Sightings - Wednesday 31st December 2014

A Happy New Year to all our contributors and readers.

Green-winged Teal - 1 Brands Bay.
Black-Necked Grebe - 16 Portland Harbour, 18 Studland.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Hengistbury Head, 2 Studland.
Spoonbill - 32 Arne, 4 Upton CP/Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 3 Holes Bay.
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Poole Harbour mouth.
Great Skua - 2 Portland Bill.
Little Gull - 1 Brands Bay/Goathorn.
Black Guillemot - 1 Poole Harbour mouth, 1 Portland Harbour.
Water Pipit - 2 Stanpit.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Gillingham fishing lakes.
Firecrest - 1 Warmwell.

Late news:  Male Hen Harrier at Holt Heath yesterday.



Goldcrest near White Mill © Trevor Wilkinson




















Black-talied Godwit at Stanpit © Joe Murphy


Sightings - Tuesday 30th December 2014

Velvet Scoter - 2 Hengistbury Head
Black-Throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Weymouth Bay
Black-Necked Grebe - 23 Brands Bay, 16 Portland Harbour.
Bittern - 1 Swineham
Spoonbill - 21+ Holes Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Swineham.
Grey Plover - 64 Brands Bay, 20 Stanpit
Knot - 2 Stanpit
Jack Snipe - 2 Swineham, 3-5 Winterbourne Abbas
Spotted Redshank - 5 Holes Bay.
Common Sandpiper - 2 Holes Bay
Green Sandpiper - 1 Winterbourne Abbas
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Hengistbury Head, 4 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 Brands Bay
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit.
Scandinavian Rock Pipit - 5 Stanpit.
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Newtons Cove, 1 The Nothe.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Preston.
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP.

Late news:  1000 Golden Plover at Maiden Castle yesterday.

Bearded Tit at Radipole © Phyl England

Chiffchaff at Stanpit © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 29th December 2014

Greenland White-fronted Goose - 1 Rodden Hive
Velvet Scoter - 2 Portland Hbr.
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 38 Stipstal Point, 1 Swineham Point
Red Kite - 2 Stubhampton
Green Sandpiper 3 Waddock Cross Cressbeds, 1 Knighton Heath
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Castle
Richard's Pipit - 1 Redcliffe Pt.
Scandinavian Rock Pipit - 5 Stanpit Marsh
Water Pipit - 2 Priory Marsh, 1 North Marsh Stanpit.
Black Redstart - 2 Pymore Bridport, 1 Sherborne
Ring Ouzel - 1 Overcombe

Peregrine - Bournemouth © David Wareham

Grey Plover - Hengistbbury Head © Joe Murphy

DBC Guided Walk Programme: January to June 2015

All walks are open to members and non-members and are FREE.
Just turn up on the day at the meeting place/time advertised (unless booking is advised).

Walk categories
A:  Easy - fairly short walk over relatively flat ground, with no/few stiles.
B:  Medium - moderate distance, and/or moderate hills, and/or moderate number of stiles.
C:  Strenuous - long distance, and/or steep hills, and/or many stiles.
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the time of year.
Car Park charges - in most cases where we meet in a public or site car park there will be a parking fee to pay so please bring change with you.

Sunday 11th January: Bird Crawl. 09:30 - 14:00 approx.
Just for fun, a more sedate version of a bird race.  How many species can you find around Upton Country Park and Holes Bay? Meet in the car park at the entrance to Upton CP (SY 991932). Category A - but can be muddy in places.

Sunday 15th February: Normandy Marsh. 09:30 - 14:00 approx.
Meet in the car park near Lymington Sailing Club (SZ 333950) - charges apply.
Category B - moderate distance.

Sunday 29th March: Portland Harbour / Ferrybridge. 09:30 - 13:00 approx.
Meet in the car park by the Chesil Beach Centre (SY 668756) - charges apply. Category A.

Sunday 26th April: Seacombe and Dancing Ledge. 09:30 - all day.
Meet in the car park in Worth Matravers (SY 974776) - charges apply.
Category C - some steep hills / stiles.

Sunday 24th May: Sturminster Newton. 09:30 - 14:00 approx.
Meet in the car park of Station Road (ST 787142) - charges apply.
Category B - moderate distance with one or two steep hills.

Friday 5th June 2015: White Sheet Plantation, near Wimborne. 19:30 - dusk.
Meet in the car park on the bend in the road (SU 048036). Category A.

Sunday 28th June: Martin Down. 09:30 - all day.
Meet in the car park at the end of Sillen Lane (SU 057191). Category B - moderate distance.

For further details of any of the guided walks please contact:
Richard Charman (Outdoor Meetings Organiser)
Phone: 07799 624062    or email:  walks@dorsetbirds.org.uk 

Sightings - Sunday 28th December 2014

Greenland White-fronted Goose - 1 Abbotsbury
Goosander - 1 drake over Christchurch Hbr north.
Red-throated Diver - 20 past Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Hbr.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Sandsfoot Castle, 2 Ringstead Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 22 Studland Bay, 11 Sandsfoot Castle
Great White Egret - 1 Little Sea Studland
Spoonbill - 7 Holes Bay
Hen Harrier - 4 today in the Poole Hbr area
Jack Snipe - 1 Winterbourne Abbas Cressbeds
Spotted Redshank - 2 Brownsea Is, 1 Holes Bay, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Sandwich Tern - 2 Hamworthy Quay
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Castle
Short-eared Owl - 4 Wyke Down
Richard's Pipit - 1 Redcliff Point nr, Bowleaze Cove
Scandinavian Rock Pipit - 10 Stanpit Marsh
Water Pipit - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle

Purple Sandpiper - Lyme Regis on The Cobb © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Saturday 27th December 2014

Greenland White-fronted Goose - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 1 Portland Hbr.
Red-throated Diver - 2 past off Mudeford Quay, 1 Durlston CP.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Hbr.
Spoonbill - 2 Holes Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 Hartland Moor
Rough-legged Buzzard - 2 reported over Stour LNR from New Rd.
Purple Sandpiper - 6 Lyme Regis Cobb, 3 Portland Bill
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Castle
'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit - 10 reported Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 1 Newton's Cove

Short-eared Owl with prey - Wyke Down © Chris Minvalla

Wigeon - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Friday 26th December 2014

Eider - 1 Portland Castle, 1 Hamm Beach
Red-throated Diver - 3 Hengistbury Hd.
Black-necked Grebe - 19 off Middle Beach Studland.
Rock Pipit - 6 'Scandinavian' Stanpit Marsh
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bill Obs.

25th December
Goosander - 3 Blandford on the river.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Purple Sandpiper - 3 North Haven Sandbank on groynes.
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Castle
Short-eared Owl - 4 Wyke Down
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bill Obs.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 in tit flock Bridport

Purple Sandpiper - Hengistbury Hd, © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Wednesday 24th December 2014

A very Merry Christmas to all members of the Dorset Bird Club and visitors to this site, especially all who have submitted sightings and photographs during the year.

Black Brant - 1 on Fleet at Wyke Regis
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 15 Studland Bay
Red Kite - 3 Sutton Hill (near Sutton Waldron)
Merlin - 1 over A31 at Ashley Heath
Common Sandpiper - 2 Winspit
Sandwich Tern - 1 Hengistbury Head
Barred Warbler - 1 still at Portland Observatory

Sightings - Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Slavonian Grebe - 1 off South Beach, Studland
Black-necked Grebe - 26 off South Beach, Studland
Great White Egret - 1 Littlesea
Little Stint - 1 Mudeford Quay
Purple Sandpiper - 3 North Haven
Green Sandpiper - 1 Sturminster Marshall
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Bonxie - 1 off Portland Bill
Sandwich Tern - 1 off Middle Beach, Studland
Black Guillemot - 1 off Portland Castle
Barn Owl - 1 Llewel Mill (near Crossways)
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Observatory
Firecrest - 1 Durlston

Sightings - Monday 22nd December 2014

Brent Goose - 1200 Ferrybridge (6 pale-bellied form)
Black-necked Grebe - 1 off Hengistbury Head, 7 off South Beach, Studland
Marsh Harrier - 2 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere
Purple Sandpiper - 12 from Mudeford Quay, 3 Portland Bill
Black-tailed Godwit - 36 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Sandwich Tern - 2 South Beach, Studland
Black Guillemot - 1 off Portland Castle
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Observatory Garden

Sightings - Sunday 21st December 2014

Brent Goose - 120 Stanpit
Velvet Scoter - 2 Ringstead Bay
Slavonian Grabe - 1 Ringstead Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 3 North Haven (Poole Harbour entrance)
Black-tailed Godwit - 25 Stanpit
Black Guillemot - 1 (possible) St Aldhelm's Head, 1 off Mudeford Quay
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Observatory garden
Firecrest - 1 Rushcombe (Roman Road), 1 Hengistbury

Great Bustard  - 1 Lytchett Bay

Short-eared Owl Wyke Down (20 Dec) copyright Joe Mitchell


Sightings - Saturday 20th December 2014

Eider - 1 female off Boscowen Centre, Portland Harbour
Common Scoter - 13 off Middle Beach, Studland
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Shell Bay (am), 1 (same bird?) off South Beach (pm)
Slavonian Grebe - 2 off Middle Beach, Studland
Black-necked Grebe - 19 off Middle Beach, Studland
Spoonbill - 2 Holes Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Swineham
Hen Harrier - 1 Swineham
Avocet - 100+ - Holes Bay
Black-tailed Godwit- 350 Upton CP - Holes Bay
Sandwich Tern - 2 at Poole Harbour entrance
Black Guillemot - 1 off Portland Castle
Short-eared Owl - 1 Slepe Heath
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle, 1 Hengistbury Head
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Observatory Garden
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Friday 19th December 2014

Eider - 3 Portland Harbour
Goosander - 1 redhead again at Sturminster Marshall GP
Great Northern Diver - 1 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Studland Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Studland Bay, 1 Shell Bay
Black-necked Grebe - at least 19 in Studland Bay, 3 off Jerry's Point
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 Wyke Down
Purple Sandpiper - 16 Hengistbury Head, 2 Portland Bill
Sandwich Tern - 2 Studland Bay
Black Guillemot - 1 Studland Bay (from Middle Beach
Richard's Pipit - 1 still at Redcliff Point
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Barred Warbler - 1 PBO garden
Firecrest - 2 Durlston
Cirl Bunting - 1 West Bexington
 
Hen Harrier at Wyke Down © Dave Hill
 

 

Sightings - Thursday 18th December 2014

Velvet Scoter - 2 still in Ringstead Bay
Goosander - 7 Spetisbury, 1 Frampton
Red-throated Diver - 2 Hengistbury Head
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Ringstead Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Shell Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Shell Bay
Merlin - 1 Upper Parkstone, 1 Spetisbury, 1 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 4 Wareham Channel area,  a ringtail in Lytchett Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Barred Warbler - 1 still in Portland Observatory garden
 

Sightings - Wednesday 17th December 2014

Eider - 3 Portland Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 2 Ringstead Bay
Goosander - 1 redhead Sturminster Marshall GP
Great Northern Diver - 5 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Ringstead Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Shell Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 12 Portland Harbour
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 1 Arne
Hen Harrier - 2 Arne
Red Kite - 3 Cheselbourne
Jack Snipe - 1 Chedington, 1 Lodmoor
Caspian Gull - 1st winter at Radipole RSPB car park
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Short-eared Owl - 1 Arne
Richard's Pipit - 1 still at Redcliff Point
Black Redstart - up to 3 around Sherborne
Barred Warbler - 1 still in Portland Observatory garden
Firecrest - 2 Durlston

Sightings - Tuesday 16th December 2014

Barnacle Goose - 38 Rodden Hive
Eider - 3 Portland Harbour
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour
Spoonbill - 4 Stanpit, 1 Holes Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 Wyke Down
Great Bustard - 3 over Portland
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Portland Bill
Short-eared Owl - 4 Wyke Down
Swallow - 1 Hengisbury Head
Richard's Pipit - 1 Redcliff Point
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Bay
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor (Portland)
Barred Warbler - 1 still at Portland Observatory
 
Black-tailed Godwit at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
 



Sightings - Monday 15th December 2014.

Long-tailed Duck - 1 off Shipstal.
Black-necked Grebe - 21 Middle Beach, 2 Shipstal, 1 Rodden Hive, 1 Shell Bay.
Red Kite - 1 over Tarrant Gunville.
Merlin - 1 Herbury.
Lapwing - c450 Rodden Hive, c110 Middlebere.
Short-eared Owl - 2 Wyke Down, 1 Arne Moors.
Firecrest - 2 Knoll Beach, 1 Hengistbury.
Lesser Redpoll - 2 Shell Bay.

Caspian Gull 1st W – Radipole © Dave Chown.

Short-eared Owls – Wyke Down  © Dave Hill.

Sightings - Sunday 14th December 2014.

Great Northern Diver - 2 Studland Bay, 1 Shell Bay, 1 Brands Bay.
Black-necked Grebe - 28 Studland Bay, 2 Shell Bay.
Slavonian Grebe - 3 Studland Bay.
Merlin - 1 near Worgret Manor.
Ringed Plover - 37 Stanpit.
Grey Plover - 12 Stanpit, 10 Brands Bay.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 2 Lychett Bay.
Black-tailed Godwit - 100+ Brands Bay, 60 Stanpit.
Caspian Gull - 1 1stW bird Radipole.
Sandwich Tern - 2 Shell Bay.
Rock Pipit - 9 "scandinavian" type Stanpit.
Cirl Bunting - 1 reported at Cogden.

Sanderlings – Shell Bay  © Will Bown.

Sightings - Saturday 13th December 2014.

Pintail - 4 Stanpit Marsh, 1 drake Longham Lakes.
Velvet Scoter - 2 Ringstead Bay.
Golden Plover - 600 Monkey Jump to Maiden Castle.
Lapwing - 376 Lodmoor, 250 Monkey Jump.
Pomarine Skua - 1 W passing Durlston CP.
Black Guillemot - still in Portland Harbour.
Short-eared Owl - 1 Arne Moors.
Black Redstart - 2 Blacknor, 1 Portland Bill.
Redwing - 14 Longfield Christchurch, 10 Maiden Castle area.
Fieldfare - 200 Maiden Castle area.
Barred Warbler - still at Portland Observatory.
Yellowhammer - 6 Maiden Castle area.
Corn Bunting - 6 Rainbarrow Farm.

Goosander drake – Canford Bridge© Roger Peart.

Somerset Atlas of Breeding & Wintering Birds: pre-pub offer

Foreword by Simon King; Introduction by Stephen Moss
Illustrations by Mike Langman

To be published November 2014

Somerset is a wonderful county for birds. From Exmoor, the Quantocks and Bridgwater Bay in the west, through the Blackdown, Mendip and Polden Hills and the low-lying Levels and Moors in the centre, to Selwood Forest in the east, it supports more than 200 different species of bird. 

Now Somerset’s very special birdlife has been mapped in a new book: the Somerset Atlas of Breeding & Wintering Birds, to be published in November.

Produced by the Somerset Ornithological Society (SOS) and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), with thousands of records collected by more than 600 volunteers, this is the very first time the birds of Somerset have been documented so thoroughly.

The Atlas will be an invaluable resource both now and in the future, to help us plan how best to help Somerset’s birdlife. It is also a fascinating snapshot of the current status and distribution of birds in Somerset.

Species featured include common residents such as the Robin and Blackbird, summer visitors including the Cuckoo, Swift and Swallow, passage migrants such as seabirds and waders, and winter visitors – amongst them thousands of ducks, geese and swans.

The Atlas also confirms that Somerset is now home to some exciting new arrivals, taking advantage of the newly created wetland habitats on the Somerset Levels. Bitterns have returned to breed after an absence of almost half a century, while new arrivals from the south including Great White and Little Egrets, Little Bittern, and the reintroduced flock of Cranes now in residence on the southern part of the levels. Meanwhile Buzzards, Red Kites and Peregrines – once driven to the edge of extinction by poisoning and pesticides – are now a regular sight in Somerset’s skies.

But it’s not all good news. Many once common and familiar birds have either declined in numbers or in a few sad cases have disappeared completely. The tiny Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is not longer found in the county’s cider apple orchards, while Yellowhammers no longer sing their characteristic ‘little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheeese’ song from many of our hedgerows. Willow Tit, Grasshopper Warbler and Merlin have almost disappeared as breeding birds, while Turtle Doves and Corn Buntings are no longer found in Somerset at all.

To combat these declines, conservationists, birders and volunteers are now joining forces to improve existing habitats and create new ones, to try to bring these lost birds back and to encourage new colonists. Who knows what the next decade will bring: maybe White Storks, Glossy Ibis and even Bee-eater could breed here for the first time.

The Somerset Atlas of Breeding & Wintering Birds is on a special offer price of £25 + £4.95 postage and packing - £29.95 total, until 31 December 2014, after which the cover price will rise to £35 + p&p.

To order, please send a cheque payable to ‘Somerset Ornithological Society’ to:

Somerset Atlas Offer, Motcombe House, Combe Wood Lane, Combe St. Nicholas, Chard, Somerset TA20 3NH

Sightings - Friday 12th December 2014.

Great Northern Diver - 5 Weymouth Bay, 1 off Sandbanks.
Bittern - 2 Lodmoor, 1 Swineham/Arne Moors border.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 off Sandbanks, 1 going west off Christchurch Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 going west off Christchurch Harbour.
Marsh Harrier - 11 This evening around the Wareham Channel, 2 - Radipole.
Hen Harrier - 2 Ringtails in the Wareham Channel.
Golden Plover - c1100 Maiden Castle.
Lapwing - c300 Lodmoor, 110 Radipole.
Sanderling - 14 Sandbanks, 2 Long Groyne Christchurch Harbour.
Woodcock - 2 Rushcombe.
Swallow - 1 Brownsea.
Richard's Pipit - 1 still at Bowleaze Cove.
Brambling - 1 Wick.

Sightings - Thursday 11th December 2014

Swallow - 1 Ferrybridge
Purple Sandpiper - 21 Hengistbury Head
Great Skua - 3 past Portland Bill
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Obs

Sightings - Wednesday 10th December 2014

Eider - 3 Portland Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Overcombe
Spoonbill - 40 Arne
Black Guillemot - 1 off Portland Castle
Short-eared Owl - 4 Wyke Down
Swallow - 1 Brownsea Island
Richard's Pipit - 1 Redcliff Point
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Obs
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Tuesday 9th December 2014

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 6 Ferrybridge
Eider - 3 Portland Harbour
Merlin - 1 Wyke Down
Woodcock - 4 Merley Park
Short-eared Owl -1 Wyke Down
Siberian Chiffchaff - probable Winspit Valley
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Obs

Sightings - Monday 8th December 2014

Bean Goose - 2 Arne Moors/Swineham
Velvet Scoter - 2 Ringstead Bay
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Short-eared Owl - 4 Wyke Down
Richard's Pipit - 1 Redcliffe Point
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Obs

Bean Geese Arne Moors © Joe Mitchell

Sightings - Sunday 7th December 2014

Bean Goose - 2 remain in Bestwall/Swineham Meadows area
Velvet Scoter - 2 Ringstead Bay
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Overcombe Corner
Great Northern Diver - 4 off Overcombe Corner
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Great White Egret - 1 Slepe Heath, pos same over The Moors
Spoonbill - 14 Holes Bay
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Castle
Richard's Pipit - 1 Red Cliff Pt.
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bill Obs garden
Starling - 5-7000 Avon Causeway/Ogber, 1500-2000 Verwood

Sightings - Saturday 6th December 2014

Bean Goose - 2 Bestwall Water Meadow (Stilt Pools)
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 Ferrybridge
Black-necked Grebe - 23 Studland Bay
Spoonbill - 1 Lytchett Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 6 on the sandspit Hengistbury Hd.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stabpit Marsh
Black Guillemot - 1 still off Portland Castle
Richard's Pipit - 1 Redcliff Pt.
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Bay
Black Redstart - 2 Blacknor Pt.
Northern Wheatear - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Barred Warbler - 1 resurfaced at Portland Obs garden
Firecrest - 1 Pennsylvania Castle

Common Gull - Hengistbury Hd. © Joe Murphy

Sandwich Tern - Poole Harbour © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Friday 5th December 2014

Eider - 1 from Portland Castle
Common Scoter - 5 central Poole Hbr.
Great Northern Diver - 2 off Brownsea Is, 1 of Portland Castle
Black-necked Grebe - 2 central Poole Hbr.
Spoonbill - 32 Brownsea Is.
Hen Harrier - 3 Poole Hbr.
Woodcock - 2 Durlston CP.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Is.
Greenshank - 1 Brownsea Is.
Sandwich Tern - 2 Shell Bay
Richard's Pipit - 1 Redcliff Point
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Bay
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Broadstone (ringed in private garden)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Winspit Valley
Firecrest - 3 Pennsylvania Castle, 2 Durlston CP, 1 Broadstone, 1 Osmington.
Snow Bunting - 1 Stanpit Marsh

Oystercatcher & Bar-tailed Godwits - Poole Hbr © Lorne Bissell

Black Redstart - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy



Sightings - Thursday 4th December 2014

Long-tailed Duck - 4 Abbotsbury
Spoonbill - 7 over Poole Bus Station
Short-eared Owl - at least 1 Wyke Down
Richard's Pipit - 1 still Redcliff Point
Black Redstart - 2 Blacknor, 1 Sherborne Boys School
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP.

Sightings - Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Goosander - 4 The Fleet (Herbury).
Great Northern Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Red-Throated Diver - 15 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill.
Black-Necked Grebe - 1 The Fleet (Rodden Hive Point).
Spoonbill - 14 Brownsea Island.
Grey Plover - 2 Brands Bay.
Golden Plover - 200+ Maiden Castle.
Spotted Redshank - 8 Brownsea Island.
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Poole Harbour mouth, 2 Portland Bill.
Pomarine Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Short-Eared Owl - 4+ Wyke Down.
Hoopoe - 1 Portland Bill, 1 reported West Lulworth.
Swallow - 1 near Rodden Hive.
Richard's Pipit - 1 Redcliff Point (E of Bowleaze Cove).
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 4+ Portland (Blacknor).
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head, 2 Pennsylvania Castle.

Brambling - 2 Hengistbury Head.

Short-Eared Owl at Wyke Down © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Mallard - a report of eight day-old chicks at Broadwindsor is remarkable.
Red-Throated Diver - 6 Hengistbury Head, 10 Portland Bill.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Bay
Grey Plover - 2 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Stanpit
Rock Pipit - 4+ littoralis-form Stanpit.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Portland (Blacknor).
Barred Warbler - 1 still at Portland Bill
Siberian Chiffchaff - a possible at Lytchett Bay

Late news:  Hoopoe at Renscombe at the weekend.


Hen Harrier at Middlebere on Monday © Dave Hill


 

Sightings - Monday 1st December 2014

Velvet Scoter - 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Red-Throated Diver - 4 Hengistbury Head
Black-Throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Grey Plover - 4 Stanpit
Ruff - 1 Stanpit.
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit
Bar-tailed Godwit - 2 Stanpit, one in full breeding plumage.
Puffin - 6 Durlston CP.
Black Redstart - 1 Bowleaze Cove, 1 Portland (Blacknor)
Barred Warbler - 1 trapped and ringed at Portland Bill
Twite - 1 Christchurch Harbour.

Late news:  Hen Harrier and Merlin on Holt Heath yesterday.


Spoonbills, Middlebere/Saturday  © Dominic Greves

Sightings - Sunday 30th November 2014

Black Swan - 3 Canford Bridge
Goosander - 1 Swineham.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Weymouth Bay.
Red-Throated Diver - 2 Portland Bill, 1 West Bexington, 1 Weymouth Bay.
Black-Necked Grebe - 1 Langton Herring, 27 Studland Bay (roost count).
Red-Necked Grebe - 1 Shell Bay.
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor.
Red Kite - 1 c. two miles N of Blandford.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Lodmoor.
Golden Plover - 2 Swineham.
Grey Plover - 24 Poole Harbour mouth.
Ruff - 1 Stanpit.
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Hengistbury.
Ring-Billed Gull - 1 Swineham Point/Frome mouth.
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Castle.
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit.
Rock Pipit - 4 littoralis-form Stanpit
Hoopoe - 1 Portland (north over Osprey Quay)
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 3+ Portland Castle, 3 Portland (Blacknor)
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Lodmoor CP, 2 Moreton, 1 Swineham

Late news:  11 Firecrest at Abbotsbury Gardens yesterday.  Water Pipit at Lodmoor yesterday.

Sightings - Saturday 29th November 2014.

White-fronted Goose - 1 N over Stanpit.
Goldeneye - 12 Redhorn Quay.
Goosander - 9 Lower Avon Valley.
Red-breasted Merganser - c60 Redhorn Quay.
Black-necked Grebe - 26 Middle Beach, 8 Redhorn Quay.
Lapwing - 650 Christchurch Harbour, 379 Lychett Bay, 370 Tarrant Rushden Airfield.
Green Sandpiper - 4 Lychett Bay.
Black Guillemot - 1 still in Portland Harbour.
Hoopoe - 1 Portland Castle.
Black Redstart - 4 Portland Castle, 2 Blacknor Portland, 1 Corfe Castle, 1 Worth Matravers.
Corn Bunting - 40 in several small flocks Tarrant Rushden Airfield.


Oystercatchers – Bournemouth Beach © David Wareham.

Female Hen Harrier -  Wyke Down ©Joe Murphy.



Sightings - Friday 28th November 2014

Common Scoter - 2 off Baiter, 2 Poole Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor, 9 Brownsea, 30+ Shipstal Point
Marsh Harrier - 4 Lytchett Bay
Hen Harrier - Lytchett Bay
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Sandbanks, 18 Hengistbury
Short-eared Owl - 1 Durlston
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Stoborough, 1 Arne, 1 Knoll Beach,  Studland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Coombe Heath, Arne
Lapland Bunting - 1 Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Thursday 27th November 2014

Red-throated Diver - several at West Bexington
Great Northern Diver - several at West Bexington
Mediterranean Gull - "good numbers" at West Bexington
Black Redstart - 3 at Blacknor (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Weston (Portland), 1 Winspit
Firecrest - 1 Winspit, 1 Longham

Sightings - Wednesday 26th November 2014

Brent Geese - 200 Ferrybridge
Velvet Scoter - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 5 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Portland Harbour
Avocet - "large flock" Middlebere
Black-tailed Godwit - 35 Stanpit
Mediterranean Gull - 200 Ferrybridge
Barn Owl - 1 Wyke Down
Short-eared Owl - 1 Wyke Down
Hoopoe - 1 Durlston, 1 (same individual?) Winspit (private garden)
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor (Portland)
Firecrest - 1 Durlston

Sightings - Tuesday 25th November 2014

Goosander - 2 the Fleet (bridging camp narrows)
Green Sandpiper - 3 on R. Frome downstream from Holme Bridge
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Mudeford Quay
Woodlark - c.20 on stubble near Holme Bridge
Black Redstart - 1 at Blacknor (Portland)
Firecrest -2 at Durlston CP, 2 at Holme Bridge

Sightings - Monday 24th November 2014

Apologies for not making a post yesterday, had electrical problems.

Great Northern Diver - 2 Shell Bay.
Great White Egret - 1 Littlesea.
Little Egret - 51 Littlesea, both species roosting there.
Marsh Harrier - 5 Swineham.
Hen Harrier - 2 including a Ringtail Swineham.
Merlin - 1 Swineham.
Spoonbill - 43 Shipstal Point, 32 Brownsea Island.
Golden Plover - 250 Maiden Castle.
Lapwing - 110 Brands Bay, 100 Maiden Castle.
Woodcock - 4 West Morden.
Black-tailed Godwit - 65 Hampreston Meadows.
Spotted Redshank - 13 Brownsea Island.

Late news from yesterday 1 Snow Bunting and 1 Wheatear at Ferrybridge.

Male Goosander – Iford © Joe Murphy.

Sightings - Saturday 22nd November 2014

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Sandbanks.
Goosander - 5 w over Mudeford Quay.
Woodcock - 1 Durlston CP.
Golden Plover - 12 Maiden Castle, 3 e over Mudeford Quay.
Sanderling - 40+ Sandbanks.
Black Guillemot - 1 still in Portland Harbour.
Firecrest - 9 Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens, 3 Durlston CP. 



Long-tailed Duck – Sandbanks © Ian Ballam.

Long-tailed Duck – Sandbanks © Alan Hayden.

Sightings - Friday 21st November 2014

Long-tailed Duck - 2 The Fleet
Red Kite - 3 Sutton Waldron
Spotted Redshank - 6 Middlebere
Sabine's Gull - 1 past Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Short-eared Owl - 4 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury Head
Richard's Pipit - 1 in a private area, The Fleet
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lodmoor
Firecrest - 7 Durlston, 2 Hengistbury Head

Grey Partridges Milborne St Andrew © Mike Coleman

Sightings - Thursday 20th November 2014

Goosander - 1 The Fleet, 1 past Portland Bill
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Poole Harbour entrance
Spoonbill - 26 Poole Harbour 
Red Kite - 2 Cranborne Chase
Great White Egret - 1 over Hengistbury Head
Great Bustard - 2 flew over Langton Matravers
Little Gull - 1 Durlston
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Hoopoe - 1 Southwell
Black Redstart - 6 Church Ope Cove Portsmouth, 6 Reap Lane, 1 West Bexington
Ring Ouzel - 1 West Bay, 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Portland Obs, 1 Longham Lakes
Dusky Warbler - 1 Blacknor Portland
Serin - 2 Winspit

Firecrest Longham Lakes © Roger Peart

Sightings - Wednesday 19th November 2014

Goosander - 4 The Fleet
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Poole Harbour entrance
Spoonbill - 20+ Shipstal Point
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Purple Sandpiper - 8 Hengistbury Head
Little Gull - 1 West Bexington, 1 Hengistbury Head
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Water Pipit - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Avalance Hump Portland
Dusky Warbler - 1 Blacknor Portland
 
Goldcrest Christchurch Harbour ©  Lorne Bissell
Common Teal Christchurch Harbour ©  David Wareham 

Sightings - Tuesday 18th November 2014

Goosander - 7 The Fleet
Great White Egret - Poole Harbour
Common Crane - 2 flew north-west Cogden Beach
LITTLE BUSTARD - 1 West Bexington (all pictures below © Mike Morse)
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Hoopoe - 1 near Avalanche Road Portland
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill, 2 Wyke Down
Black Redstart - 2 Reap Lane, 1 Nothe Fort, 1 Seacombe
'Continental' Stonechat ssp. rubicola - 1 still in Wick Fields (Hengistbury Head)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Obs, 1 Lodmoor
Firecrest - 1 Durlston





Sightings - Monday 17th November 2014

Goosander - 1 female West Bexington
Great Northern Diver - 8 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Portland Harbour
Spoonbill - 2 Brownsea Island
Golden Plover - about 50 at West Compton
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Island
Jack Snipe - 1 possible on Brownsea Island
Hoopoe - 1 Weston Street (Portland)
Black Redstart - 3+ Portland Castle, 3 Reap Lane, 2 Hatch Pond, 1 Pymore , 1 West Bexington
'Continental' Stonechat ssp. rubicola - 1 still in Wick Fields (Hengistbury Head) 

Shoveler on Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell
 

Sightings - Sunday 16th November 2014

Greenland White-fronted Goose - 1 still at Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Rodden Hive
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Portland Harbour
Spoonbill - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 male Wyke Down
Golden Plover - 1 Rodden Hive
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Portland Bill
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 2 over Portland Bill, 1 Barleycrates Lane, 1 Wyke Down, 1 Hartland Moor
Black Redstart - 6-8 Portland Castle, 3 Durlston, 5 Portland Bill, 1 nr Marshwood, 1 Hengistbury Head
Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Portland Castle
Siberian Stonechat - a possible in Wick Fields (Hengistbury Head)
Dusky Warbler - 1 still present at Avalanche Road (Portland)
Firecrest - 2 Wyke Regis
ISABELLINE SHRIKE -1 still in Wick Fields (Hengistbury Head)

Sightings - Saturday 15th November 2014

Greenland White-fronted Goose - 1 Abbotsbury
Velvet Scoter - 2 females Ringstead Bay,  1 off Shipstal Point
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Sandbanks, 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Durlston
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Arne
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Great White Egret - 1 Brand's Bay
Spoonbill - 37 Arne
Merlin - 1 Durlston, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Wyke Down, 1 Piddlehinton
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Sandbanks
Jack Snipe - 1 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 1 Arne Moors, 1 Stanpit
Sandwich Tern - 5  off East Dorset Sailing Club (Poole Harbour)
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Short-eared Owl - 2+ Wyke Down, 1 Arne, 1 Durlston
Hoopoe - 1 Weston (Portland)
House Martin - 1 Portland Bill
Swallow - 3 Durlston, 1 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 2+ Swanage Town Centre, 2 Reap Lane, 1 West Bexington, 1 Sandbanks, 1 Ferrybridge , 1 Langton Matravers, 1 Tatnam (Poole), 1 Durlston, 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston, 1 Loud's Mill (nr Dorchester)
Ring Ouzel - 1 still at Boys Hill
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lodmoor CP
Dusky Warbler - 1 still at Avalanche Road (Portland)
Firecrest - 2 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland), 1 Arne, 1 Durlston
ISABELLINE SHRIKE -1 Wick Fields (Hengistbury Head)
Twite - 1 Hengistbury Head
 
Isabelline Shrike at Hengistbury Head © Lorne Bissell
 
 

Sightings - Friday 14th November 2014

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 with DbBrent Stanpit Marsh
Eider - 4 past Mudeford Quay
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury
Velvet Scoter - 4 flew into Studland Bay across the harbour mouth.
Goosander - 8 over west Stanpit Marsh
Great Northern Diver - 1 Bramble Bush Bay, 1 Portland Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 6 Hengistbury sandspit, 1 front Haven Hotel
Ruff - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Snipe - 40 north over Stanpit Marsh
Grey Phalarope - 1 West Bexington
Great Skua - 2 Durlston CP.
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Sandwich Tern - 1 Bramble Bush Bay
Short-eared Owl - 1 Hartland Moor.
Swallow - 2 Durlston CP.
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 3 Sherborne
Ring Ouzel - 1 Penn's Weare
Dusky Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road Portland.
Firecrest - 1 Verwood, 1 Easton
Hawfinch - 2 Durlston CP.

Long-tailed Duck - Radipole Lake © Nick Hull

Sightings - Thursday 13th November 2014

Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Surf Scoter - 1 1st/w drake reported towards West Fleet.
Great Northern Diver - 1 over Weymouth Bay
Red-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Manx Shearwater - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Merlin - 1 Brand's Bay
Golden Plover - 3 Hengistbury Hd.
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Weymouth at base of the concrete pier.
Great Skua - 4 Portland Bill
Pomarine Skua - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Little Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay
Sandwich Tern - 4 Brand's Bay
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Hbr, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Puffin - 2 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Monmouth Rd Dorchester.
Northern Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel - 1 nr. The Corfe River meadows
Dusky Warbler - 1 reported heard only early a.m. Avalanche Rd Portland
Goldcrest - 40 Hengistbury Wood
Brambling - 5 Hengistbury Hd.

Sightings - Wednesday 12th November 2014

Scaup - 4 Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury, 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Little Gull - 11 Durlston
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Swallow - 1 Blacknor
Black Redstart - 1 Poole Old Town, 2 West Morden, 1 Church Ope, Portland, 1 Penn. Castle, Portland.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Mudeford Quay, 1 Stanpit
Dusky Warbler - 1 Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Portland
Firecrest - 1 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Penn. Castle, Portland
Lapland Bunting - 1 Stanpit Marsh

Sightings - Tuesday 11th November 2014

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Portland Hbr, 1 Radipole
Red-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Hbr.
Leach's Petrel - 1 Branksome Chine
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Golden Plover - 250 West Compton
Jack Snipe - 1 Radipole Lake
Spotted Redshank - 4 Brownsea Is.
Sabine's Gull - 1 briefly Mudeford Quay
Sandwich Tern - 3 Baiter Park
Short-eared Owl - 1 in off sea Branksome Chine
Northern Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Durlston CP.
Red-backed Shrike - 1 Portesham (in private garden)

Sightings - Monday 10th November 2014

Long-Tailed Duck - 1 Ferrybridge and the Fleet, 1 Radipole Lake.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill.
Red-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Purple Sandpiper - 16 Hengistbury sandspit.
Sanderling - 5 Hengistbury sandspit.
Pomarine Skua - 2 Portland Bill.
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill.
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour.

Short-eared Owl - 1 Wyke Down.
Tree Pipit - 1 Hengistbury Head.

Swallow - 1 Sixpenny Handley
Black Redstart - 1 Baiter, 1 Peveril Point.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Boyshill.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Durlston CP
Red-backed Shrike - 1 Portesham in a private garden.

Sightings - Sunday 9th November 2014

Surf Scoter - a first-winter male Abbotsbury (The Fleet).
Velvet Scoter - 2 Ringstead Bay.
Mandarin - 1 Boyshill.
Grey Partridge - heard at Wyke Down.
Great White Egret - 1 Brownsea Island.
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Lodmoor, 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Stanpit, 1 Swineham.
Hen Harrier - 1 Swineham.
Great Bustard - 1 east over Weymouth and Lodmoor before 8am.
Grey Plover - 3 Hengistbury Head.
Jack Snipe - 1 West Bexington.
Woodcock - 1 Portland (Easton).
Purple Sandpiper - 8 Hengistbury sandspit.
Spotted Redshank - 3 Lytchett Bay, 1 Stanpit.
Little Gull - 1 Durlston CP.
Little Tern - 1 Lodmoor.
Black Tern - 1 Lodmoor.
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour.
Ring-necked Parakeet - 3 Studland.
Short-eared Owl - 3 Portland Bill, 2 Wyke Down.
Swallow - 2 Durlston CP, 3 Portland Bill.
Black Redstart - 2 Durlston CP, 1 Portland Bill.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Boyshill, 3 Hartland Moor.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland (Avalanche Road).
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Hengistbury Head, 3 Lytchett Bay, 2 Rushcombe Bottom.



A one-footed Turnstone at Hengistbury © Joe Murphy



Jack Snipe at West Bexington © Mike Morse

Sightings - Saturday 8th November 2014

Long-tailed Duck - 2 Abbotsbury (the Fleet)
Great Northern Diver - 3 Branksome Chine, 2 Hengistbury Head
Red-throated Diver - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Manx Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 2 Portland Bill
Leach's Petrel - 1 Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 1 Brands Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Abbotsbury, 7 at roosts in Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - 2 at roosts in Poole Harbour
Merlin - 1 Milborne St Andrew
Golden Plover - 100 Tarrant Hinton
Grey Plover - 3 Hengistbury Head
Woodcock - 1 Milborne St Andrew
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Hengistbury sandspit
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill
Great Skua - 3 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 Branksome Chine, 2 Mudeford-Hengistbury, 1 Portland Bill
Pomarine Skua - 4 Branksome Chine, 3 Hengistbury Head, 1 Mudeford Quay
Little Gull - 3 Branksome Chine, 1 Hengistbury Head
Yellow-Legged Gull - 2 Abbotsbury (the Fleet)
Little Auk - 1 Abbotsbury (the Fleet), 3 Portland Bill
Swallow - 1 Brands Bay
Black Redstart - 1 Marshwood, 1 Portland (Blacknor)
Firecrest - 2 Arne, 2+ Hengistbury Head
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Milborne St Andrew

Purple Sandpiper on Hengistbury sandspit © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Friday 7th November 2014

Velvet Scoter - 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 3 Hengistbury Head
Red-throated Diver - 1 Chesil Cove, 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 2 Chesil Cove, 1 Ferrybridge into Portland Harbour
Merlin - 1-2 Hengistbury-Mudeford
Woodcock - 1 Hengistbury Head
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Great Skua - 1 Chesil Cove, 2 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Pomarine Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 3 Hengistbury Head, 3 Chesil Cove
Little Auk - 1 Hengistbury Head
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit

Sightings - Thursday 6th November 2014

Green-winged Teal - 1 on Meadow Pool at Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Radipole Lake
Velvet Scoter - 1 past Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 4 past Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 4 Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Spoonbill - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Grey Phalarope - 1 Hengisbury Head
Pomarine Skua - 32 past Portland Bill, 1 past Branksome Chine, 1 Hengistbury Head
Arctic Skua - 9 past Branksome Chine, 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Skua - 2 Hengistbury Head, 7 past Portland Bill
Kittiwake - about 1000 past Portland Bill
Little Gull - 8  Portland Bill, 7 past Branksome Chine, 5 Chesil Cove
Little Auk - 3 past Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Black Redstart - 5 Portland Castle
Ring Ouzel - 1 Hengistbury Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road Hump (Portland)
 

Sightings - Wednesday 5th November 2014

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Radipole Lake
Black-necked Grebe - 3 off Middle Beach Studland
Great White Egret - 1 Upton Country Park, 1 Brand's Bay
Spoonbill - 46 Arne, 2 Lytchett Bay
Jack Snipe - 1 West Bexington, 1 Lytchett Bay
Woodcock - 1 Ferrybridge
Spotted Redshank - 12 Brownsea Island
Black Guillemot - 1 still in Portland Harbour
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill 
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston, 1 Winspit
Ring Ouzel - 1 over Portland Bill, 1 Durlston, 1 Winspit
Whitethroat - 1 Lodmoor
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Braidley Road Bournemouth, 1 Portland Craft Centre
Firecrest - 2 Arne
 
Wood Pigeons were again on the move this morning, mainly in a west or south west direction. Counts included:
21,500 west over Poole
20,000 west over Weymouth
17,000 south west over Christchurch Harbour
6,800 west past West Bexington
13,360 past East Bexington
5,900 over Portland Bill
 
Pintail at Upton Country Park © Trevor Wilkinson

 
Great White Egret (and a tipsy Little Egret) at Upton Country Park © Trevor Wilkinson 
 
 
 

 

Sightings - Tuesday 4th November 2014

Garganey - 1 on Fleet at Abbotsbury
Scaup - 4 on Fleet at Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 2 on Fleet at Abbotsbury, 1 Radipole Lake
Black-necked Grebe - 12 Middle Beach Studland
Great White Egret - 1 Brand's Bay
Hen Harrier - 3 Middlebere
Purple Sandpipier - 5 Hengistbury Head
Black Guillemot - 1 still in Portland Harbour
Black Redstart - 10 around Portland Castle/Marina area, 3 Lulworth Camp, 2 Church Ope Cove, a probable at Durlston, 1 Richmond Hill (Bournemouth)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Kings Park (Boscombe)
Firecrest - 1 Poole garden
Hawfinch - 3 over West Bay
 
Wood Pigeons were on the move this morning. Some sample counts -
4,000+ over Poole
5-6,000 south over Weymouth
c12,000 south over Portland Bill
1,700 west over Stanpit
 
Little Egret at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy 
 

 
Raven at Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik
 

Sightings - Monday 3rd November 2014

Scaup - 4 Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 2 on Fleet at Abbotsbury, 1 still at Radipole
Great White Egret - 1 Brand's Bay
Spoonbill - 33 Brownsea Island
Hen Harrier - 3 Poole harbour area
Spotted Redshank - 3 Brownsea Island
White-winged Black Tern - 1 juvenile briefly at Radipole
Black Redstart - 4 Blacknor (Portland), 1 Marshwood, 1 Brooklands Farm
Firecrest - 1 Lytchett Bay
Hooded Crow - 1 still at The Grove (Portland)
Lapland Bunting - 2 still at Hengistbury Head
 
Lapland Bunting at Hengistbury Head on 01/11/14 © Joe Murphy