Sightings - Monday 31st January 2011

Barnacle Goose – 57 Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup – 3 Lodmoor, 30 Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter – 7 off Southbourne
Smew – 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander – 1 Chrischurch Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 17 past Durlston, 6 past Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver – 1 Weymouth Bay, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Great Crested Grebe – 415 off Southbourne
Slavonian Grebe – 2 Weymouth Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Southbourne
Gannet – 640 past/off Durlston, 800 past/off Hengistbury Head
Marsh Harrier – 5 Poole Harbour
Purple Sandpiper – 7 Lyme Regis
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER - 1 Poole Park, view from Swan Lake Cafe
Razorbill – 5000+ auks, presumably mainly Razorbill, moved past Hengistbury Head including 1500 in a 10-minute spell
Waxwing - 5 Winchester Rd Weymouth, 3 Upton, 2 Max Gate Dorchester, 3 Wyke Regis near Littlesea Holiday Park
Firecrest - 1 Durlston

Waxwing (adult male) - Upton © Bob Gifford

Waxwing (adult male) - Upton © Bob Gifford

Sightings - Sunday 30th January 2011

White-fronted Goose – 5 over Parkstone, 46 probably this species over Weymouth Bay
Goosander - 2 Avon Causeway, 11 River Stour upstream from Shapwick Church
Red-throated Diver - 3 past Durlston
Great Crested Grebe – 403 off Southbourne
Slavonian Grebe - 4 off Osmington
Gannet – 210 past Durlston
Ruff - 2 Winkton
Razorbill – 2100 past Durlston
Water Pipit – Priory Marsh
Waxwing - 5 Winchester Rd Weymouth, up to 9 Stanpit Scrubs
Black Redstart - 2 at Weston, 1 at Southwell
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Southwell (at West Wools)
Firecrest - 1 Durlston, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Easton
Tree Sparrow - 1 near the stubble field between Sixpenny Handley and Monkton-up-Wimborne
Hawfinch - 1 Powerstock (nr church)

Pintail - Poole Harbour © Tim Balmer

Sightings - Saturday 29th January 2011

Velvet Scoter - 8, West Bexington
Smew - 4, Longham Lakes
Goosander - 4 Castle Cove; 4 Avon Causeway
Red-throated Diver - 2, West Bexington; 5 Hengistbury
Red-necked Grebe - 1, Chesil Cove (Portland)
Slavonian Grebe - 2, Portland Harbour; 1 Poole Harbour
Bittern - 1, Briantspuddle; 1-2 Hatch Pond
Spoonbill - 8 Holes Bay
Hen Harrier - male at Arne
Merlin - 1 Coombe Heath, Arne
Ruff - 4, Winkton
Purple Sandpiper - 6, Lyme Regis
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay
Mediterranean Gull - notable count of 230+ at Radipole
Great Skua - 1, Hengistbury
Barn Owl - 1, Weymouth
Woodlark - 1, Hengistbury
Waxwing - 23, Daws Avenue, W'down; 16 Windham Rd, B'mth; 4 Winchester Rd, Weymouth
Dipper - 2, Lyme Regis
Black Redstart, 1 Chesil Cove
Firecrest - 2 at Arne and 1 at Alderholt
Magpie - impressive count of 160 at Hatch Pond at dusk
Brambling - 12, Swineham
Hawfinch - 1, Powerstock (nr church)


Waxwings at Wallisdown © Kevin Hearn
Common Sandpiper at Holes Bay © Chris Parnell


Sightings - Friday 28th January 2011

Red-crested Pochard - 1 Little Sea (Studland)
Scaup - 33 Abbotsbury
Eider - 2 Durlston
Goosander - 1 Radipole
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Chesil Cove, Portland
Spoonbill - 8 Holes Bay (Poole Harbour)
Bittern - 2 Radipole
Marsh Harrier - 1 Radipole
Great Bustard - 2 Langton Herring
Woodcock - 1 Lorton Valley
Spotted Redshank - 2 Holes Bay; 1 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 1 Holes Bay
Mediterranean Gull - an impressive 150 at Radipole
Woodlark - 2 Lorton Valley
Waxwing - 3 Winchester Close, Weymouth; 20+ Daws Avenue, Wallisdown
Black Redstart - 1 Swanage; 1 Chesil Cove, Portland


Black Redstart at Swanage © Phyl England

Spoonbills at Holes Bay © Ian Kirk
Goosander at Radipole © Dom Greves


Sightings - Thursday 27th January 2011

Red-crested Pochard - 1 male, s-e end Little Sea (Studland)
Velvet Scoter - 3 West Bexington
Eider - 1 Poole Harbour (South Haven)
Long-tailed Duck - 1 male Poole Harbour (nr Brownsea)
Smew - 1 West Bexington
Red-throated Diver - 24 off Durlston
Great Northern Diver - 1 Poole Harbour (Harbour entrance); 1 off Durlston
Spoonbill - 8 Holes Bay
Merlin - 1 Sixpenny Handley
Avocet - 24 Holes Bay; 2 Lytchett Bay; 12 Stanpit
Knot - c100 at Holes Bay
Sanderling - 5 at Knoll Beach, Studland
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay; 1 Stanpit
Great Skua - 1 Durlston
Mediterranean Gull - 14 Kimmeridge Bay
Waxwing - 6 Verwood; 3 Winchester Close (Weymouth); 3 Beacon Park Rd (Upton)

Kingfisher on the Stour © Lorne Bissell
Otter family on the Stour recently © Lorne Bissell
Waxwing at Weymouth © Steve Carey

Sightings - Wednesday 26th January 2011

Red-crested Pochard - 1 male on Little Sea
Eider - 1 female in Brand's Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 2 in Brand's Bay
Sooty Shearwater – 1, Portland
Bittern – 1 Tuckton and 3 Radipole
Bar-tailed Godwit - very high count of 212 at Whitley Lake (Poole Harbour)
Ruff – 1, Stanpit
Yellow-legged Gull – 1, Stanpit
Woodlark – 1, Portland
Waxwing – 20, Ringwood Road, Verwood; 3, Winchester Close/Canterbury Close, Weymouth; 7 Broadstone (by Wests Opticians)
Great Grey Shrike – 1, Arne

Bittern at Radipole Lake © Steve Carey
Waxwing at Weymouth © Brett Spencer


Sightings - Tuesday 25th January 2011

Mandarin – Female at mouth of river, Charmouth
Smew - 3 Longham Lakes; 1 West Bexington
Slavonian grebe – 5 Studland bay
Black-necked grebe – 80 (!) Studland bay
Spoonbill – 8 Arne
Mediterranean Gull - 300 Pirate's Cove, The Fleet; Ad winter Longham Lakes
Waxwing - 1 York Road, Broadstone; 3 Weymouth; 3 Upton
Black redstart – Newton’s Cove
Brambling – 20 Blandford

Bramblings at Blandford © Mike Coleman
Waxwings at Weymouth © Brett Spencer

Sightings - Monday 24th January 2011

Red-crested Pochard - 1 Little Sea (Studland)
Long-tailed Duck - 2 South Haven
Smew - 3 Longham Lakes
Goosander - South Haven
Red-throated Diver - 2 Portland
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 17 Portland Harbour; 21 Studland
Bittern - 1 Radipole
Merlin - 1 Durlston
Great Skua - 2 Durlston
Ring-billed Gull - 1 Fisherman's Bank, Hengistbury head
Mediterranean Gull - 172 Pirate's Cove, The Fleet;

Waxwing - 1 Budmouth
Black Redstart - Portland
Brambling - 1 Southwell
Siskin - 40 Poole Park

Hooded Merganser at Radipole Lake © Chris Parnell

Stoat at Lodmoor © Derek Fowler

Sightings - Sunday 23rd January 2011

Bewick's swan - 4 Longham Lakes
Scaup - 33 Abbotsbury
Smew - 3 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Radipole; 5 Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 2 West Bexington
Slavonian Grebe - 6 Sandsfoot Castle, 2 Studland Middle Beach
Black-necked Grebe - 23 Studland Middle Beach
Marsh Harrier - Radipole and Lodmoor
Great Bustard - 2 wing-tagged birds, east of Moonfleet Manor this morning
Ruff - 1 Abbotsbury
Mediterranean Gull - 150 Pirate's Cove, The Fleet; 96 Ferrybridge
Waxwing - 3 Shore Lane, Upton
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Coombe Heath; 1 Morden Bog; 1 Sixpenny Handley

Great Grey Shrike at Morden Bog © Dom Greves

Sightings - Saturday 22nd January 2011


Bewick's Swan - 6 Longham Lakes
Scaup - 9 Arne
Long-tailed Duck - 2 off Brownsea Island, 1 off Shipstal Point
Eider - 1 Shell Bay
Smew - 3 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Radipole
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Arne
Spoonbill - 6 Arne
Bittern - 2 Hatch Pond
Marsh Harrier - Radipole and Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere
Great Bustard - 2 wing-tagged birds, north of Moonfleet Manor
Purple Sandpiper - 4 Shell Bay
Spotted Redshank - Stanpit
Little Gull - Stour LNR
Mediterranean Gull - 295 (!) Pirate's Cove, The Fleet; 12 Stanpit
Waxwing - 10 Merley; 9 York Road, Broadstone
Black Redstart - Weston
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Clarence Rd, Easton
Great Grey Shrike - Coombe Heath

Great Bustards at Moonfleet © Brett Spencer

Little Gull at Stour LNR © Lorne Bissell


Sightings - Friday 21st January 2011

Bewick's Swan - 8 remain on floods near Longham Lakes
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 3 amongst the Brent flock at Ferrybridge
Smew - 5 redheads at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 5 redheads on Longham Lakes, 1 drake on the River Stour at Longham
Red-throated Diver - 8 past Durlston, 1 Portland Bill
Avocet - 12 Stanpit (on East Marsh)
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Portland Bill
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor
Great Skua - 1 Durlston
Kittiwake - 720 past Durlston
Mediteranean Gull - 166 Ferrybridge
Guillemot - 310 east past Durlston
Razorbill - 7500 east past Durlston
Scandinavian Rock Pipit - 1 reported on South Marsh at Stanpit
Waxwing - c55 again at Broadstone (York Rd, Lower Blandford Rd in Poplar tree), 12 over Old Wareham Rd Corfe Mullen am, 3 reported at Wareham
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill


Waxwings at Broadstone © Roger Boswell

Waxwings at Broadstone © Roger Boswell

Waxwings at Broadstone © Roger Boswell

Sightings - Thursday 20th January 2011

Bewick's Swan - 8 remain on floods at Longham Lakes
Pale-bellied Brent - 3 Ferrybridge, 2 off Whitecliff Poole
with Dark-bellied Brent flocks
Smew
- 5 redheads Longham Lakes
Goosander - 8 Portland Hbr, 6 redheads Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 21 Portland Bill, 20 Durlston CP
Great Northern Diver - 1 Durlston CP
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Hbr

Great Bustard - pair in fields north of Moonfleet Manor Hotel
Avocet - 9 Christchurch Hbr
Sanderling - 20 Shell Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 6 Portland Bill
Long-billed Dowitcher
- 1 still present at Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 1 from Fisherman's Bank Christchurch Hbr
Mediterranean Gull - 137 Ferrybridge
Razorbill - 2200 east Durlston CP
Auk sp - 15000 in 45 minutes left Lyme Bay roost and headed east
Woodlark - 1 Lorton Valley Weymouth

Waxwing - 55 a.m. Broadstone York Rd / Lower Blandford Rd, 13 over Holes Bay heading towards Upton CP
Black Redstart - 2 Portland Bill

Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 briefly in garden at Southwell Portland
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP

Longham Lakes at Sunset © Paul Boult

Merlin at Wyke Down © Chris Chapleo

Sightings - Wednesday 19th January 2011

Bewick's Swan - 8 on the floods between Longham Lakes and Hampreston
Eider - 4 at Studland Bay
Velvet Scoter - 4 at Studland Bay, then flew south
Smew - 2 at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 2 at Longham Lakes
Black-throated Diver - 1 at Weymouth Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 at Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 2 at Weymouth Bay
Bittern - 1 at Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 8 at Brownsea Lagoon
Marsh Harrier - 1 at Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 2 at Wyke Down, 2 at Bestwall
Merlin - 1 at Wyke Down
Ruff - 2 on Priory Marsh, Stanpit
Purple Sandpiper - 2 at The Cobb, Lyme Regis
Spotted Redshank - 3 at Brownsea Lagoon, 1 at Stanpit Marsh
Great Skua - 1 past Durlston
Water Pipit - 2+ at Priory Marsh, Stanpit, 1 at Lodmoor
Waxwing - up to 56 in the Broadstone area (at St John's Church and York Road), 14 Palmerston Road, Boscombe, 1 flew over Stanpit Marsh
Firecrest - 1 at Stanpit Marsh
Great Grey Shrike - 1 still at Wyke Down

Waxwing at Boscombe © Abby Britcliffe

Great Grey Shrike at Wyke Down © Simon Johnson

Great Grey Shrike at Wyke Down © Chris Chapleo

Bar-tailed Godwit at Shore Road, Sandbanks © Roger Peart




Sightings - Tuesday 18th January 2011

Bewick's Swan - 8 at Bestwall, then relocated to Arne Moors
White-fronted Goose - 6 at Bestwall
Barnacle Goose - 56 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 9 off West Bexington car park (highest count for site)
Smew - 4 at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 4 at Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 11 at Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - a new Dorset record count of 74 at Studland Bay
Red Kite - 2 over Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley
Marsh Harrier - 1 at Bestwall
Hen Harrier - 2 (male and ringtail) at Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Greenshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Waxwing - 15 at Shelley Road, Boscombe, 5 at Morn Lodge, Chickerell, 3 at York Road, Broadstone
Firecrest - 1 Parkstone
Great Grey Shrike - 1 at Wyke Down, Sixpenny Handley (SU004150)

Late News - the Hampshire White-tailed Eagle was seen in Dorset airspace, flying over the High Street in Highcliffe late morning

Great Grey Shrike at Wyke Down © Kevin Lane


Bewick's Swans at Arne Moors © Nick Hopper



Sightings - Monday 17th January 2011

Bewick's Swan - 8 west of Wareham bypass (viewed from Worgret Manor), 2 still at Tincleton (SY762919)
Barnacle Goose – 70+ Abbotsbury Swannery
Egyptian Goose - 2 Longham Lakes
Scaup – 20+ Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 1 past Durlston
Smew - 4 still at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 3 Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 16 Portland Bill, 11 Durlston
Black-throated Diver - 1 Weymouth Bay
Great Northern Diver - 5 Weymouth Bay, 1 Durlston
Sooty Shearwater - 1 off Portland Bill
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 still at Lodmoor
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Longham Lakes
Short-eared Owl – 1 at Wyke Down, near Sixpenny Handley
Waxwing - 47 at Charborough Road, Broadstone, 41 Tollerford Road, Canford Heath
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston
Firecrest - 1 Durlston
Great Grey Shrike – 1 near Sixpenny Handley (at SU005150)
Brambling - 15-20 in a garden in East Stour

Long-billed Dowitcher at Lodmoor © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Sunday 16th January 2011

Barnacle Goose - 70 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 28 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 at Stanpit Marsh
Eider - 3 females at South Haven and 3 (same?) from Middle Beach, 2 females from Shipstal Point

Smew - at least 5 redheads at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 6 on the Stour at Shapwick, 4 Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 10 Portland Bill, 6 Chesil Cove
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver -1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Pirate's Cove, The Fleet
Black-necked Grebe - 17 off Studland Middle Beach, 1 from South Haven,
Bittern - 1+ at Radipole
Marsh Harrier - 1 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 1 male at Middlebere
Purple Sandpiper - 14 at Mudeford Quay, 8 Haven Hotel

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 still at Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 3 Upton CP, 2 Brownsea Island
Greenshank - 6 Brownsea Island

Pomarine Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Sandwich Tern - 1 at Shipstal Point

Waxwing - 28 at York Road, Broadstone, 3 Magna Rd, Merley
Dipper - 1 Maiden Newton

Sightings - Saturday 15th January 2011

Scaup - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Smew - 5 redheads Longham Lakes, 1 West Bexington
Goosander - 5 redheads Portland Castle, 1 Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 28 past Hengistbury Head, 3 Chesil Cove, 1 Durlston CP
Black-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Bittern - 3 Hatch Pond, 1 River Allen at High Hall, north of Wimborne
Purple Sandpiper - 6 seen from Mudeford Quay

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lodmoor
Great Skua - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Kittiwake - 147 past Hengistbury Head, 7 in Portland Harbour

Waxwing - 58 Broadstone, 1 over Christchurch.
Firecrest - singles Upton CP & Hengistbury Head


Smew at Longham Lakes © Brett Spencer



Sightings - Friday 14th January 2011

Greylag Goose - 2 at Longham Lakes (1 with Swedish neck-collar)
Barnacle Goose - 70+ at Abbotsbury Swannery, 42 at Lytchett Bay
Red-crested Pochard - 1 at the north end of Little Sea, Studland
Scaup - 31 at Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 at Stanpit Marsh
Eider - 5 at Studland Bay
Smew - now 5 redheads at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 3 redheads at Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 2 at Studland Bay
Bittern - 1 at Radipole Lake
Marsh Harrier - 1 at Radipole Lake and Lodmoor
Sanderling - On the Studland peninsula, 19 at Pilot's Point and 2 at Bramble Bush Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 9 at Mudeford Quay, 2 at Sandbanks
Sandwich Tern - 1 in Studland Bay
Waxwing - 66 at Broadstone (corner of Lower Blandford and York Roads), 40+ at Tollerford Road, Canford Heath
Black Redstart - 1 at Gypsy Lane, Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 at Pound Piece, Portland
Firecrest - 1 at Fort Henry, Studland Bay

Avocets in the Middlebere Channel © Dom Greves

Sightings - Thursday 13th January 2011

Greylag Goose - Swedish neck-ringed bird still present
Scaup - 1 off Stanpit Bight, several still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 4 offshore from West Bexington
Smew - 3 at Longham Lakes, 1 again at West Bexington, before flying east
Goosander - 5 at Newton's Cove, 1 at Longham Lakes
Great Northern Diver - 2 at Weymouth Bay
Black-throated Diver - 1 at Weymouth Bay
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 at Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 1 at Stanpit Marsh
Waxwing - 16 on Tollerford Road, Canford Heath at 13:30
Lesser Redpoll - 40+ at Avon Heath CP

Sightings - Wednesday 12th January 2011

Bewick's Swan - 7 near Tincleton
Greylag Goose - 1 at Longham Lakes bearing a Swedish neck-ring

Barnacle Geese - flock still on private land near Lytchett Bay

Scaup - 23 Abbotsbury Swannery

Smew - 1 Longham Lakes

Goosander - 6 Longham Lakes, 1 Portland Harbour

Red-throated Diver - 3 Durlston CP

Black-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head

Great Northern Diver - 3 Weymouth Bay

Bittern - 1 Hampreston Fields, Longham
Red Kite - 1 over Longham

Purple Sandpiper - 3 Mudeford Quay

Ruff - 12 Priory Marsh

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lodmoor

Waxwing - 11 Easton Portland, yesterday 4-5 in a Verwood garden

Black Redstart - 1 Swanage, near Seagull Cafe

Long-billed Dowitcher at Lodmoor © Paul Baker

Sightings - Tuesday 11th January 2011

Bewick's Swan - 7 Tincleton
European White-fronted Geese - 19 Abbotsbury Swannery

Pale-bellied Brent Geese - 4 Middlebere

Barnacle Geese - 70+ Abbotsbury Swannery

Scaup - 23 Abbotsbury Swannery

Eider - 4 Studland Bay

Velvet Scoter - 3 off West Bexington car park

Smew - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 West Bexington (on the Mere)

Goosander - 6 Longham Lakes

Red-throated Diver - 7 Portland Bill, singles in Studland Bay and Weymouth Bay

Great Northern Diver - 8-10 Weymouth Bay

Red-necked Grebe - 1 Studland Bay

Slavonian Grebe - singles in Studland Bay and Weymouth Bay

Spoonbill - 7 Middlebere

Marsh Harrier - 2 fem Swineham Point

Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Bay

Merlin - 1 Rainbow Farm, 1 Portland Bill

Purple Sandpiper - 4 Portland Bill, 3 Hengistbury Head

Ruff - 4 Longham Lakes

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 still present at Lodmoor

Short-eared Owl - 1 Down Farm, Sixpenny Handley

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - 1 reported at Upton CP

Waxwing - 7 Portland Bill, 1 Fairmile Road, Christchurch

Black Redstart - 1 Swanage town centre

Firecrest - 1 Arne, 1 Middlebere

Great Grey Shrike - 1 Coombe Heath, 1 Down Farm, Sixpenny Handley


Smew at West Bexington © Mike Morse

Sightings - Monday 10th January 2011

Bewick’s Swan – 7 still present at Tincleton
White-fronted Goose – 19 at Bestwall
Barnacle Goose – 77 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup – 21 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider – 1 at Portland Bill, 1 at Studland Bay
Smew – 3 at Longham Lakes
Goosander – 4 at Longham Lakes
Great Northern Diver – 2 at Weymouth Bay
Marsh Harrier – 1 at Swineham Point
Lapwing – flock of 870 near Rodden
Purple Sandpiper – 4 at Portland Bill
Ruff – 1 near Rodden
Long-billed Dowitcher – 1 at Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank – 1 at Stanpit
Waxwing – 22+ around Hengistbury Head/Southbourne, 2 Gillingham
Black Redstart – 1 at Portland Bill
Siberian Chiffchaff – 2 currently on Portland (at Easton and Pound Piece Estate)
Firecrest –1 at Durlston
Great Grey Shrike – 1 at Great Ovens Hill (at c.SY922905)

Sightings - Sunday 9th January 2011

Bewick's Swan – 7 Tincleton
Long-tailed Duck – 1 Arne

Eider – 1 Arne, 3 Weymouth Bay

Goosander – 1 Christchurch Harbour (Wick), 4 Longham Lakes, 2+ Portland Harbour

Smew – 3 Longham Lakes

Great Northern Diver – 2 Weymouth Bay

Red-necked Grebe – 1 Portland Harbour

Slavonian Grebe – 2 Durlston Head, 4 Portland Harbour, 1 Weymouth Bay

Black-necked Grebe – 16+ Portland Harbour, 60+ Studland (Knoll Beach)

Bittern – 3 Radipole, 2 Lodmoor, 1 Middlebere, 1+ Hatch Pond

Spoonbill – 8 Arne

Marsh Harrier – 3+ Middlebere, 2 Radipole

Hen Harrier – 2 Middlebere, 1 Sixpenny Handley area, 1 Tarrant Rushton airfield

Merlin – 2 Middlebere

Ruff – 1 Middlebere

Long-billed Dowitcher – 1 Lodmoor

Short-eared Owl – 1 Sixpenny Handley

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – 1 reported Arne

Water Pipit – 2 Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit

Waxwing – 12 Poole (Canford Heath – Bader Rd area), 14 Bournemouth (Palmerston Rd area)

Firecrest – 1 Arne, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Middlebere

Great Grey Shrike – 1 Arne (Coombe Heath)

Starling – the Poole (Sterte area) roost is estimated at 100,000+ birds.

Tree Sparrow – 2 Sixpenny Handley (pumping station area)

Bittern with Roach(?) at Hatch Pond © Pete Coe

Sightings - Saturday 8th January 2011

Bewick's Swan – 9 in the Frome Valley between Tincleton and Kingston Maurward
White-fronted Goose – 19 Bestwall

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 at Butterstreet Cove

Scaup – 7 at Butterstreet Cove, 1+ Lodmoor, 1 Christchurch Harbour

Goosander – 6 Longham Lakes, 1 Lodmoor,1 Radipole (perhaps the same bird), 4 Portland Harbour

Smew – 4 Longham Lakes, 3 Swineham GP
Red-throated Diver – 9 past Durlston, 30+ past Hengistbury Head

Black-throated Diver – 2 past Hengistbury Head

Great Northern Diver – 3 Weymouth Bay, 2 past Hengistbury Head

Red-necked Grebe – 1 Portland Harbour

Slavonian Grebe – 5 Portland Harbour

Black-necked Grebe – 13 Portland Harbour

Shag – 62 Hengistbury Head

Bittern – 3+ Hatch Pond, 2 Lodmoor

Marsh Harrier – 3 Swineham Point

Hen Harrier – 1 Christchurch Harbour (Wick)

Ruff – 5 Christchurch Harbour (Stanpit), 1m over Swineham Point

Long-billed Dowitcher – 1 Lodmoor

Spotted Redshank - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Holes Bay

Common Sandpiper - 1 Holes Bay

Waxwing – 30 Canford Heath (Adastral Road), 42+ Bournemouth (Spring Rd and Holdenhurst Rd) Firecrest – 1 Durlston CP

Sightings - Friday 7th January 2011

Barnacle Goose - 10 Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 20 Abbotsbury Swannery

Goosander - 1 Radipole Lake

Smew - 1 Coward's Marsh

Red-throated Diver - 6 off Mudeford Quay, 8 past Portland Bill

Black-throated Diver - 1 past Durlston

Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery

Marsh Harrier - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Purple Sandpiper - 5 Portland Bill

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lodmoor

Black Redstart - 2 Portland Bill, 1 WDDC Offices Dorchester

Waxwing - 1 flew over Two Riversmeet Christchurch Harbour, 2 Weston, 68 at Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth

Firecrest - 1 Durlston

Great Grey Shrike - 1 Coombe Heath

Sightings - Thursday 6th January 2011

Barnacle Goose - 30 in flight Lytchett
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 3 Baiter Park

Goosander - 1 Radipole Lake

Red-throated Diver - 2 past Durlston, 6 past Mudeford Quay

Red-necked Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay

Bittern - 4 Radipole Lake, 1 Wick

Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Bay

Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay

Purple Sandpiper - 9 South Haven

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lodmoor

Waxwing - 40 Bournemouth near St Paul's Roundabout

Black Redstart -1 St Marys Church Swanage

Sightings - Wednesday 5th January 2011

White-fronted Goose - 19 Bestwall
Goosander - 1 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 12 past Durlston, 30 past Mudeford Quay, 26 past Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 3 past Mudeford Quay
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Red Kite - 1 Fontmell Magna
Ruff - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Knot - 10 Stanpit Marsh
Purple Sandpiper - 2 South Haven, 2 Mudeford Quay, 4 Portland Bill

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lodmoor
Great Skua - 2 past Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Haylands Portland

Waxwing - 4 Weymouth (Knightsdale Road); 5 Gillingham garden off Common Mead Lane, Wyke, opposite The Mellowes nursing home; 2 Haylands/Weston/Easton Portland
Firecrest - 1 Durlston
Brambling - 14 Blandford


Brambling Blandford © Mike Coleman

Sightings - Tuesday 4th January 2011

Good numbers of Razorbills, Brent Geese and divers were counted off Durlston today. Other highlights included:

White-fronted Goose - 19 Bestwall
Velvet Scoter - 3 West Bexington
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Shipstal
Goosander - 1 Radipole
Smew - 3 Swineham
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Hengistbury

Spoonbill - 5 Middlebere
Bittern - 1 Radipole
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere; 2 Arne
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lodmoor
Merlin - 1 Arne; 1 Lodmoor

Goshawk - 1 Durlston
Ruff - 2 Winkton

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lodmoor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Arne
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston; 1 Portesham, 1 Dorchester WDDC offices

Waxwing - 3 Weymouth (south of the swimming pool car park at the west end of Knightsdale Road); 15 Gillingham (on Sunday 2nd)
Firecrest -1 Broadstone in a private garden
Lapland Bunting - 1 Portland


Ruff at Winkton © Alan Hayden

Sightings - Monday 3rd January 2011

White-fronted Goose - 19 Bestwall
Barnacle Goose - 1 Winkton (Avon Valley); 80 Rodden Hive

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Shipstal

Velvet Scoter - 3 Southbourne Cliffs

Scaup - 7 Lodmoor

Eider - 1 Hamworthy Park

Great Crested Grebe - impressive count of 180 Southbourne Cliffs
Slavonian Grebe - 4 Ringstead Bay, 1 Ham Common

Bittern - 2 Hatch Pond, 2 Radipole Lake, 1 Lodmoor

Spoonbill - 2 Arne

Marsh Harrier - 1 Swineham; 1 Lodmoor

Smew - 2 Swineham; 1 Coward's Marsh; 1 Poole Harbour (houseboats); 1 Longham Lakes

Goosander - 6 Longham Lakes

Egyptian Goose - 2 Winkton (Avon Valley)

Ruff - 10 Winkton (Avon Valley); 1 Stanpit

Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lodmoor

Water Pipit - 2 Coward's Marsh; 1 Lodmoor

Great Grey Shrike - 1 Arne

Waxwing - 4 Chickerell; 5 Southwell

Green Sandpiper © Chris Chapleo

Sightings - Sunday 2nd January 2011

Good numbers of geese and wildfowl dotted around the county. Also an impressive movement of auks with 50,000 (mainly Razorbills) estimated passing Portland today.

Great Northern Diver - 1 Ringstead Bay, 2 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland
Slavonian Grebe - 4 Ringstead Bay; 2 West Bexington; 8 Abbotsbury; 16 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 11 Portland Harbour
White-fronted Goose - 19 Bestwall
Egyptian Goose - 7 Winkton (Avon Valley)
Barnacle Goose - 1 Winkton (Avon Valley); 42 Lytchett Bay; 80 Abbotsbury
Velvet Scoter - 1 West Bexington; 2 Abbotsbury
Smew - 2 Longham Lakes
Bittern - 1 Hatch Pond; 1 Lodmoor; 1 Christchurch Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 Avon Causeway; 1 Abbotsbury; 1 Lytchett Bay; 1 Middlebere
Marsh Harrier - 1 Chesil Beach, 2 Arne
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lodmoor
Ruff - 13 Winkton (Avon Valley)
Green Sandpiper - 2 Winkton (Avon Valley)
Golden Plover - 2 Winkton (Avon Valley)
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor
Firecrest - 2 Slepe Copse (Hartland); 2 Arne
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Arne
Starling - 53,000 estimated at the roost in Poole
Crossbill - 1 fly-over Christchurch Harbour

White-fronted Geese at Bestwall © Neil Gartshore

Sightings - Saturday 1st January 2011

White-fronted Goose - 6 Wick, 7 Winkton at dusk, others visible from Dorset in Hants
Barnacle Goose - 80 Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 20 Poole Harbour
Red-crested Pochard - 1 Little Sea
Eider - 1 Poole Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 off West Bexington
Goosander - 1 Radipole, 2 off Sandsfoot Castle, 15 Longham Lakes, 1 Holes Bay
Long-tailed Duck -1 off Shipstal Point

Smew
- 2 Swineham GPs, 1 Poole Harbour, 4 Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 39 past Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 2 past Hengistbury Head
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor, 2 Hatch Pond, 2 Solent Meads golf course Christchurch Harbour, 2 Radipole
Spoonbill - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Marsh Harrier - 1 Swineham Point, 2 Lodmoor, 2 Radipole
Hen Harrier - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery

Great Bustard
- 1 Coward's Marsh
Greenshank - 6 Brownsea Island lagoon
Knot - 15 Ower Poole Harbour
Sandwich Tern - 1 Poole Harbour

Long-billed Dowitcher - Lodmoor
Waxwing
- 3 Weymouth near the Job Centre, 9 over Wick
Black Redstart - 1 Weston
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Firecrest - 2 Easton, 1 Stour Valley LNR

Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Easton
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Coombe Heath Arne
Lapland Bunting - 1 Solent Meads golf course Christchurch Harbour