Sightings - Friday 30th November 2012

Great Northern Diver - 10 Portland harbour; 6 Durlston
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 14 Portland harbour
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury
Scaup - 1w drake at Sturminster Marshall GPs; 8 Abbotsbury
Red-crested Pochard - 2 Sturminster Marshall GPs
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland harbour
White-rumped Sandpiper - 1 Longham Lakes
Dusky Warbler - 1 West Bexington
Hen Harrier - ringtail Poole harbour
Bittern - 1 Holes Bay
Sand Martin - 1 West Bexington
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Coombe Heath
Waxwing - 1 flew over Lodmoor; 1 Elwell Fruit Farm, Waytown



Dusky warbler, West Bexington, (c) Mike Morse

Sightings - Thursday 29th November 2012

Black-throated Diver - 1 West Bexington
Great Northern Diver - 1 West Bexington; 1 Portland harbour; 1 Poole harbour
Red-throated Diver - 7 Portland Bill
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 12 Portland harbour
Goosander - 1 Swineham
Spoonbill - 13 Shipstal Point, Arne
Marsh Harrier - 4 Swineham
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 Radipole
Water Pipit - 3 Radipole
Waxwing - 3 Weymouth FC car park
Black Redstart - 1 The Nothe
Hawfinch - 3 Durlston
Snow Bunting - 1 Durlston

Sightings - Wednesday 28th November 2012

Red-throated Diver - 5 Portland
Great Northern Diver - 4 Portland harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland harbour
Ruddy Shelduck - 2 Middlebere
Marsh Harrier - 1 Middlebere; 1 Stanpit
Merlin - 1 Portland
White Stork - 4 reported flying over Bournemouth Eastcliff at 10.12am
Great White Egret - 1 Stanpit
Spoonbill - 13 Holes Bay
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland
Waxwing - 1 Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Black Redstart - 1 Portland; 2 Eastcliff Gardens, Bournemouth; 1 Hengistbury Head


Great white egret, Stanpit (c) Chris Roughley

Sightings - Tuesday 27th November 2012

Scaup - 1 Sturminster Marshall GP
Red-necked Grebe -  1 Portland Harbour
Marsh Harrier - 2 West Bexington
Green Sandpiper - 8 Sturminster Marshall GP
Purple Sandpiper - 9 Hengistbury Head
Kittiwake - 1 Longham Lakes
Great Skua - 1 past Durlston
Swallow - 1 Cogden Beach West Bexington
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 2 Durlston, 2 Pennysylvania Castle Portland

Sightings - Monday 26th November 2012

Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Durlston
Merlin - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Ridge
Little Gull - 1 past Dulston
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston
Waxwing - 1 Portland Obs
Firecrest - 2 Durlston

Sightings - Sunday 25th November 2012

Eider - 1 Portland Hbr off Sandsfoot Castle
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Portland Hbr off Sandsfoot Castle
Common Scoter - 40 on sea Hengistbury Hd.
Great Northern Diver - 6 Portland Hbr, 2 Mudeford Quay, 2 Poole Hbr, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Middle Beach Studland,
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 47 Poole Hbr & Bay, 4 Portland Hbr.
Spoonbill - 9 Wareham Channel
Purple Sandpiper - 8 on groynes Hengistbury Hd.
Grey Phalarope - 1 Mudeford Quay
Sandwich Tern - 2 South Haven
Black Redstart - 1 fem.type Hengistbury Bury Hd, 1 male Southborne Prominade
Firecrest - 5 Abbotsbury Gdns, 4 Hengistbury Hd, 2 Pennsylvania Castle, 2 Durlston CP.

Sightings - Saturday 24th November 2012

Common Scoter - 60 Mudeford Quay
Red-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay, 1 Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 6 Portland Hbr.
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 11 Portland Hbr.
Spoonbill - 15 Arne
Merlin - 1 Eggardon Hill
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Christchurch Hbr (on the sandspit)
Sandwich Tern - 4 Mudeford Quay
Little Auk - 1 past Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Hd (Wick)

Sightings - Friday 23rd November 2012

Scaup - 1 imm/drake Sturminster Marshall GP.
Red-throated Diver - 2 Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 6 Portland Hbr, 4 Poole Bay, 3 Poole Hbr, 3 Weymouth Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Hbr, 1 Porland Bill.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Studland
Black-necked Grebe - 52 Poole Hbr & bay, 11 Portland Hbr.
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lodmoor
Water Rail - 3 Portland Bill
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Sandbanks (Haven grions), 1 Portland Bill
Spotted Redshank - 1 Upton CP.
Woodlark - 1 Durlston CP.
Swallow - 1 Late individual Durlston CP.
Black Redstart - 2 Nothe Fort, 1 Durlston CP.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Serin - 1 over Portland Bill
Crossbill - 6 Durlston CP.
Snow Bunting - 2 West Bexington, 1 over Durlston CP.

Pale Common Buzzard - Higher Charminster © Derek Fowler

Sightings - Thursday 22nd November 2012

Velvet Scoter - 3 Mudeford Quay, 3 Durlston CP
Red-throated Diver - 2 Durlston CP, 1 Swanage Bay, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Mudiford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Goshawk - 1 Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper - 22 Christchurch Hbr.
Little Gull - 1 Durlston CP.
Sandwich Tern - 4 South Haven
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP.
Firecrest - 2 Durlston CP.


Sightings - Wednesday 21st November 2012

Velvet Scoter - 1 past Portland Bill
Pintail - 80 Avon Causeway
Storm Petrel - 3 past Durlston Head
Black-tailed Godwit - 650 Avon Causeway
Jack Snipe - 2 Lodmoor
Little Gull - 1 Durlston
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest - 1 Durlston
Snow Bunting - 2 on beach at west end of Mere West Bexington


















Great Grey Shrike at Morden Bog © Ian Ballam


Sightings - Tuesday 20th November 2012

Goosander - 2 Studland Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Durlston
Knot - 12 South Haven
Purple Sandpiper - 5 North Haven
Great Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Pomarine Skua - probable past West Bexington
Little Gull - 5 West Bexington, 3 Chesil Cove, 2 Studland Bay, 1 Mudeford Quay
Firecrest - 1 Durlston, 2 Pennslyvania Castle
Snow Bunting - 2 on the beach by the Mere West Bexington


 
Purple Sandpiper North Haven copyright Paul Morton

Sightings - Monday 19th November 2012

Scaup - 6 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 5 past Portland Bill, 2 past Durlston, 1 past West Bexington, 1 past Mudeford Quay
Black-throated Diver - 2 past Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 3 in Weymouth Bay, 1 past Durlston
Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Merlin - 1 at Durlston, 1 at Morden Bog, 1 over Sunnyside Farm, Ridge
Little Gull - 2 past Mudeford Quay, 1 in Weymouth Bay
Black Redstart - 1 at Portland (Blacknor)
Firecrest - 3 at Durlston, 1 at Portland (Easton), 1 at Arne
Snow Bunting - 2 still near the mere at West Bexington

Firecrest at Arne © Steven Carey


Snow Buntings at West Bexington © Mike Morse

Sightings - Sunday 18th November 2012

Mandarin Duck - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-crested Pochard - 1 drake at Stanpit
Stellar's Eider - 1 reported past Portland Bill
Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 off Shipstal Point
Bittern - 1 at Lodmoor
Marsh Harrier - 1 at Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail near Martinstown, 1 ringtail at Arne
Merlin - 1 at Durlston, 1 at Brownsea Island, 1 at Hengistbury Head
Great Bustard - 1, presumably from the reintroduction scheme, flew over the sea past Durlston
Purple Sandpiper - 4 at Hengistbury Head
Jack Snipe - 1 at Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Portland Bill
Swallow - 1 or 2 over Upway, 1 at Durlston
Black Redstart - 2 at Portland Bill, 1 at Seatown, 2 at Durlston, 1 near Kimmeridge
Dusky Warbler - 1 in Winspit Valley
Siberian Chiffchaff -  a possible at Radipole
Firecrest - 7 in Abbotsbury Gardens,  4 at Durlston, 3 at Hengistbury Head, at least 2 at Arne,  1 at Radipole
Great Grey Shrike - 1 still at Morden Bog
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Portland Bill


Little Owl at Winterborne Stickland © Will Bown

Sightings - Saturday 17th November 2012

Black Brant - 1 at Ferrybridge
Scaup - 9 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Bittern - 1 at Lodmoor, 1 Hengistbury Head
Marsh Harrier - 1 at Middlebere, 1 Lodmoor
Swallow - a couple of late birds reported today at Lodmoor and Hengistbury Head
Water Pipit - 1 at Lodmoor
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 in a Durlston garden, 1 probable at Swineham
Firecrest - 2 at Arne, 1 Radipole, 1 Ferrybridge (on the north side of the bridge)
Great Grey Shrike - 1 at Morden Bog
Serin - 1 trapped & ringed at Portland Bill
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Hengistbury Head

Late news from yesterday ; a Black Redstart and a probable Black-throated Diver at West Bexington

Sightings - Friday 16th November 2012

Black Brant - 1 at Ferrybridge
Red-necked Grebe - 2 past Mudeford Quay
Slavonian Grebe - 2 past Mudeford Quay
Bittern - 1 at Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 6 in Poole Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 1 by Haven Hotel, Poole Harbour
Green Sandpiper - 7 at Sturminster Marshall GPs
Little Gull - 1 adult off Mudeford Quay
Black Redstart - 2 at Haylands,Portland
Firecrest - 2 at Verne Common Portland, 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Thursday 15th November 2012

Great Northern Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Black-necked Grebe - 12 in Studland Bay
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Hoopoe - 1 at Portland Castle
Water Pipit - 1 at Durlston
Ring Ouzel - 1 at Durlston
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 at Durlston
Hawfinch - 1 at Durlston
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Penn's Weare, Portland

Sightings - Wednesday 14th November 2012

Black Brant - 1 at Ferrybridge
Spoonbill - 11 at Arne
Hen Harrier - 1 at Rylands Barn Farm, Martinstown
Merlin - singles at Portland Bill, Barleycrates Lane and Hengistbury Head
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Durlston
Dusky Warbler - 1 still at Portland Castle
Pallas's Warbler - 1 briefly along the path past the Naval Cemetery at Verne Common
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 at Durlston
Great Grey Shrike - 1 at Morden Bog
Snow Bunting - 1 flew along the beach at West Bexington

Sightings - Tuesday 13th November 2012

Black Brant - 1 at Butterstreet Cove
Red-crested Pochard - 1 at Swineham GPs
Velvet Scoter - 1 past Durlston
Hen Harrier - 1 at Wyke Down
Merlin - 1 at Monkey Jump, 1 over Christchurch
Jack Snipe - 1 at Stanpit Marsh
Little Gull - 1 off Hengistbury Head
Dusky Warbler - 1 at Portland Castle this afternoon, though elusive
Great Grey Shrike - 1 at Morden Bog
Snow Bunting - 1 on the beach by the mere at West Bexington

Great Grey Shrike at Morden Bog © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Monday 12th November 2012

Little to report in today's constant drizzle...

Merlin - 1 at Portland Bill
Sandwich Tern - 1 at Studland Bay
Firecrest - 3 at Durlston

Sightings - Sunday 11th November 2012

Red-Crested Pochard - 1 Swineham
Red-Necked Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 Hengistbury
Marsh Harrier - 1 Hengistbury
Merlin - 1 Durlston, 1 Middlebere, 1 Morden Bog
Grey Plover  - 10 Stanpit
Woodcock - 1 reported Durlston
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Swallow - 5+ Durlston
House Martin - 2 Durlston
Black Redstart - 2+ Durlston, 1 Hammoon, 1 Portland (Blacknor)
Wheatear - 3 Poole Harbour (Holes Bay)
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston
Firecrest - 8 Abbotsbury, 2 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury, 2 Portland (Pennsylvania Castle), 2+ Rushcombe, 2 Upton CP.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog



Wheatear at Holes Bay © David Wareham

















Great Grey Shrike at Morden Bog  © Will Bown

Sightings - Saturday 10th November 2012

Red-crested Pochard - 1 Swineham
Goosander - 6 Swineham
Marsh Harrier - 3 seen from Swineham, 1 Wick
Merlin - 1 Wick
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Grey Plover  - 14 Stanpit
Purple Sandpiper - 13 Hengistbury groynes
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Durlston
Swallow - 46 Durlston, 4 Hengistbury
House Martin - 2 Durlston
Black Redstart - 3 Portland
Firecrest - 6 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury, 1 Stanpit
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Hawfinch - 1 Durlston


Sanderling at Sandbanks © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Friday 9th November 2012

Scaup - 2 Stanpit
Velvet Scoter - 2 Mudeford Quay
Marsh Harrier - 2 Lodmoor, 1 Radipole
Pomarine Skua - 2 Portland Bill
Great Skua - 2 Portland Bill
Yellow-Legged Gull - 1 Brands Bay
Grey Plover  - 16 Brands Bay
Golden Plover - 100+ Beaminster Down (since Monday), 515 Maiden Castle
Knot - 2 Brands Bay
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Poole Harbour Houseboats
Little Gull - 2 Hengistbury
Swallow - 2 Weymouth (The Nothe)
Whinchat - 1 Radipole
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Hawfinch - 3 Durlston

Late news:  Hen Harrier near Broadmayne yesterday

Sightings - Thursday 8th November 2012

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Brands Bay
Scaup - 2 Swineham GPs.
Red-Crested Pochard - 1 male, Swineham GPs.
Velvet Scoter - 3 Hengistbury
Marsh Harrier - 1 Cowards Marsh, 1 Stanpit, 2 Swineham GPs
Grey Plover  - 10 Stanpit
Little Stint - 1 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Green Sandpiper - 1 Cowards Marsh
Little Gull - 6 Hengistbury, 2 West Bexington
Swallow - 18 Durlston, 1 Stanpit, 3 Weymouth (Southill)
House Martin - 1 Durlston
Chiffchaff - 2 Longham Lakes
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Snow Bunting - 2 West Bexington
Hybrid Hooded x Carrion Crow - 1 probable at Abbotsbury

Late news:  Snow Bunting at Hengistbury yesterday.



Little Egret at Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Wednesday 7th November 2012

Long-tailed Duck - 1, Abbotsbury
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2, Brands Bay
Red-throated Diver - 1, East Bexington
Bittern - 1, Radipole; 1 East Bexington
Spoonbill - 3, Middlebere
Golden Plover - 200, Maiden Castle
Greenshank - 1, Middlebere; 1 Brands Bay
Little Gull - 2, West Bexington
Pomarine Skua - 1, Portland
Marsh Harrier - 1, Middlebere
Swallow - 1, Peveril Point; 4 East Bexington; 12 Durlston
House Martin - 1, Hengistbury
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1, Hengistbury
Black Redstart - 1, Dorchester (Poundbury, near Little Waitrose); 1 Durlston
Great Grey Shrike - 1, Morden Bog (near Decoy Pond)
Snow Bunting - 2, West Bexington
Lapland Bunting - 1, Portland


Great Grey Shrike, Morden.  Copyright Ian Ballam


Snow Buntings, West Bexington.  Copyright Mike Morse

Sightings - Tuesday 6th November 2012

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2, Christchurch Harbour
Black Brant - 1, Baiter
Goosander - 3, Muedford Quay
Ruddy Shelduck - 2, Middlebere
Black-necked Grebe - 29 Middle beach, Studland
Slavonian Grebe - 1, Middle beach, Studland
Bittern - 1, Hatch Pond
Corncrake - 1, possible Durlston
Little Stint - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Goshawk - 1, Southdown Avenue (Weymouth)
Short-eared Owl - 1, Portland; 1 Weymouth
Woodpigeon - 16200 Christchurch Harbour; 2500 Durlston; c.1200 E. Bexington; c.1100 Lytchett; 47,902 over Poole
House Martin - 1, Hengistbury
Swallow - 1, Hengistbury; 1 Langton Matravers
Willow Warbler - 1, East Bexington
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1, Hengistbury
Firecrest - 1, in private garden, Poole
Ring Ouzel - 1, Portland
Waxwing - 1, Worth Matravers
Black Redstart - 1, Eastcliff
Crossbill - 4, Durlston; 3 over Poole
Hawfinch - 2 over Poole
Lapland Bunting - 1, Hengistbury; 1 Portland
Snow Bunting - 1, West Bexington; 1 East Bexington


Ruddy Shelducks, Middlebere.  Copyright Dominic Greves.

Sightings - Monday 5th November 2012

Finches, woodpigeons and some thrushes on the move this morning at coastal sites, with some notable counts from Hengistbury in particular

Scaup - 1, Abbotsbury
Goosander - 1, River Avon (at Christchurch)
Purple Heron - 1, Radipole
Spoonbill - 1, Stanpit; 10 Arne; 3 Brownsea
Green Sandpiper - notable count of 6 at Sturminster Marshall
Golden Plover - 2, Durlston
Goshawk - 1 (probable) West Compton
Merlin - 1, Hengistbury
Hen Harrier - 1, Abbotsbury
Short-eared Owl - 1, Hengistbury
Woodpigeon - 17500 past Hengistbury 0900-1100; 750 Durlston; 378 South Haven (0725-1055)
Swallow - 4, Hengistbury; 3 Durlston; 1 South Haven
Firecrest - 1, Portland; 1 Hengistbury
Ring Ouzel - 1, Hengistbury
Black Redstart - 1, White Nothe; 1 Bovington Camp; 1 Durlston; 6 Portland
Brambling - count of 238 at Hengistbury; 23 South Haven
Redpoll - 110, Hengistbury; 12 Durlston
Crossbill - 1, Hengistbury
Snow Bunting - 1, Swineham
Lapland Bunting - 1, Portland


Purple Heron at Radipole.  Copyright Chris Patrick

Sightings - Sunday 4th November 2012

Ruddy Shelduck - 1, Brownsea
Black-necked Grebe - 37, Studland
Slavonian Grebe - 2, Studland
Red-throated Diver - 1, Studland
Bittern - 1, Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper - 6, Mudeford Quay
Merlin - 1, Brownsea; 1 Durlston
Hen Harrier - 1, Lodmoor and 1 Rylands Farm
Short-eared Owl - 1, Ferrybridge; 1 Hartland Moor
Swallow - 1, Lytchett Bay
Yellow-browed Warbler- 2, Hengsitbury; 1 Durlston
Pallas' Warbler - 1, (probable) Durlston
Firecrest - 1, Hengistbury; 2 Portland (including one originally ringed at Heligoland in Germany); 3 Studland
Black Redstart - 14, Portland; 1 Worth Matravers


Bar-tailed Godwits, Holes Bay.  Copyright Simon Johnson

Sightings - Saturday November 3rd 2012

Great Northern Diver - 1 Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 22 Studland Bay
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Spoonbill - 1 Christchurch harbour; 2 Holes Bay
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Common Scoter - 50 Hengistbury Head
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Hoopoe - 1 reported at Godlingstone Heath, Studland

Sightings - Friday November 2nd 2012

Spoonbill - 1 Stanpit; 16 Brownsea
Black Brant - 1 Lynch Cove, The Fleet
Great Northern Diver - 1 Studland Bay; 1 past Portland
Slavonian Grebe - Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 12-15 Studland Bay
Merlin - 1 Hengistbury
Marsh Harrier - 1 Hengistbury
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Peveril Point, Swanage
Starlings - Roost of 20-30,000 showing in the afternoon at Lodmoor
Hawfinch - 1 Durlston
Black Redstart - 2 Portland
Firecrest - 1 Portland; 1 Hengistbury Head; 11 Abbotsbury


Spoonbill, Stanpit (c) Lorne Bissell


Sightings - Thursday 1st November 2012

(Pale bellied) Brent Geese - 8 Durlston, 4 Brownsea
Purple Heron - 1 juvenile at Radipole again
Spoonbill - 1 Stanpit
Merlin - 1 West Bexington
Long-eared Owl - 1 Durlston
House Martin - 3 Longham Lakes
Ring Ouzel - 4 Portland; 1 Durlston
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Dorchester hospital
Snow Bunting - 1 West Bexington
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Stanpit
Brambling - 2 in a Ferndown garden