Sightings - Saturday 31st December 2011

Happy New Year to all readers and a big thank you for all your reports and photos during 2011.  Here's hoping that 2012 proves to be just as good a birding year!

Barnacle Goose - 37 in field behind Rodden Hive, 4 at Middlebere
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 5 Shell Bay
Blue-winged Teal - 1 Longham Lakes
Ring-necked Duck - 1+ still on the Great Pond at Forde Abbey
Scaup - 1 Longham Lakes
Eider - 2 Redhorn Quay
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Longham Lakes
Great Northern Diver - 5 Weymouth Bay, 1 South Haven, 1 Redhorn Quay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 South Haven
Bittern - 3 Hatch Pond
Spoonbill - 15 Brownsea Lagoon
Marsh Harrier - 5+ at a roost in Poole Harbour, 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 Wyke Down
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 13 Hengistbury Head
Ruff - 1 Stanpit
Spotted Sandpiper - still at the Cobb, Lyme Regis
Ring-billed Gull - adult seen at both Lodmoor and Radipole Lake
Short-eared Owl - 2 Wyke Down, 1 over Upton
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley
Snow Bunting - 1 still on the beach at Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Friday 30th December 2011

Barnacle Goose - 4 Middlebere
Blue-winged Teal - 1 Longham Lakes
Ring-necked Duck - 2 on the Great Pond at Forde Abbey
Scaup - 1 Longham Lakes
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Shipstal Point
Great Northern Diver - 1 Shipstal Point, 1 South Haven
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 37 Studland Bay, 7 off Shipstal Point
Spoonbill - 12 flew from Arne to Brownsea
Marsh Harrier - 1 Middlebere, 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Lyme Regis
Short-eared Owl - 1 Middlebere
Snow Bunting - 1 on the beach at Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Thursday 29th December 2011

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 5 South Haven
Ring-necked Duck - 2 Forde Abbey
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe – 1 South Haven
Bittern – 3 Hatch Pond
Spoonbill – 15 Brownsea lagoon
Grey Plover - 203 Brownsea lagoon
Spotted Redshank – 7 Brownsea lagoon
Sanderling – 24 South Haven
Purple Sandpiper – 16 Lyme Regis
Short-eared Owl - 1 Middlebere, hunting on the Arne side at dusk
Great Grey Shrike – 1 near the pumping station at Wyke Down
Firecrest - 1 Durlston



















Purple Sandpiper Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell

Sightings - Wednesday 28th December 2011

Barnacle Goose - 4 Middlebere Creek
Blue-winged Teal - 1 Longham Lakes
Ring-necked Duck - 2 Forde Abbey
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Longham Lakes
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Lyme Regis
Black Redstart - 1 Nothe area Weymouth
Hume's Warbler - 1 Wyke Regis above Littlesea holiday camp
Firecrest - 1 Durlston

Sightings - Tuesday 27th December 2011

Black-throated diver- Hengistbury Head
Black-necked grebe - 10 Portland hbr
Blue winged teal - 1 Longham lakes
Ring necked duck - 2 males Forde Abbey
Barnacle geese - 4 Stanpit (departed early on)
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Lyme Regis
Ruff - 2 Stanpit
Hen harrier - Wyke Down
Great grey shrike - Wyke Down
Short-eared owls - 3 Wyke Down
Hume's warbler - Littlesea

Sightings - Monday 26th December 2011

Balearic shearwater - 1 Portland
Great northern diver - 1 Studland bay
Black-necked grebe - 43 Studland bay
Slavonian grebe - 3 Studland bay
Blue winged teal - 1 Longham lakes
Ring necked duck - 2 males Forde Abbey
Barnacle geese - 4 Stanpit, 38 on the Fleet at Rodden Hive (including one with white face and grey speckled head and neck - possibly a hybrid)

Sightings - Sunday 25th December 2011

Merry Christmas Everybody...


Blue winged teal - 1 back at Longham lakes
Ring necked duck - 2 males Chard junction GPs
Bittern - 2 Hatch Pond

Sightings - Saturday 24th December 2011

Robin, Stour LNR, © Lorne Bissell
Merry Christmas to all website visitors





















Great northern diver - 4 Studland
Smew - redhead at Longham lake
Goosander - redhead at Longham lake
Ring-necked duck - drake on Chard Junction Gravel Pits on Hide lake
Red-necked grebe - Studland
Black-necked grebe- 6 Studland
Black guillemot - Portland Bill
Spotted sandpiper - reported on the Cobb, Lyme Regis briefly today.
Great grey shrike - Wyke Down
Short-eared owls - 2 Wyke Down
Black redstart - 1 Durlston
Hume's warbler - Littlesea

Also 2 blue and yellow macaws seen at Wyke Down flying towards Sixpenny Handley!



Scandinavian herring gull, Radipole, © Brett Spencer

Sightings - Friday 23rd December 2011

Egyptian Goose - 11 Winkton
Goosander - 3 Avon Causeway bridge
Cattle Egret - 1 on River Frome at East Holme/Worgret
Puffin - 1 past Durlston CP
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP

Late news - Goosander and Green Sandpiper at Sturminster Marshall GPs yesterday.

Sightings - Thursday 22 December 2011

Egyptian Goose - 3 Stanpit
Scaup - 1 Lodmoor
Red-throated Diver - 13 Portland Bill, 10 West Bexington, 1 Durlston, 1 Mudeford Quay
Black-throated Diver - 1 West Bexington
Great Northern Diver - 4 Weymouth Bay, 1 Shell Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 still in Shell Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 10 Portland Harbour, 3 Shell Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Stanpit/Wick
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail at Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Lyme Regis
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Great Skua - 1 past Durlston, 1 past Portland Bill
Sandwich Tern - 1 Weymouth Bay
Woodlark - 7 Morden Bog
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Osprey Quay Portland
Hume's Warbler - 1 still near Littlesea Holiday Park, The Fleet. (Trapped and ringed yesterday; details on PBO web site).


Spotted Sandpiper at Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell

Sightings - Wednesday 21st December 2011

Goosander - 1 Arne
Red-Crested Pochard - 1 Canford Bridge, Wimborne
Grey Partridge - 1 Martinstown
Marsh Harrier - 3 Arne, 1 Stanpit
Hen Harrier - 1 Martinstown
Grey Plover - 31 Stanpit
Golden Plover - c40, Tarrant Hinton/Pimperne area.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Great Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head
Ring-billed Gull - 1 Radipole Lake
Black Redstart - 1 Peveril Point
Treecreeper - 1 Hengistbury Head is unusual for the site
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Littlesea/Wyke Regis.  Please do not park at the Littlesea Caravan Park, it is private property.
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down (Sixpenny Handley)

Late news - a Merlin at Peveril Point on 19th Dec. and a roost of c1000 Pied Wagtail in Bridport on 20th Dec.

Sightings - Tuesday 20th December 2011

Goosander - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Sturminster Marshall GPs 
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-Throated Diver - 22 past Durlston Head in 1 hour; 37 past Portland Bill.
Red-Necked Grebe - 1 Shell Bay, Studland
Cattle Egret - 1 Worgret/East Holme
Marsh Harrier - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 West Bexington
Grey Plover - 22 Stanpit

Knot - 2 Stanpit
Sanderling - 1 Shell Bay, Studland
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Lyme Regis - presumably the return of the recent visitor.
Purple Sandpiper - 15 Lyme Regis, 4 Portland Bill
Ruff - 1 Stanpit

Short-Eared Owl - 2 Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley 
Richard's Pipit - 1 Wyke Regis/Bridging Camp
Black Redstart - 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Tilly Whim
Treecreeper - 1 Hengistbury Head is a good record for the site.
Dipper - 1 Lyme Regis

Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Wyke Regis/Bridging Camp
Firecrest - 1+ Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Durlston CP
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley

Brambling - 1 Stoborough

Late news - 21 Golden Plover, Sutton Waldron, 19th December.

Sightings - Monday 19th December 2011

Red-Throated Diver - 25 past Durlston CP in 75 minutes.
Hen Harrier - 1 Poole Harbour
Marsh Harrier - 8 were seen leaving roosts around Poole Harbour this morning.
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP
Grey Plover - 7 Stanpit
Knot - 5 Stanpit
Little Auk - 1 Durlston CP
Arctic Skua - 1 pale-phase Durlston CP
Yellow-legged Gull - 2 Radipole Lake, 1 Stanpit
Kittiwake - some passage west was noted at Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Tilly Whim
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP
Brambling - 1 Ferndown

Sightings - Sunday 18th December 2011

Black Brant - 1 on the Fleet at Wyke Regis
Barnacle Goose - 13 at Middlebere Creek, later seen flying into Wareham Channel
Eider - 1 Portland Bill
Red-throated Diver - 22 Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 2 Shell Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 still in Shell Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 2 in Portland Harbour from Castle Cove, 3 Shell Bay
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 15 Brownsea, 6 yesterday in Holes Bay
Marsh Harrier - 5 at roost Lytchett Bay, 3 at Swineham, 2 -3 Middlebere, 1 Arne, 1 Little Sea Studland, 1 Brand's Bay, 1 Radipole
Merlin - 1 Arne
Great Bustard - 1 with radio transmitter at Buckland Ripers
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Portland Bill
Jack Snipe - 2 Christchurch Harbour (1 in the North Scrubs, 1 on Grimmery Point), 1 Lytchett Bay
Ring-billed Gull - 1 adult Radipole car park
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Arne
Richard's Pipit - 1 still in fields west of the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis
Firecrest - 10+ in Abbotsbury Gardens, 1 Castle Cove

Late news from yesterday; a ringtail Hen Harrier was over the A35 near Askerswell, and a male Hen Harrier was at Middlebere.

Barnacle Geese at Middlebere © Paul Morton

Grey Heron at Radipole © Will Bown

Sightings - Saturday 17th December 2011

Barnacle Goose - 12 over Lytchett Bay
Eider - 1 Poole Harbour
Goosander - 1 Shipstal Point
Red-throated Diver - 4 past Portland Bill, 1 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 10 in Weymouth Bay, 1 Shipstal Point
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Shell Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 20+ Studland Bay
Great Bustard - 1 with transmitter round neck at Ringstead Bay this morning; in the afternoon probably same bird seen north of Weymouth flying west
Greenshank - 1 Lytchett Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 13 on the Cobb, Lyme Regis, 4 at Portland Bill
Richard's Pipit - 1 still in fields west of the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis
Hume's Warbler - 1 still near Littlesea Holiday Park, The Fleet
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston, 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 13 in Abbotsbury Gardens, 2 Durlston
Snow Bunting - 1 briefly at Portland Bill

Dartford Warbler, Wareham Forest © Will Bown

Sightings - Friday 16th December 2011

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 5 at Pilot's Point
Eider - 1 flew into Poole Harbour from Shell Bay
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Portland Bill
Red-throated Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 6 in Weymouth Bay, 3 Shell Bay, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Shell Bay
Manx Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Bittern - 2 at Hatch Pond
Marsh Harrier - 1 at Christchurch Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail near Compton Valance
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit
Black Redstart - 1 Chesil Cove
Firecrest - 3 Durlston

Sightings - Thursday 15th December 2011

Very few reports received today.

Red-throated Diver - 1 past Durlston CP.
Merlin - 1 fem. Stanpit Marsh
Avocet - 3 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - Stanpit Marsh
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP

Immature female Sparrowhawk © Nick Hull


Sightings - Wednesday 14th December 2011

Pale-bellied Brent - 5 South Haven
Black Brant - 1 past Portland Bill
Red-breasted Merganser - 130 Brand's Bay
Red-throated Diver - 1 Portland Bill, 1 past Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 5 Weymouth Bay, 4 Poole Hbr, 2 Middle Beach Studalnd
Red-necked Grebe - 1 South Haven/Shell Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Newton's Cove, 1 Pilot's Pt., 1 Middle Beach Studland,
Black-necked Grebe - 19 Middle Beach, 4 South Haven
Bittern - 1+ Lodmoor
Marsh Harrier - 2 Lodmoor, 1 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 2 ad males Middlebere
Purple Sandpiper - 15 past Mudeford Quay, 15 Lyme Regis Cobb
Common Sandpiper - 2 Holes Bay
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lodmoor
Grey Phalarope - 1 Chesil Cove
Sandwich Tern - 2 Poole Hbr.
Black Redstart - 2 Nothe Weymouth, 2 Portland.
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 again today at Littlesea Fleet

Sightings - Tuesday 13th December 2011

Pale-bellied Brent - 5 Shell Bay beach
Blue-winged Teal - 1 fem/imm still on the south lake at Longham
Red-throated Diver - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Poole Hbr, 1 Mudeford Quay
Black-throated Diver - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Brand's Bay
Great Northern Diver - 3 off Middle Beach Studland
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Middle Beach Studland
Black-necked Grebe - 15 of Middle Beach Studland
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wytch Lake Poole Hbr
Merlin - 1 Studland
Purple Sandpipers - 5 on the rock sandspit Mudeford Quay
Grey Phalarope - 1 Chesil Cove
Arctic Skua - 1 Poole Hbr. mouth
Sandwich Tern - 3 Wytch Lake Poole Hbr

Robin - Hengistbury Head © Nick Hull


Sightings - Monday 12th December 2011

Blue-winged Teal - fem/imm still at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 9 on the Stour near Shapwick
Marsh Harrier - 1 at Stanpit, 1 at Middlebere
Merlin - male at Sturminster Marshall GP
Purple Sandpiper - 3 at Portland Bill
Jack Snipe - 1 at Hatch Pond
Grey Phalarope - 1 at Chesil Cove
Water Pipit - 2 at Stanpit
Hume's Warbler - 1 still near Littlesea Caravan Park, The Fleet

Sightings - Sunday 11th December 2011

Blue-winged Teal - 1 still at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 at Stanpit
Great Northern Diver - 2 in Poole Harbour, 1 at Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 15 on Brownsea Lagoon
Purple Sandpiper - 17 on the Hengistbury sandspit (viewed from Mudeford Quay)
Spotted Redshank - 3 on Brownsea Lagoon, singles at Stanpit Marsh and Holes Bay
Common Sandpiper - 1 at Holes Bay
Little Gull - 1 off Portland Bill

1st winter drake Red-breasted Merganser off Brownsea © Tim Balmer

Spoonbills on Brownsea Lagoon © Tim Balmer

Sightings - Saturday 10th December 2011

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 5 at Pilot's Point, Studland
Blue-winged Teal - 1 still at Longham Lakes
Eider - 2 at Bramble Bush Bay, Poole Harbour
Goosander - 7 on the Stour between Shapwick and Sturminster Marshall, 4 off Shipstal Point, Arne
Black-throated Diver - 1 in Studland Bay
Great Northern Diver - 2 in Studland Bay, 1 off Hengistbury Head
Slavonian Grebe - 1 in Studland Bay, 1 off Redhorn Quay, Poole Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 49 in Studland Bay
Bittern - 1 at Arne Moors
Merlin - 1 at Stoborough Heath
Purple Sandpiper - 1 at Portland Bill
Grey Phalarope - 1 at Chesil Cove
Great Skua - 1 off Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Black Guillemot - 1 off Portland Bill late morning only
Short-eared Owl - 2 at Wyke Down
Richard's Pipit - 1 still in fields just west of the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis
Water Pipit - 1 near the visitor centre at Stanpit
Hume's Warbler - 1 still near Littlesea, The Fleet
Firecrest - 13 at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Great Grey Shrike - 1 near Down Farm, Wyke Down
Snow Bunting - 1 flew north over Blacknor, Portland

Also - just over the Wiltshire border, a Short-eared Owl was seen quartering the fields near the car park at Win Green

Late news - a juvenile Goshawk was photographed on private land in the Avon Valley back on 7th December

Fieldfare at Turnworth NR © Will Bown

Sightings - Friday 9th December 2011

Black Brant - 1 at Littlesea, The Fleet
Goosander - 1 at Longham Lakes
Great Northern Diver - 4 in Weymouth Bay, 1 off Branksome Chine
Bittern - 1 at Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 14 at Middlebere
Marsh Harrier - 6 in the Wareham Channel, Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - ringtail in the Wareham Channel, Poole Harbour
Merlin - 1 at Wyke Down
Purple Sandpiper - 3 at Portland Bill
Common Sandpiper - 2 at Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 2 at Holes Bay
Grey Phalarope - 2 at Chesil Cove
Short-eared Owl - 4 at Wyke Down
Richard's Pipit - 1 still in fields west of the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis
Water Pipit - 1 at Stanpit
Hume's Warbler - 1 still near Littlesea Holiday Park, The Fleet
Firecrest - 1 at Rufus Castle, Portland
Twite - 4 at Turnworth NR with Linnets

Barn Owl at Wyke Down © Kevin Lane
Spoonbills at Middlebere © Lisa Lawley

Purple Sandpiper at Portland Bill © Will Bown

Sightings - Thursday 8th December 2011

Few reports today no doubt due to the weather.

Blue-winged Teal - 1 fem/imm Longham Lakes
Black-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Grey Phalarope - 1 Chesil Cove
Great Skua - 2 Portland Bill
Kittiwake - 60+ Mudeford Quay
Sandwich Tern - 2 Mudeford Quay

Sightings - Wedensday 7th December 2011

Blue-winged Teal – 1 Longham Lakes
Dunlin – 1 caught last night at Shore Road was first ringed there in winter1998/99
Richard's Pipit - 1 in fields just west of the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Littlesea, The Fleet
Black Redstart - 3 Nothe, 4 Perveril Point Swanage

























Ringed Plover ringed at Shore Road last night © Roger Peart

Sightings - Tuesday 6th December 2011

Blue-winged Teal – 1 Longham Lakes
Goosander –1 Abbotsbury near the tank traps
Great Northern Diver – 2 Weymouth Bay
Black-throated Diver -1 past Portland Bill
Glossy Ibis – 1 Stanpit Marsh
Grey Phalarope – 1 Chesil Cove
Water Pipit –1 Lodmoor, 1 Priory Marsh
Richard’s Pipit – 1 west of Bridging Camp
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Littlesea, The Fleet
Firecrest – 2 Durlston
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston,1 The Nothe, 1 Poundbury Dorchester

Hume's Warbler at Littlesea © Kevin Lane

Sightings - Monday 5th December 2011

Blue-winged Teal – 1 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck – 1 Poole Harbour
Velvet Scoter – 2 Poole Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Poole Harbour
Grey Phalarope – 1 Chesil Cove
Richard’s Pipit – 1 two fields west of Bridging Camp

Richard's Pipit near the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis © Jeff Hazell

Teal at Lodmoor © Daragh Croxson

Blue-winged Teal at Longham Lakes © Alan Pearce

Sightings Sunday 4th December 2011

Blue-winged Teal – 1 Longham Lakes
Ferruginous Duck type hybird – 1 Longham Lakes
Scaup – 1 Longham Lakes
Goosander – 1 Longham Lakes
Velvet Scoter – 3 past Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver – 5 Weymouth Bay
Red-throated Diver – 3 past Portland Bill
Black-necked Grebe – 32 Studland Bay
Red-necked Grebe – 1 past Hengistbury Head
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Studland Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Bittern – 1 Lodmoor, 1 Radipole Lake
Glossy Ibis – 1 Stanpit Marsh
Grey Phalarope – 1 Chesil Cove
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Short-eared Owl - 3 Sixpenny Handley
Great Grey Shrike – 1 Sixpenny Handley
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Littlesea, The Fleet
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Snow Bunting – 1 on road leading to Powerstock Common from the cross roads just east of Eggarden Hill

Hume's Leaf Warbler at Littlesea, The Fleet © Brett Spencer

Blue-winged Teal at Longham Lakes © Vaughan Ashby

Sightings - Saturday 3rd December 2011

Black Brant - 2, Littlesea, The Fleet
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 23 Butterstreet Cove
Blue-winged Teal - 1, Longham Lakes
Ferruginous Duck - 1 (possibly hybird), Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 1, Poole Harbour (nr Brownsea Quay)
Bittern - 3, Hatch Pond
Glossy Ibis - 1, Hengistbury
Spotted Redshank - 3, Holes Bay
Woodcock - 5, Minterne
Great Skua - 1, Hengistbury
Short-eared Owl - 3, Wyke Down; 2 Durlston
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Littlesea, The Fleet
Black Redstart - 1, Durlston

Sightings - Friday 2nd December 2011

Black-Brant - 1, Rodden-Herbury
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 8, Rodden-Herbury
Goosander - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Great-northern Diver - 1, Arne
Glossy Ibis - 1, Stanpit
Bittern - 1, Lodmoor
Jack Snipe - 1, Stanpit
Goshawk - 1, Wyke Down
Short-eared Owl - 4, Wyke Down
Richard's Pipit - 1 near the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis
Water Pipit - 1, Lodmoor
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1, Littlesea, The Fleet
Rose-coloured Starling - 1, Lodmoor

Short-eared Owl, Wyke Down.  Copyright Mike Coleman

Sightings - Thursday 1st December 2011

Eider - 6 past Mudeford Quay, 1 Durlston CP.
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Durlston CP.
Black-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick, 1 Holton Lee
Woodcock - 1west Durlston CP.
Purple Sandpiper - 6 Hengistbury Hd.
Spotted Redshank - 2 Fisherman's Bank Christchurch
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 near Littlesea Holiday Camp on the Fleet
Firecrest - 4 Durlston CP.
Rosy Starling - 1 imm. Lodmoor

Avocet -Brownsea Is. © Tim Balmer

Sightings - Wednesday 30th November 2011

Pale-bellied Brent - 6 Parkstone Bay
Black Brant - 1 ad Ferrybridge
Common Scoter - 9 Studland Bay
Velvet Scoter - 1 Brand\'s Bay
Red-throated Diver - 2 Durlston
Great Northern Diver - 3 Weymouth Bay, 1 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 29 Studland Bay, 7 Bramble Bush Bay
Bittern - 1 in flight Lodmoor
Great White Egret - 1 reported over Holt Heath
Glossy Ibis - 1 imm Stanpit Marsh
Marsh Harrier - singles at Cowards Marsh, Christchurch Hbr, Lodmoor, Radipole
Purple Sandpiper - 12 Hengistbury Hd.
Grey Phalarope - 1 Hengistbury Hd off Long groyne.
Pomarine Skua - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Hengistbury Hd.
Common Gull - 1500 past Hengistbury Hd.
Ring-billed Gull - 1 2nd/winter Radipole Lake
Mediterranean Gull - 200 past Hengistbury Hd. 
Water Pipit - 3 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Lodmoor.
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Littlesea, Fleet
Firecrest - 5 Durlston CP, 3 Hengistbury Hd.
Rosy Starling - 1imm Lodmoor

Second Winter Ring-billed Gull Radipole Lake car Park © Dave Chown

Sightings - Tuesday 29th November 2011

Black Brant - 1 Butterstreet Cove
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - at least 6 at Butterstreet Cove
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Durlston, 1 Studland Bay, 1 Mudeford
Great Northern Diver - 4 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Brand's Bay off Redhorn
Black-necked Grebe - 41 Studland Bay from Middle Beach, 4 Shell Bay, 4 Brand's Bay off Redhorn
Sooty Shearwater - 1 past Mudeford Quay
Velvet Scoter - 2 Brand's Bay off Redhorn, 2 past Mudeford Quay
Hen Harrier - 2 Middlebere
Purple Sandpiper - at least 20 at Mudeford
Grey Phalarope - 1 Shell Bay, 1 past Mudeford Quay
Arctic Skua - 2 Mudeford Quay, 1 Studland Bay
Little Gull - 1 Chesil Cove, 4 Shell Bay
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile still at Lodmoor

Grey Phalarope at Shell Bay © Kevin Lane

Little Gulls at Shell Bay © Kevin Lane

Red-throated Diver in Studland Bay © Kevin Lane

Sightings - Monday 28th November 2011

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Velvet Scoter - 1 Brand's Bay
Marsh Harrier - 2 Stanpit, 1 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 2 over Stanpit, 1 at Wyke Down
Merlin - 1 Stanpit
Purple Sandpiper - at least 4 on Mudeford sandspit
Jack Snipe - 1 Boys Hill (near Sherborne)
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 4 Wyke Down, 1 Boys Hill (near Sherborne), 1 Durlston
Water Pipit - 2 Stanpit
Black Redstart - 1 Weston (Portland), 1 Newton's Cove
Hume's Leaf Warbler -1 still at Littlesea, The Fleet
Firecrest - 2 Durlston
Crossbill - 21 Durlston

Sightings - Sunday 27th November 2011

Black Brant - 2 at Littlesea, The Fleet
Goosander  - 1 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Poole Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 Brands Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Studland Bay
Cattle Egret - 1 Stanpit
Glossy Ibis
- 1 Stanpit
Bittern - 2 Hatch Pond, 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 2 Keysworth (Poole Harbour), 1 Wyke Down (Sixpenny Handley)
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 5 Middlebere
Red Kite - 1 Swineham
Merlin - 1 Hatch Pond, 1 Middlebere, 1 Wyke Down (Sixpenny Handley)
Grey Plover  - 8 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Middlebere
Woodcock - 1 Hardy's Monument
Sanderling - 1 Hengistbury Head

Spotted Sandpiper - still present at Lyme Regis
Green Sandpiper - 2 Radipole Lake
Kittiwake - 250 west past Hengistbury Head in an hour
Sandwich Tern - 1+ Poole Harbour
Short-Eared Owl - 1 East Stoke, 1 Grimstone, 4 Wyke Down (Sixpenny Handley)
Rosy Starling - 1 Lodmoor
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Littlesea, The Fleet
Dartford Warbler - 1 Middlebere
Firecrest - 1+ Durlston CP
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down (Sixpenny Handley)















 Bittern ©Phyl England

Sightings - Saturday 26th November 2011

Goosander  - 1 Arne Bay
Grey Partridge - 1 heard Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley
Cattle Egret - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Bittern - 2 Hatch Pond
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere, 2 Wareham Channel
Marsh Harrier - 2 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit, 2 Swineham, 4+ Wareham Channel
Merlin - 1 Sherford Bridge
Woodcock - 2 Middlebere
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Lyme Regis
Little Gull - 3 Mudeford Quay
Black-headed Gull - the Christchurch Bay roost was estimated at 6000 birds.
Short-eared Owl - 1 Middlebere, 4 Wyke Down (Sixpenny Handley)
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 Littlesea, The Fleet
Firecrest - 2 Arne reserve car park
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley

Sightings - Friday 25th November 2011

White-fronted Goose - 5 Abbotsbury
Eider - 1 female Poole Harbour
Long-tailed Duck - 1 female off Shipstal Point
Velvet Scoter - 3 Poole Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Slavonian Grebe - 1 off Mudeford Quay
Bittern - at least 3 at Hatch Pond this evening
Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit
Spoonbill - 11 on Brownsea Island lagoon
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Golden Plover - about 200 at Beaminster Down
Purple Sandpiper - 12 Christchurch Harbour, 18 Lyme Regis
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 juvenile at end of the Cobb, Lyme Regis
Black Redstart - 1 Lyme Regis, 1 Durlston, 1 Bridging Camp, The Fleet
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit
Hume's Leaf Warbler -1 still at Littlesea, The Fleet
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile still at Lodmoor

Little Egret at Stour LNR  © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Thursday 24th November 2011

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 5 in Parkstone Bay, 6 at Ferrybridge
Red-throated Diver - 1 off Mudeford Quay
Bittern - 2 at Hatch Pond this evening
Cattle Egret - 1 Hengistbury Head
Merlin - 1 Durlston
Hume's Leaf Warbler -1 Littlesea, The Fleet
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile still at Lodmoor
Firecrest - 1 Durlston

Sightings - Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Pale-bellied Brent Geese - 12 Ferrybridge
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Portland Harbour
Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit
Hen Harrier - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Middlebere, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Wyke Down (Sixpenny Handley)
Merlin - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Grey Plover - 4 Christchurch Harbour
Ruff - 2 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 The Cobb at Lyme Regis
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Crane - 1 over Wareham toward Middlebere
Sandwich Tern - 3 Christchurch Harbour
Shorelark - 1 Stanpit
Wood Pigeon - about 750 seen to the west of Hengistbury Head; about 3000 south over Weymouth by 9am.
Rosy Starling - 1 still at Lodmoor
Swallow - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Hume's Warbler - 1 Littlesea, The Fleet
Dartford Warbler - 2 Middlebere
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down (Sixpenny Handley)
Snow Bunting - 1 Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Tuesday 22nd November 2011

Velvet Scoter - 2 Goathorn, 1 Poole Harbour
Eider - 1 very small female, Goathorn
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Poole Harbour, 25 Studland Bay
Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit
Hen Harrier - 1 Portland Bill
Grey Plover - 4 Stanpit
Golden Plover - 1 Portland Bill
Avocet - 600+ Midddlebere
Knot - 1 Stanpit
Sanderling - 1 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Great Bustard - 1 female Spyway Farm, Langton Matravers, has a radio tag.
Sandwich Tern - 3+ Christchurch Harbour
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Bulbarrow, 1 Portland Bill
Shorelark - 1 Mudeford Quay and Stanpit
Wheatear - 1 Holes Bay is extremely late.
Black Redstart - 4 Portland Bill, 1 West Bexington
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Down Farm, Sixpenny Handley

Late news - 3 Bittern at Hatch Pond yesterday





















Bustard ©Simon Breeze

Sightings - Monday 21st November 2011

Glossy ibis - Stanpit
Surf scoter - probable juvenile again flew through harbour entrance towards Brand's Bay/Bramble Bush Bay at 7:25am
Great Bustard - 1 near Spyway farm, Langton matravers
Spotted sandpiper - 1 Lyme Regis
Rose-coloured starling - Juvenile at Lodmoor
Black redstart - 2 Portland, 2 Lyme Regis
Bearded tit - 2 Hatch Pond
Snow bunting - 1 flew over Abbotsbury


1w male black redstart, Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell


Male black redstart, Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell

Sightings, Sunday, November 20, 2011

Velvet Scoter - 3 Brands Bay
Black brant - 1 Butterstreet Cove,
Pale-bellied brents - 14 Butterstreet Cove
Bittern - 1 Hatch Pond
Spotted Sandpiper - 1w again at Lyme Regis
Purple Sandpiper - Lyme Regis
Great grey shrike - Sixpenny Handley
Bearded tit - 5 Hengistbury Head centre
Rose-coloured Starling - Juvenile still at Lodmoor
Black redstart - 1 Durlston, 2+ Lyme Regis
Siberian chiffchaff - 1 Easton 

Black redstart, Portland © Chris Dresh

Buzzards, Portland © Chris Dresh

Spotted sandpiper, Lyme Regis © Dave Helliar

Black redstart, Lyne Regis © Chris Parnell

Sightings - Saturday 19th November 2011

Velvet Scoter - 3 Arne Bay
Goosander - 1 redhead Longham Lakes
Bittern - 3 Hatch Pond
Glossy ibis -  Stanpit
Hen Harrier - Middlebere
Spotted Sandpiper - 1w again at Lyme Regis
Purple Sandpiper - Lyme Regis
Bearded tit - 5 Hengistbury Head centre
Rose-coloured Starling - Juvenile still at Lodmoor
Black redstart - 1 Middlebere, 1 West Bexington coastguard cottages
Firecrest - 12 Abbotsbury Gardens
Nutcracker - one reported in a private garden with no public access near Shaftesbury today.
UPDATE - the photographs show the bird to be an adult winter starling.
Little bunting - 1 flew over Durlston


Bittern, Hatch Pond © Shaun Robson

Sightings - Friday 18th November 2011

Slavonian Grebe - 2 Mudeford Quay
Velvet Scoter - 3 Arne Bay
Spotted Sandpiper - 1w on rock armour on foreshore below Lyme Regis museum, just east of where the River Lim enters the sea (possibly present since 8th November)
Purple Sandpiper - 9 Hengistbury Head, 5 Portland
Spotted Redshank - 2 Stanpit
Spoonbill-  14 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 2 Middlebere
Red Kite - over Bussey's Down, south of Ashmore, 3.30pm
Merlin - Portland
Bearded tit - 5 Hengistbury Head centre
Black Redstart - 1 Portland at Heylands, Weston
Rose-coloured Starling - Juvenile still at Lodmoor
Wheatear - Holes Bay

Spotted Sandpiper at Lyme Regis © Kevin Lane

Spotted Sandpiper at Lyme Regis © Kevin Lane


Spoonbills at Middlebere © Dominic Greves

Sightings - Thursday 17th November 2011

Velvet Scoter – 3 Redhorn Quay Poole Harbour
Merlin – 1 Portland Bill
Goshawk - 1 Wick Fields Christchurch Harbour
Marsh Harrier – 1 Lodmoor
Bittern – 1 Lodmoor
Woodpigeon – 4500 over Lodmoor, 54000 over Durlston
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill, 2 Penn’s Weare Portland, 1 over Durlston
Northern Wheatear – 2 Portland Bill, 2 Shell Bay, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Black Redstart – 1 Portland Bill, 1 Peveril Point, 1 Middlebere
Rose-coloured Starling – 1 Lodmoor
Chiffchaff – 1 tristis type Winspit Valley
Firecrest – 2 Portland Bill, 1 Winspit Valley

Rose-coloured Starling at Lodmoor © Kevin Lane

Part of today's massive Woodpigeon movement over Durlston © Nick Hopper

More views of Woodpigeons over Durlston © Nick Hopper

Sightings - Wednesday 16th November 2011

Velvet Scoter – 2 past Portland Bill
Merlin –1 Durlston
Hen Harrier – 1 Durlston
Purple Sandpiper – 3 Portland Bill
Woodpigeon – 1540 over Durlston
Short-eared Owl - 3 Portland Bill
Northern Wheatear – 2 late birds Portland Bill
Black Redstart – 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest – 1 Portland Bill

























Yesterday's Great Grey Shrike at Arne © Tim Downton

Sightings -Tuesday 15th November 2011

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Bittern - 2 hatch Pond Poole
Glossy Ibis - 1juv. Stanpit Marsh
Hen Harrier - 1 Portland Bill
Water Rail - 1 Portland Bill
Golden Plover - 16 over Stanpit Marsh
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Woodpigeon - 13,000 over Littlesea (Fleet), 8,500 Lodmoor, 3900 Portland, 1150 Durlston CP, 400 Canford Heath.
Black Redstart - 2 Portland Bill, 1 top of the PruHealth Building Bournemouth
Wheatear - 2 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Portland Bill
Bearded Tit - 5 HHC reeds Hengistbury Hd, 2 Hatch Pond Poole
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Coombe Heath Arne
Snow Bunting - 1 Abbotsbury.

Mediterranean Gull - Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell

Sightings- Monday 14th November 2011

Greylag Geese - 5 in off the sea Stanpit Marsh, 4 past Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 1 pos past Hengistbury Hd, 1 Portland Bill
Red-throated Dive - 8 past Hengistbury Hd.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 past Hengistbury Hd.
Glossy Ibis - 1 juv. Stanpit Marsh
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Bay
Hen Harrier - 2 males Wareham Channel
Merlin - 1 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Durlston CP.
Common Crane - 1 Rodden Hive
Avocet - 39 Dirlston CP, 40 past Portland Bill, 2 Stanpit Marsh
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Lyme Cobb, 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Whimbrel - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Little Gull - 1 Radipole Lake
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill
Swallow - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP.
Wheatear - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Pallas's Warbler - 1 by Double Bend Hengistbury Hd.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 still behind the Nat West Bank Christchurch.
Firecrest - 6 Durlston CP, 1 Portland Bill
Twite - 2 over Durlston CP
Snow Bunting - 1 Hengistbury Hd, 1 over Durlston CP, 1 East Bexington.


Little Gull - Radipole Lake © Bob Ford
Bittern - Hatch Pond © Chris Rowland

Sightings - Sunday 13th November 2011

Great Northern Diver - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Portland Bill
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake, 1 Hatch Pond Poole
Glossy Ibis - 1juv Stanpit Marsh
Marsh Harrier - 2 Wareham Channel, 1 over Hengistbury Hd.
Hen Harrier - 1 Durlston CP.
Merlin - 1 male Stanpit Marsh
Common Crane - 1 Herbury Gore/Rodden Hive
Little Stint - 1 over Barn Field Hengistbury Hd.
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Long Groyne Hengistbury Hd.
Great Skua -  1 Portland Bill
Pomarine Skua - 1juv. Hengistbury Hd.
Arctic Skua -  2 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 Radipole Lake
Black Tern - 1 Radipole Lake
Sandwich Tern - 3 Christchurch Hbr.
Short- eared Owl - 1 West Bexington
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston CP.
Swallow - 1 Ulwell, 1 Durlston CP.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Winspit Valley
Firecrest - 14 Abbotsbury Gardens, 7 Durlston CP, 1 Durlston CP.
Bearded Tit - 3 Hengistbury Hd
Rose-coloured Starling - 1juv. Lodmoor
Snow Bunting - 1 Hengistbury Hd.

Short-eared Owls, West Bexington © Mike Morse

Sightings - Saturday 12th November 2011

Red-throated Diver - 3 past Durston CP.
Black-necked Grebe - 31 off Knoll Beach
Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 2 over Stanpit Marsh
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP
Common Crane - 1 Rodden/Langton Herring Fleet
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Lyme Cobb
Short-eared Owl - 1 over Radipole, 1 HHC reed bed Hengistbury, 1 West Bexington
PALLID SWIFT - 1 picked up at Langton Herring recovered to Portland Bill ringed and released but taken by Sparrowhawk
Swallow - 2 Ballard Down
Whitethroat - 1 West Bexington, 1 Bridport Fire Station
Firecrest - 6 Durlston CP
Bearded Tit - 1 HHC reed bed Hengistbury
Brambling - 17 over Durlston CP
Snow Bunting - 1 Hengistbury Hd

Pallid Swift at Portland Bill © Nick Hopper

Glossy Ibis, Stanpit Marsh © Durwyn Liley

Little Egret, Stour LNR © Lorne Bissel