Indoor Talk - Spurn Bird Observatory Friday 20th January at 7.30

Spurn Bird Observatory - its Work and its Birds 
Rob Adams, Paul Collins & Nick Whitehouse
The Spurn Peninsula in East Yorkshire projects over three miles into the North Sea, so making it an ideal location for monitoring bird migration along the east coast of the United Kingdom. Spurn Bird Observatory was established in 1946 and has recently taken the exciting steps of purchasing a new observatory building and publishing an impressive book, The Birds of Spurn. This talk, which covers the workings of the observatory as well as accounts of the typical birding and ringing year, will be delivered by the Observatory Chairman, Rob Adams, the full-time Observatory Warden, Paul Collins, and fellow Committee Member and recent Dorset resident, Nick Whitehouse. With over 391 species recorded, expect some exciting birders’ tales to whet your appetite for a visit north.

The above event will be at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 3NS 
http://bnss.org.uk/
There will be an opportunity to purchase copies of The Birds of Spurn by Andy Roadhouse which recently picked up the BB/BTO Best Bird Book of the Year award (see below from the BTO website);

Winner: The Birds of Spurn by Andy Roadhouse


The Spurn Bird Observatory Trust, 2016.
Stretching to over 700 pages, this hugely impressive volume combines a comprehensive and well-organised text with a superb assemblage of artwork and photographs (the majority of which were taken at Spurn). There is the expected detailed analysis of records for each species and the results are presented clearly and effectively so that the reader can take in the key points without being submerged by a sea of statistics. The overall result is a book that will provide the definitive work of reference for this site for years to come as well as being a pleasure to read. Those with a particular interest in Spurn will no doubt already own a copy but it deserves a far wider audience. Anyone with an interest in the work of bird observatories, bird migration, rarities, coastal birding or patch watching will learn a great deal. It sets the bar very high indeed for future books of this type.

All welcome but if not a member of DBC or CHOG, admission £2.

Sightings - Thursday 19th January 2017

Eider - 2 Hengistbury Head
Red-throated Diver - 10 Hengistbury Head, 1 West Bexington
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Bay
Goshawk - 1 Arne Moors
Golden Plover - c2500 Maiden Castle
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Bay
Sandwich Tern - 4 Hengistbury Head
Short-eared Owl - 1 Wareham Channel
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Cogden Beach
Waxwing - 16 over Charmouth
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Marie Road area, Dorchester
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP
Water Pipit - 2 Overcombe end of Lodmoor

Razorbill at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sandwich Tern at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Wednesday 18th January 2017

Barnacle Goose - c40 Christchurch Harbour, 13 Ower Bay
Eider - 2 Mudeford Quay
Smew - 1 redhead Holes Bay
Goosander - 1 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 16 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Poole Harbour
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 24 Poole Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 12 Portland Harbour, 10+ Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail at Arne
Purple Sandpiper - 8+ Portland Bill
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Bay
Little Gull - 2 off Mudeford Quay
Firecrest - 1 West Bexington, 1 PC World drain Poole
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Cogden Beach
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 West Bexington
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Chesil Cove

Goldeneye at Poole Park © David Wareham

Sightings - Tuesday 17th January 2017

Black Brant - 1 Langton Herring
Smew - 1 redhead Holes Bay
Red-throated Diver - 15 Branscombe
Black-throated Diver - 1 Branscombe
Great Northern Diver - 1 Branscombe
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 3 Ower Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 7+ Portland Harbour, 7 off Hamworthy, 6 Studland Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 male & 1 juvenile Milborne St. Andrew
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Jack Snipe - 1 Milborne St. Andrew
Firecrest - 1 Norden sewage works
Ring Ouzel - 1 reported Tamar Close, Trickett's Cross
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Norden sewage works, 1 Radipole
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Marie Road area, Dorchester
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle, 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Monday 16th January 2017

Scaup - 1 Lodmoor.
Common Scoter - 1 past Durlston NR, 8 past Portland Bill.
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour.
Goosander - 1 Mudeford Quay, 9 Weymouth Bay.
Red-Throated Diver - 4 past Durlston NR, 16 past Portland Bill.
Black-Throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill.
Black-Necked Grebe - 13+ Portland Harbour.
Razorbill - c.4000 Portland Bill.
Waxwing - 1 Canford Heath.
Water Pipit - 1-2 Lodmoor.
Black Redstart - 2 Chesil Cove, 1 Hengistbury sandspit, 1 Portland Bill.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Lodmoor.

Sightings - Sunday 15th January 2017

Barnacle Goose - 14 Arne Moors.
Common Scoter - 28 past Portland Bill.
Red-Throated Diver - 19 past Portland Bill.
Black-Necked Grebe - 2 Shell Bay.
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Middlebere, 1 Swineham, 2 Wick.
Grey Plover - 1 Stanpit.
Golden Plover - 1 Hartland Moor.
Knot - 9 Holes Bay.
Spotted Redshank - 4 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit.
Sandwich Tern - 2 Shell Bay.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Hartland Moor.
Firecrest - 1 Studland.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Marie Road, Dorchester.



Turnstone at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 14th January 2017

Black Brant - 1 Middlebere.
Pintail - 13 Longham Lakes is an unusual record for the site.
Green-winged Teal - 1 still Lytchett Fields RSPB

Smew - 1 Holes Bay.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Poole Harbour mouth, 2 inside Poole Harbour.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Shell Bay, c.7 Poole Harbour.
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes.

Cattle Egret - 4 Nottington, 2 Litton Cheney along Cox's Lane near Rowden Farm.
Hen Harrier - 1 Wick.
Marsh Harrier - 3 Poole Harbour.
Merlin - 1 Frome valley.
Jack Snipe - 1 Shell Bay.
Lesser Yellowlegs1 still Lytchett Fields RSPB
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay.
Little Auk - 1 reported at Poole Harbour mouth remains unconfirmed.
Starling - many in a murmuration at Studland.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Louds Mill (Dorchester), 1 Gillingham.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Louds Mill (Dorchester).
Firecrest - 1+ Brownsea Island, 1 Gillingham, 2 Hengistbury Head.

Rose-coloured Starling - 1 still 26 Marie Road, Dorchester.


Firecrest at Gillingham © John Howell


Jay at Hengistbury Head © Chris Minvalla


Sightings - Friday 13th January 2017

Eider - 1 off Mudeford Quay.
Smew - redhead in Holes Bay.
Goosander - 1 on River Frome near Holme Bridge.
Red-throated Diver - 2 past Mudeford Quay.
Peregrine - 1 Athelhampton, 1 Stanpit.
Green Sandpiper - 2 on River Frome near Holme Bridge.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Sandwich Tern - 2-3 Stanpit, 2 Studland.
Black Redstart - 1 Poole, 1 Poundbury.
Firecrest - 3 by River Frome near Holme Bridge, 1 Studland.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Cogden Beach.

Sightings - Thursday 12th January 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge.
Eider - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge.
Common Scoter - 8 past Portland Bill.
Velvet Scoter - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Red-throated Diver - 7 past Portland Bill, 4w past Christchurch Harbour.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 15 Ferrybridge.
Purple Sandpiper - 4 Portland Bill.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Manx Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill.
Great Skua - 1 past Durlston Head.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Poundbury.

News from yesterday:-  Red Kite - 2 over Fontmell Down.

Sightings - Wednesday 11th January 2017

Brent Goose - c1000 Middlebere.
Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Eider - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Smew - 1 Redhead Holes Bay.
Marsh Harrier - 3 Arne, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Hen Harrier - 1 Ringtail Arne.
Avocet - c500 Middlebere.
Purple Sandpiper - 4 Portland Bill.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB.

Black-tailed Godwit – Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy.          

Sightings - Tuesday 10th January 2017

Black Brant - 2 Ferrybridge.
Dark-bellied Brent Goose - 640 Ferrybridge.
Eider - 2 Ferrybridge.
Smew - 1 Redhead Holes Bay.
Red-throated Diver - 10 past Portland Bill, 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Studland Bay.
Black-necked Grebe - 16 Studland Bay.
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake.
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Radipole Lake, 1 Holes Baay.
Lapwing - c400 Stanpit Marsh.
Sanderling - 34 Bramble Bush Bay.
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Portland Bill.
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill.
Sandwich Tern - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Water Pipit - 1 nr Priory Marsh.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 East Holme.

Great White Egret  – Longham Lakes © Dave Hill.


Kestrel – Longham Lakes © Dave Hill.

Sightings - Monday 9th January 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 still Lytchett Fields.
Scaup - 1 off north shore Arne.
Eider - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Red-throated Diver - 6 feeding off Portland Bill, 4 Christchurch Harbour, 3 settled 1 past.
Spoonbill - 7 Long Island.
Marsh Harrier - 3 over Middlebere, 2 over Swineham.
Hen Harrier - 1 Arne.
Merlin - 1 Shipstal.
Purple Sandpiper - 8 Christchurch Harbour.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lytchett Fields.
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill.
Pomarine Skua - 1 Portland Bill.
Sandwich Tern - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill.

Sightings - Sunday 8th January 2017

Pale-bellied Brent - 1 with Db Brent Herbury Gore
Black Brant - 1 with Db Brent Arne
White-fronted Goose - 1 with Greylags Bockhampton, nr Christchurch
Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Eider - 3 Portland Hbr, 1 off Hengisbury Hd.
Smew - redhead Arne Bay with Goldeneye.
Goosander - 12 off Weymouth Sea Front
Great Northern Diver - 1 Brand's Bay, 1 off Middle Beach Studland, 1 Weymouth Bay
Bittern - 1 Arne Moors, 1 Radipole Lake
Cattle Egret - 1 near Winkton Christchurch, 1 Litton Cheney, 1 Venn Fm nr Melbourne Port.
Great White Egret - 1 Studland
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Weymouth Bay off Lodmoor, 1 off Middle Beach Studland
Black-necked Grebe - 15+ Middle Beach Studland, 12 off Sandsfoot Castle
Hen Harrier - 2 ringtails 1 male west Poole Hbr.
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Sandbanks Haven Groynes
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields
Jack Snipe - 1 Poole Park, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Slepe Heath
Firecrest - 2 Lytchett Heath
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lytchett Heath mid-day not seen later
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 PC World drain Poole
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Marie Rd Dorchester
Black Redstart - 1 Baiter Park Poole, 1 Chesil Cove

Grey Plover & Dunlin - Herbury Gore © Jayson Grove
Cattle Egret - Litton Cheney © Tony Edwardes

Blackcap - © Jayson Grove




Sightings - Saturday 7th January 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 still Lytchett Fields
Eider - 1 from Mudeford Quay
Red-throated Diver - 1 on sea off Mudeford Quay
Bittern - 1 Arne Moors, 1 Radipole Lake, 1 Lodmoor
Cattle Egret - 3 Nottington Upway, 1 Rowden Fm off Cox's Lane east of Litton Cheney
Hen Harrier - 2 Hartland Moor
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lytchett Fields
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Hartland Moor
Chiffchaff - 30 Abbotsbury Sewage Fm.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 today Marie Rd. Dorchester


Cattle Egret - nr Litton Cheney © Brett Spencer






Sightings - Friday 6th January 2017

American Wigeon - 1 reported seen in Holes Bay from Upton Country Park
Eider - 3 Portland Hbr.
Red-throated Diver - 3 past Durlston CP.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Weymouth Bay off Overcombe, 1 Durlston CP.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Sandwich Tern - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Barleycrates Lane Portland
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Dorchester  from Cambridge Rd today
Black Redstart - 1 Barleycrates Lane Portland

Starlings- Hengistbury Head © Nick Hull




Sightings - Thursday 5th January 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 drake Lytchett Fields
Scaup - 1+ Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 2 Portland Hbr.
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black-necked Grebe - 16 off Middle Beach Studland, 4 Portland Hbr.
Hen Harrier - 1 Maiden Castle
Purple Sandpiper - 10 Pulpit Rocks Portland Bill
Spotted Redstart - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 nr Greenlands Fm Studland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Sherborne sewage works
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wootton Fitzpaine
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Marie Rd Dorchester
Black Redstart - 2 Chesil Cove, 1 Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 2 Lodmoor seen from Overcombe

Wigeon - Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy



Rose-coloured Starling - Dorchester © Dave Helliar

Rose-coloured Starling - Dorchester © Dave Helliar

Eider - Portland Harbour © Dave Helliar

Sightings - Wednesday 4th January 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Spoonbill - 20 Arne
Cattle Egret - 1 Bockhampton Dairy
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Dorchester
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Cogden Beach

Black-tailed Godwit copyright Joe Murphy
Barnacle & Canada Geese - Swineham © Clive Hargrave

Cattle Egret - Bockhampton Dairy © Richard Cordery

Lesser Yellowlegs - Lytchett Bay © Shaun Robson

Lesser Yellowlegs - Lytchett Bay © Shaun Robson

Sightings - Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury
Scaup - 10 Abbotsbury
Goosander - 11 Portland Harbour
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury
Scaup - 10 Abbotsbury
Goosander - 11 Portland Harbour, then The Fleet
Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Black-necked Grebe - 11 Portland Harbour, 11 Studland Bay
Great White Egret - 1 Little Sea
Cattle Egret - 1 Bockhampton Dairy
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Golden Plover - 2000 Maiden Castle area
Sanderling - 45 Bramble Bush Bay
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Dorchester

Stonechat Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 2nd January 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury
Scaup - 2 Abbotsbury
Red Kite - 6 over Upton CP
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Spoonbill - 18 Arne
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury
Magpie - 109 Hatch Pond
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Dorchester

Sightings - Sunday 1st January 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Brand's Bay
Barnacle Goose - 14 Swineham
Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Eider - 2 Shell Bay
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury
Goosander - 12 off Baiter
Scaup - 9 Abbotsbury
Black-necked Grebe - 19 Middle Beach, 2 Shell Bay, 2 Poole Harbour
Red Kite - 1 over Broadstone
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Cattle Egret - 1 Bockhampton Dairy, 1 A30 Milborne Port
Golden Plover - 1500 Maiden Castle
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Mediterranean Gull - 530 A354 Dorchester
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Canford Heath
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Dorchester
Firecrest - 2 Arne

Sightings - Saturday 31st December 2016

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND CONTRIBUTORS FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2016.
WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR

Cattle Egret - 1 Bockhampton Dairy Farm (Winkton)
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Wool (along path to Giddy Green SY827868)
Rose-coloured Starling - still at 103 Damers Road, Dorchester (also on Marie Road)

Late news for yesterday:
Golden Plover - c1500 Maiden Castle


Redwing - Bournemouth © David Wareham

Sightings - Friday 30th December 2016

Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from road)
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour
Scaup - 12 Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from road)
Black-necked Grebe - 10 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Jack Snipe - 1 Lodmoor
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor


Oystercatcher - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Avocet - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy



Sightings - Thursday 29th December 2016

Bewick's Swan - 1 yesterday c1km south of Avon Causeway
Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Eider - 3 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Portland Harbour
Bittern - 1 Radipole
Cattle Egret - 1 Bockhampton
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Little Sea (Studland)
Spoonbill - 22 on Brownsea Lagoon, 19 off Swineham Point
Spotted Redshank - 2 Holes Bay, 4 Brownsea Lagoon
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Ruff - 1 Upton CP
Jack Snipe - 1 Longham Lakes
Woodlark - 8 Crossways
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Coward's Marsh
Great Grey Shrike - singles at Hartland Moor, Godlingston Heath and Canford Heath
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 1st-winter at 103 Damers Road, Dorchester


Great White Egret - Longham Lakes © Martin Wood

Teal - Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy

Snipe - Lodmoor © David Wareham
Bittern - Radipole © Colin Mitchell
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Sightings - Wednesday 28th December 2016

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Eider - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 13 Ferrybridge
Cattle Egret - 1 East Holme
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Little Sea (Studland)
Purple Sandpiper - 3 North Haven
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Jack Snipe - 1 Longham Lakes
Firecrest  - 1 Slough Lane Lytchett Bay
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 1st-winter at 103 Damers Road, Dorchester

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Oystercatcher - Christchurch © David Wareham

Sightings - Tuesday 27th December 2016

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Goosander - 13 Ferrybridge
Cattle Egret - 1 East Holme
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 over Wareham Channel
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Jack Snipe - 1 Longham Lakes
Firecrest  - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Slough Lane Lytchett Bay
Black Redstart - 1 Warmwell/Crossways at SY7687 by old WW2 hangers
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Pools

Yesterday : Report of a 1st winter Caspian Gull at Poole Park. Also 2 Spoonbills and 22 Barnacle Geese at Lytchett Bay.

Turnstone at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 26th December 2016

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Eider - 2 Mudeford Quay, 2 Portland Harbour
Goosander - 13 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 1 East Holme
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Black Redstart - 1 Nothe Fort Weymouth
Richard's Pipit - 2 still at Abbotsbury Swannery

Yesterday : A female Hen Harrier and a Black Brant were at Middlebere, and three Cattle Egrets were reported at Nottington.

Common Gull at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Wigeon in Christchurch Harbour © David Wareham

Sightings - Saturday 24th December 2016

Seasons greetings from the Dorset Bird Club

Green-winged Teal - 1 drake Lytchett Fields
Eider - 1 Mudeford Quay
Cattle Egret - 2 Bockhamton Dairy Farm Winkton, 1 East Holme
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 21 Shipstal Point Arne
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Wool (Giddy Green)
Black Redstart - 2 Poundbury

Sightings - Friday 23rd December 2016

Scaup - 12 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 3 Mudeford Quay
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 Bockhamton Dairy Farm Winkton
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Firecrest - 3 Hengistbury Head
Richard's Pipit - 1 behind cafĂ© at Abbotsbury Swannery

Great White Egret at Longham Lakes © Martin Wood

Peregrine at Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Thursday 22nd December 2016.

Red-throated Diver -1 past Portland Bill.
Merlin - 2 Hartland Moor, 1 Brownsea.
Grey Plover - 123 Brownsea, 4 Stanpit Marsh.
Lapwing - c500 Stanpit Marsh, c150 Longham Lakes.
Knot - 51 Brownsea.
Spotted Redshank - 7 Brownsea.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill.
Firecrest - 3 Brownsea, 1 Hengistbury Head.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Canford Heath, 1 Hartland Moor.
Siskin - 80 Brownsea.

Gadwall – Longham Lakes © Joe Murphy.          



Sightings - Wednesday 21st December 2016.

Goldeneye - 2 Poole Harbour.
Eider - 10 Portland Harbour area.
Common Scoer - 10 past Portland Bill, 1 Portland Harbour.
Goosander - 10 Portland Harbour.
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour.
Black-necked Grebe - 11 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour.
Grey Plover - 2 Poole Harbour.
Knot - 3 Poole Harbour.
Sanderling - 41 Poole Harbour.
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Portland Bill.
Black Redstart - 1 Blandford, 1 Portland.

Sightings - Tuesday 20th December 2016,

Eider - 3 Portland Harbour, 2 Christchurch Harbour,
Common Scoter - 12 Christchurch Harbour, 9 past Portland Bill.
Goosander - 13 Ferrybridge.
Red-throated Diver - 27 past Portland Bill, 12 past Mudeford Quay.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Mudeford Quay.
Black-necked Grebe - 1 off Sandsfoot Castle.
Cattle Egret - 2 Bockhampton Farm, near Bransgore.
Golden Plover - c500 Maiden Castle/Monkey Jump areas.
Lapwing - c250 Maiden Castle/Monkey Jump areas.
Ruff - 1 Upton CP.
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor.
Dipper - 2 possibly 3 on River Hooke Nr. Kingcombe.
Black Redstart - 2 Blacknor. Portland.
Firecrest - 3 Durlston CP.
Marsh Tit - 5 Kingcombe NR.
Crossbill - 12 Wareham Forest.
Corn Bunting - 50+ Maiden Castle/Monkey Jump areas.