Thursday 29th October 2020.

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Brent Goose - 5 Baiter.
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Great Northern Diver - 2 past Portland Bill.
Cattle Egret - 6 between Sturminster Marshall and White Bridge.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Little Auk - 1 west past Portland Bill.
Hen Harrier - 1 between Sturminster Marshall and White Bridge.
House Martin - 3 south over East Lulworth.


Kingfisher, Holes Bay yesterday © Martin Adams.


Wednesday, October 28th

 Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 4 Ferrybridge, 2 flew west at Abbotsbury Swannery
Green-winged Teal - 1 on north side of North Island on South Lake, Longham Lakes
Scaup - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 2 Weymouth Bay, 1 flew west at Charmouth
Western Cattle Egret - 6 Sturminster Marshall, 1 Longham Lakes,
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Poundbury, 3 Longham Lakes
Red Kite - 2 over Minterne Magna
Hen Harrier - 1 juv male, Miborne St Andrew
Merlin - 1 Eggardon Hill, 1 Middlebere, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Bar-tailed Godwit - 4 Stanpit Marsh
Grey Phalarope - 1 still at Bride Valley Fish Farm
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland, 1 in private garden Briantspuddle, 1 Stone Pier, Weymouth
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 1st winter ringed at Portland Bird Observatory
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 still at Channel View Road, Easton, Portland




















Hen Harrier, Milborne St Andrew © Mike Coleman 




Green-winged Teal, Longham Lakes  ©  Chris Courtaux











Tuesday, October 27th

 Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 with 27 Dark-bellied at Hamworthy
Green-winged Teal - 1 Longham Lakes
Scaup- 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 2 Weymouth Bay, 1 flew west at Charmouth, 1 Jerry's Point, Poole Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Jerry's Point, Poole Harbour
Western Cattle Egret - 18 Abbotsbury Swannery, 15 in field at start of Portesham to Abbotsbury disused railway, 1 Longham Lakes
Great White Egret - 4 Longham Lakes
Red Kite - 2 Wyke Down
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wyke Down
Avocet - 32 Holes Bay
Grey Plover - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 6 Middlebere, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 1 still at Bride Valley Fish Farm, Chilcombe
Pomarine Skua - 1 flew past Weymouth Bay
Swallow - 1 Longham Lakes
Black Redstart - 2 Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth
Fieldfare - 60 Wyke Down, 20 West Lulworth
Dartford Warbler - 1 on gorse bushes Tidmoor Point firing range, Chickerell
Rosy Starling - juvenile still at Channel View Road, Easton, Portland

Grey Phalarope, Bride Valley Fish Farm © Steven Carey




Sightings Monday, October 26th

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Western Cattle Egret - 6 Sturminster Marshall (towards White Mill Bridge),
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor, 3 Longham Lakes
Ringtail Hen Harrier - 1Milborne St Andrew
Merlin - 1Stanpit Marsh
Grey Plover - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 French's Pool, Lytchett Fields RSPB
Black-tailed Godwit - 70 Longham Lakes
Bar-tailed Godwit - 3 Stanpit Marsh
Grey Phalarope - 1 still at Bride Valley Fish Farm, Chilcombe
Great Skua - 1 Ferrybridge
Sandwich Tern - 2 Swanage
Woodlark - 1 Durlston CP
Swallow - 15 Swanage
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 2 Blacknor, Portland, 1 West Bexington, 1 Church ope Cove, Portland, 1 Swanage, 
1 Durlston CP, 1 West Bay Bridport
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Littlesea
Rosy Starling - 1 juv. still Channel View Road, Easton, Portland



Great White Egret, Longham Lakes © Roger Peart


Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingston Lacey  © Brian Smith



Sunday 25th October 2020

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup -2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Goathorn Point
Long-tailed Duck - 1 near Green Island (Poole Harbour) 
Eider - 1 Brand's Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Jerry's Point, 1 Studland Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Jerry's Point
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 1 Bride Valley Fish Farm
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 2 Jerry's Point
Red-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury, 1 Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 17 in evening at Lodmoor RSPB, 8 Buckland Ripers/Nottington, 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Goathorn Point
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Brand's Bay, 1 Moors Valley CP
Hen Harrier - 1 Milborne St Andrew
Short-eared Owl - 1 flew across Wareham Channel to Arne RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Chard Junction GP in area with no public access
Firecrest - 2 Knoll Beach Studland
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Easton Portland
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove Portland

Saturday 24th October 2020

Apologies for the late posting of yesterday's News - it was prepared in draft but I forgot to publish it.

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury
Greater Scaup - 2 Abbotsbury
Cattle Egret - 16 left the Abbotsbury roost
Balearic Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill, 1 past Cogden Beach
Sooty Shearwater - 7 past Portland Bill
Great Skua - 4 past Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 past Cogden Beach
Gannet - 371 past Chesil Cove
Kittiwake - 308 past Chesil Cove
Grey Phalarope - 2 Bride Valley Fish Farm
Green Sandpiper - 4 Bride Valley Fish Farm
Black Redstart -  6 Eype, 1 Swanage Sailing Club
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Old Hill Portland

Friday 23rd October 2020

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury
Wigeon - 726 Holes Bay
Red Kite - 3 Wyke Down, 1 Monckton area
Cattle Egret - 4 left the Christchurch Harbour roost, 16 left the Abbotsbury roost
Great Egret -  1 Spetisbury
Knot - 19 Holes Bay
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 1 Compton Valance, 1 Blacknor Portland, 1 Church Ope Cove
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Ring Ouzel - 1 Fancy's Farm Portland, 1 St Aldhelms Head, 1 Wick Hams Christrchurch Harbour
Fieldfare - 50 Child Okeford 
Rosy Starling - 1 Easton Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Old Hill Portland, 1 Church Ope Cove
Goldcrest - 15 Waterworks Lytchett Fields

Thursday 22nd October 2020

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury
Greater Scaup - ge1 off Furzey Island
Cormorant - 187 Brownsea Island
Hen Harrier - 1 male Arne area
Cattle Egret - 6 Christchurch Harbour roost, 16 left the Abbotsbury roost, 17 Portesham
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Brand's Bay,1 Spetisbury
Spoonbill - 37 from Poole Quay
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Brand's Bay Poole Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchettt Bay
Golden Plover - 245 West Bexington
Black Redstart - 1 St Aldhelm's Head, 1 West Bexington, 1 Pound Piece Portland, 2 Pymore, 2 Blacknor Portland
Whinchat - 1 West Bexington
Rosy Starling - 1 Easton Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Old Hill Portland, 1 ringed  Canford Heath
Lapland Bunting - 1 Wick Fields Christchurch Harbour
Brambling - 3 Abbotsbury 

Sightings - Wednesday 21st October 2020

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Osprey - 1 Holes Bay
Glossy Ibis - 1 Swanage early pm flew west
Hen Harrier - 3 males Arne area
Cattle Egret - 8 Stanpit Marsh
Great Egret -  1 Lodmoor RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchettt Bay
Water Pipit - 1 Hengistbury Head
Olive-backed Pipit - 1 briefly Portland Bill this am
Rosy Starling - 1 Easton Portland


Tuesday 20th October 2020

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black Brant - 3 Littlesea, The Fleet (with Dark-bellied Brents)
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 5 Littlesea, The Fleet, 2 Ferrybridge, 1 Rodden Hive.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Jerry's Point, Brand's Bay,  3 Studland Bay
Balearic Shearwater – 5 Portland
Great Egret - 1 Studland Heath NNR, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Glossy Ibis - influx of at least 8 birds today: 1 Peverell Point Swanage (08.00), 1 Portland Bill (08:05) flew north along West Cliffs then later at Lodmoor RSPB from mid-am until 12.00 when flew north, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB (10:40) then later at Holton Lee Pools (13.20), 1 from Old Harry (10:40) across Poole Bay towards Hengistbury, 1 over Studland village (11.00), 4 Stanpit Marsh (10:45) on East Marsh, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (11.00) flew to Meadow Pool then later west past West Bexington (11:34)
Osprey - 1 Brand's Bay
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank – 1 Holton Lee Pools
Arctic Tern – 1 Portland
Richard's Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh (am) flushed towards East Marsh
Black Redstart – 2 Pymore
Yellow-browed Warbler – 2 Portland at Old Hill; 1 Stanpit Marsh by visitor centre
Rose-coloured Starling - juv Portland (Channel View Road, Easton)



Monday 19th October 2020

Black Brant - 3 Butterstreet Cove, 1 Ferrybridge
Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 3 Silverlake
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Studland Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Portland Bill
Jack Snipe - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Cattle Egret - 19 Abbotsbury (later seen on the Abbotsbury/Portesham Railway line walk), 7 Hengistbury Head
Great White Egret - 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 Longham Lakes
Red Kite - 1 Tarrant Hinton
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland
Merlin - 1 Milborne St Andrew, 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-browed Warbler - 4 Portland (inc 2 Old Hill), 1 Upton Country Park, 1 West Bexington, 1 trapped & ringed Durlston CP
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 still at Easton, Portland
Black Redstart - 8 Portland
Crossbill - 34 Portland (inc. 16 over Blacknor, 12 Old Hill), 2 Holme Lane Wareham

Kestrel, Longham Lakes © Brian Smith

Cattle Egret, Portesham © Janice Beck


Cattle Egret, Portesham © Janice Beck

Sunday 18th October 2020

Cattle Egret - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery, 13 Christchurch
Great White Egret - 4 Longham Lakes, 2 Moors Valley CP, 1 Littlesea, Studland
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 Lynch Cove
Black Brant - 2 Lynch Cove
Osprey - 1 Brownsea Island
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 reported Brands Bay
Short-eared Owl - 1 Osmington Mills
Black Redstart - 3 Higher Light Portland, 1 West Weares Portland, 1 St Aldhelms Hd. 1 Bridging Camp. 
Ring Ouzel - 6 West Weares, 3 Ringstead Bay, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Canford Heath
Dartford Warbler - 3 Portland (1 trapped Crown Estates)
Lesser Whitethroat - probable Siberian-type trapped Portland Bill
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Portland Bill
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Portland Bill
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Easton, Portland
Common Redstart - 1 Portland Bill (late individual)
Brambling - 1 Portland Bill

Saturday 17th October 2020

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 3 Lynch Cove
Black Brant - 2 Lynch Cove
Goosander - 3 still at Silverlake
Cattle Egret - 7 Coward's Marsh, 3 Hengistbury, 1 Winkton
Great White Egret - 1 Moors Valley CP, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Herbury Gore
Great Northern Diver - 1 W Christchuch Harbour
Osprey - 1 Brownsea Island
Red Kite - 1 Rodden Hive, 1 Upton CP
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Common Sandpiper - 1 Peverel Point
Green Sandpiper - 1 Silverlake
Grey Phalarope - 1 Stilt Pools, Swineham
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit
Woodcock - 1 Hengistbury 
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Long-eared Owl - 1 probable at Lilliput (Poole)
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland
Merlin - 2 Portland, 1 Hengistbury, 1 St Aldhelm's Head
Hobby - 1 over Hartland Moor
Woodlark - 1 over Hengistbury
Great Grey Shrike - 1 briefly at Southwell and later on Crown Estate Field (Portland)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 5 Portland, 1 St Aldhelm's Head, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Cold Harbour, 1 Eype
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Easton Portland
Ring Ouzel - 3 Portland
Fieldfare - 5 Eype
Redwing - 3 Child Okeford
Black Redstart - 1 Easton Portland, 1 Burton (Christchurch), 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 St Aldhelm's Head
Brambling - 2 Hengistbury.
Lesser Redpoll - 215 Hengistbury
Crossbill - 26 Moreton Plantation, 5 over Wakeham (Portland)

Friday 16th October 2020

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Dark-bellied Brent Geese - 67 Stanpit Marsh, 33 Shipstal Point Arne RSPB, 7 Lytchett Bay, 4 Coombe Lookout Arne RSPB.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Rodden Hive
Egyptain Goose - c150 Winkton (Dorset side of the border)
Goosander - 3 Silverlake
Cattle Egret - 4 Stanpit Marsh
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 2 Woodsford (upstream of Woodsford Bridge)
Spoonbill - 30 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Red Kite - 3 Herbury Gore, 1 Hambledon Hill
Golden Plover - 130 NW Cogden
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Green Sandpiper - 2 Silverlake, 1 Holton Lee
Short-eared Owl - 1 Tout Quarry Portland
Merlin - 2 Slepe?Hartland Moor, 2 over the Slopes Portland Bill, 1 Cogden.
Hobby - 1 over Lower Frome, 1 Middlebere
Woodlark - 2w Cogden, 1 Silverlake
Swallow - 80 Hengistbury Hd, 65E Cogden, 32 St Aldhelm's Hd, 18 South Haven
House Martin - 12 St. Aldhelm's Hd.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3 Old Hill Portland, 1 Church Ope, 1 Blacknor, 1 Abbotsbury, 1 Cold Harbour, 1 Solent Meads, 1 Hengistbury Hd. 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Easton Portland
Ring Ouzel - 3 Tout Quarry Portland, 1 on the Slopes Portland Bill.
Fieldfare - 6 Cogden, 3 Easton, 2 Glebelands
Redwing - 8 easton, 4 Longham Lakes, 2 St Aldhelm's Hd. 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Black Redstart - 1NE over the Engine Shed Portland
Meadow Pipit - 140E Cogden
Brambling - 2 NW Cogden, 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Chaffinch - 90 Cogden
Linnet - 620E Cogden, 470 Hengistbury Hd, 58 South Haven
Lesser Redpoll - 343 South Haven, 152 Glebelands, 109 Hengistbury Hd, 22 Cogden, 11 Culverwell
Crossbill - 103 Glebelands, 5 Hengistbury Hd.
Goldfinch - 530 Hengistbury Hd, 50 South Haven
Siskin - 115 Hengistbury Hd, 58 South Haven

Grey Wagtail - Throop Mill © Clinton Whale


Thursday 15th October 2020

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Garganey - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Goosander - 3 Silverlake
Cattle Egret - 1 Coward's Marsh
Great White Egret - 3 Lodmoor RSPB, 3 past West Bay
Red Kite - 4 Wimborne St. Giles, 4 Wyke Down, 4 Bradford Peverell, 2 West Bay, 1 Knowlton Church
Hen Harrier - 1 west of Herbury Gore
Osprey - 1 Bradford Peverell
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Grey Phalarope - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Short-eared Owl - 1 Durlston CP.
Merlin - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Woodlark - 2 Silverlake, 1 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Durlston CP.
Skylark - 221 West Bay, 42 Durlston CP, 4 Hengistbury 
Swallow - 620 Durlston CP, 34 East Lulworth, 32 West Bay
House Martin - 122 east Lulworth, 115 Durlston CP., 73 West Bay
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Solent Meads Clubhouse, 1 Thumb Lane Portland
Rose-coloured Starling - 1juv Easton Portland (private garden)
Ring Ouzel - 1 juv West Weares Portland, 1 South Haven, 1 St. Aldhelm's Hd.
Blackbird - 25+ Hengistbury Hd. 8 South Haven
Fieldfare - 20 West Bay
Song Thrush - 7 South Haven, 3 West Bay, 2 Durlston CP.
Redwing - 12 Wyke Down, 4 West Bay, 7 Durlston CP, 1 South Haven
Mistle Thrush - 4 West Bay, 2 South Haven
Starling - 
Black Redstart - 2 Durlston CP. 1 Langton Hive
Alba Wagtail - 84 Hengistbury Hd, 67 Durlston CP, 54 West Bay
Tree Pipit - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Meadow Pipit - 195 Hengistbury Hd, 135 Durlston CP, 18 South Haven
Brambling - 1 Glebelands, 1 South Haven
Chaffinch - 235 South Haven, 217 West Bay, 207 Hengistbury Hd. 90 Durlston CP.
Linnet - 677 Hengistbury Hd, 465 Durlston CP. 337 West Bay, 41 South Haven
Lesser Redpoll - 354 South Haven, 97 Glebelands, 66 Hengistbury Hd, 35 Durlston CP, 17 West Cliff Portland, 13 West Bay
Crossbill - 105 Glegelands, 34 Wesy Bay, 28 South Haven, 17 Hengistbruy Hd. 8 Silverlake, 4 Durlston CP. 2 Langton Hive.
Goldfinch - 1790 Durlston CP, 948 Hengistbury Hd, 430 Glebelands, 321 South Haven, 288 West Bay
Siskin - 357 Hengistbury Hd, 210 Glebelands, 157 South Haven, 116 Durlston CP, 20 West Bay
Lapland Bunting - 1 in off sea at West Cliff Portland

Wednesday 14th October 2020

Whooper Swan - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Brent Goose - 29 Stanpit Marsh, 14 Portland Bill, 5 Wick.
Garganey - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Durlston CP.
Cattle Egret - 11 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 over Bridge Farm The Fleet. 1 in Horse paddock at Wakeham.
White Stork - 1 over Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 West Bay over (Presumed from Knepp project)
Spoonbill - 30 Arne RSPB (Shipstal)
Red Kite - 1 West Bay
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Short-eared Owl - 1 West Weares Portland
Swift sp. - 1 over Weston Portland
Merlin - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Woodlark - 2 West Bay, 1 Durlston CP.
Skylark - 92 West Bay, 14 Durlston CP.
Swallow - 1760 Durlston CP, pos. 500 Portland Bill, 200 Seacombe/Winspit Valley's, 250 Hengistbury Hd, 13 Lytchett Bay
House Martin - 135 Durlston CP, 70 Hengistbury Hd, 20 Bere Regis
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Grove Rd Portland, 1 Thumb Lane, 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Worth Matravers, 1 Solent Mead's Christchurch.
Ring Ouzel - 3 Ring Ouzel Portland Bill, 2 between Godlingston and Ballard Down,  1 West Weares,  1 Durlston CP
Fieldfare - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Song Thrush - 54 Lytchett Bay
Redwing - 250 Portland Bill, 135 Lytchett Bay, 75 Maumbury Rings, 13 Hengistbury Hd.
Starling - 1783 West Bay, 500 Portland Bill
Alba Wagtail - 144 Durlston CP, 90 Hengistbury Hd.
Meadow Pipit - 700 Portland Bill, 110 Durlston CP, 92 Hengistbury Hd.
Brambling - 2  Durlston CP, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Chaffinch - 800 Portland Bill, 313 West Bay, 85 Durlston CP, 34 Lytchett Bay
Linnet - 773 West Bay, 500 Portland Bill, 174 Hengistbury Hd.
Lesser Redpoll - 16 West Bay, 12 Hengistbury Hd.
Crossbill - 41 Hengistbury Hd, 25 West Bay, 13 Portland Bill, 10 Hengistbury Hd.
Goldfinch - 1620 Durlston CP, 990 Hengistbury Hd, 485 West Bay
Siskin - 93 Hengistbury Hd. 65 Durlston CP, 55 Hengistbury Hd, 45 West Bay

Curlew Sandpiper - Lodmoor RSPB © Rich Howes

















juv Swallow - Stanpit Marsh © Dave Hill

















Stonechat - Stanpit Marsh © Dave Hill

















Tuesday 13th October 2020

Eider - 1 imm Shell Bay
Red-breasted Merganser - 1 off South Haven
Great White Egret - 4 Longham Lakes, 1 Moors Valley CP, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Red Kite - 7 Minterne Magna, 1 Holton Lee
Hen Harrier - 1 Arne from the new Middlebere lookout.
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 juv Lodmoor RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 1 on French's Pool at Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Is.
Jack Snipe - 1 South Haven
Long-eared Owl - 1 Grove Stadium Portland.
Merlin - 2 Hartland Moor
Swallow - 25 West Bay 4 Lytchett Bay, 2 Dorchester.
House Martin - 16 West Bay
Woodlark - 2 over South Haven
Ring Ouzel - 1 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Easton Portland
Fieldfare - 5 West Bay 
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 The Grove, 2 Thumb Lane, 1 Waheham, 1 Reap Lane, 1 Portland Obs, 1 Lower Eype, 1 Shipton Gorge, 1 Durlston CP.
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 Culverwell seen later in the Obs garden Portland Bill.
Hawfinch - 2 NW Swyre Head
Crossbill - 29 West Bay, 20 W Littlesea (Fleet), 15W Dorchester, 6 Lower Bryanston, 4N South Haven, 4 Eype.

Curlew - Holes Bay © David Wareham




Monday 12th October 2020

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Whooper Swan - now 4 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Grey Phalarope - 1 on French's Pool at Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 2 left roost at Abbotsbury Swannery
Osprey - 1 Brownsea Island
Merlin - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Woodlark - 5 Silverlake, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Durlston CP, 1 PBO, 1 The Grove (Portland), 1 Eype chuchyard
Radde's Warbler - 1 trapped & ringed at PBO
Firecrest - 7 trapped & ringed Durlston CP, 6 Wick/Hengistbury
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Cogden Beach, 1 Hengistbury
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 trapped & ringed at PBO
Brambling - 1 over West Bay
Crossbill - 5 over West Bay
Rustic Bunting - 1 flew north at Portland Bill
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Hengistbury Head

Late news from yesterday : a White Stork circled over Lodmoor RSPB late morning before heading west.

Linnet, Stanpit © Dave Hill

Meadow Pipit, Stanpit © Dave Hill

Starling, Woodville © John Bishop



Sunday 11th October 2020

Whooper Swan - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 over West Cliffs on Portland
Stock Dove - 60+ Hog Cliff NNR
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 1 still on French's Pool at Lytchett Fields RSPB
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Ferrybridge
White Stork - 1 circling over Rodden
Cattle Egret - 10 Abbotbury
Great White Egret - 1 Stanpit, 1 Radipole Lake RSPB, 1 west off shore at East Bexington, 1 Littlesea (Studland)
Osprey - 1 over Christchurch Harbour, 1 Bramble Bush Bay
White-tailed Eagle - a presumed  released juvenile seen over St Aldhelm's Head and Durlston CP
Red Kite - 1 Forston, 1 Slepe Heath
Short-eared Owl - 1 in off sea at West Bay
Merlin - 2 Hartland Moor, 1 Ballard Down, 1 Worth Matravers, 1 trapped & ringed at PBO, 1 Hedbury
Wryneck - 1 Durlston CP
Woodlark - 7 over East Bexington
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3 PBO, 1 Wakeham (Portland), 1 trapped & ringed Lytchett Bay, 1 West Chaldon
Firecrest - 1 trapped & ringed Lytchett Bay, 1 Durlston CP, 1 trapped & ringed Forston, 1 Wick, 1 Hengistbury
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile still at Easton (Portland)
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston CP
Brambling - 1 over Durlston CP, 1 over Hengistbury
Crossbill - 39 over East Bexington, 32 over Durlston CP, 34 over Ballard Down, 25 over Radipole, 16 over Hengistbury
Lapland Bunting 1 west at East Bexington, 1 over Christchurch Harbour

Goldfinch, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale

 

Saturday 10th October 2020

Whooper Swan - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Ruddy Shelduck - 1 Silverlake
Goosander - 3 Redheads at Silverlake
Green Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 1 on French's Pool at Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Wych Lake (Poole Harbour), 1 Stanpit
Osprey - 1 over Brand's Bay
Merlin - 1 over Cheyne Weares (Portland), 1 St Alhelm's Head, 1 Godlingston Hill
Woodlark - 3 over Cheyne Weares, 3 Fancys Farm & 1 near YMCA (all Portland)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road Hump, 1 Easton, 1 Wakeham (all Portland)
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 trapped at Culverwell (Portland)
Firecrest - 1 in a Child Okeford garden
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile still at Easton (Portland)
Ring Ouzel - 5 near Godlingston Hill
Brambling - 5 over Cheyne Weares (Portland)
Lesser Redpoll - 25 trapped & ringed at Lytchett Bay

Gadwall, Longham Lkaes © Brian Smith

 

Wigeon, Holes Bay © David Wareham
 

Friday 9th October 2020

Goosander - 3 redheads at Silverlake
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 1 on the Fleet at Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Rodden Hive
Arctic Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 53 Arne Bay
Cattle Egret - 7 Brand's Bay, 6 between Woodsford & Moreton, 3 Abbotsbury/Portesham area,                    1 near Sunnyside Farm (Ridge)
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Osprey - 1 over Brand's Bay, 1 Holes Bay
Short-eared Owl - 1 over Durlston CP
Wryneck - 1 Durlston CP
Merlin - 1 over Durlston CP, 1 Kingswood Heath (Purbeck), 1 East Weares (Portland)
Woodlark - 2 over Durlston CP
Firecrest - 3 Hengistbury, 1 trapped & ringed at Lytchett Bay,                                                                         1 trapped & ringed at Longham Lakes,1 Durlston CP
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile still at Easton (Portland)
Ring Ouzel - 1 over the Verne (Portland), 1 St Aldhelm's Head, 1 Durlston CP
Bluethroat - 1 female retrapped by the Fleet at Wyke Regis
Tree Sparrow - 1 over Durlston CP
Crossbill - 25 over Durlston CP, 15 over Southwell (Portland) , 12 over St Aldhelm's Head,                        10 Newton Heath, 5 over Langton Hive Point

Late news from yesterday : a Pink-footed Goose was briefly at Chard Junction GP in the evening.

Thursday 8th October 2020

Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Grey Phalarope - 3 Chesil Cove, 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Mudeford Quay.
Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere.
Arctic Skua - 1 off Mudeford Quay.
Osprey - 1 Holes Bay, 1 Middlebere.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Middlebere.
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Portland East Cliffs.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Stanpit.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Bill Observatory.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Portland (Channel View Road area in private gardens).
Whinchat - 1 Stanpit.
Wheatear - 7 Stanpit, 2 Baiter.

Wednesday 7th October 2020

Golden Plover - 200+ Eggardon Hill.
Whimbrel - 1 Arne Bay.
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 1 Rodden Hive.
Green Sandpiper - 2 Rodden Hive.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Turlin Moor.
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Grey Phalarope - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Great Northern Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Head.
Spoonbill - 42 Arne Bay.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Hengistbury Head.
Osprey - 3 Holes Bay on the new platform, 1 Hatch Pond went SW towards Holes Bay.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Goshawk - 1 Dewlish.
Merlin - 1 East Bexington, 1 Portland East Cliffs, 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill Observatory, 1 Portland East Weares.
Garden Warbler - 1 Turlin Moor.
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Wheatear - 1 Eggardon Hill.
Brambling - 2 over Hengistbury Head.
Lapland Bunting - 1 St Aldhelm's Head.

Other news: Sadly, the Hengistbury Short-toed Eagle died overnight.

Sandwich Terns, Ferrybridge © Will Bown.


Tuesday 6th October 2020.

Egyptian Goose - 7 Holme Lane GP.
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Studland Bay.
Grey Plover - 1 Stanpit.
Golden Plover - 1 Stanpit.
Knot - 26 Holes Bay, 2 Stanpit.
Ruff - 1 Stanpit.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit.
Greenshank - 6 Lytchett Fields.
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Osprey - 1 Brownsea Lagoon, 1 Holes Bay using the newly-installed platform to fish from.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3 Portland East Weare undercliff, 1 Portland Thumb Lane, 1 Portland Bill Observatory.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Portland (Channel View Road area in private gardens).
Whinchat - 2 Stanpit.
Redstart - 1 Talbot Heath.
Wheatear - 8 Stanpit, 2 St Aldhelm's Head.

Late news:  a SHORT-TOED EAGLE was found waterlogged but alive on the beach at Hengistbury Head yesterday.  It is being cared for and a complete recovery is expected.  If accepted as a wild bird, it would be the fourth British record of this species.  A photograph and brief account are on the CHOG website, www.chog.org.uk.

Monday 5th October 2020

Grey Plover - 5 The Fleet (Langton Hive).
Ruff - 2 Stanpit.
Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Bay RSPB, 1 Stanpit.
Greenshank - 6 Lytchett Bay RSPB.
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER - 1 Lytchett Bay RSPB Sherford Pools.
Green Sandpiper - 2 East Parley.
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Bay RSPB, 1 Stanpit.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay RSPB.
Caspian Gull - 1 East Bexington.
Red-throated Diver - 1 Durlston NNR.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Durlston NNR.
Osprey - 1 Lytchett Bay RSPB
Marsh Harrier - 7-8 west Poole Harbour, 1 Lytchett Bay RSPB, 1 Middlebere.
Merlin - 1 Durlston NNR, 1 The Fleet (Rodden Hive), 2 Hartland Moor.
'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Portland Bill Observatory.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill Observatory.
Firecrest - 2 Durlston NNR, 2 Lytchett Heath.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Portland (Channel View Road area in private gardens).
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Durlston NNR.
White Wagtail - 1 Ringstead Bay.
Brambling - 1 The Fleet (Langton Hive), 1 Portland (Grove).

Wheatear, Stanpit © Clinton Whale.



Sunday, October 4th 2020

 Pale-bellied Brent Geese - 5 flew west across Portland Harbour towards the Fleet
Common Scoter - 15 Cogden, West
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Western Cattle Egret - 12 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Swineham GP
White Stork - reintroduced still in field south of A31 between Bere Regis and Red Post
Avocet - c.600 Middlebere
Grey Plover - 2 Cogden, West
Little Stint - 1 Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 3 Swineham GP, 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB,
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Great Skua - 2 Cogden West
House Martin - Various records of large numbers along the coast this weekend, with a few records suggesting some are struggling in this recent persistent inclement weather.
Rosy Starling - juvenile still at Channel View Road, Easton, Portland

Peregrine Falcon hunting around Christchurch Priory  (c) Clinton Whale




Saturday, October 3rd 2020

Western Cattle Egret - 2 Swineham Point
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes 
White Stork - reintroduced still in field south of A31 between Bere Regis and Red Post
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Short-eared Owl - 2 Cogden Beach
Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat - 1 hut fields Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Observatory garden
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 yesterday but not today at Broadstone
Rosy Starling - 1 juvenile still with Starlings at Channel View Road, Easton, Portland
Brambling - 1 Portland Bird Observatory

Yesterday's Kentish Plover, Ferrybridge   (c) Peter Coe


Friday, October 2nd 2020

 Whooper Swan - 2 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 1 from Branksome Chine
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Poole Harbour early am
Kentish Plover - 1 Ferrybridge
Little Stint - 1 juv Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 2 Holes Bay, 1Stanpit marsh, 1 flew east past Portland Bill
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Holton Heath then flew towards Lytchett
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Long-tailed Skua - 1 flew through Poole Bay
Whinchat - 1 Crouch Hill
Wheatear - 14 Crouch Hill
Rosy Starling - 1 still Channel view road, Easton, Portland

Thursday October 1st 2020

Whooper Swan - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Egret - 2 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Arne RSPB
White Stork - 1 off A31 near Bere Regis
Merlin - 1 Ringstead, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Stanpit Marsh 
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, from French's viewpoint
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, from Sherford viewpoint
Wryneck - 1 Cogden Beach
Redstart - 1 Ringstead
Whinchat - 1 Hog Hill
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston CP
Wheatear - 22 Ringstead, 20 Greenlands Farm, 1 Hog Hill
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 again at Easton, Portland
Lapland Bunting - 1 flew east at Durlston CP

Wednesday 30th September 2020

Red-throated Diver - 1 Camp Road The Fleet
Whooper Swan - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Balearic Shearwater - 6 past Portland Bill 
Sooty Shearwater - 9 past Portland Bill
White Stork - 1 off the A31 near Bere Regis
Great Egret - 4 Lodmoor RSPB
Osprey - 2 over Broadway/Upwey
Merlin - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Knot - 27 Holes Bay
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB at mid-day (not seen this afternoon)
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Arctic Tern - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Arctic Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury Head
Kittiwake - 37 Camp Road The Fleet
Lapland Bunting - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Redpoll - 93 Christchurch Harbour 
Linnet - 520 Christchurch Harbour 

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Great Northern Diver - 2 East Bexington
Whooper Swan - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 Cutcleaves Cove The Fleet
Balearic Shearwater - 77 past Portland Bill (119 past yesterday), 4 past East Bexington
White Stork - 1 off the A31 near Bere Regis
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Middlebere
Hobby - 1 South Haven
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 3 Stanpit Marsh
Little Stint - 1 Ferrybridge
Dunlin - 468 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB (not seen this afternoon)
Whinchat - 5 Crouch Hill Christchurch Harbour

Great Egret Lodmoor (c) Clinton Whale


Little Stint Ferrybridge (c) Will Bown