Sightings - Wednesday 18th October 2017

Scaup - 1 drake Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere
Stone Curlew - 1 heard Renscombe late p.m.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery morning only
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still Lodmoor
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Tree Pipit - 1 over St Aldhelm's Head
Firecrest - 19 on Portland, 8 St. Aldhelm's Hd.
TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER - 1 still St Aldhelm's Hd.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Southwell, 1 Portland Obs.
Radde's Warbler - 1 reported this p.m. St Aldhelm's Hd.
Black Redstart - 5 Portland Bill
Redstart - 2 Ballard Down
Red-breasted Flycatcher - still Broadcroft Quarry
Wheatear - 5 Stanpit Marsh, 2 Portland Bill
Brambling - 1 Thumb Lane Portland
Lesser Redpoll - 11 Hengistbury Hd.

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St. Aldhelm's Head © Mike Morse

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St. Aldhelm's Head © Tony Minvalla

Sightings - Tuesday 17th October 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 with Db Brent Ferrybridge
Scaup - 1 drake Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-breasted Merganser - 6 Poole Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 over Ballard Down.
Great Egret - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 60 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Black-necked Grebe - 7 Studland Bay, 3 Poole Hbr.
Ruff - 4 RSPB Lytchett Fields, Sev RSPB Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Little Stint - 3 RSPB Lodmoor, 1 RSPB Lodmoor
SPOTTED SANPIPER - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still RSPB Lodmoor
Short-eared Owl - 1+ Portland Bill
Merlin - 2 St. Aldhelm's Hd, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Abbottsbury Swannery
Firecrest - 28 Portland Bill Obs, 12 St. Aldhelm's Hd, 5 Southwell, 4 Hengistbury Hd, 3 Eype
Bearded Tit - 2 Longham Lakes
Skylark - 94 Portland Bill, 30+ over Weymouth, 13 Wick
TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER - 1 St Aldhelm's Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Ballard Down (trapped & ringed), 1 Southwell
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 Broadcroft Quarry Portland
Wheatear - 3 Hengistbury Hd, 1 St Aldhelm's Hd.
Grey Wagtail - 4 Wick
'Alba' Wagtails - 40+ Portland Bill
Brambling - 1 St Adhelm's Hd, 1 Southwell, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Hawfinch - 1 Culverwell a.m. pos same 1 Portland Obs, 1 over Poole, 4 over Middle Beach, Studland.
Lesser Redpoll - 25 Portland Bill, 11 Hengistbury Hd.
Siskin - 7 Hengistbury Hd.
Corn Bunting - 1 Portland Bill

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St Aldhelm's Head © Marcus Lawson

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St Aldhelm's Head © Marcus Lawson

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St Aldhelm's Head © Marcus Lawson

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St Aldhelm's Head © Marcus Lawson

Bearded Tit - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissel

Sightings - Monday 16th October 2017

Sooty Shearwater - 4 Weymouth Bay
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Cattle Egret -  2 Abbotsbury Swannery
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPBWater Pipit - 1 Lodmoor RSPBYellow-browed Warbler - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Wareham
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 Broadcraft Quarry Portland
Hawfinch -  5 over Durlston
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Durlston
Linnet - 1055 over Hengistbury Head



Red-breasted Flycatcher Portland copyright Brett Spencer
Great Egret Lodmoor RSPB copyright Brett Spencer

Sightings - Sunday 15th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 1 Poole Harbour near the port
Spoonbill - 46 Brownsea Island lagoon
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Stanpit Bight, 2 Spetisbury, 1 Wytch Channel
Cattle Egret - 1 Charmouth, 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere 
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB

Radde's Warbler - 1 ringed Portland Obs, retrapped 
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road hump Portland, 1 Littlesea Wood, 1 Southwell Gardens, 1 Middlebere Hide, 1 Durlston
Black Redstart - 2 Reap Lane Portland, 2 Blacknor 
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 Broadcraft Quarry Portland
Firecrest - 60 ringed Portland Obs, 10 Abbotsbury Gardens
Hawfinch - 3 Portland Bill, 3 over Holes Bay, 2 Reap Lane Portland, 2 over Durlston


Red-breasted Flycatcher Portland copyright Roger Hewitt

Sightings - Saturday 14th October 2017

Common Scoter - 25 off Hengistbury Head
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere 
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB

Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road hump Portland
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Avalanche Road hump Portland
RUSTIC BUNTING - 1 ringed Portland Obs
Hawfinch - 1 Portland Obs, 1 private gardens Blacknor Portland
Linnet - 555 over Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Friday 13th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 1 off Hamworthy Park Poole Harbour
Sooty Shearwater - 20 past Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Egret - 1 Middlebere
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB

Caspian Gull - probable juvenile reported Longham Lakes
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Littlesea Wood, 1 Avalanche Road hump Portland

Hawfinch - 1 Portland Obs, 1 Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Thursday 12th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Pintail - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere

Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Little Stint -  2 Christchurch Harbour
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB

Little Gull - 1 Herbury The Fleet
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Observatory, 1 private garden Weston, 1 Littlesea Wood

Lapland Bunting - 1 over Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Wednesday 11th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Sooty Shearwater - 5 reported past Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 1 reported past Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 3 Middlebere
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere
Little Stint - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 2 Brownsea Lagoon, 6 Lodmoor RSPB
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Arctic Skua - 2 past Durlston CP
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Observatory

Sightings - Tuesday 10th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 1 off Patchins Point (Poole Harbour)
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Lagoon, 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere (both legs fully functioning!)
Little Stint - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 2 Brownsea Lagoon
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 15 Brownsea Lagoon
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Ring Ouzel - 2 Ballard Down
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Winkton (The Lamb Inn)

Sandwich Tern - Poole Park © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Monday 9th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill -  35 on Brownsea Lagoon with another 40 at Shipstal Point which constitutes a UK record count! 1 flew east over Weymouth.
Hen Harrier - 1 Arne RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Lagoon, 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere (both legs apparent)
Little Stint - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 3 Brownsea Lagoon, 3 Lodmoor RSPB
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 10 Brownsea Lagoon
Greenshank - 27 Brownsea Lagoon, 12 Lytchett Fields RSPB
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Pomarine Skua - 1 pale phase west past Winspit
Ring Ouzel - 2 Winspit, 1 Wyke Regis
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 ringed at PBO, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Blacknor

Redshank and Lesser Yellowlegs - Lodmoor RSPB © Freddy Alway

Lesser Yellowlegs and Snipe - Lodmoor RSPB © Freddy Alway

Sightings - Sunday 8th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Poole Harbour
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Brand's Bay, 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 over Poole Harbour
Spoonbill -  estimated total of 65 in Poole Harbour area with maximum counts of 35 Arne RSPB,
     47 Brownsea Island, 1 Lytchett Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail over Arne RSPB
Merlin - 1 Portland Bill
Ruff - 8 Lodmoor RSPB, 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Brownsea Island, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 probable Brand's Bay
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere
Little Stint - 4 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 17 Brownsea Island
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Firecrest - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Okeford Fitzpaine,
      1 North Bestwell Wood (Swineham)
Ring Ouzel - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Stoborough Heath
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1  Stour Valley LNR, 1 ringed at PBO, 1 heard Abbotsbury Swannery,
      1 Stanpit
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 ringed at PBO
Lapland Bunting - 1 heard over Hengistbury Head

Lesser Yellowlegs at Lodmoor RSPB © Derek Fowler

Turnstone at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
Ruff at Lodmoor RSPB © Derek Fowler

Wheatear at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
 

West Bexington - Sunday 8th October - Guided Walk

Join us this Sunday 8th October for a guided walk at West Bexington from 09:30 – midday. Meet in the beach car park at SY 531864 (charges apply).

We will take a leisurely stroll along the beach and back in the hope of seeing some autumn migrants. A bird-ringing demonstration has now been arranged, weather permitting, which will hopefully give us the opportunity to see some migrant birds up close and personal!

All are welcome and there is no charge to attend the walk.
For further information contact: Richard Charman (Outdoor Events Organiser)
Tel: 07799  624  062   email: walksATdorsetbirds.org.uk

Sightings - Saturday 7th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Common Scoter - 4 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 from Mudeford Quay
Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Spoonbill -  36 Brownsea Island, 1 Lytchett Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 male 2 ringtails  Middlebere/Harland Moor area
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Harland Moor, 1 Durlston CP
Dotterel - 1 over Butterstreet Cove (The Fleet)
Ruff - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Hengistbury Head
Little Stint - 6 Lodmoor RSPB, 2 Brownsea Island, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere
Grey Phalarope - 1 Cutcleaves Cove (The Fleet)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 15 Brownsea Island, 1 Middlebere
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 again at Lodmoor RSPB
Arctic Skua - 3 Mudeford Quay, 1 Durlston CP, 1 over Portland Harbour
Little Gull - 1 at Herbury (The Fleet), 1 Durlston CP
Firecrest - 1 Tidmoor Rifle Range (The Fleet), 1 Durlston CP
House Martin - 135 Durlston CP
Swallow - 320 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Stour LNR
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile Lodmoor RSPB
Hawfinch - 1 over top fields Portland Bill

Common Scoter at Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Bar-tailed Godwit  - The Fleet © Brett Spencer
Dotterel over Butterstreet Cove - The Fleet © Brett Spencer
Green Woodpecker - Longham Lakes © Roger Peart
Grey Phalarope at Cutcleaves Cove - The Fleet © Brett Spencer


Sightings - Friday 6th October 2017

Whooper Swan - 1 past West Bexington then later at Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 over Stanpit
Spoonbill -  1 Radipole RSPB, 15 Brownsea Lagoon
Ruff - 6 Lodmoor, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere, 2 Brownsea Lagoon
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere
Little Stint - 6 Lodmoor RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 1 Cutcleaves Cove, 1 Butterstreet Cove (The Fleet)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Wryneck - 1 Southwell Business Park (Portland)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Bill
Barred Warbler - 1 ringed at Chickerell on a private site
Whinchat - 1 Hengistbury Head
Tree Sparrow - 4 Portland Bill
Brambling - 1 over Durlston CP
Hawfinch - 1 ringed at PBO
Lapland Bunting - 1 Portland Bill

(There was no sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs at Lodmoor RSPB today)

Barred Warbler - Chickerell © Brett Spencer

Ruff on Lytchett Fields yesterday © Roger Peart

Sightings - Thursday 5th October 2017

Whooper Swan - 3 Lytchett Bay
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Spoonbill -  7 Brownsea Island, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Merlin - 1 Middlebere, 1 Povington Heath
Knot - 1 Middlebere
Ruff - 8 Lodmoor RSPB, 7 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere
Little Stint - 5 Lodmoor RSPB, 2 Brownsea Island, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Grey Phalarope - 2 Cutcleaves Cove (The Fleet)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Green Sandpiper - 9 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Greenshank - 9 Lytchett Fields RSPB
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Firecrest - 8 East Lulworth, 3 Arne RSPB, 1 Hengistbury Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Wakeham (Portland)
Whinchat - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Tree Sparrow - 1 still at Sweethill (Portland)
Hawfinch - 1 East Weares (Portland) and 1 ringed at PBO
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Blacknor (Portland)

Reed Bunting at Hengisbury Head © Joe Murphy

Whooper Swans in Lytchett Bay © Ian Ballam

Reports of interest, Wednesday 4th October 2017.

Pale-Bellied Brent Goose - 1 Ferrybridge.
Goosander - 6 Middlebere.
Great White Egret - 1 RSPB Lodmoor (also briefly at RSPB Radipole Lake).
Cattle Egret - 1 Hampreston Meadows, 1 RSPB Lodmoor.
Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island, 4 over Christchurch Harbour.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Arne Moors, 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 reported Lodmoor, 1 Middlebere.
Hen Harrier - 2 Arne Moors, 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Winspit.
Merlin - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Grey Plover - 4 Brownsea Island.
Knot - 2 Brownsea Island, 9 Middlebere.
Ruff - 1 Brownsea Island, 4 RSPB Lodmoor.
Spotted Redshank - 14 Brownsea Island.
Greenshank - 27 Brownsea Island.
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere.
Sanderling - 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields is unusual for the site.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 reported RSPB Lodmoor, 1 Middlebere.
Little Stint - 2 Brownsea Island, 4 RSPB Lodmoor.
Wryneck - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Whinchat - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 2 Avalanche Rd, Portland.
Firecrest - 1 Brownsewa Island, 2 Winspit.
Crossbill - 4 Hengistbury Head.
Brambling - 4 Christchurch Harbour.
Tree Sparrow - 1 Portland.

Late news - Wryneck at RSPB Radipole Lake yesterday; also a Budgerigar.

Reports of interest, Tuesday 3rd October 2017.

Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere.
Spoonbill - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Fields, 4 western Poole Harbour.
Osprey - 1 Wareham Channel.
Merlin - 1 Slepe Heath, 1 Portland.
Golden Plover - 33 Maiden Castle.
Ruff - 11 Lytchett Fields.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit.
Greenshank - 16 Lytchett Fields, 2 Middlebere.
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER - 1 over Culverwell, Portland.
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 reported Middlebere.
Little Stint - 4 Ferrybridge, 3 Lytchett Fields.
Grey Phalarope - 2 Cuttcleaves Cove, The Fleet.
Wryneck - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Whinchat - 2 Maiden Castle.
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland.
Lesser Whitethroat - 2 'Siberian'-type birds, Portland.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Avalanche Rd, Portland.
Firecrest - at least 12 on Portland, 1 Talbot Heath (Bournemouth).
Lapland Bunting - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill.
Brambling - 1 Portland Bill.
Tree Sparrow - 2 Portland Bill.


Ruff at Lytchett Fields © Ian Ballam

Grey Phalarope, The Fleet © Freddy Alway

Wheatear on Crouch Hill, Stanpit © Clinton Whale

Reports of interest, Monday 2nd October 2017.

Goosander - 1 Eye Mead (Kingston Lacey NT).
Cattle Egret - 1 Salt Hurns (Christchurch Harbour).
Spoonbill - 6 Brownsea Island.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Hartland Moor.
Merlin - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Hartland Moor.
Hobby - 1 Eye Mead (Kingston Lacey NT).
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill.
Ruff - 1 Brownsea Island, 9 Lytchett Fields.
Spotted Redshank - 6 Brownsea Island, 1 Stanpit.
Greenshank - 10 Brownsea Island, 8 Lytchett Fields, 5 Stanpit.
Little Stint - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Redstart - 1 Grove Hill Bottom (Martinstown).
Whinchat - 2 Whitepits (Christchurch Harbour).
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland Castle.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Wick.
Firecrest - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Corfe Mullen.

Also of interest:  There were five Portuguese man o'war at Chesil Cove today.

Sightings - Sunday 1st October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - Portland Harbour
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Longham Lakes
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Little Stint - 4 Ferrybridge, 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Ruff -  10 Lytchett Fields RSPB
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere/Coombe Heath
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland Castle
Kestrel Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 30th September 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Osprey - 1 Middlebere, 2 over Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Hampreston Fields Longham Lakes
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Little Stint - 2 Ferrybridge, 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 4 Lodmoor RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper -3 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Knot - 9 Middlebere
Ruff - 4 Lodmoor RSPB, 18 Arne Moors RSPB
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere/Coombe Heath
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Meadow Pipit - 1100 over Hengistbury Head
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Southwell Portland, 1 Portland Castle
Firecrest - 3 Portland Obs, 3 Studland Middle Beach carpark

Little Stints Lodmoor RSPB copyright Brett Spencer

Sightings - Friday 29th September 2017

Goosander - 6 Christchurch Harbour
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Spoonbill - 20 Middlebere
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Egret - 1 Middlebere, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Little Stint - 2 Ferrybridge, 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 2 Mudeford Quay, 4 Lodmoor RSPB
Ruff - 5 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 4 Lodmoor RSPB
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere, from Coombe Heath late afternoon
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Hoopoe - 1 Radipole Village
Wryneck - 1 ringed at Portland Obs
Tree Sparrow - 2 over Long Field Christchurch Harbour

Little Stints Lytchett Fields RSPB copyright Clive Hargrave

Reports of interest, Thursday 28th September 2017.

Goosander - 6 Stanpit Creek.
Great White Egret - 1 Brands Bay, 1 Lodmoor.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Lytchett Fields, 1 Portland Bill.
Osprey - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Middlebere.
Merlin - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Grey Plover - 1 Stanpit.
Knot - 2 Stanpit.
Ruff - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 4 Longham Lakes, 2 Lytchett Fields, 3 Middlebere.
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Abbotsbury Swannery

Little Stint - 3 Ferrybridge, 4 Lytchett Fields, 1 Holes Bay.
Wryneck - 1 Southwell Quarry (Portland).
Whinchat - 1 Crouch Hill (Christchurch).
Pied Flycatcher - 2 Portland Bill.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Blacknor (Portland), 1 Thumb Lane (Portland).
Firecrest - At least 20 were reported from various sites on Portland today.
Little Bunting - 1 was ringed at Portland Bill.
Lapland Bunting - 1 Portland Bill.


Little Stint at Lytchett Fields today © Ian Ballam.

Nightjar near Dorchester on 12th Sept © Gerald Duke.

Great White Egret at Lodmoor © Brett Spencer.

Cormorant at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy.

Whinchat at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy.


Sightings - Wednesday 27th September 2017

Scaup - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 2 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 at Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Upton CP, 1 over Hengistbury Head
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Little Stint - 4 at Lodmoor RSPB, 4 on Lytchett Fields RSPB, 4 at Ferrybridge, 2 on Brownsea Lagoon
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 on Brownsea Lagoon, 1 on Lytchett Fields RSPB
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 at Middlebere from Coombe Heath trail
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Abbotsbury
Wood Sandpiper - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Tuesday 26th September 2017

Scaup - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 at Lodmoor RSPB
Spoonbill - 56 at Middlebere plus 5 on Brownsea Lagoon
Osprey - 1 over Upton towards Lytchett Bay
Little Stint - 4 at Lodmoor RSPB, 1 at Radipole RSPB, 1 on Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 on Arne Moors RSPB, 2 at Ferrybridge, 1 on Brownsea Lagoon
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 on Lytchett Fields RSPB
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 at Middlebere
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Abbotsbury
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still on Stanpit Marsh
Wood Sandpiper - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-necked Phalarope - 1 still on Arne Moors RSPB (see below for directions)
Wryneck - 1 in a private garden Friars Cliff, Christchurch
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Southwell, 1 Thumb Lane (Weston)
Greenish Warbler - 1 reported at Southwell briefly this morning
Pied Flycatcher - 3 at Southwell, 1 at Portland Castle

Shag - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy



















The Red-necked Phalarope is still on the small pool in the NW corner of Arne Moors. Temporary access has been granted through Ridge Wharf boat yard. Turn left off Arne Road onto Sunnyside, then right at the T-junction then after 50 yards turn left into the boat yard. Then, after the speed bumps take the right fork off the tarmacked road before the yard buildings where there is a "Slow - Dust Hazard" sign and park at the far end around the boat trailers. Then walk N along the river bank for 200m to view the pools on the right.

If the gate is closed press the buzzer for entry/exit.

Sightings - Monday 25th September 2017

Scaup - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 at Lodmoor RSPB, 1 at Middlebere, 1 over Portland
Spoonbill - 47 at Middlebere
Little Stint - 3 at Lodmoor RSPB, 3 on Lytchett Fields RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 on Lytchett Fields RSPB
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 at Middlebere
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Abbotsbury
Wood Sandpiper - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Little Gull - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Arne RSPB, 1 at Lytchett Bay, 1 at Portland Bird Observatory, 1 at Southwell, 2 at Weston Craft Centre (Portland), 1 at West Weares Quarry, 1 at Longham Lakes
Greenish Warbler - 1 at Portland Bird Observatory
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 reported still at Lodmoor RSPB briefly

Firecrest - Oakdale (Poole) © Marcus Lawson

Little Stint x2 - Lytchett Fields RSPB © Marcus Lawson

Sightings - Sunday 24th September 2017

Cattle Egret - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 at Longham Lakes
Great White Egret - 1 at Lodmoor, 1 over Priory Marsh
Spoonbill - 44 at Middlebere
Little Stint - 1 on Arne Moors, 1 at Lodmoor, 2 on Lytchett Fields
Curlew Sandpiper - 4 on Lytchett Fields
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 at Middlebere viewed from Coombe Heath trail
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Abbotsbury
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 on Priory Marsh, Christchurch Harbour
Red-necked Phalarope - 1 still on Arne Moors
Grey Phalarope - 2 at Rodden Hive
Little Gull - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Short-eared Owl - 2 in off the sea Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Arne RSPB, 1 at Weston Craft Centre (Portland)
Greenish Warbler - 1 at Portland Bird Observatory
Pied Flycatcher - 4+ on Portland
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 still at Lodmoor briefly

Stilt Sandpiper - Middlebere © Neil Telfer

Stilt Sandpiper - Middlebere © Neil Telfer

Greenish Warbler - Portland BO © Brett Spencer
Curlew Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields © Ian Ballam

Pied Flycatcher - Portland Castle © Brett Spencer

Whinchat - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy




Sightings - Saturday 23rd September 2017

Scaup - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 at Lodmoor, 1 over Holes Bay
Spoonbill - 37 at Middlebere
Little Stint - 1 on Arne Moors, 1 at Lodmoor, 2 on Lytchett Fields
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 on Lytchett Fields, 1 at Stanpit Bight
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Abbotsbury
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 on Priory Marsh, Christchurch Harbour
Red-necked Phalarope - 1 still on Arne Moors
Grey Phalarope - 1 still on Arne Moors, 4 at Rodden Hive
Little Gull - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Wryneck - 1 Portland Top Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Arne RSPB
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 at Lodmoor

Rose-coloured Starling - Lodmoor © Oliver Mockridge

Rose-coloured Starling - Lodmoor © Oliver Mockridge

House Martin - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy


Sightings - Friday 22nd September 2017

Scaup - 1 drake Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 6 Stanpit Marsh
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 24 Middlebere, 1 Lytchett Fields
Osprey - 1 out to sea West Bexington
Ruff - 3 Lytchett Fields
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields, 1 Stanpit Marsh (Blackberry Point)
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 Lynch Cove
Little Stint - 4 Lytchett Fields, 1 Lodmoor
Red-necked Phalarope - 1 Arne Moors.
Grey Phalarope - 1 Arne Moors
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Green Sandpiper - 6 Lytchett Fields
Arctic Tern - 1 off Poole Quay
Little Gull - 1 east West Bexington
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 adult Ferrybridge
Caspian Gull - 1 2nd/W Lodmoor
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Lodmoor
Grasshopper Warbler - 3 Ballard Down
Ring Ouzel - 1 Ballard Down

Swallow - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

















Yellow-legged Gull & Herring Gull - Ferrybridge © Brett Spencer













Yellow-legged Gull - Ferrybridge © Brett Spencer