Sightings - Saturday 27th May 2017

Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 3 on Brownsea Lagoon
Roseate Tern - 2 on Brownsea Lagoon
Golden Plover - 1 Lodmoor

Still a handful of Red Kite moving through the county.

Sightings - Friday 26th May 2017

Spoonbill - 3 Lytchett Bay
Osprey - Wareham Channel

Chiffchaff - Radipole © David Wareham

Grey Wagtail - Longham © Roger Peart

Redstart - east Dorset © Clive Hargrave

Sightings - Thursday 25th May 2017

Spoonbill - 3 Brownsea Lagoon
Osprey - 1 over West Bexington
Red Kite - several migrants recorded

Marsh Harrier - Radipole © Geoff Norquoy

Nightjar Walk - Friday 9th June

Please join us for a crepuscular search for Nightjar on Friday 9th June 2017 at
White Sheet Plantation, near Wimborne.

Meet in the car park at 19:30 on the bend in the road (SU 048036).
Don’t forget your insect repellent!

Please email Richard Charman if you are able to attend walks@dorsetbirds.org.uk

Hope to see you there.

Sightings - Wednesday 24th May 2017

Red Kite - good numbers of what are presumably 2cy non-breeding birds moving through the county today.

Otherwise quiet, although some good news here Poole Harbour gull colony in recovery

Sightings - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

No significant sightings reported - we seem to be entering the 'quiet period' very early!

Sightings - Monday 22nd May 2017

Cattle Egret - 1 over St Catherine's Hill Christchurch
Stone Curlew - 1 over Verwood calling several times at 22:30

Whimbrel - Portland Bill © Chris Minvalla

Sightings - Sunday 21st May 2017

Honey Buzzard - 1 over Portland
Purple Sandpiper - 8 still at Lyme Regis Cobb (12+ on 20th)
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Bee-eater - 1 reported on Portland briefly
Melodious Warbler - 1 Portland Top Fields

Sightings - Saturday 20th May 2017

Garganey - 1 Abbotsbury
Honey Buzzard - 1 N over Verwood late afternoon.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Coward's Marsh
Balearic Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill
Bee-eater - 1 over California Farm Swanage

Sightings - Friday 19th May 2017.

Great Northern Diver - 1 past Christchurch Harbour.
Sanderling - 47 South Haven, 40 Ferrybridge.
Turtle Dove - 2 Thumb Lane.
Cuckoo - 1 "Rufous" morph, Studland.
Wheatear - 4 Portland Bill, 1 Shell Bay.
Garden Warbler - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Wick.
Spotted Flycatcher - 4 Portland Bill, 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Golden Oriole - 1 Agglestone/Studland Heath area.

Sightings - Thursday 18th May 2017.

Garganey - 1 Longham Lakes.
Great Northern Diver - 2 past Portland Bill.
Hobby - 1 Wick.
Knot - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Pomarine Skua - 2 past Portland Bill.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Longham Lakes.
Red-rumped Swallow - 2 over Portland Observatory.
Yellow Wagtail - 2 Portland.
Redstart - 1 Portland.
Wheatear - 9 Portland, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Whinchat - 1 Portland.
Chiffchaff - 34 Portland.
Willow Warbler - 1 Portland.
Blackcap - 1 Portland.
Spotted Flycatcher - 18 Portland, 3 Stanpit Marsh.
Golden Oriole - 2 Portland Observatory, 1 edge of Hartland Moor.

Marsh Harrier – Radipole Lake RSPB ©Geoff Norquoy.

Swallow – Edmondsham © Roger Peart.

Great Crested Grebe – Radipole Lake RSPB © Geoff Norquoy.

Sightings - Wednesday 17th May 2017.

Manx Shearwater - 250 past Portland Bill.
Whimbrel - 5 Ferrybridge, 3 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Portland Bill.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 9 Ferrybridge.
Knot - 1 Ferrybridge.
Sanderling - 27 Ferrybridge, 25 Christchurch Harbour.
Little Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Cuckoo - 1 Bumpers Lane.
Short-toed Lark - still at Cogden Beach.
Yellow Wagtail - 9 Portland Bill.
Garden Warbler - 1 Portland Bill.
Wood Warbler - 1 the Wood, Hengistbury Head.
Spotted Flycatcher - 6 Portland Bill, 5 the Wood, Hengistbury Head.
Golden Oriole - 1 still at Portland Observatory.

A note of interest, the Tawny Owl on Hengistbury Head now has 2 chicks viewable on camera in the visitors' centre.

Black-headed Gull – Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell.  

Sightings - Tuesday 16th May 2017.

Great Northern Diver - 2 past Portland Bill.
Sooty Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill.
Hobby - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Whimbrel - 6 Stanpit Marsh.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Sanderling - 7 Ferrybridge (in summer plumage).
Great Skua - 2 past Portland Bill.
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 back at Longham Lakes.
Cuckoo - 1 Ashley Cross.
Short-toed Lark - 1 Cogden Beach.
Golden Oriole - 1 Portland Observatory.

Reports of interest, Monday 15th May 2017

Great Northern Diver - 2 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - "steady movement" past Portland; 73 past Sandbanks.
Cattle Egret - 1 flew into Poole Harbour from the mouth of the Frome.
Whimbrel - 2 Portland Bill.
Sanderling - 3 Ferrybridge.
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Sandbanks.
Great Skua - 2 past Portland.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland.
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Wick (Hengistbury).
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 Portland Bill.
Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill.

Reports of interest, Sunday 14th May 2017

Manx Shearwater - 15 past Portland.
Hobby - 1 Bryanston, 1 Wick (Hengistbury), 4 Fiddleford Mill.
Whimbrel - 3 past Hengistbury sandspit.
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 reported at Stanpit is an unusual spring record here.
Great Skua - 2 past Portland.
Arctic Skua - 7 past Portland.
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury sandspit.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Portland.
Cuckoo - 1 Canford Heath, 1 Hammoon, 1 Rushcombe, 1 Wick (Hengistbury).
Redstart - 1 Wick (Hengistbury).
Whinchat - 1 Rushcombe.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Canford Heath, 1 Portland, 2 Wick (Hengistbury).
Wheatear - 1 Portland, 2 Maiden Castle.

Reports of interest, Saturday 13th May 2017

Manx Shearwater - 85 Chesil, 7 Portland Bill.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Poole Harbour.
Hobby - 2 Bryanston, 1 Longham Lakes, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Stanpit.
Whimbrel - 4 Mudeford Quay, 1 Osmington.
Bar-Tailed Godwit - 1 Longham Lakes.
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland.
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland.
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury sandspit.
Roseate Tern - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Puffin - 2 reported Durlston.
Cuckoo - 1 Longham Lakes.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Wick Fields (Hengistbury).
Nightingale - 2 White Nothe.

Reports of interest, Friday 12th May 2017

Red-Throated Diver - 2 past Hengistbury
Spotted Crake - 1 heard calling late evening from Southdown Ave, Lodmoor 
Grey Plover - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Ferrybridge, 1 Lodmoor in summer plumage.
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor, 1 (probably the same) Radipole Lake.
Whimbrel - 5 Christchurch Harbour, 12+ Lodmoor.
Knot - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Great Skua - 2 past Chesil.
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Pomarine Skua - 9 past Portland.
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lodmoor in summer plumage.
Cuckoo - 1 Hartland Moor.
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 Hartland Moor.
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head.

Non-bird news:  12+ Bottlenose Dolphin in Christchurch Bay.


Dunnock on Talbot Heath © David Wareham

Sightings - Thursday 11th May 2017

Garganey - 2 Longham Lakes
Manx Shearwater - 20 past Camp Rd Wyke Regis
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Avocet - 1 from Arne in Middlebere Channel
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields
Pomarine Skua - 7 Past Portland Bill, 3 East Chesil Cove, 8 past Camp Rd Wyke Regis
Arctic Skua - 1 past Chesil Cove
Great Skua - 1 past Chesil Cove
Little Tern - 22 (one flock) past Camp Rd Wyke Regis.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 1st/sum still Longham Lakes
Hooded Crow - 1 Portland Bill at the Grove pig farm
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Common Tern - Radipole Lake © David Wareham
















Ringed Plover - Ferrybridge © Alick Simmons

Sightings - Wednesday 10th May 2017

Garganey - 1 female Abbotsbury Swannery
Honey Buzzard - 1 north off the West Cliff
Avocet - 6 Brownsea Is, 1 Lytchett Fields.
Whimbrel - 7 Stanpit, 2 Brownsea Is, 1 Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 5 Brownsea Is, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Brownsea Is.
Cuckoo - 1 Brownsea Is. 1 Hammoon
Swift - 29 Hengistbury Hd, 12 Brownsea Is.
House Martin - 5 Hengistbury Hd.
Red-Rumped Swallow - 1 Portland (flew north up West Cliffs)1 Radipole Lake early a.m.
Swallow - 80 Hengistbury Hd.
Lesser Whitethroat - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Wheatear - 4 Hengistbury Hd.

Whitethroat - Lodmoor © David Wareham


Sum/plumaged Dunlin - Ferrybridge


Wheatear - Cerne Abbas Giants Hill © Brian Hill













Sightings - Tuesday 9th May 2017

Garganey - 2 remain at Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 1 still Radipole Lake
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Don't forget this evening DBC AGM at the Quarter Jack Suite, Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne Minster on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 19.30hrs. 

Dorset Records Panel Work In Progress

DORSET BIRD CLUB

AGENDA
for the
30th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

to be held:
at the Quarter Jack Suite, Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne Minster
on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 19.30


1.    Apologies for absence


2.    Introduction


3.    Minutes of the 29th AGM - to be approved


4.    General Manager’s Report (Marcus Lawson)


5.    Treasurer's Report (Trevor Buck)
approval of Treasurer’s Report
appointment of Auditor


6.    Election of Officers

Chair
Deputy Chair
Treasurer
Secretary


7.    Election of other Committee members


8.    Any other business


Refreshment Break


The Birds of Lesvos – an illustrated talk by Neil Gartshore.



AGM - Tuesday 9th May

Dorset Bird Club AGM

Tuesday 9th May 19:30-21:30 entry from 19:00

This year the AGM will be hosted in the Quarter Jack suite of the Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS.

The AGM will last for around 45 minutes after which there will be a break for refreshments. This will then be followed by a short talk on the Birds of Lesvos by Neil Gartshore.

Non-members welcome. 

Sightings - Monday 8th May 2017

Garganey - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Glossy Ibis - 1 reported at Radipole briefly flew off south
Whimbrel - 10 West Bexington, 6 Lytchett Fields, 2 Purbeck Golf Course
Sanderling - 20 West Bexington
Great Skua - 1 past Mudeford Quay
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 1st/sum Longham Lakes
Hobby - 1 in off sea Mudeford Quay
Wood Warbler - 1 Portland, 1 Hengistbbury Hd.
SPECTACLED WARBLER - Portland Bill (male showing well in brambles south of Coast Watch Station) 1st Dorset & 9th British record.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill
Spotted Flycatcher - 6 portland Bill, 4 Hengistbury Hd, 3 Stanpit Marsh, 2 West Bexington, sev Durlston CP.
Redstart - 6 Hengistbury Hd, 4 Portland Bill, sev Durlston CP.
Whinchat - 5 West Bexington, 4 Portland Bill, 3 Hengistnury Hd, sev Durlston CP.
Wheatear - 8 Hengistbury Hd, 5 Wesy Bexington, sev Durlston CP.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Durlston CP.
Hooded Crow - 1 Portland Bill

Spectacled Warbler - Portland Bill © Brett Spencer




Reports of interest, Sunday 7th May 2017

Manx Shearwater - 5 past Portland.
Great White Egret - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 near Arne.
Montagu's Harrier - 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Hobby - 2 in off the sea at Portland.
Greenshank - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Arctic Skua - 1+ past Portland.
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland.
BONAPARTE'S GULL
- 1 still at Longham Lakes.
Black Tern - 3 Longham Lakes.
Puffin - 2 past Portland.
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Cuckoo - 2 Badbury Rings, 1 Melbury Hill, 1 R. Stour nr Longham Lakes.
Swift - 225 passing over Stanpit, 15 passing over Hengistbury.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Culverwell, 15 passing over Stanpit, 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Swallow - 1200 passing over Stanpit, 30 passing over Hengistbury, "thousands" Portland.
House Martin - 170 passing over Stanpit, 5 passing over Hengistbury.
Whinchat - 2 Culverwell.
Redstart - 12 Portland.
Pied Flycatcher - 4 Portland.

Spotted Flycatcher - 4 Hengistbury/Wick Fields, 10 Portland, 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Serin - a small finch buzzing around Portland Bill was considered to be an escaped cage bird and not a Serin.

Late news:  A colour-ringed Dunlin seen at Ferrybridge last week was ringed in Spain in 2014 and is the first confirmed sighting of a Dunlin in the UK via Mauritania.

Black Tern at Longham Lakes © Aidan Brown.

Black Tern at Longham Lakes © Martin Wood.

Guided Walk - Portland 7th May 2017

Sunday 7th May 2017

Portland Bill Seawatch  07:00 – 09:30 followed by walk around the south end of the Bill 09:30 to 12:30 approx.


Meet in the car park at the Bill (SY 677685) – charges apply.


Category A but please dress appropriately for weather!


The forecast looks good at the moment with a light NW wind and no rain...


All are welcome and please email walks@dorsetbirds.org.uk if you intend to join us.

Reports of interest, Saturday 6th May 2017

Eider - 2 off Chesil, 2 past Hengistbury Head.
Mandarin Duck - 2 Stourpaine.
Grey Partridge - 2 Holnest.
Great Northern Diver - 3 past Portland Bill.
Red-Throated Diver - 2+ past Hengistbury, 1 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 27 past Hengistbury.
Spoonbill - 1 Middlebere.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Stanpit.
Hen Harrier - 1 near Arne.
Hobby - 1 Hengistbury, 3 Longham Lakes, 5 over Poole Harbour heaths, 3 Portland.
Grey Plover - 1 past Hengistbury, 2 Lytchett Fields, 50+ Middlebere. 
Little Ringed Plover - 1 past Hengistbury.
Knot - c40 Middlebere.
Whimbrel - 9 past Hengistbury, 11 Stanpit.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere.
Greenshank - 6+ Lytchett Fields, 1 Middlebere.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Pomarine Skua - 21 past Portland Bill and Chesil.
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 still at Longham Lakes.
Little Tern - 2 past Hengistbury.
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Portesham.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Hengistbury, 7 Weston (Portland).
Red-Rumped Swallow - 1 Weston (Portland).
Whinchat - 1 Holnest, 1 Portland Bill.
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Portland Bill.
Wood Warbler - 2 Weston (Portland).
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head.

Also of interest:  Two Risso's Dolphin and a Basking Shark were seen off Chesil.

 
Grey Heron at Longham Bridge © Geoff Norquoy

Grey Heron at Longham Bridge © Geoff Norquoy

Reports of interest, Friday 5th May 2017

Great Northern Diver - 1 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 25 Portland Bill.
Osprey - 1 Longham Lakes
.
Grey Plover - 3 off Chesil, 22 Christchurch Harbour, 3 Ferrybridge, 5 past Hengistbury.
Knot - 3 Ferrybridge.
Whimbrel - 6 Christchurch Harbour.
Sanderling - 3 Ferrybridge, 22 Hengistbury sandspit, 16 Portland Bill.
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Pomarine Skua - 3 past Portland Bill.
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 still at Longham Lakes.
Little Tern - 6 Christchurch Harbour, 15 past Portland Bill.
Black Tern - 3 Ferrybridge.
Cuckoo - 2 Portland Bill.
Swift - many birds arriving today; 600+ Christchurch Harbour, c.200 Longham Lakes, 1000+ at Portland.
Yellow Wagtail - 3 Christchurch Harbour, 7 Portland Bill.
Swallow - 1000+ Portland.
Wood Warbler - 1 Portland Bill.
Lesser Whitethroat - 2 Christchurch Harbour.

Reports of interest, Thursday 4th May 2017

Marsh Harrier - 1 Stanpit.
RED-FOOTED FALCON - a first-year male at Portland Bill eventually departed South.
Hobby - 1 Stanpit
.
Grey Plover - 3 past Hengistbury Head, 11 Stanpit.
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lodmoor.
Whimbrel - 18 Christchurch Harbour.
Greenshank - 2 Lodmoor.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Longham Lakes.
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 still at Longham Lakes.
Cuckoo - 1 calling Longham Lakes.
Swift - many birds arriving today; 150+ Christchurch Harbour, 100+ Lodmoor, c.40 Longham Lakes, "hundreds" at Portland.
Yellow Wagtail - 5 Stanpit.
Whinchat - 3 Portland Bill.
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 Stanpit.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill.
Wood Warbler - 1 Lodmoor CP.
Lesser Whitethroat - 4 Christchurch Harbour.

Sightings - Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Ferrybridge
Hobby - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Blacknor Portland
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields
Knot - 1 Ferrybridge
Sanderling -  18 West Bexington, 15 off Portland Bill, 9 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge
Little Stint - 1 Stanpit
Pomarine Skua -  2 Portland Bill
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 at Hengistbury Head and presume the same later at Longham Lakes
Roseate Tern - 3 Hengistbury Head
Turtle Dove - 1 over Poole
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
Short-toed Lark - 1 reported over Top Fields Portland
Pied Flycatcher - 3 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 St. Aldhelm's Head, 1 Blacknor Portland
Wood Warbler - 1 Suckthumb Quarry Portland
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 Portland Bill, 1 West Bexington


Bonaparte's Gull at Hengistbury Head today © Joe Murphy


Bonaparte's Gull at Hengistbury Head today © Joe Murphy
Bonaparte's Gull at Longham Lakes yesterday © Martin Wood


Bonaparte's Gull at Longham Lakes © Darran Jones

Kestrel at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Raven at Portland Bill © Alick Simmons

Whimbrel at Portland Bill © Alick Simmons


Sightings - Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Ruff - 3 Lytchett Fields
Purple Sandpiper - 8+ Lyme Regis
Knot - 1 Lyme Regis
Sanderling - 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lyme Regis
Little Stint - 1 Ferrybridge
Pomarine Skua -  1 Hengistbury Head
Arctic Skua - 3 Christchurch Harbour
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1st summer still at Longham Lakes
Turtle Dove - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portesham
Hoopoe - 1 Burton Bradstock, later at Cogden Beach
Dusky Warbler - 1 Top Fields Portland
Eastern Subalpine Warbler - 1 at Cheyne Weare Portland
Wood Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road Hump Portland, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Lytchett Fields


Dusky Warbler at Portland © Chris Minvalla

Knot and Purple Sandpipers - Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell



Dartfotrd Warbler - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
Jay - Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik
Stonechat - Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik
Bonaparte's Gull at Longham Lakes on 30th April © Chris Holt