Sightings - Sunday 31st March 2013

Scaup - 9 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Grey Partridge - 1 feeding under feeders in Ferndown garden
Slavonian Gebe - 8 Portland Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Portland Hbr.
Manx Shearwater - 1 off Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 2 Lodmoor, 1 Radipole Lake.
Red Kite - 1 over east Lytchett matravers
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Wareham channel
Osprey - 2 Sutton Bingham Res.
Little Ringed Plover - 2 West Bexington
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Bay
Sandwich Tern - 5 Portland Hbr
Short-eared Owl - 1 Wareham Channel
Swallow - 1 Longham Lake
White Wagtail - 17 Portland Bill
Bluethroat - 1 White-spot Weston Portland (Suckthumb Quarry)
Black Redstart - 16 Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Ulwell

Duck Scaup - Abbottsbury Swannery © Lorne Bissell

Drake Scaup - Abbotsbury Swannery © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Saturday 30th March 2013

Garganey - 1 drake Cowards Marsh
Scaup - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Slavonian Grebe - 5 Lyme Bay off Ferrybridge, 4 Portland Hbr.
Bittern - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 3 Lodmoor, 1 Holes Bay
Red Kite - 1 near the Longash Service Station on the Yovil Rd.
Merlin - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Little Ringed Plover - 2 West Bexington, 1 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Tincleton.
Ruff - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 3 Stanpit Marsh
Sandwich Tern - 5 Lyme Bay off Ferrybridge
Common Tern - 1 Portland Hbr.
Long-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill late p.m.
House Martin - 3 reported Radipole Lake
Rock Pipit - 1 A.p.littoralis Stanpit Marsh
White Wagtail - 4 Durlston CP, 1 West Bexington
Bluethroat - 1 White-spot male near 120 Weston Street Portland
Black Redstart - 4 Durlston CP, 2 Godlingston, 2 Abbotsbury.
Ring Ouzel - 5 on Portland, 2 Hambledon Hill, 1 Bradbury Rings, 1 Durlston CP.
Blackcap - 3 Abbotsbury gardens.
Firecrest - 6 Abbotsbury gardens.

White-spot Bluethroat - Weston Portland © Brett Spencer

Sightings - Friday 29th March 2013

Whooper Swan - 2 over Christchurch Harbour
Garganey - 3 drakes and a female at Radipole, a drake still at Coward's Marsh
Scaup - 3 on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 2 on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Slavonian Grebe - 1off  Hengistbury Head
Manx Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Bittern - 1 Lytchett Bay
Spoonbill - 4 Lodmoor, 4 Lytchett Bay, 1 Abbotsbury, 1 Radipole
Osprey - 1 over Over(!) Compton
Marsh Harrier - 1 Radipole, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Hen Harrier - a male at roost Poole Harbour
Hobby - 1 Durlston
Little Ringed Plover - 2 West Bexington
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Bay
Greenshank - 8 Lytchett Bay
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Common Tern - 1 Lodmoor
Puffin - 2 from Durlston
White Wagtail - at least 5 on Portland, 2 West Bexington
Black Redstart - 3 Portland, 2 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 4 Suckthumb Quarry (Portland), 3 on Hambledon Hill (Shroton), 2 Barleycrates Lane (Portland), 1 Camp Road (Wyke Regis), 1 Badbury Rings, 1 Stanpit
Firecrest - 1 Sunnyside Farm, 1 Durlston

Ring Ouzel on Portland © Brett Spencer

Sightings - Thursday 28th March 2013

Garganey - 1 Cowards Marsh, 2 Hengistbury Head
Scaup - 6+ still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 2 Cowards Marsh
Long-Tailed Duck - 3 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Bittern - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Middlebere
Spoonbill - 3 Lodmoor, 1 Lytchett Bay, 4 Middlebere
Marsh Harrier - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit
Hen Harrier - 1 left a roost in Poole Harbour, 1 Wareham North Bridge, 1 Wyke Down
Osprey - 2 over Hengistbury Head
Merlin - 1 Durlston, 1 Morden Bog
Golden Plover - c. 500 Maiden Castle, 220 West Compton
Green Sandpiper - 1 Littlemoor
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Arne Moors, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1+ Wyke Down
Ring-Necked Parakeet - 5 Studland
Tree Pipit - 1 Hengistbury Head
Meadow Pipit - 2750 Hengistbury Head
Water Pipit - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Stanpit
White Wagtail - 1 Cowards Marsh, 3 West Bexington
Black Redstart - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Poundbury, 1 Studland
Ring Ousel - 1 Hengistbury golf course
Firecrest - 1 Durlston, 3+ Slepe, 1 Stanpit, 1 Swanage
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down


Sand Martin, Poole Harbour © Tim Balmer


Marsh Harrier, Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Wednesday 27th March 2013

Garganey - 1 Cowards Marsh, 2 Radipole Lake
Velver Scoter - 2 Portland Bill
Goosander - 2 Cowards Marsh
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Marsh Harrier - 1 Cowards Marsh, 1 Lytchett Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 Hartland Moor
Red Kite - 1 over Stanpit
Merlin - 1 Stanpit
Puffin - 2 Portland Bill
Little Ringed Plover - 1-2 Lodmoor, 2 Portland, 1 Wick
Common Sandpiper - 1 Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 2 Holes Bay, 2 Stanpit
Greenshank - 5 Lytchett Bay
Short-Eared Owl - 2 Wyke Down
White Wagtail - 1 Portland
Black Redstart - 3 Portland, 1 Tilly Whim
Ring Ousel - 1 Camp Road (The Fleet), 2 Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down

Sightings - Tuesday 26th March 2013

Garganey -  3 Radipole Lake, 1 R. Stour nr Shapwick.
Scaup - 9 Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 5 R. Stour nr Shapwick
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Long-Tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Bittern - 1 Lytchett Bay
Spoonbill - 1 Radipole Lake
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lodmoor, 2 Radipole Lake
Hen Harrier - 1 Wareham Channel
Goshawk - 1 Hengistbury Head
Osprey - 1 Norden
Merlin - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Wick
Puffin - 1 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 Arne Moors
Golden Plover - c. 500 Maiden Castle
Grey Plover - 150 Brownsea
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lodmoor, 3 Portland
Knot - 35 Brownsea
Woodcock - 1 nr Kimmeridge, 2 Portland
Rock Pipit - 1 littoralis still at Stanpit
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit
White Wagtail - 1 Lytchett Bay, 10 Portland
Black Redstart - 9 Portland
Ring Ousel - 1 Evershot, 8 Portland, 1 Stanpit
Firecrest - 1 Durlston, 1 Portland, 1 Studland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down
Lapland Bunting - 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Monday 25th March 2013

Garganey - 4 drakes and a female at Radipole, 2 drakes still at Coward's Marsh
Scaup - 9 still on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 still on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Velvet Scoter - 2 past Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 2 past Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver -2 past Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor
Marsh Harrier - 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 Morden Bog
Hobby - 1 at East Stoke
Little Ringed Plover - 3 at Reap Lane Portland, 1 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Bay, 1 Holes Bay, 1 still at Stanpit
Arctic Skua - 1 from Hengistbury Head
Yellow-legged Gull - 2 Lytchett Bay
Scandinavian Rock Pipit - 1 still at Longham Lakes with 3 Rock Pipits
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit
White Wagtail - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 5 at Portland Bill, 1 Langton Herring, 1 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury
Ring Ouzel - 5 at Portland Bill, 1 at Belle Vue (near Dulston CP)
Willow Warbler - 1 in North Scrubs, Stanpit
Firecrest - 1 on Portland, 1 Greenland Farm (Studland), 1 Durlston

Sightings - Sunday 24th March 2013

Garganey - 2 drakes still at Coward's Marsh
Smew - 1 redhead on Longham Lakes
Goosander - 9 from Sopley, 6 at Coward's Marsh
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Abbotsbury beach
Great Northern Diver -1 over Chesil Beach
Slavonian Grebe - at least 5 in Portland Harbour, 2 on sea from Chesil Beach
Black-necked Grebe - 4 in Poole Harbour off Jerry's Point, 3 in Studland Bay
Great White Egret - 1 over Ferrybridge
Marsh Harrier - 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 Holmebridge, 1 Swineham
Osprey - 1 over Greenland Farm (Studland), 1 over Radipole, 1 over Stanpit
Merlin - 1 at Winterborne Stickland
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Longham Lakes
Kentish Plover - 1 Ferrybridge
Sanderling - 76 from Shore Road, Poole
Ruff - 11 from Sopley
Bar-tailed Godwit - 287 counted off Shore Road, Poole
Spotted Redshank - 4 from Swineham Point, 1 Butterstreet Cove, 1 Stanpit
Little Gull - 1 Studland Bay
Short-eared Owl - at least 3 at Wyke Down
Water (or Scandinavian Rock) Pipit - 1 still at Longham Lakes
White-spotted Bluethroat - 1 still at Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 23 around Portland , 1 in a Chickerell garden, 1 near Maiden Castle, 1 Greenland Farm (Studland)
Ring Ouzel - 15 on Portland, 2 in the Mudeford area, 1 Camp Road in Wyke Regis
Firecrest - 2 on Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down
White Wagtail - 2 on Portland, 1 Coward's Marsh

Correction to yesterday's sightings - there were 3 Firecrest at Abbotsbury Gardens, not 1 as reported

White-spotted Bluethroat at Portland Bill © Brett Spencer

Garganey at Coward's Marsh © Alan Hayden & Leo Pyke

Sand Martin at Holes Bay yesterday © Ian Kirk






Sightings - Saturday 23rd March 2013

Good numbers of Wheatear, Meadow Pipit and Chiffchaff were reported today, and Sand Martin, Swallow and Willow Warbler sightings from many coastal sites on the increase.

Garganey - 2 drakes at Coward's Marsh, 1 drake at Swineham GPs
Scaup - 9 still on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 still on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Goosander - 4 Coward's Marsh
Spoonbill - 7 at Lytchett Bay, 3 Holes Bay, 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail at Bestwall
Merlin - at least 1 at Upwey
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Stanpit, 1 Abbotsbury
Ruff - 11 Avon Causeway
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay, 1 Swineham
Common Tern - 1 Radipole
Water Pipit - 1 Longham Lakes
White-spotted Bluethroat - 1 trapped at Portland Bird Obs
Black Redstart - 12 Portland, 3 Ferrybridge, 2 West Bexington
Ring Ouzel - 2 Portland, 1 Bowers Quarry Portland, 1 between Durlston and Seacombe, 1 Barrows Down
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 ringed at PC World drain (Holes Bay)
Willow Warbler - 4 Portland, 2 at PC World drain (Holes Bay), 1 between Durlston and Seacombe
Firecrest - 1 Abbotsbury Gardens, 1 Portland


White-spotted Bluethroat at Portland Bill © Steven Carey



Wheatear at Holes Bay © Ian Ballam




Chiffchaff at Holes Bay © Ian Ballam


Sightings - Friday 22nd March 2013

Garganey - 2 Portland Bill
Shoveler - 38 Hengistbury/Mudeford, 20 Portland Bill
Velvet Scoter - 2 Mudeford Quay
Mandarin Duck - 3 drakes at Thorncombe
Golden Pheasant - 1 Fordington
Red-Necked Grebe - 1 in breeding plumage off Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lodmoor
Merlin - 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Mudeford Quay, 1 Winspit
Arctic Skua - 2 Hengistbury Head
Common Tern - 1 Chesil Beach/The Fleet
Grey Plover - 63 past Hengistbuy/Mudeford
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Stanpit
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay
Meadow Pipit - 2200+ Hengistbury Head, c. 1000 Portland Bill
Rock Pipit - 1 littoralis still at Stanpit
Wheatear - 3 Abbotsbury Beach, 1 Holes Bay, 2 Portland (Osprey Quay), 40 Portland Bill, 3 Stanpit, 1 The Fleet (Bridging Camp)
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Swallow - 1 Ferrybridge
Great Tit - 1 partially melanistic individual at Winspit had an all-black head.

Sightings - Thursday 21st March 2013

Long-Tailed Duck - 1 past Durlston Head
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour mouth
Yellow-Legged Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour mouth
Grey Plover - 15 Stanpit
Golden Plover - 1 Portland Bill
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit is unusual for the location
Rock Pipit - 1 littoralis-type at Stanpit
Black Redstart - 1 Peveril Point
Firecrest - 3 Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Wednesday 20th March 2013

Scaup - 9 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-Tailed Duck - 3 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 4 Avon Cuseway
Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland Harbour
Grey Partridge - 1 Wyke Down
Bittern - 1 departed Lodmoor this evening
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor, 5 Lytchett Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Hen Harrier - 1 Wyke Down
Grey Plover - 31 Stanpit
Golden Plover - 50 Wyke Down
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Crouch Hill
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit
Greenshank - 2 Lytchett Bay
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Lytchett Bay
Common Sandpiper - 1 Holes Bay (PC World drain)
Jack Snipe - 1 Lytchett Bay
Woodcock - 1 Horselynch Plantation (Weymouth)
Short-Eared Owl - 4 Wyke Down
Rock Pipit - 1 littoralis-type at Stanpit
Wheatear - 2 Bridport golf course, 1 Hengistbury Head, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Wick
Black Redstart - 1 Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 1 Portland Bill
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down


Raven at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 19th March 2013

Smew - 1f Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor, 2 Lytchett Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 2 Wyke Down
Grey Plover - 30 Stanpit
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay
Short-Eared Owl - 3+ Wyke Down
Hoopoe - 1 Turlin Moor rugby ground
White Wagtail - 1 Priory Marsh, 1 Stanpit
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor, 2 Stanpit
Rock Pipit - 1 littoralis-type at Stanpit
Wheatear - 1 Hengistbury Barn Field
Swallow - 1 Radipole Lake
Golden Oriole - 1 Langton Herring
Crossbill - 3 Turnerspuddle Heath

Late news:  Wheatear at Bridport yesterday.

Signtings- Monday 18th March 2013


Brent Goose - 1 pale-bellied bird at Stanpit
Black-Throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor
Osprey - unconfirmed report of 2 over Bridport
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lodmoor
Merlin - 1 Durlston Head
Grey Plover - 29 Stanpit
Purple Sandpiper - 16 Hengistbury Head, 3 Sandbanks
Sanderling - 17 Sandbanks
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
White Wagtail - 3 Portland Bill, 5 Portland (Barleycrates/Reap Lane)
Wheatear - 1 Peveril Point, 1+ Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston Head, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Peveril Point, 1 Portland Bill, 2 The Nothe
Willow Warbler - 1 Radipole Lake
Firecrest - 1 Portland Bill
Great Grey Shrike - 1 ringed bird at Morden Bog

Sanderling at Sandbanks © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Sunday 17th March 2013

Slavonian Grebe - 11 Portland Hbr
Wheatear - 12 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston CP.
Great Grey Shrike - still 1 Wyke Down
Snow Bunting - 1 West Bexington

Sightings - Saturday 16th March 2013

Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abottsbury Swannery
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Wheatear - 1 Stoborough Heath

Sightings - Friday 15th March 2013

Manx Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 3 Brownsea Is. 2 Lodmoor.
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Long-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
Snow Bunting - 1 West Bexington

Sightings - Thursday 14th March 2013

Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland Hbr.
Spoonbill - 4 Lodmoor, 2 Brownsea Is.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Hatch Pond
Sand Martin - 5 Radipole, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
White Wagtail - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Portland Bill
Wheatear - 4 Portland, 2 Langton Herring, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down

Sightings - Wednesday 13th March 2013

Bittern - 1 Radipole
Spoonbill - 3 Lodmoor
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Radipole
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Knoll Beach
Smew - redhead still at Longham Lakes
Black Redstart - female Newton's Cove, male The Nothe


Great crested grebe, Christchurch Harbour (C) Joseph Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 12th March 2013

Scaup - 9 Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury
Spoonbill - 4 Lodmoor
Sand Martin - 2 Lodmoor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down
Barn Owl - 1 Charminster water meadows is an unusual record
Swallow - One reported at Middlebere would be a very early record.
Wheatear -  1 Portland
'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit - 1 Stanpit


Spoonbills, Lodmoor (c) Will Bown

Sightings - Monday 11th March 2013

Scaup - 9 Abbotsbury
Red Kite - 1 Cosmore, near Sherborne
Hen Harrier-  Ringtail at Sixpenny Handley
Spoonbill - 4 Lodmoor
Snow Bunting - 1 West Bexington
Sand Martin - 1 Longham Lakes; 1 Avon Causeway

Sightings - Sunday 10th March 2013

Long tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury
Smew - 1 Longham lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 1 AbbotsburySpoonbill - 3 Lodmoor; 2 Middlebere
Black-tailed Godwit - 260 flying over Longham Lakes.
Hen Harrier - Wyke Down
Short-eared Owl - 2 Wyke Down
Wheatear - 1 Lodmoor, also reported from Portland
Hoopoe - Sandy Lane, Hamworthy and same bird at 552 Blandford Road
Great Grey Shrike - 2 Wyke Down
Sand Martin - 20 Longham lakes; 1 Mudeford; 8 Coward's Marsh; 2 Lodmoor; 1 Abbotsbury; 1 West Moors Country Park
Black Redstart - Portland; 1 Hengistbury Head; 1 Peveril Point, Swanage
 

Hoopoe, Upton (c) Ian Laidlaw
 






Sightings - Saturday 9th March 2013

Scaup - 8 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 2 Avon Causeway
Slavonian Grebe - 5 Knoll Beach
Black-necked Grebe - 34 Knoll Beach
Spoonbill - 4 Lodmoor, 1 Christchurch Hbr.
Red Kite - 1 Wyke Down
Merlin - 1 Wyke Down
Ruff - 16 Avon Causeway
Purple Sandpiper - 19 Mudeford Spit
Sandwich Tern - 1 Knoll Beach
Puffin - 1 Portland Bill (1st for year)
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
White Wagtail - 3 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 2 Swanage Peverel Pt.
Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Ferrybridge (1st for year).
Firecrest - 7 Abbotsbury Gardens, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Hengistbury Hd.

Sightings - Friday 8th March 2013

Bewick's Swan - 2 Longham Lakes
Scaup - 9 remain at Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 3 still Abbotsbury Swannery
Smew - 1 redhead still Longham Lakes
Great Northern Diver - Weymouth Bay
Spoonbill - 3 Lodmoor, 1 Whitchurch Canonicorum
Hen Harrier - 3 Wyke Down
Golden Plover - 50+ Wyke Down
Short-eared Owl - 3 Wyke Down
Sand Martin - 5 Radipole lake, 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
White Wagtail - 1 Portland Bill, 2 Watery Lane Portland
PiedWagtail - 59 Portland Bill
Waxwing - 2 Creekmoor Poole (by Acorn Pub & Co-op car park)
Great Grey Shrike - 1 remains at Wyke Down

Waxwing - Creekmoor © Paul Morton


Waxwing - Creekmoor © Paul Morton

Sightings - Thursday 7th March 2013

Scaup - 9 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 3 remain at Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 2 Lodmoor
Sand Martin - 2 Radipole Lake (1st for year)
White Wagtail - 1 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Snow Bunting - 1 West Bexington

Canada Geese, Cormorant & Bewick's Swan Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Bewick's Swan and Cormorants Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Wednesday 6th March 2013

Bewick's Swan - 2 Longham lakes
Scaup - 9 Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury
Smew - 1 redhead Longham Lakes
Goosander - 2 Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 5 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 1 Abbotsbury
Marsh Harrier - 1 Abbotsbury
Water Rail - 1 Portland Bill
White Wagtail - 3 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Chiffchaff - 5 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 West Bexington

Mediterranean Gull - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Tuesday 5th March 2013

Bewick's Swan - 1 Longham Lakes
Scaup - 9 still Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 still Abbotsbury
Smew - 1 redhead Longham Lakes
Marsh Harrier - 3 Swineham (2 migrating over)
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor at 'The Hump'
Black Redstart - 2 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Weston Portland
Common Rosefinch - 1 juv/fem in private garden Broadstone.
Crossbill - 12 Lawsons Clump Wareham Forest.

Barn Owl - Camp Road Chickerell © Brett Spencer



















Short-eared Owl - Camp Road Chickerell © Brett Spencer

Sightings - Tuesday 5th March 2013

Scaup - 9 the Fleet Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 the Fleet Abbotsbury
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Merlin -  1 Littlemoor, Weymouth
Sanderling - 13 South Haven
Water Pipit -  1 Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 2 Portland Bill
Chiffchaff - first migrant bird at Portland
Firecrest - 1 Weston Portland
Common Rosefinch - 1 in private garden in Broadstone

Siberian Chiffchaff Weymouth (yesterday) © Brett Spencer















Sightings - Monday 4th March 2013

BLACK BRANT - 1 Ferrybridge
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Barnacle Goose - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Scaup - 9 the Fleet Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 the Fleet Abbotsbury
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 11 past Portland Bill
Slavonian Grebe - 3 off West Bexington, 2 Portland Harbour
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit Marsh
White Wagtail - 1 Portlnd Bill
Hoopoe - 1 flying off from Hamworthy towards Upton CP
Black Redstart - 1 Hengistbury Head, 3 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Holes Bay

Black Brant Ferrybridge © Mike Trew




Sightings - Sunday 3rd March 2013

Bewick's Swans - 2 Hampreston Fields
BLACK BRANT - 1 Ferrybridge
Green-winged Teal - drake from Middlebere Hide
Scaup - 9 the Fleet Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 the Fleet Abbotsbury, 1 off Shipstal Point
Smew - 1 Longham Lakes
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 9 past Portland Bill, 3 past Hengistbury Head
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Durlston
Red Kite - 1 Tollard Royal
Merlin - 1 Stanpit
Jack Snipe - 1 Nottington, 1 Weymouth
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down
Black Redstart - 1 Hengistbury Head
Common Rosefinch - 1 in private garden in Broadstone

Jack Snipe Weymouth © Brett Spencer

Bittern News

There have been sightings of Bittern on and off over the past few days from Swineham Gravel Pits.

This bird was picked up dead on Thursday 28th Feb but another bird was seen after it was found. There was no obvious cause of death although it did feel quite thin.


Bittern, Swineham Gravel Pits © N.Gartshore

Sightings - Saturday 2nd March 2013

BLACK BRANT - 1 Ferrybridge
Green-winged Teal - drake from Middlebere Hide
Scaup - 5 the Fleet Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 the Fleet Abbotsbury, 1 off Shipstal Point
Eider - 4 Hengistbury Head
Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 18 past Portland Bill, 9 past Hengistbury Head
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Middle Beach
Spoonbill - 6 Middlebere, 8 Arne Bay
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Marsh Harrier - 1 Radipole Lake
Merlin - 1 Arne Moors, 1 Middlebere
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Hengistbury Head
Ruff - 19 Avon Causeway
Spotted Redshank - 5 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Bar-tailed Godwit - 133 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Knot  - 17 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Dunlin - 800 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Grey Plover - 121 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Iceland Gull - 1 Radipole Lake
Water Pipit - 1 at Lytchett Bay
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wyke Down
Black Redstart - 3 Obs Quarry Portland Bill, 1 Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 3 Abbotsbury Gardens, 1 Hengistbury Head
Common Rosefinch - 1 in private garden in Broadstone

Sightings - Friday 1st March 2013

Bewick's Swan - 2 on Hampreston fields (seen from Longham Lakes)
Green-winged Teal - drake from Middlebere Hide
Scaup - 9 plus a hybrid still on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 3 still on the Fleet at Abbotsbury
Velvet Scoter - 2 still in Portland Harbour
Smew - 1 on Longham Lakes
Great Northern Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Brand's Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 from Mudeford Quay
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Brand's Bay
Spoonbill - 11 at Middlebere
Red Kite - 1 over Arne Moors
Purple Sandpiper - 10 Portland Bill
Ruff - 19 at Avon Causeway
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Puffin - 1 at Durlston
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Wyke Down
Water Pipit - 1 at Lytchett Bay
Great Grey Shrike - 1 still at Wyke Down
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Cerne Abbas
Firecrest -1 at Lytchett Bay, 1 near the PC World Drain, Poole
Common Rosefinch - 1 in private garden in Broadstone

Turnstone in Poole Park © Lorne Bissell