Sightings - Sunday 30th December 2012

Great Skua - 3 past Portland
Whooper Swan - 1 East Stoke
Pink-footed Goose - 1 East Holme
Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland harbour
Black Redstart - Lyme Regis; Portland

Sightings - Saturday 29th December 2012

Great Skua - 9 past Portland, 6 past Durlston, 2 past Branksome Chine
Red-necked Grebe - 2 Mudeford
Hen Harrier - Woolbridge
Firecrest - Buxton Rd, Weymouth
Snow Bunting - Ferrybridge

Sightings - Friday 28th December 2012

Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland, 1 Durlston,
Black-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford
Red-crested Pochard - 2 Sturminster Marshall GP
Egyptian Goose - 2 Near East Holme
Pink-footed Goose - East Holme
Whooper Swan - East Stoke
Spoonbill - 1 Poole Harbour (Rempstone)
Pintail - 4 Longham Lakes
Waxwing - 7 Christchurch briefly
Water Pipit - 1 Longham Lakes, but elusive

Sightings - Thursday 27th December 2012

Pink-footed Goose - 1 still in the Frome Valley from Holme Bridge today.
Pale-bellied Brent - 3 Portland Hbr.
Velvet Scoter - 2 fem. Portland Hbr.
Red-throated Diver - 3 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Portland Hbr.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Portland Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 10 Portland Hbr.
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Sandwich Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Snow Bunting - 1 West Bexington

Sightings - Wednesday 26th December 2012

Whooper Swan - 1 Frome Valley on floods east of East Stoke level crossing.
Pink-footed Goose - 1 Frome Valley with greylags below West Holme Manor view from road.
Eider - 1 Portland Hbr off Sandsfoot Castle
Long-tailed Duck - 2 on the Fleet Abbotsbury
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Hbr.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Weymouth Bay, 2 Portland Hbr off Sandsfoot Castle
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 4 Portland Hbr. off Sandsfoot Castle
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Avocet - 316 Brownsea Is.
Grey Plover - 213 Brownsea Is.
Snipe - 140 Lodmoor
Yellow-legged Gull - 1ad. Brownsea Is.
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Hbr.
Water Pipit - 1 Longham Lakes seen to fly off east

Sightings - Monday 24th December 2012

On behalf of Dorset Bird Club I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a great birding New Year.

Pink-footed Goose - 1 still on Rushton Fm (view from West Holme).
Smew - 1 redhead Longham Lake
Red-throated Diver - 20 Hengistbury Hd, 4 Durlston CP, 2 Portland Bill.
Black-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Mudeford Quay
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Durlston CP.
Gannet - 2,550 Durlston CP.
Kittiwake - c2000 west Portland Bill
Great Skua - 12 Portland Bill, 7 Durlston CP.
Pomarine Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 1 Longham Lakes
Snow Bunting - 1 West Bexington


Sightings - Sunday 23rd December 2012

Whooper Swan - 1 East Stoke
Pink-footed Goose - 1 West Holme (nr. Rushton Farm)
Pale-bellied Brent - 6 ferrybridge
Eider - 1 off Sandsfoot Castle
Velvet Scoter - 2 off Sandsfoot Castle, 1 Portlaand Bill. 1 Mudeford Quay.
Red-throated Diver - 3 Hengistbury Hd.
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Hbr, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Great Northern Diver - singles Sandsfoot Castle, Weymouth Bay, Christchurch Bay.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Sandsfoot Castle
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Past Portland Bill
Red Kite - 3 Sutton Hill
Hen Harrier - 1 Arne
Waxwing, 3 Wool, 1 Swanage
Firecrest - 6 Abbotsbury, 1 Hengistbury, 1 nr Rushton Fm (East Stoke)
Snow Bunting - 1 West Bexington.

Slavonian Grebe - Sandsfoot Castle Portland Harbour © Mike Trew

Great Northern Diver Weymouth Bay (off Lodmoor) © Mike Trew


Sightings - Saturday 22nd December 2012

Few reports today due to the wet weather.

Whooper Swan - 1 Frome Valley view from near West Holme.
Pink-footed Goose - 1 Frome Valley up river from Holme Bridge
Great Northern Diver - 3 Weymouth Bay
Merlin - 1 Wool
Purple Sandpiper - 15+ Christchurch Hbr on Sandspit.
Ruff - 5 Avon Causeway

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

Sightings - Thursday 20th December 2012

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 in Bowleaze Cove
Scaup - 6 still on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck -3 on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Red-throated Diver - 4 past Durlston, 1 past Portland Bill, 1 off Branksome Chine
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Branksome Chine
Hen Harrier - 2 males in Poole Harbour over Gigger's Island
Spotted Redshank - 1 still at Fisherman's Bank

Sightings - Wednesday 19th December 2012


Red-throated Diver - 4 past Portland Bill, 2 past Durlston, 1 from Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 past Durlston
Red Kite - 1 over Sutton Waldron
Purple Sandpiper - 24 from Mudeford Quay

Yesterday at Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pits there were 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 drake Red-crested Pochard, an immature drake Scaup and a Green Sandpiper.

Sightings - Tuesday 18th December 2012

Scaup - 6 on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Eider - 1 in Studland Bay
Long-tailed Duck -2 on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Velvet Scoter - 2 still in Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 21 past Portland Bill, 7 past Hengistbury Head, 4 past Durlston
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 5 in Portland Harbour, 2 in Brand's Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 2 in Newton's Cove, 2 in Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 41 in Studland Bay, 18 in Portland Harbour, 11 in Brand's Bay
Bittern - 1 at Hengistbury Head
Marsh Harrier - 3 at Swineham
Purple Sandpiper - 1 at Hengistbury Head
Jack Snipe - 1 at Swineham
Little Gull - 1 off Durlston
Waxwing - 1 briefly at Portland Bird Obs
Firecrest - 1 at Durlston, 1 at Swineham

Bittern at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 17th December 2012

Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland Harbour
Goldeneye - 2 Cowards Marsh
Goosander - 2 Cowards Marsh
Great Northern Diver - 1 Arne, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Hengistbury Head
Red-Necked Grebe - 1 Arne
Spoonbill - 16 Arne
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick Hams
Grey Plover - 22 Stanpit
Knot - 1 Stanpit
Sanderling  - 6 Hengistbury Head sandspit, 1 Stanpit
Purple Sandpiper -     14 Hengistbury Head sandspit
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Waxwing - 1 Arne
Black Redstart - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill lighthouse
Firecrest - 2 Durlston CP, 3 Hengistbury Head
Brambling - 1 Durlston, 2 Hengistbury, 1 Portland Bill
Snow Bunting - 1 Ferrybridge



Bittern at Lodmoor © Adrian Dunk
















Snow Bunting at Ferrybridge © Will Bown

Sightings - Sunday 16th December 2012

Barnacle Goose - 2 Todber
Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland Harbour
Long-Tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury
Black-Throated Diver - 1 settled off Hengistbury Head, 1 past Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Red-Necked Grebe - 1 Swineham
Hen Harrier - 1 Durlston Head
Marsh Harrier - 1 Swineham
Golden Plover - 8 Mudeford Quay
Grey Plover - 7 Christchurch Harbour
Jack Snipe - 1 Herbury Gore, 1 Priory Marsh
Purple Sandpiper - 14 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 1 Ferrybridge
Waxwing - 3 Tolpuddle
Water Pipit - 1 Ferrybridge
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle, 1 The Nothe, 2 Newton's Cove
Firecrest - 11 Abbotsbury Gardens, 2 Durlston CP
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down
Brambling - 1 Blandford, 1 Portland Bill
Snow Bunting - 1 Ferrybridge

Sightings - Saturday 15th December 2012

Common Scoter - 100 Mudeford Quay
Red-Throated Diver - 21 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 2 Mudeford Quay
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere, 1 male Swineham
Marsh Harrier - 2 Swineham
Golden Plover - 300+ Winterborne Stickland
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Short-eared Owl - 2 Wyke Down
Waxwing - 2 Tolpuddle
Black Redstart - 1 Sherborne School
Firecrest - 1 Durlston


Hen Harrier at Middlebere © Aidan Brown

Sightings - Friday 14th December 2012

Red-Throated Diver - 2 Durlston, 1 Mudeford Quay
Grey Plover  - 37 Shell Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Mudeford Quay, 5 Sandbanks
Sanderling - 6 Sandbanks, 22 Shell Bay
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay.
Great Skua - 1 Durlston

Sightings - Thursday 13th December 2012

Long-tailed Duck - 3 on the Fleet near Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 1 past Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 2 past Durlston
Hen Harrier - 1 near Swanworth Quarry, Worth Matravers
Purple Sandpiper - 4 at Hengistbury Head
Jack Snipe - 1 at Swineham
Grey Phalarope - 1 flew over The Run at Christchurch Harbour
Waxwing - 14 in the Tescos car park near Bournemouth Hospital, 3 at Tolpuddle, 1 at central Portland

Sightings - Wednesday 12th December 2012

Long-tailed Duck - 3 on the Fleet near Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 9 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 2 past Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 2 off Hengistbury Head, 1 in Poole Harbour
Spoonbill - 15 at Holes Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 at Hartland Moor/Middlebere
Purple Sandpiper - 16 at Hengistbury Head/Mudeford Quay
Common Sandpiper - 1 at Holes Bay
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 1 at Stanpit Marsh
Waxwing - 3 at Tolpuddle, on north side of main road through village

Waxwing at Tolpuddle © Paul Wilkins
Hen Harrier at Middlebere © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Tuesday 11th December 2012

Long-tailed Duck - 3 on the Fleet near Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 1 at Sturminster Marshall GPs
Eider - 2 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 13 at Holes Bay
Hen Harrier - 2 at Middlebere
Purple Sandpiper - 3 at Sandbanks, 1 at Portland Bill
Common Sandpiper - 1 at Holes Bay
Waxwing - 5 at Tolpuddle
Great Grey Shrike - 1 at Middlebere

Waxwing at Tolpuddle © Julian Francis



Sightings - Monday 10th December 2012

Long-tailed Duck - 3 on the Fleet, just east of Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 6+ at Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 15 in Holes Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 at Arne
Great Bustard - 1 (from the Salisbury Plain reintroduction scheme) flew over Portland
Purple Sandpiper - 2 at Lyme Regis
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Portland
Waxwing - 2 at Two Riversmeet, Christchurch
Firecrest - 2 Memorial Park, Broadstone, 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Grey Shrike - 1 at Morden Bog
Snow Bunting - 1 flew over Portland

Great Bustard at Portland Bill © Will Bown

Purple Sandpiper at Lyme Regis © Tom Kennedy

Sightings - Sunday 9th December 2012

Red-throated Diver - 8 past Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 1 Hengisbury Head
Spoonbill - 7 Holes Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 41 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Studland Bay
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER - 1 Longham Lakes
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury Head
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest -  1 Durlston
Snow Bunting - 1 Ferrybridge, 1 West Bexington

Sightings - Saturday 8th December 2012

Scaup - 6 The Fleet Abbotsbuty
Long-tailed Duck - 3 The Fleet Abbotsbury
Common Scoter - 120 off Hengistbury Head
Velvet Scoter - 1 Overcombe Weymouth Bay
Goosander - 1 Butterstreet Cove, The Fleet
Marsh Harrier - 2 Middlebere
Hen Harrier  - 3 Middlebere
Spoonbill - 7 Holes Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 51 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Studland Bay
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER - 1 Longham Lakes
Knot - 27 Brand's Bay
Northern Wheatear - 1 West Bay
Black Redstart - 1 West Bay, 1 Durlston, 2 Weston
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest - 6 Abbotsbury
Waxwing - 5 Christchurch, 2 Weston, 1 Wyke Regis
Snow Bunting - 1 Ferrybridge

Sightings - Friday 7th December 2012

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury
Scaup - 5 Abbotsbury
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Durlston
Spoonbill -15 Holes Bay
Bittern - 2 Lodmoor
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER - 1 Longham Lakes
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 1 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury Head
Snow Bunting - 1 Ferrybridge, 1 West Bexington





















Snow Bunting at Ferrybridge © Mike Spicer

Sightings - Thursday 6th December 2012

Red-throated Diver - 13 past Portland Bill
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury
Scaup - 9 Abbotsbury
Marsh Harrier - 2 Swineham
Black-necked Grebe - 49 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Studland Bay
Spoonbill - 15 Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 3 Holes Bay
Golden Plover - 150 Winterborne Strickland
Short-eared Owl - 1 Upton Heath
Firecrest - 1 Poole
Snow Bunting - 1 Ferrybridge

Sightings - Wednesday 5th December 2012

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1, Portland
Red-necked Grebe - 1, Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 1, Hengistbury
Spoonbill - 9, Holes Bay
Avocet - 103, Holes Bay
Common Sandpiper - 1, Holes Bay
Marsh Harrier - 2, Swineham
Short-eared Owl - 1, Arne Moors
Black Redstart - 1 Sherborne School; 1 Portland (E. Cliffs)
Waxwing - 1, Durslton; 1 Soutbourne; 1 Moordown
Firecrest - 1, Portland; 1 Portland

Sightings - Tuesday 4th December 2012

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1, Bowleaze Cove
Scaup - 1, Sturminster Marshall GPs
Red-crested Pochard - 2 Sturminster Marshall GPs
Goosander - 1, Lodmoor
Red-necked Grebe - 1, Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 16, Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1, Portland Harbour
Bittern - 1, Lodmoor
Avocet - 74 Holes Bay
Golden Plover - 6-700, Maiden's Castle
White-rumped Sandpiper - 1, Longham Lakes
Little Gull - 1, Hengistbury Head
Merlin - 1, Arne
Marsh Harrier - 1, Arne; 1 Studland; 1 Lodmoor
Short-eared Owl - 1, Durlston
Great Grey Shrike - 1, Morden Bog
Snow Bunting - 1, Durlston

White-rumped Sandpiper at Longham Lakes © Alan Hayden

Great Grey Shrike at Morden Bog © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Monday 3rd December 2012

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2, Christchurch Harbour
Spoonbill - 14, Arne
Spotted Redshank - 1, Christchurch Harbour
White-rumped Sandpiper - 1, Longham Lakes
Short-eared Owl - 1, Wareham Channel
Great Grey Shrike - 1, Morden Bog
Firecrest - 1, Creekmoor Ponds; 1, Durlston

Sightings - Saturday 1st December 2012

Slavonian Grebe - 1 Branksome Chine
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury
Hen Harrier - 1 Hurn
White-rumped sandpiper - 1 Longham Lakes
Great White Egret - 1 Hengistbury
Bittern - 1 Radipole
Waxwing - 1 Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Coombe Heath
Firecrest - 2 Osmington Mills
Black Redstart - 1 The Nothe
Water Pipit - 3 Radipole; 1 Lodmoor


Black redstart, The Nothe (c) Will Bown


White-rumped sandpiper, Longham Lakes (c) Lorne Bissell