Sightings - Sunday 31st May 2015

Sooty Shearwater - 1 Hengisbury Head.
Storm Petrel - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Great White Egret - 1 over Lychett Matravers.
Knot - 1 Brands Bay.
Sanderling - 20 Christchurch Harbour.
Swift - 30+ Brands Bay, 16 Christchurch Harbour.

Chiffchaff fledglings – Stour Valley LNR © Lorne Bissell.

Blackcap fledglings – Toller Whelme Lane © Maurice D. Budden.

Sightings - Saturday 30th May 2015

Great Northern Diver - 1 past Mudeford Quay.
Red Kite - 1 Kingston Cross.
Grey Plover - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit.
Sanderling - 150 at Langton Herring equals the Dorset record for a single flock (previously in 1953 and 1964).
Bee-Eater - 1 Durdle Door.
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland (Suckthumb)
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Sightings - Friday 29th May 2015

Great Northern Diver - 1 Durlston NR, 1 Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 82 in 1 hour Chesil Cove, 7 Durlston NR, c. 1000 Portland Bill.
Knot - 1 Ferrybridge.
Sanderling - 9 Ferrybridge, 2 Hengistbury sandspit.
Great Skua - 2 Portland Bill.
Bee-Eater - 1 Swanage.
Cuckoo - 1 Stanpit.
Whinchat - 1 Portland Bill
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Sightings - Thursday 28th May 2015

Purple Heron - 1 Lodmoor
Red Kite - many reports of over flying birds today including 2 Swanage, 1 Upton CP,  1 Creekmoor, 2 Lodmoor, 2 Broadmayne, 1 Puddletown Forest, 2 Shaftesbury
Cuckoo - 1 Portland Bill, 1 St Leonards Farm, 1 Tadnoll/Winfrith

Sightings - Wednesday 27th May 2015

Storm Petrel - 3 ringed at Portland Bill overnight.
Purple Heron - 1 still at Lodmoor.
Red Kite - 1 Swyre.
Hobby - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Grey Plover - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Whimbrel - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Sanderling - 9 Christchurch Harbour.
Ruff - 2 females at Lytchett Bay.
Little Gull - 1 Lytchett Bay.


Raven at Portland © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Tuesday 26th May 2015

Great Northern Diver - 1 in summer plumage past Durlston NR.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Red Kite - 1 Charminster.
Arctic Tern - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Bee-Eater - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Portland Bill.


Herring Gull in Purbeck © Roger Peart

House Sparrow at Stour LNR © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Monday 25th May 2015

Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Great White Egret - a possible over Wareham Forest
Purple Heron - 1 Lodmoor
Red Kite - 1 over Lorton Meadows, Weymouth
Red-footed Falcon - 1 Wareham water meadows
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill

Purple Heron at Lodmoor © Daragh Croxson

Ringed Plover at Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Sunday 24th May 2015

Spoonbill - 6 seen from Rempstone causeway
Red-footed Falcon - 1 Wareham area
Bee-eater - 1 heard over Weston/Blacknor, 1 heard from north hide, Radipole
Nightingale - 2 singing, Challows Hill, Corfe
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Challows Hill, Corfe
Ortolan Bunting - 1 Portland Obs

Purple Heron at Lodmoor yesterday © Joe Kaplonek

Red-footed Falcon at Wareham © Vaughan Ashby

Red-footed Falcon at Wareham © Dominic Greves

Sightings - Saturday 23rd May 2015

Purple Heron - 1 Lodmoor
Red Kite - 5 Puncknowle, 1 Bloxworth, 1 Winerbourne Abbas, 1 Minterne Magna
Red-footed Falcon - 1 Wareham
Yellow Wagtail - 1 South Haven
Subalpine Warbler - 1 Portland Obs

Sightings - Friday 22nd May 2015

Great Northern Diver - 1 Ferrybridge
Purple Heron - 1 Lodmoor
Red-footed Falcon - 1 Wareham
Arctic Skua - 1 off Portland Bill
Great Skua - 1 off Portland Bill


Late news from Thursday: Hen Harrier - 1 reported from Morden Bog

Oystercatcher on Brownsea lagoon © Clinton Whale

Shelduck on Brownsea lagoon © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Thursday 21st May 2015

Garganey - 1 Lodmoor
Black-throated  Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 2 Hengistbury Head
Purple Heron - 1 again this evening at Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 1 Arne
Osprey - 1 over Ferrybridge
Avocet - 1 Lodmoor and presumed same at Radipole later
Turtle Dove - 1 Hengistbury Head
Cuckoo - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Serin - 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Wednesday 20th May 2015

Purple Heron - 1, Lodmoor
Osprey - 1, Stanpit
Red-footed Falcon - 1, Wareham
Turtle Dove - 1, Southwell Gardens, Portland
Garden Warbler - 1, Ashtree Meadow
Wood Warbler - 1 singing male, Corfe River valley

female Red-footed Falcon - Wareham © Nick Hull

Sightings - Tuesday 19th May 2015

TALK: The Little Owl; Our Vanishing Goddess by Dr Emily Joáchim
Wednesday 20th May 19:30-21:30
Upton Junior School, Main Hall - St Martins Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset BH16 5NQ
Admission - Free
For more details visit 
http://www.birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk/little-owl-our-vanishing-goddess


Purple Heron - 1 Lodmoor
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Lyme Regis

Puffin - Dom Greves

Sightings - Monday 18th May 2015

Garganey - 2 Lodmoor
Scaup - female Langham Lakes
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Hengistnury Hd.
Storm Petrel - 1 past Hengistbury Hd.
Spoonbill - 3 Lytchett Fields
Purple Heron - 1 1st/sum Lodmoor 21.17hrs
Pomarine Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 2 hengistbury Hd.
Turtle Dove - 1 Southwell
Nightingale - 1 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 East Lulworth

Sightings - Sunday 17th May 2015

Scaup - 1 female still present Langham Lakes
Red-crested Pochard - 1pr. Longham Lakes
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Spoonbill - 4 Middlebere
Purple Heron - 1 seen again Lodmoor
Cuckoo - 1 Morden Bog, 1 Godlingston Heath
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Studland
Corn Bunting - Ringstead © Maurice Budden


Sightings - Saturday 16th May 2015

Garganey - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 4 Lytchett Fields
Wood Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields
Little Gull - 1 Swineham GP.
Puffin - 2 Portland Bill
Red-rumped Swallow - 1 Lodmoor

Sightings - Friday 15th May 2015

Garganey - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Mandarin - 6 Canford Magna
Grey Partridge - 2 Eggardon Hill
Purple Heron - 1 again Lodmoor
Hobby - 2 Hartland/Slepe Heath, 1 Longham Lake.
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 2 Lytchett Fields, 2 Brownsea Is.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Common Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Cuckoo - 1 Hartland/Slepe Heath, 1 Longham Lake
Swift - 200+ Hartland/Slepe Heath
Redstart - 6 Portland Bill
Melodious Warbler - 1 Portland Bill Obs.
Spotted Flycatcher - 7 Portland Bill, 5 Mudeford
Pied Flycatcher - 1 fem. Mudeford
Little Ringed Plover - Lytchett Fields © Nick Hull


Sightings - Wednesday 14th May 2015

TALK: The Little Owl; Our Vanishing Goddess by Dr Emily Joáchim
Wednesday 20th May 19:30-21:30
Upton Junior School, Main Hall - St Martins Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset BH16 5NQ
Admission - Free
For more details visit http://www.birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk/little-owl-our-vanishing-goddess

GUIDED WALK: Sturminster Newton
Sunday 24th May 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. 

For further details of any of the guided walks please contact:

Richard Charman (Outdoor Meetings Organiser)
07799 624 062
walks@dorsetbirds.org.uk

Purple Heron - 1 Lodmoor this evening
Manx Shearwater - 800 past Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 3 past Portland Bill
Wood Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Bay
Arctic Skua - 3 past Portland Bill
Bee-eater - 1 in off at Ferrybridge

Sightings - Wednesday 13th May 2015

Garganey - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Goosander - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Purple Heron - 1 Lodmoor this evening
Spoonbill - 1 Lytchett Bay
Red Kite - 8 over Abbotsbury Swannery, 6 at Coward's Marsh, 1 Morden Bog
Merlin - 1 over Arne Moors
Knot - 1 Ferrybridge
Ruff - 5 Lytchett Bay
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lytchett Bay
Whimbrel - 6 Brownsea Island lagoon
Wood Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Bay
Little Gull - 1 Swineham
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Turtle Dove - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Wakeham (Portland)
Cuckoo- 1 Portland Bill, 1 Holton Lee, 1 Arne Moors
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Stanpit

Sightings - Tuesday 12th May 2015

Garganey - 1 Radipole Lake
Purple Heron - 1 Lodmoor this evening
Hobby - 5 Morden Bog
Ruff - 5 Lytchett Bay
Wood Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Bay
Sanderling - 25 Ferrybridge
Hoopoe - 1 Throop
Turtle Dove - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Suckthumb Quarry Portland, 1 Bottomcombe Portland

Sightings - Monday 11th May 2015

Great Northern Diver - 3 past Portland Bill
Osprey - 1 Morden Bog
Red Kite - 1 West Morden
Storm Petrel - 1 off St Aldhelm's Head
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 2 past Portland Bill
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Black Tern - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Arctic Tern - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Hoopoe - 1 Queen's Park Bournemouth
Blue-headed Wagtail - one Ferrybridge
Golden Oriole - 2 Top Fields Portland, 1 Weymouth

Sightings - Sunday 10th May 2015

Whimbrel - 27 over Stanpit.
Turtle Dove - 1 Southwell.
Cuckoo - 2 Holt Heath.
Swift - 100+ Lodmoor.
Wood Lark - 2 Holt Heath.
Tree Pipit - 5 Holt Heath.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Wick.
Nightingale - 1 Lodmoor.
Spotted Flycatcher - 4 Hengistbury Head, 1 Holt Heath.
Golden Oriole - 4 Portland.
Yellowhammer - 6 Holt Heath.


Late news from yesterday:-
Great Bustard - 1 Wyke Down.
Tawny Pipit - 1 Crown Estate Field Portland.

Sightings - Saturday 9th May 2015

Common Scoter - 29 Christchurch, 6 St.Aldhelm's Head.
Grey Partridge - 1 Eggarton Hill.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Christchurch all in breeding plumage, 2 St,Aldhelm's Head.
Ringed Plover - 2 Brands Bay.
Grey Plover - 2 Brands Bay.
Great Skua - 3 Christchurch, 2 St.Aldhelm's Head, 1 South Haven.
Pomarine Skua - 2 St.Aldhelm's Head.
Arctic Skua - 2 St.Aldhelm's Head.
Kittiwake - 16 St.Aldhelm's Head.
Little Tern - 17 Stanpit, 6 Christchurch.
Common Tern - 17 Christchurch.
Arctic Tern - 2 Brownsea.
Cuckoo - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Swift - 9 over Bridport, 2 over Brands Bay.

Sightings - Friday 8th May 2015

Red Kite - 1 over Winfrith area.
Marsh Harrier - 1 over Wick.
Ringed Plover - 3 Lychett Bay.
Grey Plover - 2 off Hengistbury Head, 1 in summer plumage Lychett Bay.
Lapwing - 2 Sherford Pools.
Cuckoo - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Lychett Bay.
Swift - 28 over Hengistbury Head.
Hoopoe - 1 reported at Southill.
Swallow - 820 over Hengistbury Head.
House Martin - 26 over Hengistbury Head.
Garden Warbler - 1 Avon CP South.

Sightings - Thursday 7th May 2015

Very little to report today.

Hobby - 1 Durlston, 1 Radipole.
Pomarine Skua - 22 off of Portland Bill, 10 off of Ferrybridge.
Arctic Skua - 1 off of Ferrybridge.
Swift - 8 over Swanage.
Cuckoo - 1 Winspit.
Nightingale - 1 Rushcombe Down Corfe Mullen.
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Stour LNR Bournemouth.

Sightings - Wednesday 6th May 2015

Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 6 Portland Bill, 3 Ferrybridge
Manx Shearwater - 44 past Hengistbury Head
Whimbrel - 20 Christchurch Harbour, 9 Ferrybridge
Storm Petrel - 2 Chesil Cove
Pomarine Skua - 9 Chesil Cove,  1 past Portland Bill 
Arctic Skua - 3 past Portland Bill, 2 past Ferrybridge
Great Skua - 3 past Portland Bill, 2 past Hengistbury Head

Mediterranean Gull Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell  


Sightings - Tuesday 5th May 2015

Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill, 1 past Branksome Chine
Common Scoter - 63 past Hengistbury Head
Manx Shearwater - 95 past Hengistbury Head
Whimbrel - 76 Christchurch Harbour
Pomarine Skua - 4 Chesil Cove than past the Bill, 1 past Portland Bill later, 2 past Chesil Cove later and then across Portland Harbour
Long-tailed Skua - 1 past Chesil Cove and Portland BiIl
Arctic Skua - 2 past Chesil Cove and Portland Bill
Great Skua - at least 10 past Chesil Cove and Portland Bill throughout the day
Little Tern - 50 offshore Ferrybridge
Ring Ouzel - 2 Avalanche Road Hump Portland 
WESTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER - 1 Hengistbury Head
Wood Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head

Dunlins Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale 

Sightings - Monday 4th May 2015

Red-Throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Durlston NR.
Grey Plover - 2 Brands Bay, 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Whimbrel - 13 Brands Bay, 30 Christchurch Harbour, 8 past Hengistbury Head, 1 Holes Bay, 1 Old Harry.
Greenshank - 1 Middlebere.
Common Sandpiper - 4 Hengistbury Head, 2 Radipole Lake.
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Hengistbury Head.

Great Skua - 1 Chesil, 1 Durlston NR, 4 Portland Bill.
Pomarine Skua - 2 Portland Bill.
Arctic Skua - 2 Chesil, 1 Portland Bill.  One of the Chesil birds was partially leucistic.

Little Tern - 6 Christchurch Harbour.
Arctic Tern - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Turtle Dove - 1 Durlston NR.
White Wagtail - 1 Portland Bill.
Whinchat - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Durlston NR.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Durlston NR, 1 Spetisbury.
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland Bill.
Nightingale - 2 Challow Hill.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Coombefield (Portland), 1 Durlston NR.
Grasshopper Warbler  - 1 reeling at East Stour, 1 Suckthumb (Portland).


Ravens near Dancing Ledge © Vincent Blood

Dunlin at Hengistbury © Clinton Whale



Sightings - Sunday 3rd May 2015

Scaup - 1 Longham Lakes
Great Northern Diver - 2 Mudeford Quay
Spoonbill - 3 Lytchett Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 over Longham Lakes
Hobby - 1 Longham Lakes
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Brand's Bay
Whimbrel - 125 Mudeford Quay, 29 Lodmoor, 9 Ferrybridge
Pomarine Skua - 5 Portland Bill, 1 Camp Road (Wyke Regis), 1 Chesil Cove
Great Skua - 3 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 West Bexington, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Mudeford Quay
Black Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay
Arctic Tern - 4 Mudeford Quay
Whinchat -1 West Bexington
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston
Wood Warbler -1 Cogden
Spotted Flycatcher -1 West Bexington, 1 Southwell Portland

Wood Warbler at Cogden © Mike Morse

Sightings - Saturday 2nd May 2015

Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 109 Chesil, 4 Hengistbury Head.
Spoonbill - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Swineham.
Hobby - 1 Chesil, 1 Weymouth.
Grey Plover - 1 Chesil Beach.
Knot - 5 Chesil Beach, 1 Ferrybridge.
Whimbrel - 5 Chesil, c. 10 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Lytchett Fields, 2 Portland Bill, 2 St Aldhelm's Head, 2 Swineham.
Greenshank - 9 Lytchett Fields.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Longham Lakes.
Purple Sandpiper -     2 Hengistbury Head.

Great Skua - 1 Chesil Beach.
Pomarine Skua - 1 Chesil.
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea, 1 Hengistbury Head.
Little Tern - 13 Ferrybridge.
Puffin - 1 near Dancing Ledge, 1 Portland Bill.
Whinchat - 1 near Dancing Ledge.

Sightings - Friday 1st May 2015

Scaup - 1 Longham Lakes.
Red-Throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Great Northern Diver - 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Manx Shearwater - 2 St Aldhelm's Head.
Spoonbill - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Hobby - 1 Corfe Mullen, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Moordown.
Golden Plover - 1 over Chesil Beach.
Knot - 1 Ferrybridge.
Whimbrel - 21 Hengistbury Head, 7 Portland Bill.
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Hengistbury Head.
Little Tern - 7 Portland Bill.
Swift - 1 Hengistbury Head, 2 Kinson.

Late news: Hobby over Upton Heath yesterday; Nightjar recorded in flight over Lytchett Matravers on 23rd April.