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

Sightings - Friday 11th November 2011

Glossy Ibis - juvenile still at Stanpit
Marsh Harrier - 1 at West Bexington
Hen Harrier - male at Avon Causeway
Merlin - 2 at Portland Bill
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Stanpit, 1 at West Bexington
Swift sp - intriguing reports of a couple of Swifts seen around the Portland area - see the PBO website for more details
Black Redstart - 2 at Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel - 1 at Merley, 1 at Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 3+ in woods at Parkstone Heights, Poole, 2 at Portland Bill
Snow Bunting - 2 on the beach at Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Thursday 10th November 2011

Goosander - 1 at Holes Bay
Glossy Ibis - juvenile still at Stanpit
Spoonbill - 14 on Brownsea Lagoon
Marsh Harrier - 2 over Christchurch Harbour
Merlin - 2 at Portland Bill, 1 at Hengistbury Head, 1 between Eggardon Hill and West Compton
Crane - still at Herbury Gore
Jack Snipe - 3 at Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 1 at Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1 at Stanpit
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Short-eared Owl - 5 at Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 3 at Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 1 over Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 2 at Portland Bill
Snow Bunting - 2 settled on the beach at Hengistbury Head; a further single flew over Hengistbury and another flyover was recorded at Durlston

Sightings - Wednesday 9th November 2011

Red-throated Diver – 10 past Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver – 1 past Hengistbury Head
Merlin – 1 Durlston
Marsh Harrier – up to 4 Christchurch Harbour
Hen Harrier – 5 through Christchurch Harbour
Glossy Ibis - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Bittern – 2 Hatch Pond
Woodcock – 1 Durlston
Balearic Shearwater – 1 past Mudeford Quay
Little Auk – 1 past Hengistbury Head
Northern Wheatear – 1 Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart – 1 Durlston, 1 The George Inn Christchurch
Ring Ouzel – 1 over Lodmoor
Snow Bunting – 2 Hengistbury Head


















Snow Bunting © Chris Dresh

Sightings - Tuesday 8th November 2011

Merlin – 1 Portland Bill
Marsh Harrier – 4 Christchurch Harbour
Common Crane – 1 Langton Herring area
Curlew Sandpiper – 1 Stanpit
Woodcock – 3 Portland Bill
Great Skua – 1 past Portland Bill
Northern Wheatear – 2 Portland Bill
Black Redstart – 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Portland Bill
Snow Bunting – 3 Hengistbury Head, 1 Abbotsbury Beach



















Snow Bunting Abbotsbury Beach © Mike Spicer

Sightings - Monday 7th November 2011

Velvet Scoter - 1, Hengistbury
Mandarin - 3, Moreton
Glossy Ibis - 1, Stanpit
Hen Harrier - singles over Radipole, Sutton Hill and Portland Bill
Common Crane - 1, Langton Herring
Short-eared Owl - 3, Portland
Dipper - 1, Lyme Regis
Dusky Warbler - 1, Portland Bill see: http://www.portlandbirdobs.org.uk/aa_latestnews.htm
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1, Christchurch (town centre, behind Natwest!)
Black Redstart - 2, Chesil Cove
Snow Bunting - 2-3, Hengistbury; 1 Durlston; 1 at Abbotsbury Beach before flying towards the tank traps
Lapland Bunting - 1, Hengistbury

Crane at Herbury Gore (Langton Herring) © Kevin Lane

Dipper at Lyme Regis © Paul Baker (The Bagsy Blog)

Sightings - Sunday 6th November 2011

An impressive day for 'vis mig' totals and few good birds recorded. A selection of some of the vis mig totals from different sites are totalled separately below for comparison.

Whooper Swan - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Pale bellied Brent Goose - 2, Baiter
Common Crane - 1 over Radipole at dusk
Bittern - 1, Hatch Pond
Glossy Ibis - 1, Stanpit
Curlew Sandpiper - 1, Stanpit
Woodcock - 1, Langton Matravers; 1 Arne
Black Kite - 1, Verne Portland late am
Short-eared Owl - 1, Stanpit; 1 Bestwall; 1 Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 2, Sterte

'Vis mig' totals of note:
Woodlark - 2, Durlston
Ring Ouzel - 1, Durlston
Redpoll - 93 Hengistbury; 181 South Haven; 140 Durlston
Chaffinch - 760, Hengistbury; 1892 South Haven; 184 E. Bexington; 2014 Durlston
Brambling - 66, Hengistbury; 9 South Haven; 162 Durlston
Goldfinch - 1110, Hengistbury; 532 South Haven; 180 East Bexington; 1230 Durlston
Crossbill - 1, South Haven; 2 Durlston
Reed Bunting - 58, Hengistbury; 4 South Haven; 4 Durlston
Snow Bunting - 1, Hengistbury
Lapland Bunting - 1, Durlston

Sightings - Saturday 5th November 2011

Mandarin - 1 at Longham Lakes
Eider - 6 past Hengistbury
Red-throated Diver - 1 inside Poole Harbour at Lytchett Bay is notable
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury
Glossy Ibis - 1 still at Stanpit
Black Guillemot - 1 off Portland Bill
Woodcock - 1 at Durlston
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Hengistbury
Woodlark - 1 over Durlston
Water Pipit - singles at Stanpit and Lodmoor
Whinchat - 1 at Winspit
Ring Ouzel - 1 at Hengistbury
Pallas's Warbler - 1 at Bryanston Wood, Blandford is thought to be only the 3rd inland record for Dorset
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 at Hengistbury, 1 at Studland
Firecrest - widely reported, a count of 11 at Abbotsbury Garden was impressive
Crossbill - 1 over Lodmoor

Wheatear at Poole Harbour © Chris Dresh

Yellow-browed Warbler at Hengistbury Head © Chris Dresh

Sightings - Friday 4th November 2011

Black-necked Grebe - 7 at Brands Bay, 7 at Studland Bay
Glossy Ibis - 1 still at Stanpit
Woodcock - 1 at Winspit
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Pallid Swift - 1 briefly over Durlston
Woodlark - 5 over Durlston
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2-3 at Hengistbury
Firecrest - 2 at Hengistbury, 1 at Pennsylvania Castle, Portland
Black Redstart - 2 at Sterte, Poole
Goldfinch - impressive 'vis-mig' total of 2746 over Durlston
Brambling - 31 over Durlston, 2 around the car park at Arne all day
Hawfinch - 2 over Durlston


Pallid Swift over Durlston © Nick Hopper
Pallid Swift over Durlston © Nick Hopper


Glossy Ibis at Stanpit © Simon Kidner

Sightings - Thursday 3rd November 2011

Manx Shearwater - 1, Portland
Glossy Ibis - 1, Stanpit
Bittern - 1, Hatch Pond
Spotted Redshank - 2, Stanpit
Little Gull - 1, Durlston
Great Skua - 1, Portland
Short-eared Owl - 6, Portland
Pallas's Warbler - 1, Hengistbury
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1+ Durlston; 1 Hengistbury
Firecrest - 1 Coneygar Hill, Bridport; 1 Portland; 1 Hengistbury
Bearded Tit - 2, Hatch Pond
Whinchat - 1, Winspit
Black Redstart - 3, Sterte (Poole Harbour shore); 1 Portland
Crossbill - 4, Durlston
Snow Bunting - late news of one in Beaminster yesterday

Sightings - Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Egyptian Goose - 3, Lytchett Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 1, Portland
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Shell Bay/Studland
Glossy Ibis - 1, Stanpit
Little Stint - 1, Stanpit
Curlew Sandpiper - 1, Stanpit
Kittiwake - 1 Lytchett Bay
Sandwich Tern - 3, Studland
Arctic Skua - 1, Hengsitbury
Short-eared Owl - 1, Arne; 1, Durlston, 2, Portland
Turtle Dove - 1, Portland
Firecrest - 2, Arne (around the car-park); 1, Portland; 1 Hengistbury
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2, Hengistbury Head
Pallas' Warbler - 1, Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 2, Dorchester (W. Dorset District Council Offices); 2 Portland Bill
Brambling - 1, Arne (around the feeders in the car-park)
Lapland Bunting - 1, Hengistbury

Sightings - Tuesday 1st November 2011

Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit
Bittern - 1 Hatch pond
Med gull - 318 Radipole
Black tern - 1 Longham lake
Short eared owl - 6 Portland
Black Redstart – 2 WDDC offices, Dorchester
Bearded tit - 2 Hatch pond
Richard's pipit - 1 Durlston
Pallas's Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland), 1 Winspit
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury, 1 Portland
Firecrest - 3 Portland
Ortolan - 1 Portland


Black tern, Longham lake (c) Paul Wilkins