Sightings - Saturday 30th June 2012

Common Scoter - 33 past Hengistbury Head
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Durlston, 8 off Portlnad Bill
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere

Sightings Friday 29th June 2012

Marsh Harrier - 1 West Bexington
Balearic Shearwater - 5 past Portland Bill, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Great Skua - 1 past Hengistbury Head
GULL-BILLED TERN - 1 Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 4 Durlston

Sightings - Thursday 28th June 2012

Balearic Shearwater - 5 past Portland Bill
Red Kite - 1 near Sixpenny Handley
Spotted Redshank - 1 at Brownsea Lagoon

Spotted Redshank at Brownsea Lagoon © Phyl England

Black-tailed Godwits at Lodmoor © Will Bown

Sightings - Wednesday 27th June 2012

Quail - 1 singing near Winspit
Balearic Shearwater - 8 past Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Redstart - 1 near Lytchett Matravers
Crossbill - 4 Durlston

Late news from 17th June of a male Red-backed Shrike photographed at Durlston, but no sign since.

Red-backed Shrike at Durlston © C Chainey



Sightings - Tuesday 26th June 2012

Ruff - 1 at Lodmoor
Crossbill - 18 over Canford Heath

Sightings - Monday 25th June 2012

Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Little Tern - 2 off Hengistbury Head
Serin - 1 at Hengistbury Head

Shelduck and chicks at Lodmoor © Daragh Croxson

Sightings, Sunday 24th June 2012

Egyptian Goose - 2, Longham Lakes
Manx Shearwater - 263, Portland
Balearic Shearwater - 9, Portland; 1, Hengistbury
Arctic Skua - 4, Portland
Roseate Tern - 1, Lodmoor

Sightings - Saturday June 23rd 2012

Manx Shearwater - 500, Portland
Balearic Shearwater - 2, Portland
Spotted Redshank - 3, Brownsea
Arctic Skua - 2, Portland
Little Tern - 2, Brownsea
Firecrest - juveniles present on Brownsea
Crossbill - flock off 22 in Morden Bog area

Sightings - Friday June 22nd 2012

Very little to report today either, just 2 Balearic Shearwaters past Portland and 2 of the same past Mudeford - the same birds?

Also a Short-eared Owl at Wyke Down.


Gannets at Portland, © Will Bown

Sightings - Thursday June 21st 2012


Red bishop, Purbeck garden, © Liz Dale















No sightings to report from today, but an interesting escape in a Purbeck garden. It's a weaver, and looks like red bishop sp.

UPDATE: David Leadbetter has written to say: "I think from the photographs that the bishop species in the Purbeck garden is likely to be Black-winged Red Bishop, which is widespread in parts of Africa. It's quite a stunning bird!"

Sightings - Wednesday June 20th 2012

Very quiet, with just one Baleric Shearwater reported past Portland and one Storm Petrel trapped overnight. Four Red Kites a mile east of Bridport and a Marsh Harrier at Morden Bog.

An unseasonal Goldeneye was reported from Abbotsbury Swannery.




Female (top) and male nightjars on Brownsea Island, ©John Wichall

Sightings - Tuesday June 19th 2012

Very quiet today - Red Kite reported over Langton Matravers at 6.10pm and a Turtle Dove at Abbotsbury Swannery.

Confirmation that three Peregrines have fledged in Bournemouth.

Barn owl, © Will Bown

Green woodpecker, Merley House, © John Hammick

Young peregrines, Bournemouth, ©  David Wareham

Sightings - Monday June 18th 2012

Very few reports from the county today.

Highlights included 3 Balearic Shearwaters past Portland and reports of fledgling Peregrines in Bournemouth.

Young peregrine, Bournemouth, ©  David Wareham

Sightings - Sunday June 17th 2012

White Stork - 4 near Hazelbury Bryan in flight
Balearic Shearwater - 3 Portland, 1 Hengistbury
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Portland
Pomarine Skua - 1 Portland
Nightingale - 1 reported singing near Longham Bridge at 3pm.

Spotted flycatcher, Wareham Forest,  ©Will Bown

Californian quail (!), Broadstone, © Martyn Essam

Kestrels, Durlston, © Phyl England

Sightings - Saturday 16th June 2012

Manx Shearwater - 100 Portland Bill, 15 Durlston CP.
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 2 Chesil Cove
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Pomarine Skua - 5 Chesil Cove
Arctic Skua - 4 Chesil Cove, 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP.

(ringed) Great Spotted Woodpecker - Holton Lee © Nick Hull

Sightings - Friday 15th June 2012

Manx Shearwater - 50 Portland Bill, 9 Hengistbury Hd. 6 Branksome Chine
Balearic Shearwater - 3 Portland Bill, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Great Skua - 4 Portland Bill, 1 Chesil Cove, 1 Branksome Chine
Pomarine Skua - 2 West Bexington, 2 Chesil Cove
Arctic Skua - 5 Portland Bill, 2 West Bexington

Sightings - Thursday 14th June 2012

Common Scoter - 25 from Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Red Kite - 1 over Stanpit Marsh
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Portland Bill most thought it was this species.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Turtle Dove - 1 Southwell Portland
Firecrest - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Crossbill - 8 Durlston CP.

Sightings - Wednesday 13th June 2012

Manx Shearwater - 10 Durlston
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Great Skua -  1 Portland Bill
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Stanpit
Hobby - 1 at Martinstown
Turtle Dove - 1 Southwell, Portland

Sightings - Tuesday 12th June 2012

Manx Shearwater - 2 Durlston and a few off Portland Bill
Red Kite - 1 over Pilford, Colehill
Sanderling - 1 Durlston
Whimbrel - 3 Stanpit Marsh
Greenshank - 2 Fisherman's Bank, Stanpit
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Monday 11th June 2012

Red Kite - 1 Stony Lane, Christchurch
Osprey - 1 in off the sea at Mudeford Quay
Sanderling - c30 Mudeford Quay, 9 over Stanpit
Arctic Skua - 1+ Mudeford Quay
Pomarine Skua - 1+ Mudeford Quay


Hobby ©Paul Morton

Sightings - Sunday 10th June 2012

Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Bay.
Hobby - 1 Morden Bog.
Cuckoo - 1+ Morden Bog, 3 Wick Fields, Hengistbury.
Crossbill - 11 Morden Bog
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Sightings - Saturday 9th June 2012

Great Northern Diver - 1 in summer plumage Weymouth Bay
Manx Shearwater - many past Portland today with a peak rate of 250 per hour.
Storm Petrel - 2 Chesil Cove, c. 15 Hengistbury Head plus 16 Mudeford Quay, 3 Peveril Point, 9 Portland Bill, 8 Swanage Bay
Sanderling - 1 Ferrybridge, 11 Hengistbury Head, 3 Weymouth Bay
Arctic Skua - 3 Chesil Cove
Pomarine Skua - 5 Chesil Cove
Little Tern - 3 Hengistbury Head, 1 Weymouth Bay

Late news:  Red Kite at Blandford Camp yesterday.

Sightings - Friday 8th June 2012

Manx Shearwater - 2 Branksome, 31 Durlston CP, 2 Mudeford Quay
Storm Petrel - c.25 Chesil Cove, 1 Durlston CP, 6 Hengistbury Head, 2 Peveril Point, 2 West Bexington
Sanderling - 20 Branksome, 50 Hengistbury Head
Puffin - 2 Durlston CP
Arctic Skua - 1 dark adult Branksome, 2 Chesil Cove, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Hengistbury Head, 3 West Bexington
Great Skua - 6 Chesil Cove, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 West Bexington
Pomarine Skua - 12 Chesil Cove
Yellow-Legged Gull - 1 Hengistbury Head
Little Tern - 2 Chesil Cove, 11 Hengistbury Head
Common Tern - 103 Hengistbury Head
Sandwich Tern - 97 Hengistbury Head
Swift - 750+ Poole Park, 223 Hengistbury Head


Swift at Poole Park © Paul Morton













Swift at Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Thursday 7th June 2012

Not surprising with today's weather very little has been reported.

Fulmar - 1 seen over Newlook Weymouth, 2 Mudeford Quay
Sooty Shearwater - 1 lingering off Chesil Cove
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Chesil Cove
Storm Petrel - 1 Chesil Cove
Sanderling - 33 Mudeford Quay
Arctic Skua - 7 past West Bexington
Pomarine Skua - 2 Chesil Cove


Sightings - Wednesday 6th June 2012

Manx Shearwater - a few seen from Durlston and Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 Stanpit
Sandwich Tern - 1 Stour LNR

Sightings - Tuesday 5th June 2012

Spoonbill - 2 Brownsea Island
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Bay
Hobby -1 Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 20 Durlston, a few off Portland Bill
Greenshank - 1 Stanpit
Swift - large numbers reported today from Durlston, Arne/Harland Moors and Lodmoor
Crossbill - 12 over Wareham

Nightjar at Holton Heath yesterday © Tim Balmer

Sightings - Monday 4th June 2012

Quail - 1 probably 2 at Tarrant Rushton Airfield
Manx Shearwater - 50 Portland Bill, 5 or 6 off Durlston
Red Kite - 1 near Shaftesbury
Hobby - 6 Morden Bog
Sanderling - about 25 Weymouth Bay near Lodmoor
Turtle Dove - 3 Manswood, 2 Clouds Hill
Short-eared Owl - 1 over Lodmoor
Nightjar - 3 Morden Bog
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 Portland Bill

Mandarin at Creech Pits on 2nd June ©  Jos Mannering

Sightings - Sunday 3rd June 2012

Manx Shearwater - 146 past Portland Bill
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lodmoor
Hobby - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Wareham Forest.
Knot - 1 Stanpit
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1 Lodmoor
Little Tern - 1 Stanpit
Cuckoo - 4-5 Christchurch Harbour
Crossbill - 10 Wareham Forest
Late news:  Red Kites at Cerne Abbas, Spetisbury and Sutton Waldron earlier in the weekend.