Sightings - Thursday 31st July 2014

Scaup - 1 female still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Osprey - 1 Wareham Channel
Knot - 1 Shell Bay, 1 Stanpit
Sanderling - 28 Shell Bay, 8 Christchurch Harbour
Whimbrel - 5 Stanpit, 1 past Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Yellow-legged Gull - 2 past Portland Bill, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Little Gull - 1 Stanpit
Hooded Crow - 1 still at the pig farm, The Grove Portland
Redstart - 1 Portland Bill

Common Tern off Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Wednesday 30th July 2014

Common Sandpiper - 15 Christchurch Harbour
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 Christchurch Harbour
Sedge Warbler - 100+ Christchurch Harbour
Willow Warbler - 170 Christchurch Harbour
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland Obs, 1 Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Tuesday 29th July 2014

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury
Montagu's Harrier - 1 in off the sea at Abbotsbury
Osprey - 2 Wareham Channel
Red Kite - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Balearic Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay
Willow Warbler - 45 Christchurch Harbour

Great Black-backed Gull, Portland Bill © Joe Mitchell

Sightings - Thursday 24th July 2014

Great White Egret - 1 West Bexington, then Abbotsbury, then Lodmoor, then Radipole
Balearic Shearwater -  1 past Portland Bill
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Radipole Lake
Black Tern - 1 Abbotsbury

Great White Egret West Bexington © Mike Morse

Sightings - Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Scaup - 1 female Abbotsbury
Black Tern - 1 Abbotsbury
Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill

Pied Flycatcher -1 Holes Bay

This Avocet was photographed on the Brownsea Lagoon on the 9th July. The bird was ringed as a chick in the Charente Maritime region of Western France in summer 2012, and has visited Norfolk, Hampshire and Dorset since.


Avocet © Will Bown




















Sightings - Saturday 19th July 2014

Scaup - 1 female Abbotsbury
GLOSSY IBIS - 1 Coward's Marsh
Curlew Sandpiper - 10 Stanpit Marsh
Black Tern - 1 Abbotsbury
Balearic Shearwater - 3 past Portland Bill
Quail - 1 Salway Ash
Hooded Crow - 1 Admiralty Quarry Portland

Sightings - Friday 18th July 2014

Scaup - 1 female Abbotsbury
Common Scoter - 140 past Hengistbury Hd, 32 Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 5 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Glossy Ibis - 1 Coward's Marsh
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Ferrybridge
Whimbrel - 3 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Holes Bay, 1 Portland Bill
Common Sandpiper - 2 Holes Bay
Greenshank - 18 Holes Bay, 1 Ferrybridge
Great Skua - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Arctic Skua - Singles Hengistbury Hd, Ferrybridge & Portland Bill
Roseate Tern - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Swift - 140 Portland Bill
Bee-eater - probable heard over Grove lane Abbotsbury a.m.
Sand Martin - 31 Portland Bill
Swallow - 70 Ferrybridge

Common Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Thursday 17th July 2014

Common Scoter - 172, Portland
Balearic Shearwater - 6, Portland
Little Stint - 1 Ferrybridge
Grey Plover - 1, Ferrybridge
Hooded Crow - 1, Portland

Sightings - Wednesday 16th July 2014

Scaup - 1, Abbotsbury
Whimbrel - 1 Ferrybridge; 8 Stanpit
Green Sandpiper - 1, Ferrybridge
Little Gull - 1, Stanpit
Hooded Crow - 1, Portland
Crossbill - 4, Stanpit

Sightings - Tuesday 15th July 2014

Common Scoter - 170, Portland
Spoonbill - 6, Middlebere
Glossy Ibis - 1, Stanpit
Greenshank - 3, Middlebere
Little Ringed Plover - 1, Radipole
Green Sandpiper - 1, Radipole
Common Sandpiper - 5, Holes Bay; 3 Portland, 2 Radipole
Little Gull - 1, Stanpit
Crossbill - 3, Durlston

Dorset Seabird Forum - reminder

Some of you may be interested in this new forum.................

As many of you will know, seabirds along the Dorset Coast have been monitored for well over 30 years, with an alarming decline in the majority of species witnessed in recent times.

This forum has been created to raise awareness for the plight of seabirds along the Dorset Coast and simply to show appreciation and spread the word about these fantastic birds that grace our shores. 

Please join the group personally or within your organisation. The more people following and contributing, the more chance the forum has for standing up and creating a voice for Dorset Seabird conservation.

It is very much in its early days, so if you have any suggestions or ammendments then please get in touch.

All the best
Simon

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dorset-Seabird-Forum/419633071514566

Simon Breeze
Conservation Ranger
Durlston Country Park & National Nature Reserve
Lighthouse Road
Swanage, BH19 2JL
01929 424443

Sightings - Monday 14th July 2014

Garganey - 1, Stanpit
Balearic Shearwater - 1, Portland; 1 Durlston
Quail - 1, Stanpit
Glossy Ibis - 1, Stanpit
Little Ringed Plover - 1, Stanpit
Greenshank - 3, Stanpit
Whimbrel - 6, Stanpit
Little Gull - 1, Stanpit


Avocet, Brownsea.  Copyright Will Bown

Sightings - Sunday 13th July 2014

GLOSSY IBIS - 1 Stanpit then Coward's Marsh
Stone Curlew - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Mediterranean Gull - 94 Ferrybridge

Arctic Skua - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Balearic Shearwater - 1 off Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour

Hooded Crow - 1 Admiralty Quarry Portland

Sightings - Saturday 12th July 2014

GLOSSY IBIS - 1 Stanpit
Greenshank - 5 Stanpit
Mediterranean Gull - 37 Stanpit
Little Gull - 1 Stanpit

Sightings - Friday 11th July 2014

Wader numbers continue to build up with Greenshank, Green and Common Sandpipers, and Whimbrels appearing at all the usual sites.

Marsh Harrier - 3 Lodmoor
GLOSSY IBIS - 1 Stanpit
Little Ringed Plover - 2 Lodmoor
Mediterranean Gull - 74 Ferrybridge

Sightings - Thursday 10th July 2014

Balearic Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Wood Sandpiper  - 1 Lodmoor
Little Gull - 1 off Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Wednesday 9th July 2014

Egyptian Goose - 10 Warmwell Quarry.
Manx Shearwater -  c. 75 Portland Bill
Osprey - 1 Swineham, 1-2 Wareham Channel
Red Kite - 1 Middlebere, 1 near Sherborne
Goshawk - 1 reported north of Stanbridge.
Whimbrel - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge
Sanderling - 1 Ferrybridge
Common Sandpiper - 2 Portland east cliff
Spotted Redshank - 3 Brownsea Island
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-Legged Gull - 2 Brownsea Island
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Arctic Tern - 1 Sandbanks
Hooded Crow - 1 Portland (Admiralty Quarry)

Late news:  White Stork near Hazelbury Bryan on 19th June.

    

White Stork near Hazelbury Bryan on 19th June: © unknown
- if this is your picture please let us know.





Spotted Redshank at Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Tuesday 8th July 2014

Egyptian Goose - 1 Longham Lakes.
Manx Shearwater - c. 50 Portland Bill.
Glossy Ibis - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Whimbrel - 1 Portland Bill.
Little Ringed Plover - 5 Lytchett Bay.
Common Sandpiper - 5 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Longham Lakes.
Green Sandpiper - 3 Hurn GPs, 8 Lytchett Bay.
Greenshank - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour.

Crossbill - 7 Durlston CP.


Late news:  Storm Petrel at Portland Bill yesterday night.

Sightings - Monday 7th July 2014

Manx Shearwater - 3 Durlston CP
Balearic Shearwater - 2 Portland Bill
Glossy Ibis - 1-2 Christchurch Harbour
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lodmoor
Common Sandpiper - 32 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Longham Lakes, 4 Peveril Point
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Sunday 6th July 2014

Goosander - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Mandarin Duck - 8 Canford Bridge
Little Ringed Plover - 9+ Hurn GPs
Whimbrel - 2 Portland Bill
Green Sandpiper - 4 Hurn GPs
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Redstart - 1 Durlston CP

Sightings - Tuesday 1st July 2014

Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit Bight
Turtle Dove - 1 over Holes Bay

Sightings - Monday 30th June 2014

Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit Bight
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Bay

Sightings - Sunday 29th June 2014

Balearic Shearwater - 4 past Portland Bill
Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Red-footed Falcon - 1 1st/sum male seen briefly Coward's Marsh
Little Gull - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Hooded Crow - 1 Portland Bill

Marsh Harrier - Poole Harbour - © Dave Hill

Sightings - Saturday 28th June 2014

Balearic Shearwater - 3 past Portland Bill
Glossy Ibis - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 7 flew past Portland Bill
Hooded Crow - 1 Coward's Marsh

Juvenile Sandwich Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Lorne Bissel