Sightings - Monday 30th September 2013

Falls of common migrants at Durlston and Portland

Red-breasted Merganser - 1 South Haven
Great White Egret - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Spoonbill - 5 over Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 14 Brownsea Island lagoon
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Ferrybridge
Little Gull - 1 Sandbanks
Meadow Pipit - 14500 over Hengistbury Head
Swallow - 6500 over Hengistbury Head
Redwing - 5 Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 1 Hengistbury Head, 2 Ringstead
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Obs
Common Rosefinch - 1 Portland Bill


Sightings - Sunday 29th September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 3 Portland Bill
Bittern - 1 Radipole 
Great White Egret - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Spoonbill - 7 still at Lodmoor, 3 Middlebere
Red Kite - 1 over West Bexington and Abbotsbury gardens
Merlin - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Ferrybridge
Hobby - 3 Portland Bill, 2 Radipole, 1 Abbotsbury gardens, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Grey Phalarope - 1 reported in Poole Harbour (from Sandbanks to Brownsea Island ferry)
Turtle Dove - 1 Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
Whinchat - 3 Lodmoor, 2 West Bexington
Ring Ouzel - 1 Stanpit
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 trapped and ringed at West Bexington
Firecrest - at least 10 in Abbotsbury gardens
Pied Flycatcher - 2 Lodmoor
Brambling - 1 Lodmoor
Common Rosefinch - 1 Portland Bill (same bird that was trapped on 27th)
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Portland Bill

Yellow-browed Warbler at West Bexington ©  Mike Morse

Sightings - Saturday 28th September 2013

Red-crested Pochard - 1 still at Longham Lakes
Balearic Shearwater - 3 past Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 2 past Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 7 Lodmoor
Merlin - 2 over Portland Bill, 1 Lodmoor
Hobby - 2 over Portland Bill, 2 over centre of Portland
Little Stint - 3 juveniles on Brownsea Island
Purple Sandpiper - first 3 of autumn at Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 14 Brownsea Island
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Turtle Dove - 1 Southwell (Portland)
Meadow Pipit - 6300 over Hengistbury Head before 10:30
Redwing - first 2 of autumn at Portland Bill
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Portland Bill

Sightings - Friday 27th September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 4, Portland; 1 Durlston
Corncrake - 1 reported in a private garden in Christchurch
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1, Stanpit
Ruff - 2, Hengistbury
Mediterranean Gull - 70, Studland
Black Kite - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Firecrest - 1, Hengistbury
Common Rosefinch - 1, Portland
Lapland Bunting - 1, Hengistbury Head

Late news from yesterday:
Red-crested Pochard - 1, Longham Lakes

Sightings - Thursday 26th September 2013

Garganey - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 1, Brands Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 2, Durlston
Spoonbill - 14, Shipstal
Little Stint - 1, Abbotsbury
Ruff - 1, Abbotsbury
Curlew Sandpiper - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Jack Snipe - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Spotted Redshank - 1, Brownsea
Great Skua - 1, Portland
Osprey - 1, Abbotsbury
Turtle Dove - 1, Portland

Sightings - Wednesday 25th September 2013

Red-crested Pochard - 1, Creekmoor Ponds
Garganey - 1, Christchurch Harbour
Balearic Shearwater - 1, Portland
Storm Petrel - 15, from a boat sw Portland
Golden Plover - 4, Portland
Curlew Sandpiper - 2, Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 1, Stanpit
Avocet - 3, Stanpit
Jack Snipe - 1, Stanpit
Merlin - 1, Durlston; 1 Portland
Marsh Harrier - 1 offshore, SE Portland
Grasshopper Warbler - 2, Hengistbury; 1 Durlston; 1 Portland
Firecrest - 2, Portland
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston
Brambling - 1, Portland

Sightings - Tuesday 24th September 2013

Brent Goose - 1, Christchurch Harbour; 1 Durlston
Wigeon - 250+ Holes Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 13, Portland plus 2-5 from a boat SW of Portland
Storm Petrel - 11, from a boat, SW of Portland
Little Stint - 1, Abbotsbury
Whimbrel - 1, Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1, Holes Bay
Black-tailed Godwit - 800+ Holes Bay
Little Gull - 1, Durlston
Sandwich Tern - 1, Holes Bay
Bonxie - 2, from a boat, SW of Portland
Osprey - 1, Abbotsbury
Hobby - 4, Morden Bog
Whinchat - 1, Hengistbury; 1, Durlston; 2, Morden Bog
Melodious Warbler - 1, Portland


Rock Pipit, Christchurch Harbour.  Copyright Joe Murphy


Melodious Warbler, Portland.  Copyright Will Bown.

Sightings - Monday 23rd September 2013

More significant hirundine movements, mainly Swallows, reported from Durlston, Stoborough Heath and East Bexington

Arctic Skua - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Wryneck - 1 Hengistbury Head
Yellow Wagtail - 44 East Bexington
Whinchat - 9 West Bexington
Melodious Warbler - 1 Portland Bill
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Portland Bill

Sightings - Sunday 22nd September 2013

A significant Swallow and Meadow Pipit movement reported today from a number of sites.

Swallow - 34000 west over Christchurch Harbour
House Martin - 2/3000 over Christchurch Harbour
Turtle Dove - 1 top Fields Portland
Wryneck - 1 Arne
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bill
Common Rosefinch - 1 trapped at West Bexington
Firecrest - 6 Abbotsbury Gardens

Common Rosefinch at West Bexington copyright Mike Morse

Sightings - Saturday 21st September 2013

Little Gull - 1 Lodmoor
Black Tern -  1 Poole harbour
Osprey - Lytchett Bay
Little Stint - 1 Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Brownsea
Spotted Redshank - 7 Brownsea
Spoonbill - 1 Mudeford


Great spotted woodpecker, Hengistbury Head (c) Joseph Murphy


Spotted redshanks, Brownsea (c) Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Friday 20th September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 8 Cogden Beach; 10 Portland
Black Tern - 1 Lodmoor
Grey Phalarope - 1 Portland
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Stanpit
Garganey - 1 Stanpit
Merlin - 1 Portland
Wryneck - Hengistbury Head
White Wagtail - 2 Portland


Ringed Plover, Hengistbury Head (c) Joseph Murphy


Med gull, Radipole, (c) Chris Parnell

Sightings - Thursday 19th September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 150 past Portland in an hour this morning
Spoonbill - 3 Lodmoor
Brent Goose - 2 Christchurch harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Semi-palmated Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Lagoon
Grey Phalarope - 1 Highcliffe
Merlin - 1 Christchurch harbour
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Wick
Yellow Wagtail - 42  Christchurch harbour

Sightings - Wednesday 18th September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 61 Portland; 5 Hengistbury
Black Tern - 1 Mudeford
Grey Phalarope - 1 Osprey Quay
Merlin - 2 Portland
Osprey - 1 Portland
Wryneck - 1 again in the Barn Field, Hegistbury Hd
Spotted Flycatcher - 50-60 Wareham Forest
Whinchat - 1 Sunnyside Farm
Firecrest - 2 Broadstone Rec

Sightings - Tuesday 17th September 2013

Red-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 10 Portland Bill
Hobby - 1 Holton Lee, 1 in off sea Hengistbury Hd.
Little Stint - 1 Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 7 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Bay
Great Skua - 5 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 1st/W Radipole Lake, 1 past Hengistbury Hd.
Yellow-legged Gull - 2 Lytchett Bay
Black Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay
Arctic Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay
Sandwich Tern - 275 past Hengistbury Hd, 112 inside Christchurch Hbr.
Wryneck - 1 again in the Barn Field Hegistbury Hd.
Swallow - 1000+ Portland Bill

Sightings - Monday 16th September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 4 Portland Bill
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Bay
Osprey - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Over Radipole Lake
Merlin - 1 Arne Moors
Hobby - 1 Seacombe
Little Stint - 1 Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Stanpit Marsh
White-winged Black Tern - 1 early a.m Swineham GP last seen just after 09:00hrs

Sightings - Sunday 15th September 2013

Sooty Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Balearic Shearwater - 7 Hengistbury Hd, 3 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 10 Arne on Shipstal Pt.
Osprey - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Lytchett Bay
Merlin - 1 Portland Bill
Hobby - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Langton Matravers
Arctic Skua - 4 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 Swineham GP, 1 Mudeford Quay.
Black Tern - 2 juv Arne off Parchin's Pt, 1 Chesil Cove
White-winged Black Tern - Swineham GPs
Arctic Tern - 1 Chesil Cove
Wryneck - 1 still Hengistbury Hd. (Barn Field)
Tree Pipit - 9 Portland Bill
Meadow Pipit - 1200 Portland Bill
Yellow Wagtail - 36 Portland Bill, 30 Hengistbury Hd.
Large numbers of Hirundine Swallow & House Martin moved through the western edge of Poole Harbour this morning, numbers must have been in the 1000s.



White-winged Black Tern at Swineham GPs © Peter Moore

Spotted Flycatcher - Stanpit Marsh © Stuart Jones

Sightings - Saturday 14th September 2013

Garganey - 1 drake Stanpit Marsh
Balearic Shearwater - 94 Portland bill, 43 Hengistbury Hd.
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Great White Egret - 1 Wick seen to fly up river.
Osprey - 1 Morden Bog
Dotterel - 1 past Portland Bill
Little Stint - 2 Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Stanpit Marsh
Ruff - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Is.
Greenshank - 8 Staanpit Marsh, 6 Brownsea Is.
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury  Hd, 1 Sandbanks Ferry.
Black Tern - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Roseate Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Wryneck - 1 Hengistbury Hd (Barn Field)
Red-rumped Swallow - 1 this evening Middlebere 100m down track from road.
Tawny Pipit - 1 reported at Rodden.
Nightingale - 1 for its 19th day Portland Bill (Obs Quarry)

CR Black-tailed Godwit - Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell

Greenshank - Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Friday 13th September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Osprey - 2 Keysworth, 1 at Morden Bog - this bird has blue and silver rings.
Hobby - 3 Morden Bog
Arctic Skua - 2 Portland Bill
Great Skua - 2 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1-2 Mudeford Quay
Arctic Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay
Grey Plover - 1 Stanpit
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Knot - 2 Christchurch Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 5 Christchurch Harbour
Green Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Greenshank - 11 Christchurch Harbour
Whimbrel - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Wryneck - 1 Hengistbury, 1 Southwell (Portland)
Turtle Dove - 1 Portland Bill
Whinchat - 3 Hengistbury Head, 1 Morden Bog

Sightings - Thursday 12th September 2013

Spoonbill - 8 Brownsea Island
Hobby - 3 Morden Bog
Arctic Skua - 5 Portland Bill
Long-Tailed Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Corncrake - 1 Culverwell (Portland)
Avocet - 94 Brownsea
Common Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit
Green Sandpiper - 1 West Bexington
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea, 1 Stanpit
Greenshank - 4 Brownsea, 1 Stanpit
Nightjar - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Wryneck - 1 Hengistbury, 1 Southwell (Portland)
Redstart - 1 Durlston
Whinchat - 5 West Bexington
Nightingale - 1 Portland
Swallow - 2000+ Durlston, 300 Hengistbury Head
House Martin - 2000+ Durlston, 2000 Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 1 Durlston



Avocet at Brownsea © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Wednesday 11th September 2013

Good numbers of the commoner migrants reported from many locations.

Merlin - 1 Portland Bill
Balearics Shearwater - 9 past Portland Bill
House Martin - 1800 Durlston
Swallow - 1000 Durlston
Meadow Pipit - 370 over Christchurch Harbour
Wryneck - 1 Waterworks Quarry Portland, 1 Barn Field  Harbour Christchurch Harbour
Icterine Warbler - 1 Verne Common
Tree Sparrow - 2 over Portland

Sightings - Tuesday 10th September 2013

Goshawk - a probable over Holton Heath
Osprey - 1 Morden Bog, 2 Wareham Channel, 1 Lytchett Bay
Merlin - 1 Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 8 Brownsea Island lagoon
Balearic Shearwater - 21 past Portland Bill
Little Stint - 1 Lytchett Bay
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Bay
Spotted Redshank - 10 Brownsea Island lagoon
Wryneck - 1 West Bexington, 2 Hengistbury Head
Meadow Pipit - 220  over Durlston
Whinchat - 6 West Bexington
Northern Wheatear - 21 Durlston, 20 West Bexington, 100 Portland Bill, 18 Hengistbury Head
Firecrest - 1 Durlston

Sightings - Monday 9th September 2013

Osprey - 1 over Corfe Castle
Balearic Shearwater - 10 past Portland Bill, 4 past Durlston
Avocet - 100 Brownsea Island lagoon
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Stanpit Marsh, 2 Brownsea Island lagoon
Little Stint - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 8 Brownsea Island lagoon
Wryneck - 1 Barn Field Christchurch Harbour, 1 West Bexington
Nightingale - 1 Portland Obs Quarry

Avocet Brownsea Island copyright Clinton Whale


Sightings - Sunday 8th September 2013

Pintail  - 3 Lytchett Bay
Osprey - 2 Arne, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Greenshank - 10 Middlebere, 12 Lytchett Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 6 past Portland Bill
Black Tern - 2 Arne
Roseate Tern -  1 Stanpit
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Nightingale - 1 Portland Obs Quarry
Wryneck - 1 Upwey (yesterday), 1 Hengisbury Head, 1 West Bexington

Wryneck at West Bexington copyright Mike Morse

Wryneck West Bexington copyright Mike Morse
 

Sightings - Saturday 7th September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 2, Portland
Garganey - 2, Stanpit
Curlew Sandpiper - 1, Lytchett Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1, Stanpit
Osprey - 4, Arne; 2, Mudeford Quay
Merlin - 1, Hengistbury
Arctic Tern - 2, Mudeford
Black Tern - 1, Mudeford
Corncrake - 1, Portland
Wryneck - 1, Upwey; 1 Hengistbury; 2 Portland
Icterine Warbler - 1, Lulworth Cove
Nightingale - 1, Portland
Pied Flycatcher - 1, Portland
Black Redstart - 1, Arne
Ring Ouzel - 1, Upwey
Ortolan Bunting - 1+ Portland

Sightings - Friday 6th September 2013

Eider - 2, Mudeford Quay
Great White Egret - 1, Portland
Curlew Sandpiper - 9, Brownsea
Black Tern - 3, Mudeford Quay
Arctic Tern - 1, Mudeford Quay
Roseate Tern - 2, Mudeford Quay
Arctic Skua - 4, Mudeford Quay
Osprey - 1, Langton Herring; 1 Portland; 1 Hengistbury Head
Hobby - 1, Durlston
Turtle Dove - 1, Durlston
Wryneck - 1, Hengistbury Head
Wood Warbler - 1, Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 1, Durlston
Nightingale  - 1, Portland
Pied Flycatcher - 1, Portland
Whinchat - 16, West Bexington; 6, Langton Herring; 4 Hengistbury
Ortolan Bunting - 1, Portland

Sightings - Thursday 5th September 2013

Bittern - 1, Radipole
Spoonbill - 7, Arne
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1, Abbotsbury
Curlew Sandpiper - Abbotsbury
Avocet - 1, Stanpit
Bar-tailed Godwit - 55, Arne
Yellow-legged Gull - 2, Arne
Honey Buzzard - 1, Abbotsbury
Swift - 1, Hengistbury
Wryneck -2 or 3, Hengistbury; 1 Cogden Beach
Tree Pipit - 6, Hengistbury
Grasshopper Warbler - 1, Durlston; 1, Cogden Beach
Whinchat - 1, Durlston; 7 Hengistbury
Redstart - 1, Durlston
Ortolan Bunting - 4, Portland


Wryneck, Hengistbury.  Copyright, Joe Murphy.




Tree Pipit, Cogden Beach.  Copyright Mike Morse.

Sightings - Wednesday 4th September 2013

Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1, Abbotsbury
Curlew Sandpiper - 5 Abbotsbury; 1, Stanpit
Little Stint - 1, Ferrybridge
Greenshank - 1, Stanpit
Bar-tailed Godwit - 2, Ferrybridge
Yellow-legged Gull - 1, Ferrybridge
Roseate Tern - 2, Stanpit
Black Tern - 1, Stanpit
Whinchat - 1, Ringstead/White Nothe
Pied Flycatcher - 1, Durlston
Nightingale - 1, Hengistbury
Redstart - 3, Hengistbury
Tree Pipit - 3, Hengistbury Head




Images of the Semipalmated Sandpiper
 (lower picture with a Curlew Sandpiper & Dunlin).
Copyright Luke Phillips

Sightings - Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 10 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 2+ Brownsea Island
Osprey - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Morden Bog
Hobby - 1 Morden Bog
Little Ringed Plover - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Whimbrel - 4 Stanpit
Knot - 7 Stanpit
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Island
Curlew Sandpiper - 3+ Abbotsbury Swannery
Common Sandpiper - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Green Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Greenshank - 1 Stanpit
Redstart - 2 Hengistbury/Wick, 1 Morden Bog
Nightingale - 1 Portland Bill
Icterine Warbler - 1 Portland Bill


Also reported:  a Diamond Dove (an Australian native) in Horton.

Herring Gull at Hengistbury © Joseph Murphy
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Ferrybridge, Sunday © Steve Carey

Sightings - Monday 2nd September 2013

Balearic Shearwater - 8 Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 1 probable at Keysworth
Spoonbill - 7 Brownsea Island
Honey Buzzard - 1 Upwey
Osprey - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Upton CP
Hobby - 4 Morden Bog, 1 Upton CP, 1 Wick
Merlin - 1 East Bexington, 1 Ferrybridge
Little Ringed Plover - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Whimbrel - 2 Stanpit
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Island
Curlew Sandpiper - 4 Brownsea Island, 2 Rodden Hive, 3 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 1 Rodden Hive
Spotted Redshank - 5 Brownsea Island, 1 Stanpit
Greenshank - 3 Brownsea Island
Wryneck - 1 Wick
Cuckoo - 1 Portland Bill
Yellow Wagtail - 32 East Bexington, 15 Wick
White Wagtail - 8 Portland Bill
Whinchat - 1 East Bexington, 3 Hengistbury/Wick, 1 Morden Bog
Redstart - 3 Morden Bog, 1 Seacombe/Winspit


Pied Wagtail at Hengistbury © Joe Murphy




Sightings - Sunday 1st September 2013

Red-crested Pochard - 1 male still at Radipole
Balearic Shearwater - 33 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 8 Brownsea Island
Osprey -  2 Middlebere , 2 at Holton Heath, 1 from Swineham Point, 1 over Organford, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Golden Plover - 1 Seacombe
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Little Stint - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Ferrybridge
Curlew Sandpiper - 5 on Brownsea Island
Spotted Redshank - 8 Brownsea Island, 1 Stanpit
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Little Gull - 1 off Abbotsbury beach
Black Tern - 1  in Wareham Channel, 1 off Abbotsbury beach, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Cuckoo - 1 Portland Bill
Wryneck -  1 Morden Bog, 1 again in Wick Fields, Hengistbury Head
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - 1 Morden Bog
White Wagtail - 10 Portland Bill
Yellow Wagtail - 300+ roosting at Abbotsbury Swannery (68 ringed, which included several Blue-headed types), 50 Radipole
Nightingale - 1 still at Portland Bill
Redstart - 4 Durlston, 2 Morden Bog, 1 near Lodmoor
Whinchat - 5 Christchurch Harbour, 3 Morden Bog, 1 Seacombe, 1 Durlston
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 6 Abbotsbury Gardens
Pied Flycatcher - 4 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Crossbill - 5 Morden Bog

Yesterday : a Bittern was reported at Radipole RSPB

Bearded Tit at Lodmoor © Kay & Alan Mantripp

Yellow Wagtail at Abbotsbury Swannery yesterday © Luke Phillips