Sightings - Friday 21st December 2012

Whooper Swan - 1 from  Holme Bridge at East Holme
Pink-footed Goose - 1 from Holme Bridge at East Holme
Red-crested Pochard - 2 at Sturminster Marshall GPs
Scaup - an immature drake at Sturminster Marshall GPs
Eider - 2 in Portland Harbour
Long-tailed Duck -3 still on the Fleet at Abbotsbury, 1 off Shipstal Point
Velvet Scoter - 2 still in Portland Harbour
Smew - a 1st winter female at Longham Lakes
Goosander - 2 Coward's Marsh
Red-throated Diver - 15 past Portland Bill, 2 off Branksome Chine, 1 past Durlston
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 2 by Poole Harbour entrance, 2 Portland Harbour, 1 past Portland Bill, 1 off Shipstal Point
Slavonian Grebe - 3 off Shipstal Point,  2 in Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 21 in Portland Harbour, 10 South Haven
Great White Egret - 1 on Dorset side of Avon near Matchams
Glossy Ibis - 1 on Dorset side of Avon near Matchams
Marsh Harrier - 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 Abbotsbury
Hen Harrier - a male and a ring-tail at Middlebere
Merlin - 1 at Stanpit
Ruff - 1 Avon Causeway
Green Sandpiper - 1 at Sturminster Marshall GPs
Sandwich Tern - 1 Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 1 Wyke Down
Water Pipit - 1 at Longham Lakes
Waxwing - 3 near Longfleet Combined School in Poole this morning, (also present the previous afternoon)
Black Redstart - 1 at Portland Bill, 1 at Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 2 at Hengistbury Head, 1 at Corfe sewage works, 1 Durlston
Snow Bunting - 1 still at Ferrybridge, 1 reappeared at West Bexington

Hen Harrier at Middlebere © Mark Wright






Video grab of Smew at Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Snow Bunting at West Bexington © Mike Morse
Bar-tailed Godwit on the Fleet © Will Bown