Sightings - Monday 31st October 2011

Red-breasted Goose - 1 flew over Abbotsbury Swannery in the morning
Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit
Hen Harrier – 1 Middlebere
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Mudeford Quay
Great Skua - 2 past Mudeford Quay
Caspian Gull - 1 Radipole
Yellow-legged Gull  - 4 Radipole
Little Gull – 1 at Shipstal Point, Arne, 1 past Mudeford Quay
Swallow - 1 Ferrybridge, 15 Durlston
House Martin - 3 Arne
Black Redstart – 1 Blacknor
Pallas's Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Durlston
Firecrest - 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland), 1 Suckthumb Quarry, 1 Arne, 11+ Durlston
Coal Tit - 1 of the continental race ater at Long Meadow, Durlston
Snow Bunting - 1 still at the Bridging Camp on the Fleet

Caspian Gull at Radipole Lake © Kevin Lane


















Away from birds, it may be of interest to some readers to know that Otters are still being seen regularly on the Stour in Blandford Forum.  The best spots to look currently appear to be around the weir just downstream of Blandford Bridge.


Otter at Blandford Forum © Kevin Lane


Sightings - Sunday 30th October 2011

Red-Breasted Goose - 1 Ferrybridge
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Arne Bay, 1 Brands Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Marsh Harrier - 3 Holton Lee, 1 Middlebere
Osprey - 1 Weymouth
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 West Bexington
Knot - 1 Lytchett Bay, 2 Upton CP.
Sanderling - 2 Hengistbury Head
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lodmoor, 2 Lytchett Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit, 3 Upton CP
Greenshank - 1 Lytchett Bay
Caspian Gull - 1 Portland Bill is the first confirmed record there
Little Gull - 1 Ferrybridge
Black Tern - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Bill
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Holton Lee, 1 West Bexington
Wryneck - 1 Wick
Turtle Dove - 1 Portland Bill
Pallas' Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head
Dartford Warbler - 1 at Cogden was the first recorded there this year.
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)

Late news - Mediterranean Gull - 500 at Ferrybridge recently is a county record

Sightings - Friday 28th October 2011

Red-Breasted Goose - 1 Stanpit
Great White Egret - 1 Osmington Bay
Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Ridgeway
Golden Plover - 1 Stanpit
Grey Plover - 7 past Hengistbury Head, 3 Stanpit
Little Stint - 1 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 2 past Hengistbury Head, 2 Stanpit
Greenshank - 1 Stanpit
Whimbrel - 1 Stanpit
Long-Eared Owl - 1 Hengistbury Head
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Bournemouth Eastcliff, 4-7 Hengistbury Head, 1 St Aldhelm's Head, 1 Winspit, 1 Wyke Regis
Wheatear - 1 St Aldhelm's Head
Bearded Tit - 19 Hengistbury Head
Chiffchaff - a very pale grey individual at Durlston CP.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Winspit
Whitethroat - 1 immature Stour LNR
Melodious Warbler - 1 Winspit
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP, 6 Studland
Twite - 2 Hengistbury Head
Crossbill - 7 Durlston CP

Sightings - Thursday 27th October 2011

Black Brant - 2 Ferrybridge
Red-Breasted Goose - 1 Stanpit
Golden Plover - 1 Portland Bill
Grey Plover - 3 Mudeford Quay, 4 Stanpit
Little Stint - 1 Stanpit
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 2 Stanpit
Greenshank - 1 Stanpit
Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Portland Castle
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 unconfirmed report Durlston CP

Sightings - Wednesday 26th October 2011

Black Brant - 2 Ferrybridge
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 4 Ferrybridge
Red-Breasted Goose - 1 Stanpit
Marsh Harrier - 1 Arne Moors, 2 Middlebere
Goshawk - 1 Hengistbury Head
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP, 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Jack Snipe - 1 Arne Moors
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Great Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Pomarine Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head
Sabine's Gull - 1 Durlston Head.
Ring Ouzel - 2 Hengistbury Head
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Southwell, Portland
Firecrest - 3 Arne car park, 1 The Grove, Portland
Brambling - 3 Hengistbury Head
Snow Bunting - 1 Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Tuesday 25th October 2011

Red-breasted Goose - 1st winter still present at Stanpit Marsh
Black Brant - 2 Ferrybridge
White Stork - 2 reported over Broadstone but no further reports
Spoonbill - 19 on Brownsea Island
Merlin - 1 at Portland Bill, 1 at St. Aldhelm's Head
Little Stint - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lake Gates, Wimborne
Spotted Redshank - 2 at Stanpit Marsh
Little Gull - 2 at Chesil Cove, 1 Swineham
Mediterranean Gull - 67 off Preston Beach
Short-eared Owl - 1 Mudeford
Skylark - 750 over Chesil Cove
Woodlark - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel - 1 at Verne Common, 1 at St. Aldhelm's Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Perryfields CP Portland, 1 near Cowleaze Farm, West Bay, 1 Lancridge Portland
Firecrest - 4 on Portland (including 1 at Verne Common), 1 at Hengistbury Head
Snow Bunting - 1 still at Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis, 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Monday 24th October 2011

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 4 Ferrybridge
Black Brant - 2 Ferrybridge
Red-Breasted Goose - 1 Stanpit
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Portland Bill, 1 St Aldhelm's Head
Golden Plover - 2 Durlston CP, 5 Stanpit
Grey Plover - 6 Stanpit
Little Stint - 1 Stanpit
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 2 Stanpit
Great Skua - 1 Durlston Head, 1 Portland Bill, 2 St Aldhelm's Head
Arctic Skua - 1 Arne
Little Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay
Wheatear - 1 Wick Fields
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Lancridge, Portland
Firecrest - 2 Durlston CP, 2 Hengistbury Head
Hawfinch - 2 Cattistock
Crossbill - 2 Durlston CP
Snow Bunting - 1 Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis

Sightings - Sunday 23rd October 2011

Pale-bellied Brent - 1 Ferrybridge
Black Brant -1 Ferrybridge
Red-breasted Goose - 1 1st/w Stanpit Marsh
Black-necked Grebe - 6 off Middle Beach
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Balearic Shearwater - 3 Portland Bill
Gannet 180 W, 1824 E St. Aldhelm's Hd.
Bittern - 1 Hatch Pond Poole
Marsh Harrier - 1 Middlebere, 1 Wareham Channel.
Merlin - 3 Portland, singles at Wick, Durlston CP, St Aldhelm's Hd.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Great Skua - 2 St Aldhelm's Hd, 1 Durlston CP.
Pomarine Skua - 1 Durlston CP, 1 pos. St Aldhelm's Hd, 1 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 6 Portland Bill, 2 St. Aldhelm's Hd, 1 Durlston CP
Little Gull - 1 ad Longham Lakes, 1 off Mudeford Quay
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP
Ring Ouzel - 1 Hill Bottom Isle of Purbeck
Fieldfare - 26 Hartland Moor, 5 Middlebere
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 trapped and ringed at Littlesea Fleet pos. of the halimodendri race
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lancridge Portland
Snow Bunting - 1 Wyke Regis Bridging Camp

Marsh Harrier - Wareham Channel © Tim Balmer

Sightings - Saturday 22nd October 2011

Black Brant - 1 On the Fleet near Butterstreet with DB Brent
Red-breasted Goose - 1st/w Stanpit Marsh
Slavonian Grebe - 1 off Mudeford Quay
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Knoll Beach Studland
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Swineham Pt.
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Swineham Pt.
Purple Sandpiper - 1 West Bay,
Green Sandpiper - 4 Lytchett Bay
Jack Snipe - 2 Lytchett Bay
Great Skua - 14 Portland Bill, 1 past Old Harry Rocks
Pomarine Skua - 5 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 8 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 1st/w Swineham GP.
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 4 Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel - 1 Ulwell Gap
Pallas's Warbler - 1 RN Cemetary Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Grove Point, 1 Lancridge Portland
Firecrest - 17 Abbotsbury, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Ulwell Gap, 1 Wyke Regis
Snow Bunting - 1 still at the Wyke Regis Bridging Camp

Sightings - Friday 21st October 2011

Red-breasted Goose - 1st/W again Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 16 Brownsea Is.
Merlin - 2 Portland Bill
Green Sandpiper - 1 Chard Junction GP.
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 3 past Durlston CP.
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill,1 Durlston CP.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston CP.
Firecrest - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Durlston CP.
Brambling - 5 Durlston CP
Goldfinch - 1066 - Durlston CP
Lesser Redpoll - 117 Durlston CP
Crossbill - 10 Durlston CP
Bullfinch - 11 Durlston CP
Hawfinch - 1 Durlston CP
Snow Bunting - 1 Wyke Regis Bridging Camp

Late News from yesterday 20th October
Sabine's Gull - 1 ad reported in Poole Park

Sightings - Thursday 20th October 2011

Red-breasted Goose - 1/imm. Stanpit Marsh
Marsh Harrier - 5 In the Wareham Channel area
Merlin - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Hartland Moor, 1 St Aldhelm's Hd, 1 Durlston CP.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Short-eared Owl - 3 Portland Bill,1 St Aldhelm's Hd.
Dipper - 1 Lyme Regis
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Swanage
Bearded Tit - 1 Portland Bill
Snow Bunting - 1 Bridging Camp Wyke Regis.

Sightings - Wednesday 19th October 2011

RED-BREASTED GOOSE - 1st winter still present at Stanpit Marsh
Black-throated Diver - 1 in Weymouth Bay
Great Northern Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Merlin - 1 at Hengistbury Head, 1 at West Bexington
Ruff - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Spotted Redshank - 1 at Hengistbury Head, 1 at Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 3 at Portland Bill
Whinchat - 1 at Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel - 3+ at Godlingston Hill (Ulwell), 2 at Durlston, 2 at Shipstal Point, Arne, 1 at Ballard Down
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at New Cut, near Pilot's Point, Studland
Firecrest - 2 at Durlston, 2 at Arne
Rose-coloured Starling - juvenile briefly at Hengistbury Head
Crossbill - widespread today, with the highest counts being 33 over Durlston and 23 over Hengistbury Head
Snow Bunting - 1 still inside the perimeter fence of the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis, 100m west along the footpath from Camp Road.  1 flew over Durlston

Sightings - Tuesday 18th October 2011

Black Brant - 1 at Ferrybridge
RED-BREASTED GOOSE - a 1st winter was with Brent Geese at Stanpit Marsh
Black-throated Diver - 1 in Weymouth Bay
Sooty Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Bittern - 1 at Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 18 on Brownsea Lagoon
Red Kite - 1 at Worgret
Merlin - 2 at Portland Bill
Spotted Redshank - 8 on Brownsea Lagoon
Short-eared Owl - 9+ on Portland (Penn's Weare/Bill), 2 at Durlston
Black Redstart - 1 at the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis
Ring Ouzel - 2 at Penn's Weare, 2 on Ballard Down, 1 over Hengistbury Head
Snow Bunting - 1 at the Bridging Camp, Wyke Regis - 100m along the footpath west of Camp Road

Snow Bunting at the Bridging Camp © Duncan Walbridge

Sightings - Monday 17th October 2011

Hen Harrier - 1 at Durlston
Merlin - 2 at Portland Bill
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Portland Bill, 1 at Durlston, 1 along the coast path between West Bay and Eype
Water Pipit - 1 at Priory Marsh, Stanpit
Ring Ouzel - 4 at Hengistbury Head, 3 at Ballard Down, 1 at Durlston
Firecrest - 3 at Arne
Crossbill - 101 over Durlston, 19 at Langton Matravers
Snow Bunting - 1 at Portland Bill

Sightings - Sunday 16th October 2011

Grey Geese (possibly Bean Geese) - 15 flew over Lytchett Bay and appeared to land in the Keysworth area
Black Brant - 2 at Chickerell Hive Point
SHORT-TOED EAGLE - 1 reported flying east offshore of Lyme Regis at 15:15. Further details are awaited...
Marsh Harrier - 2 at Swineham Point, 1 at Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 flew north at West Bexington
Merlin - 1 at Winspit
Quail - 1 at St Aldhelm's Head
Little Stint - 1 at Stanpit
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 at Stanpit, 1 at Lytchett Bay
Spotted Redshank - 2 at Lytchett Bay, 1 at Stanpit
Caspian Gull - a first-winter bird was present for a short while near the visitor centre at Radipole Lake at around 9am, before flying inland
Short-eared Owl - 18+ at Portland Bill (including 15 seen at dusk), 1 at Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 3 at Ballard Down, 1 at Wick Fields, 1 at Portland Bill
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 in a private garden at West Bexington
Firecrest - 2 at Hengistbury Head
Crossbill - just under 100 logged over Christchurch Harbour, 9 over Swineham GP, 8 over St Aldhelm's Head

Sightings - Saturday 15th October 2011

Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Glossy Ibis - 2 still at Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 15 Brownsea Island
Honey Buzzard - 1 over Ferrybridge
Marsh Harrier - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Swineham
Merlin - 1 St.Aldhelm's Head, 1 Portland Bill
Hobby - 1 Portland Bill
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1 at Abbotsbury
Spotted Redshank - 8 at Brownsea Island, 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lytchett Bay
Great Skua - 2 Portland Bill
Arctic Tern - 2 Ferrybridge
Short-eared Owl - 4 at Portland Bill, 1 over South Haven
Woodlark - 5 Durlston CP
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Whinchat - 1 Longham Lakes
Ring Ouzel - 8 around Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road, Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Pennsylvania Castle
Firecrest - 16 in Abbotsbury Gardens
Tree Sparrow - 2  St.Alhelm's Head, 2 Durlston CP
Goldfinch - 2350 Hengistbury Head, 1730 Durlston CP, 384 St. Aldhelm's Head
Siskin - 530 Hengistbury Head, 655 Durlston CP, 49+ St. Aldhelm's Head
Redpoll - 78 Hengistbury Head, 364 Durlston CP
Crossbill - 48 Durlston CP, 12 Abbotsbury Gardens, 6 Broadwey

Whinchat at Longham Lakes © Chris Parnell

Sightings - Friday 14th October 2011

Steady visual migration, especially of finches, pipits, larks, wagtails and hirundines, reported from many sites today. Also reports of winter thrushes are on the increase.

White-fronted Goose - 25 over Durlston CP
Garganey - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Glossy Ibis - 2, at least, still at Stanpit Marsh
Red Kite - 1 near Charborough Park
Marsh Harrier - 1 over Hengistbury Head, 1 juvenile at Longham Lakes
Osprey - 1 Durlston CP
Merlin - 3 Durlston CP, 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Portland Bill, 1 St.Alhelm's Head
Little Stint - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 2 Holes Bay, 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Stanpit Marsh (and another, or same, at Holloway's Dock)
Pomarine Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Woodlark - 19 Durlston CP, 2 Canford Heath, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Studland
Meadow Pipit - 310 Christchurch Harbour, 249 Durlston CP
Ring Ouzel - 6 near Knitson, 3 at Wick, Christchurch Harbour
Redwing - 20 Portland Bill, 6 over Lodmoor
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Portland Bill
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Durlston CP
Pied Flycatcher - 1 St. Aldhelm's Head
Firecrest - 3 at Hengistbury Head,  1 Upton
Goldfinch - 3400 Christchurch Harbour, 2646 Durlston CP, 575 Old Harry
Siskin - 1200 Christchurch Harbour, 543 Durlston CP, 162 Old Harry
Linnet - 710 Christchurch Harbour, 1318 Durlston CP, 1377 St. Aldhelm's Head
Redpoll - 410 Christchurch Harbour, 213 Durlston CP, 113 South Haven
Crossbill - 14 Christchurch Harbour
Reed Bunting - 220 over Christchurch Harbour (a site record)

Sightings - Thursday 13th October 2011

Black Brant - 1 Littlesea
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2  Littlesea
Balearic Shearwater - 2 Portland Bill
Merlin - 2 Stanpit Marsh, 1 at sea Christchurch Harbour, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 2 Christchurch Harbour
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Short-eared Owl - 1 Stanpit, 1 at sea Christchurch Harbour
Woodlark - 9  Portland Bill, 1 over Fisherman's Bank
Fieldfare - 1 Portland Bill
Redwing - 1 Hengistbury Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Firecrest - 6 Durlston
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 at The Nothe, Weymouth

Sightings - Wednesday 12th October 2011

Glossy Ibis – 3 Priory Marsh
Spoonbill – 1 The Fleet
Merlin – 1 Durlston
Curlew Sandpiper – 1 Stanpit Marsh
House Martin – 320 over Durlston
Swallow – 750 over Durlston
Firecrest – 1 Durlston, 2 Wakeham
Siskin – 407 over Durlston
Goldfinch – 1315 over Durlston
Redpoll – 153 over Durlston
Crossbill – 111 over Durlston
Reed Bunting – 57 past Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Tuesday 11th October 2011

Glossy Ibis – 3 Priory Marsh
Spoonbill –16 Brownsea Lagoon
Balearic Shearwater – 2 past Portland Bill, 1 past St Aldhelms Head
Marsh Harrier – 1 Lytchett Bay
Merlin – 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 / 2 Portland Bill
Black Kite – 1 reported over Ferndown bypass (no other details)
Great Skua - 6 past Portland Bill, 4 past St Aldhelms Head, 1 past Durlston
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill, 1 past St Aldhelms Head, 3 past Mudeford Quay
Pomarine Skua - 2 past Mudeford Quay, 1 past Portland Bill
House Martin – 450 over Durlston
Swallow – 1025 over Durlston
Whinchat –1 Durlston
Ring Ouzel – 1 Durlston
Firecrest – 1 Durlston
Siskin – 1046 over Durlston
Goldfinch – 2947 over Durlston
Linnet - 1676 over Durlston
Crossbill – 118 over Durlston
Bullfinch – 13 over Durlston
Tree Sparrow – 3 over Durlston

Sightings - Monday 11th October 2011

Glossy Ibis – 3 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill – 26 Middlebere, 1 The Fleet
Balearic Shearwater – 1 past Portland Bill
Honey Buzzard - 1 over Easton
Sabine’s Gull - 1 past Portland Bill
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Ferrybridge
Great Skua - 10 past Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Sand Martin – 24 over Durlston
Swallow – 1120 over Durlston
Ring Ouzel – 1 Durlston
Firecrest – 2 Durlston
Siskin – 905 over Durlston
Goldfinch – 1820 over Durlston
Lesser Redpoll – 183 over Durlston
Crossbill – 154 over Durlston
Lapland Bunting – 1 over Durlston
Reed Bunting - 26 over Christchurch Harbour




















Bittern Lodmoor Sunday 9th October © Frank Gardiner

Sightings - Sunday 9th October 2011

Balearic Shearwater - 6, Portland
Sooty Shearwater - 1, Portland
Black-throated Diver -1, Hengistbury
Spoonbill - 1, Middlebere
Glossy Ibis - 3, Christchurch Harbour
Black Kite - 1, possible over Bournemouth
Red-footed Falcon - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 1, Lodmoor; 1 Stanpit
Little Stint - 1, Stanpit
Pomarine Skua - 2, Portland
Great Skua - 46, Portland; 1 Hengistbury; 1 Durlston

Firecrest - 1, Portland; 6+ Abbotsbury Gardens
Ring Ouzel - 1, Portland

Sightings - Saturday 8th October

Glossy Ibis – 3 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill – 25 Arne
Red-necked Grebe – 1 off Hengistbury Head
Merlin – 1 Maiden Castle, 1 Arne, 2 Arne Moors, 2 over Christchurch Harbour
Marsh Harrier – 2 Arne Moors, 1 Middlebere
Ring Ouzel – 1 Durlston
Stonechat –23 Durlston
Black Redstart –1 Durlston
Firecrest –9 Abbotsbury Gardens, 1 Durlston, 2 Arne
Siskin – 915 over Durlston
Linnet – 1530 over Christchurch Harbour
Lesser Redpoll – 189 over Durlston
Crossbill – 17 over Stanpit, 15 over Durlston

Sightings - Friday 7th October 2011

Eider - 1, Portland
Sooty Shearwater - 1, Portland,
Glossy Ibis - 3, Stanpit
Spoonbill - 28 Middlebere
Red-throated Diver - 1, Goathorn
Golden Plover - 3, Arne Moors
Mediterranean Gull - 120 Studland Bay
Wryneck - 1, Swanage
Firecrest - 1, Studland; 2 Portland
Pied Flycatcher - 1, Portland
Tree Sparrow - 3, Durlston
Crossbill - 6, Arne; 9 Studland; 17 Hengistbury; 35 Dulston
Brambling - 2, Portland
Lapland Bunting - 1, Lodmoor

Sightings - Thursday 6th October 2011

Red-throated Diver - 1, Brands Bay
Glossy Ibis - 3, Stanpit
Spoonbill - 27, Middlebere
Whimbrel - 1, Holes Bay
Arctic Tern - 1, Hengistbury Head
Woodlark -1, Hengistbury Head
Pallas' Warbler - 1, Durlston
Crossbill - 15, Winspit; 6 Langton Matravers

Late news from yesterday, the Night Heron was seen again at ST939008, down the river from Shapwick Church.

















Whimbrel, Holes Bay. Copyright David Wareham

Sightings 5th October 2011

Balearic Shearwater - 4, Portland; 1 Hengistbury Head
Manx Shearwater - 2, Hengistbury
Glossy Ibis - 3, Priory Marsh, Stanpit
Purple Sandpiper - 1, Portland
Spotted Redshank - 1, Christchurch Harbour (Fisherman's Bank)
Merlin - 3, Portland; 1 in off the sea, Hengistbury; 2 Durlston
Red Kite - 1 nr Iwerne Minster
Arctic Tern - 1, Hengistbury
Great Skua - 1, Portland
Arctic Skua - 1, Hengistbury
Firecrest - 1, Durlston
Black Redstart - 1, Durlston
Redwing - 1, Durlston
Lapland Bunting - 1, Hengistbury Head

Sightings, Tuesday October 4, 2011


Glossy ibis - 3 juveniles on Stanpit
Night heron - One reported on the River Stour below Blandford
Spoonbill - 27 Middlebere
Greenshank - 13 Brownsea

Glossy ibis, (c) Chris Dresh

Sightings, Monday October 3, 2011

Arctic tern - 1 Swineham GPs
Glossy ibis - 3 Stanpit
Pectoral sandpiper - 1 briefly at Swineham GPs with 2 ruff could not be relocated
Wryneck - Hengistbury Head, 1 between Abbotsbury and West Bexington
Lesser whitethroat - 1 Portland
Pied flycatcher - 1 Portland
 

Glossy ibis at Stanpit, (c) Mike Trew

Jay, Stour LNR, (c) Lorne Bissell

Wryneck, Boscombe clifftop, on Saturday, (c) Robert Walker

Spoonbills, Middlebere (c) Dominic Greves


Sightings, Sunday October 2, 2011

Balearic shearwater - 1 Portland
Pomarine skua - 1 Portland
Spoonbill - 27 Brownsea
Glossy ibis - 3 Stanpit
(Pictures here http://www.chog.org.uk/Pages/Sightings.htm)
Wryneck - Hengistbury head
Red backed shrike - reported near Portesham, 1 Lodmoor
Nightingale - 1 Portland
Ring ouzel - 1 Portland
Black redstart - Tilly whim caves
Redstart - 2 Durlston
Firecrest - 3 Durlston, 1 Studland, 2 Portland
Grasshopper warbler - 1 Durlston

Sightings 1st October 2011

Spoonbill - 28, Brownsea
Glossy Ibis - 3, Stanpit
Marsh Harrier - 1, Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Arne Moors
Wryneck - 1, Abbotsbury Swannery; 2, Hengistbury Head; 1 Durlston; 1 Portland
Hoopoe - 1, Stonebarrow, Charmouth
Firecrest - 2, Durlston; 9 Abbotsbury
Nightingale - 1, Portland
Bearded Tit - 2, Lytchett
Ring Ouzel - 1, Durlston
Red-backed Shrike - 1, Lodmoor
Redstart - 2, Durlston
Brambling - 2, Arne





























Hoopoe, Stonebarrow. Copyright Alick Simmons