Lodmoor (escaped bird).
Black-necked Grebe - 4 off Studland.
Hen Harrier - 3 Poole Harbour.
Merlin - 2 Poole Harbour.
Crane - 1 flew SW towards Bindon Abbey.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Sandbanks.
Waxwing - 4 Corfe Mullen (Hanham Road).
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Ringwood Forest (Baileys Plantation).
Snow Bunting - 1 Pilot's Point (Studland). 



Little Egret at Hengistbury Head yesterday © Geoff Norquoy.


Yellow-billed Teal (escaped) at Lodmoor today © Daragh Croxson


Jay at Hengistbury © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 6th March 2017

Common Scoter - 3 Studland.
Eider - 1 Pilot's Point (Studland).
Great Northern Diver - 1 Pilot's Point (Studland).
Black-Necked Grebe - 5 off Pilot's Point included one in full summer plumage.
Marsh Harrier - 2 through Christchurch Harbour.
Crane - 1 flew S over Wimborne St. Giles.
Grey Plover - 8 Stanpit.
Sanderling - 46 Pilot's Point (Studland).
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Pilot's Point (Studland).
Sand Martin - 2 Swineham GPs

Waxwing - 4 Corfe Mullen (Hanham Road).
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Ringwood Forest (Baileys Plantation).
Wheatear - 1 Ower (Poole Harbour).
Snow Bunting - 1 Pilot's Point (Studland).



Eider off Studland © Ian Ballam


Snow Bunting on Studland © Ian Ballam


Snow Bunting on Studland © Dominic Greves


Sightings - Sunday 5th March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 still Lytchett Fields.
Pintail - 9 Brownsea Lagoon, 6 Stanpit Marsh.
Scaup - 1 Poole Park.
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery(view from New Barn Road).
Eider - 1 imm. Pilot's Point.
Common Scoter - 1 past Portland Bill, 1 Portland Harbour.
Red-throated Diver - 2 past Portland Bill.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery(view from New Barn Road).
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour.
Spoonbill - 15 Shipstal.
Knot - 42 Brownsea Lagoon.
Sanderling - 30 Shell Bay.
Spotted Redshank - 5 Brownsea Lagoon.
Greenshank - 7 Brownsea Lagoon.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lytchett Fields.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Shell Bay.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Brownsea Lagoon.
Sand Martin - 1 over Whitepits, Hengistbury Head.
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Waxwing - 4 still Corfe Mullen.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 still Sugar Hill.
Snow Bunting - 1 Shell Bay.

Sightings - Saturday 4th March 2017

Garganey - 2 Stanpit Marsh.
Common Scoter - 3 past Portland Bill.
Red-throated Diver - 3 past Portland Bill.
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes.
Cattle Egret - 2 Portesham.
Purple Sandpiper - 7 Portland Bill.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lytchett Fields.
Iceland Gull - 1 Top Fields, Portland Bill.
Sandwich Tern - 2 Shell Bay, 1 past Hengistbury Head.
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill.
Waxwing - 4 still Corfe Mullen.
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland.
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Bailey's Plantation, nr. Verwood.
Snow Bunting - 1 Shell Bay.

Sanderling – Shell Bay  ©   Dominic Greves.            

Sightings - Friday 3rd March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Pintail - 4 Stanpit Marsh.
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery.(view from New Barn Road).
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery.(view from New Barn Road).
Eider - 2 Portland Harbour.
Common Scoter - 2 past Portland Bill.
Goldeneye - 1 Portland Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery.(view from New Barn Road).
Purple Sandpiper - 7 Portland Bill.
Green Sandpiper - 4 Bere Regis cress beds.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lytchett Fields.
Waxwing - 4 Corfe Mullen.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill.
Firecrest - 1 Bridport.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Hartland Moor.

Sightings - Thursday 2nd March 2017

Scaup - 9 at Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road)
Long-tailed Duck - 5 at Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road)
Slavonian Grebe - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road)
Bittern - 1 departed high N from Swineham in the evening
Cattle Egret - 3 at Abbotsbury Swannery (view from car park)
Great White Egret - 2 at Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 16 at Shipstal Point
Lesser Yellowlegs - still on Lytchett Fields
Short-eared Owl - 3 at Portland Bill
Richard's Pipit - 2 still Abbotsbury (view only from footpath behind cafe)
Waxwing - 4 still Hanham Road (Corfe Mullen), 3 briefly Canford Bottom roundabout by R Stour
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 at West Bexington still
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Slepe Heath, 1 Sugar Hill (Wareham Forest)
Rose-coloured Starling - 1st-winter male still Marie Road, Dorchester


Curlew - Stanpit Marsh © Geoff Norquoy


Curlew - Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy


Waxwing - Corfe Mullen © Paul Corfield


Oystercatcher - Stanpit Marsh © Geoff Norquoy


Redshank - Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy



Sightings - Wednesday 1st March 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields again today
Scaup - 13 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 2 Portland Hbr.
Long-tailed Duck - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 3 Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 14 Studland Bay, 5 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 3 Portesham
Ruff - 1 Upton CP.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lytchett Fields
Sandwich Tern - 1 Holes Bay
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sugar Hill/Oak Hill area Wareham Forest
Firecrest - 1 Studland Middle Beach car park, 1 Slough Lane Upton, 1 Abbotsbury Tropical Garden.
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 again Thumb Lane area Portland
Waxwing - 4 Corfe Mullen junction Hanham & Wimborne Road
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery

Mediterranean Gull - Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy

















Sightings - Tuesday 28th February 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Field
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 2 Poole Hbr, 2 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 9 Radipole Lake (out of roost), 3 Portesham
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lake
Spoonbill - 12 Poole Hbr.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Portland Hbr.
Hen Harrier - 2 West Poole Hbr, 1 Lytchett Bay
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Bay
Sandwich Tern - 2 Poole Hbr.
Ring-billed Gull - 1 Lytchett Bay (different bird from Sunday/Monday individual)
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sugar Hill Wareham Forest
Firecrest - 3 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Portland Bill Obs
Waxwing - 4 Corfe Mullen
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit - 5 Stanpit Marsh
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh

Common Gull - Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy

















Song Thrush - Wick © Clinton Whale



















Curlew - Stanpit Marsh © Geoff Norquoy




Sightings - Monday 27th February 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Ring-billed Gull - 1 Lytchett Bay p.m (middle of bay)
Iceland Gull - Sherborne (private area)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 West Bexington, 1 Sherborne Sewage Works
Waxwing - 4 again junction Hanham/Wimborne Rd Corfe Mullen
Richard's Pipit - 2 still Abbotsbury Swannery in field behind cafe.

Stonechat - Stanpit Marsh © Nick Hull

Sightings - Sunday 26th February 2017

Egyptian Goose - 2 Winterborne Monkton
Green-winged Teal - 1 Abbotsbury
Hooded Merganser - 1 drake (of presumed captive origin) remains at Radipole Lake
Goosander - 1 Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 9 Portland Bill, 2 west Hengistbury Hd
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Hampreston Meadows
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor
Slavonian Grebe - 5 Brand's Bay, 1 Portland Hbr
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Hbr 1 Brand's Bay
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Ring-billed Gull - 1 Lychett Bay pm. flew toward Wareham
Iceland Gull - 1 2nd/W Culverwell Portland Bill
Sand Martin - 2 Radipole Lake
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Thumb Lane Portland
Waxwing - 4 junction Hanham Rd Corfe Mullen
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Marie Rd Dorchester
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury

Sightings - Saturday 25th February 2017

Scaup - 13 Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road)
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road)
Cattle Egret - 5 Rowden Farm, Litton Cheney, 3 Portesham on N side disused railway near old engine room
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Hume's Warbler - 1 Thumb Lane, Portland
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 42 Marie Road, Dorchester

Sightings - Friday 24th February 2017

Scaup - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road)
Eider - 1 Shell Bay, 2 Portland Harbour
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road)
Great Northern Diver - 1 Goathorn, 1 Shell Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Poole Harbour, 1 Shell Bay, 1 South Deep
Gannet - 1 Swineham Point (first site record?)
Cattle Egret - 5 Rowden Farm between Litton Cheney and Long Bredy, 2 Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road)
Great White Egret - 3 at Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 14 Shipstal
Sandwich Tern - 2 Poole Harbour
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury behind cafe
Waxwing - 4 Hanham Road, Corfe Mullen
Hume's Warbler - 1 Thumb Lane, Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1+ Sherborne Sewage Works
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Soldier's Road, Hartland Moor

Richard's Pipit - Abbotsbury © Andrew Rose

Sightings - Thursday 23rd February 2017

Scaup - 13 Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Slavonian Grebe - 1 in Portland Harbour
Iceland Gull - 1 juv Lodmoor, 1 3rd-winter Radipole
Kumlien’s Gull - juv at Culverwell briefly then flew W
Waxwing - 20+ Bere Regis (in plantation behind new school at end of Egdon Close), 4 Hanham Road, Corfe Mullen
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury in field behind café

Sightings - Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Scaup - 13 Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury (view only from New Barn Road)
Eider - 1 off Mudeford sandspit
Smew - 1 redhead Holes Bay
Cattle Egret - 2 Portesham
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes
Black-necked Grebe - 3 in Studland Bay
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Iceland Gull - 1 juv Moonfleet Manor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Oak Hill/Sugar Hill area
Hume's Warbler - 1 Portland (Thumb Lane)
Firecrest - 1 Upton CP
Waxwing - 16 Bere Regis (behind new school at end of Egdon Close)
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury in field behind café

Sightings - Tuesday 21st February 2017

Barnacle Goose - 11 Swineham
Scaup - 13 Abbotsbury, 1 Poole Park
Eider - 1 Pilot's Point, 1 Mudeford Quay
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
Smew - 1 redhead Holes Bay
Cattle Egret - 6 Litton Cheney, 3 Bockhampton Cross, 2 Portesham, 2 Abbotsbury
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 1 Middlebere
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Sandbanks
Great Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Mediterranean Gull - 350 Abbotsbury
Iceland Gull - 1 first-winter at Abbotsbury then flew off
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Hartland Moor, 1 Oak Hill/Sugar Hill area
Firecrest - 1 Branksome Chine, 1 Thorncombe Wood
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 West Bexington
Hume's Warbler - 1 Portland (Thumb Lane)
Waxwing  - 6-10 Bere Regis, 4 Corfe Mullen (junction of Hanham & Weymouth Roads)
Rose-coloured Starling - Dorchester (Coburn Road)
Black Redstart - 1 Lulworth Cove
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury in field behind café

Waxwings at Corfe Mullen © Paul Corfield