Sightings - Monday 31st October 2016

Black Brant - 1 at Ferrybridge.
Great White Egret - 1 at Middlebere.
Spoonbill - 1 at Lodmoor.
Scaup - 9 at Abbotsbury Swannery.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still on Lytchett Fields.
Ring Ouzel - 1 at Portland Bill.
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 at Reap Lane, 1 at Portland Bird Obs.

Hen Harrier - Poole Harbour - Mark Wright

Short-eared Owl - Hengistbury Head - Joe Murphy

Sightings - Sunday 30th October 2016

Great White Egret - 1 at Lodmoor.
Hen Harrier - 2 on Hartland Moor.

Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 on Lytchett Fields.
Turtle Dove - 1 along Reap Lane, Portland.
Sand Martin - 1 at Lodmoor.

Black Redstart - 25+ on Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2/3 in the Stour Valley LNR, 1 Ringstead, 1 Weston.
Dusky Warbler - 1 in a Southwell garden.

Eastern Lesser Whitethroat - 1 at Portland Bird Obs, also 1 still at Highcliffe on the undercliff.
Isabelline Shrike - 1 below the cemetery at The Verne, Portland.

Serin - 1 near Portland Bird Obs.

Sightings - Saturday 29th October 2016

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 3 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 8 Abbotsbury Swannery
Bittern - 1 Radipole, 1 Lodmoor
Great White Egret - 1 Radipole (also at Lodmoor)
Spoonbill - 34 Brownsea Island, 1 Radipole (also at Lodmoor)
Golden Plover - 250+ Maiden Castle
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 9 Brownsea Island
Greenshank - 24 Brownsea Island
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Turtle Dove - 1 Reap Lane Portland
Short-eared Owl - 1 Durlston CP
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Brownsea Island
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Sweethill Portland, 1 Arne
Woodlark - 3+ Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Cove Holiday Park Portland, 1 East Weare Portland, 1 Southwell Portland, 1 Arne, 1 West Bay
Dusky Warbler - 1 Southwell  Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Church Ope Cove Portland
Eastern Lesser Whitethroat - 1 trapped & ringed at Portland Bird Observatory, also possible still at Highcliffe on the undercliff
Waxwing - 1 reported south over East Holme
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 5 Blacknor Portland, 1 trapped & ringed at Portland Bird Observatory
Whinchat - 1 Maiden Castle
Red-throated Pipit - 1 over Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields
Little Bunting - 1 trapped & ringed at Portland Bill

Sightings - Friday 28th October 2016

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Ferrybridge
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 2 west Poole Harbour, 1 Portland Bill
Merlin - 2 Portland Bill, 1 west Poole Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Woodcock - 1 Portland Bill
Turtle Dove - 1 Reap Lane Portland
Firecrest - 2 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-browed Warbler -  2 Church Ope Cove Portland, 2 East Weare Portland, 1 trapped & ringed at Durlston CP
Eastern Lesser Whitethroat - possible still at Highcliffe on the undercliff
Ring Ouzel - 1 West Bay
Black Redstart - 3 Blacknor Portland, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Church Ope Cove Portland
Water Pipit - 1 Priory Marsh Christchurch
Serin - 1 trapped & ringed at Portland Bird Observatory
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Blacknor Portland

Sightings - Thursday 27th October 2016

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 10 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere Channel
Spoonbill - 24 Brownsea Island, 1 Lodmoor
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Hengistbury Head
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Long-eared Owl - 1 Durlston CP
Firecrest - 3 Wick Fields, 1 Middle Beach Studland, 1  Durlston CP
Swallow - 14 Durlston CP
House Martin - 4 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Cogden Beach, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eastern Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Highcliffe on the undercliff
Ring Ouzel - 2  Durlston CP
Black Redstart - 1 Arne, 1 Bridport

Turtle Dove at Reap Lane Portland yesterday © Katie Horrocks

Guillemot at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Purple Sandpiper at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Wednesday 26th October 2016

Black Brant - 1 The Fleet at Weymouth
Black-necked Grebe - 19 Studland Bay
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Portland Bill
Whimbrel - 1 Stanpit
Greenshank - 5  Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Turtle Dove - 1 still at Reap Lane Portland
Firecrest - 4 Hengistbury Head, 1 Winspit Valley
Bearded Tit - 4 over Blacknor Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 trapped & ringed Corfe Castle, 1 Abbotsbury, 1 Stour Valley LNR, 1 Puddletown Forest, 1 Hengistbury Head
Dusky Warbler - 1 briefly at Southwell Portland
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Puddletown Forest
Black Redstart - 2 Winspit Quarry, 1 Reap Lane Portland, 1 Arne, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Worth Matravers, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Reap Lane Portland
PINE BUNTING - 1 trapped & ringed at Portland Bird Obs

Lesser Whitethroat at Middlebere Farm © Bryan Pinchen

Sightings - Tuesday 25th October 2016

Scaup - 2 Lodmoor
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 38 Brownsea Is, 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Portland Bill on the West Cliff
Turtle Dove - 1 Reap Lane Portland
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Hartland Moor
Firecrest - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Durlston CP.
Sand Martin - 1 Lodmoor
Swallow - 34 Durlston CP, 1 Lodmoor
House Martin - 15 Durlston CP.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3 behind coal store Easton, 1 Portland Obs, 1 Portland Castle, 1 Abbotsbury.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 at Sewage works Sherborne
Eastern Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Highcliffe on the undercliff.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Obs
Red-flanked Bluetail - 1 ringed Portland Bird Obs approx 13:00hrs released into the Obs Quarry.
Black Redstart - 3 Portland Bill, 1 Portland Castle, 1 Bridport

Red-flanked Bluetail - Portland Obs. © Nicola Duckworth

Sightings - Monday 24th October 2016

Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Arne
Spoonbill - 1 Portland Bill
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Portland Bill
Whimbrel - 2 Arne, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Turtle Dove - 1 Reap Lane Portland
Firecrest - 2 Arne, 1 Durlston CP.
Swallow - 4 Fisherman's Dock, 2 Arne
Pallas's Warbler - 1 Avalanche Rd Hump
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Stour Valley
Fieldfare - 80+ over Arne (sev flocks)
Redwing/Song Thrush - 50+ Mixed flock Arne

Common Buzzard - © Tim Balmer


Hen Harrier - © Tim Balmer


Grey Wagtail - Holes Bay © David Wareham




Sightings - Sunday 23rd October 2016

Scaup - 1 fem. Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Brand's Bay, 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 Portland Bill
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lytchett Fields
Sandwich Tern - 1 Ferrybridge
Long-eared Owl - 1 Portland Obs.
Pallas's Warbler - 1 Portland Obs.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 West Bay, 1 Westcliff Rd Portland.
Goldfinch - 935 Hengistbury Hd.

Fieldfare - Middlebere © Dominic Greves


Hen Harrier © Tim Balmer


Brent Geese - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 22nd October 2016

Black-necked Grebe - 10 Middle Beach Studland
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Portland Bill, 2 Hartland Moor.
Osprey - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Lytchett Bay.
Spoonbill - 2 Arne
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Suckthumb Quarry, 1 Stour Valley, 1 Victoria Place Portland, 1 Portland Obs.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Portland Obs.
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Portland Obs.
Ring Ouzel - 1 West Cliffs Portland, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Fieldfare - 7 Hengistbury Hd.
Black Redstart - 1 Studland Ferry
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 Damers/Lorne Rd area Dorchester.
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Snow Bunting - 1 Poole Docks (restricted area)

Snow Bunting Poole Dock © Richard Saunders

Sightings - Friday 21st October 2016.

Scaup - 6 Lodmoor, 2 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Christchurch Harbour heading west.
Great White Egret - 1 Overcoombe Pool.
Red Kite - 1 over Wareham Forest.
Marsh Harrier - 6 Poole Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 juv. Poole Harbour, 1 Portland Bill.
Merlin - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Bowleaze, 1 Poole Harbour.
Golden Plover - 3 over Lytchett Fields.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Short-eared Owl - 1 over Blacknor.
Tree Pipit - late birds 1 Avalanche Road, 1 Portland Bill.
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Portland Bill.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 6 Portland, 2 Durlston CP, 1 Dorchester, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Wick Hams.
Twite - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Serin - 1 Portland Observatory.

Great Black-backed Gull – Hengistbury Head ©Joe Murphy.

Curlew – Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale.

Sightings - Thursday 20th October 2016.

Whooper Swan - 1 Lytchett Bay.
Scaup - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Great White Egret - 1 Overcoombe Pool.
Hen Harrier - 1 Portland, 1 Slepe Heath.
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Portland.
Waxwing - 4 were off Christchurch Harbour and headed NW.
Ring Ouzel - 3 Durlston CP, 3 Portland Bill.
Redwing - 206 Verne Common, 21 Hengistbury Head.
Fieldfare - 100 Milborne St.Andrew, 30  Verne Common.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Portland Observatory, 2 Southwell Gardens, 1 Avalanche Road, 1 Culverwell, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Tout Quarry.
Firecrest - 3 Portland.
Rose-coloured Starling 1 Weymouth.



Whooper Swan – Lytchett Bay ©Ian Ballam.

Sightings - Wednesday 19th October 2016.

Whooper Swan - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Scaup - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Great White Egret - 1 Overcoombe Pool, 1 Shipstal.
Spoonbill - 34 Brownsea.
Red Kite - 1 over Abbotsbury Swannery.
Hen Harrier - 1 Portland.
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP.
Golden Plover - 120 Maiden Castle.
Short-eared Owl - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Ring Ouzel - 2 Portland.
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Portland.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Culverwell, 2 Durlston CP, 1 Portland Hospital, 2 Portland Observatory.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog.
Lapland Bunting - 1 Hengistbury Head.

Visual migration:- Christchurch Harbour. 200 Meadow Pipit, 150 alba Wagtail, 115 Chaffinch, 14 Brambling, 440 Linnet, 31 Lesser Redpoll, 670 Goldfinch.
Portland. 300 Chaffinch.

Aggressive Little Egrets – Brownsea © Tim Balmer. 


Whooper Swans – Abbotsbury Swannery ©Steve Groves.


Sightings - Tuesday 18th October 2016.

Brent Goose - 120 Ferrybridge incl. 3 Pale-bellied, 6 Brownsea.
Red Kite - 1 over Badbury Rings.
Hen Harrier - 1 over Portland.
Merlin - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Wick Fields.
Mediterranean Gull - 300+ Ferrybridge.
Ring Ouzel - 3 Coombefield, 1 Portland Bill.
Firecrest - 2 Portland Bill.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog.
Vis. migration:- Portland Bill 150 alba Wagtail, 700 Linnet, 250 Goldfinch.
Raven – Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy. 

Hen Harrier – Portland © Chris Minvalla.

Sightings - Monday 17th October 2016

Great White Egret - 1 Arne
Spoonbill - 39 Brownsea Island lagoon
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 15 Brownsea Island lagoon
Greenshank - 28 Brownsea Island lagoon
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields, 7 Brownsea Island lagoon
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3 Hengistbury Head, 5 various sites on Portland, 1 Brownsea Island, 1 ringed Longham Lakes
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 reported Kinson Sewage Works
Rosy Starling - 1 Southdown Avenue Lodmoor 

Sightings - Sunday 16th October 2016

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 1 Wareham Channel
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Fields
Iceland Gull - 1 past Durlston
Little Gull - 2 past Durlston
Mediterranean Gull - 160 Ferrybridge
Great Skua - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Obs, 3 Southwell, 2 Weston Craft Centre, 1 Littlesea Wood, 1 Lodmoor CP, 1 Stour Valley NR, 1 Granby Road, 1 Durlston, 1 Stanpit, 1 Wick, 
Rosy Starling1 Southdown Avenue Lodmoor 
Black-tailed Godwit copyright Joe Murphy
Turnstone Hengistbury Head copyright Geoff Norquoy

Sightings - Saturday 15th October 2016

Merlin - 1 Durlston
Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3 Hengistbury Head, 2 Portland Obs, 1 Littlesea Wood, 2 Southwell School, 1 Foundary Close Portland, 1 Blacknor, 2 Weston Craft Centre, 1 Lodmoor CP, 1 Stour Valley NR, 2 Durlston, 2 Ringstead
Ring Ouzel - 1 Littlesea, 1 Arne, birds on Portland and at Durlston, 3 Lulworth, 1 Chapman's Pool
Rosy Starling - 1 Southdown Avenue Lodmoor 

Sightings - Friday 14th October 2016

Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Fields
Cuckoo - 1 Top Fields Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Obs, 1 Littlesea Wood
RED-EYED VIREO - 1 ringed at Portland Obs


Oystercatcher Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy 

Sightings - Thursday 13th October 2016

Scaup - 1 still at Abbotsbury.
Rough-legged Buzzard - 1 possible E over Lyme Regis.
Osprey - 1 still at Todber Manor Fishery.
Merlin - 1 at Milborne St Andrew.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still on Lytchett Fields.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 in Lytchett Bay.
Swift sp - 1 past St Aldhelm's Head.
Ring Ouzel - 2 at Lodmoor, 10+ on Portland, 3 at Durlston CP, 3+ at St Aldhelm's Head.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Blacknor, 1 at Hengistbury Head.
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Durlston CP.

Long-tailed Tit - Bournemouth - David Wareham


Sightings - Wednesday 12th October 2016

Scaup - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery.
Osprey - 1 at Todber.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still in Lytchett Bay.
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 in Lytchett Bay.
Ring Ouzel - 6 at Durlston CP, 4 on Portland, 2 at St Aldhelm's Head, 2 at South Haven, 1 at Hengistbury Head and 1 in Lulworth Cove.
Yellow-browed Warbler - on Portland 1 at the Bird Obs, 1 in Tout Quarry,          2 at Weston Craft Centre and 1 at Avalanche Road Hump.
     1 in Weymouth at Westham Crossroads.

Pied Wagtail - Hengistbury Head - Joe Murphy

Shelduck - Holloway's Dock - Joe Murphy

Turnstone - Poole Quay - David Wareham

Sightings - Tuesday 11th October 2016

Great White Egret - 1 at Hartland Moor.
Hobby - 1 at Lytchett Fields.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still on Lytchett Fields.
Whinchat - 1 at Wyke Down.
Ring Ouzel - 5 at Ballard Down. 2 at St Aldhelm's Head.
Lesser Whitethroat (blythi) - 1 trapped at Portland Bird Obs.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 trapped at Lytchett Bay, 1 trapped at Durlston CP, 1 at Hengistbury Head.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 still on Southdown Ave, Overcombe.

Fieldfare and Redwing being seen in increasing numbers.

Redshank - Hengistbury Head - Joe Murphy

Wigeon - Hengistbury Head - Joe Murphy

Oystercatcher - Baiter - David Wareham

Sightings - Monday 10th October 2016

Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still in Lytchett Bay (work will finish on the fields tomorrow).
Stone Curlew - 1 at Durlston CP.
Short-eared Owl - 1 at St Aldhelm's Head, 2 at Durlston CP.
Wryneck - 1 at St Aldhelm's Head.
Ring Ouzel - 3 at St Aldhelm's Head and 6 at Durlston CP. 3 on Portland.
Yellow-browed Warbler - singles at Lytchett Bay, Abbotsbury Swannery,        Arne RSPB, Peveril Point, Chard Junction GP, St Aldhelm's Head,        Hengistbury Head. 2 at Durlston CP, 3 in Lyme Regis and 5 on Portland.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 at no.44 Southdown Ave, Overcombe.

Mediterranean Gull - Lodmoor - Derek Fowler


Goosander - Christchurch - Tony Adamcik
Wheatear - Hengistbury Head - Joe Murphy
Guillemot - Hengistbury Head - Joe Murphy



Sightings - Sunday 9th October 2016

Great White Egret - 2 over Christchurch Harbour, 1 Middlebere Channel
Black-necked Grebe - 1 off Mudeford Quay
Common Crane - 2 over Weymouth Rugby Ground
Merlin - 2 Durlston CP
Stone Curlew - 1 Stanpit Marsh
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still in Lytchett Bay
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Bay (Turlin Channel), 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lodmoor
Sanderling - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Spotted Redshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Short-eared Owl - 1 Rodden Hive, 1 Kimmeridge, 1 Ferrybridge, 2 Durlston CP
Wryneck - 1 Lodmoor
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 trapped & ringed  Durlston CP, 1 Portland Craft Centre
Bearded Tit - 1 trapped & ringed Portland Bird Observatory
Yellow-browed Warbler - 5 Portland Craft Centre, 1 Lytchett Bay,
    1 Wakeham Portland, 1 Chard Junction, 1 The Grove Portland,
    1 Weymouth Golf Course, 1 trapped & ringed  Durlston CP,
    1 Tesco CP Dorchester, 1 trapped & ringed Portland Bird Observatory,
    1 The Hump Portland, 1 Stanpit, 1 Wick, 2 St Aldhelm's Head
Subalpine Warbler - 1 briefly near Easton Portland
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile over Durlston CP, 1 juvenile still at Lodmoor
Ring Ouzel - 15 near Durdle Door, 8 Durlston CP,
    3 Coomefield Quarry Portland, 1 Wallsend  Portland
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 trapped & ringed Portland Bird Observatory

Yesterday : a Wryneck at Hengistbury Head

Oystercatcher at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
Curlew Sandpiper at Lodmoor © Derek Fowler

Brent Goose at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 8th October 2016

Garganey - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Goosander - 1 Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 60 Arne RSPB  (apparently largest count recorded in the UK)
Red Kite - 6 over Pimperne
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still in Lytchett Bay
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 1 Lodmoor
Firecrest - 3+ Arne, 3 trapped & ringed Durlston CP, 1 Stanpit, 1 Wick Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Cogden Beach, 1 Hengistbury Head,
    1 trapped & ringed Lytchett Bay, 1 Chard Junction, 1 Lodmoor CP,
    1 Arne, 1 Lulworth, 1 Osmington Mills, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Culverwell,
    1 Portland Craft Centre, 1 trapped & ringed Durlston
BLYTH'S REED WARBLER - 1 re-trapped at Portland Bird Observatory
Chiffchaff - 114 trapped & ringed Durlston CP
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile at Lodmoor
Ring Ouzel - 18 Hardy Monument, 15 Durlston CP, 4 Culverwell,
    2 Arne, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Lytchett Bay,
    1 Stanpit, 7 St Aldhelm's Head
Redstart - 1 Lodmoor

Sightings - Friday 7th October 2016

Garganey - 1 juvenile Abbotsbury, 1 Stanpit
Eider - 1 Hengistbury Head
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 59 Shipstal Point Arne, 1 Lytchett Bay
Merlin - 3 Hengistbury Head, 2 Durlston CP, 1 St Aldhelm's Head
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Bay
Sanderling - 5 Christchurch Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 5 Lytchett Bay, 1 Lodmoor
Short-eared Owl - 4 West Cliffs Portland
Firecrest - 2 Lodmoor CP, 2 Durlston CP, 3 Hengistbury Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Charmouth, 1 near Weymouth College, 1 Chard Junction, 1 Lodmoor CP, 1 Craft Centre Portland, 1 Avalanche Road Hump Portland, 1 Hengistbury Head
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile still at Lodmoor
Ring Ouzel - 7+ Coombefield Quarry Portland, 7 + St Aldhelm's Head, 5 Durlston CP, 2 West Cliffs Portland, 1 trapped & ringed PBO, 1 Hengistbury Head
Common Rosefinch - 1 Coombefield Quarry Portland

Lesser Yellowlegs at Lytchett Bay © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Thursday 6th October 2016

Garganey - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Great White Egret - 2 Christchurch Harbour
Spoonbill - 54 Arne
Red-necked Grebe - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Merlin - 2 Portland Bill, 2 Christchurch Harbour
Hobby  - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Red Kite - 7 over Sutton Waldron
Golden Plover - 1 Portland Bill
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor
Sanderling - 3 Christchurch Harbour
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Great Skua - 1 past Durlston CP
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 6 Durlston CP, 4 Pennsylvania Castle Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 trapped & ringed north Poole Harbour, 2 Castle Cove Weymouth, 1 Arne RSPB, 1 The Verne Portland
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 possible at Portland Craft Centre
BLYTH'S REED WARBLER - 1 trapped & ringed Portland Bird Observatory
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 juvenile at Lodmoor
Ring Ouzel - 8+ Durlston CP, 1 trapped & ringed north Poole Harbour, 1 Blacknor Portland, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Winspit, 1 Stanpit
Whinchat - 1 Winspit

Today's Visual Migration included :
Swallow - 750 Durlston CP
House Martin - 68 Durlston CP
Song Thrush - 41 Dulston CP, 26 Lodmoor, 8 Christchurch Harbour
alba Wagtails - 569 Durlston CP, 173 Christchurch Harbour, 100+ Lodmoor
Meadow Pipit - 402 Durlston CP, 129 Christchurch Harbour
Linnet - 467 Durlston CP, 190 Christchurch Harbour
Goldfinch - 1120 Durlston CP, 500+ Lodmoor in 4 hours, 455 Christchurch Harbour
Siskin - 102 Durlston CP, 8 Lodmoor, 42 Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Wednesday 5th October 2016

Garganey - 2 Radipole
Red-breasted Merganser - 1 drake past Hengistbury Hd.
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Great White Egret - 6 NW West Bexington
Spoonbill - 52 Poole Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 3 Poole Hbr.
Hen Harrier - 1 Worth Matravers
Golden Plover - 2 past Hengistbury Hd.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Common Tern - 3 Hengistbury Hd.
Arctic Tern - 1 Poole Hbr Mouth.
Little Gull - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Hobby - 1 Hengistbury Hd. 1 Forston.
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 West Wears, 1 Pennsylvania Castle Portland.
Sub-alpine Warbler - 1 male on West Cliffs.
Ring Ouzel - 4 Radipole Lake, 2 Lodmoor
Redstart - 1 Thorncombe, 1 Wareham garden.
Little Bunting - 1 West Cliff's Portland.

Todays Visual Migration
Swallow - 800+ Radipole Lake
House Martin - 200+ Radipole Lake
Song Thrush - 50 Radipole Lake, 6 Hengistbury Hd.
'Alba' Wagtails - 152 Hengistbury Hd, 150 Radipole Lake.
Meadow Pipit - 110 Hengistbury Hd.
Linnet - 350 Radipole Lake, 300 Lodmoor, 295 Hengistbury Hd.
Goldfinch - 25 Hengistbury Hd.
Siskin - 43 Hengistbury Hd.

Common Buzzard - Brownsea Island © Tim Balmer


Little Egrets - Brownsea Island © Tim Balmer




Sightings - Tuesday 4th October 2016

Garganey - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 45 Arne, 4 over Verwood a.m. 3 Brownsea Is.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail between Alner and Morden
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Mudeford Quay
Common Crane - 2 (1ad, 1Juv) Littlesea and West Cliff Portland
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Arctic Skua - 1 Durlston CP.
Great Skua - 1 Durlston CP.
Baltic Gull - 1 probable Portland Bill
Short-eared Owl - 1 West Cliff Portland, 1 West Bexington
Firecrest - 7 Durlston CP, 3 Hengistbury Hd.
Merlin - 1 male Portland over Crown Estate Fields,
Hobby - 1 Portland over Crown Estate Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 PC World Drain, 1 Oakdale garden, 1 Winspit
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 probable Portland Bird Obs.
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Durlston CP.
Whitethroat - 1 Hengistburt Hd, 1 Winspit.

Visual Migration
Coot - 1 recorded overnight Lytchett Bay
Swallow - 2500 Winspit, 2100 West Bexington, 480 Durlston CP. 350 Hengistburt Hd.
House Martin - 2500 Winspit, 1800 West Bexington, 320 Durlston CP. 90 Hengistburt Hd.
Ring Ouzel - 1 recorded overnight Lytchett Bay
Song Thrush - 164 recorded overnight Lytchett Bay, 16 Durlston CP, 3 Hengistbury Hd.
Redwing - 28 recorded overnight Lytchett Bay, 12 Durlston CP.
'Alba' Wagtails - 238 West Bexington, 117 Hengistburt Hd, 104 Durlston CP.
Tree Pipit - 1 recorded overnight Lytchett Bay
Meadow Pipit - 150 Winspit, 80 Hengistbury Hd.
Linnet - 240 West Bexington, 145 Hengistburt Hd, 135 Durlston CP.
Goldfinch - 450 Durlston CP. 88 Hengistburt Hd.

Kingfisher - Brownsea Island © Tim Balmer


Little Egret - Brownsea Island © Tim Balmer


Kestrel - Stanpit Marsh  © Joe Murphy


Lythett Fields - upcoming management work

Thanks to a grant from the Dorset Bird Club and additional support from the Birds of Poole Harbour and the RSPB, site works will begin at Lytchett Fields on Wednesday to create islands to provide high tide roosts. The works will also include some improvements to habitat and viewing facilities on Sherford Pools.
This will cause some unavoidable disturbance during Wednesday to Friday at least. Visitors may wish to bear this in mind. 

Sightings - Monday 3rd October 2016

Dark-bellied Brent - 11 Stanpit Marsh
Garganey - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Great White Egret - 1 Shipstal Point
Spoonbill - 40 Arne, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields
Common Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Wryneck - 1 Avalanche Rd Hump.
Merlin - 2 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3 PC World Drain, 1 East Lulworth
Ring Ouzel - 3 Durlston CP.
Chaffinch - 200 Turnerspuddle
Linnets - 500 Turnerspuddle

Todays Visual Migration
Swallow - 350 Hengistbury Hd, 85 Durlston CP
House Martin - 230 Hengistbury Hd, 15 Durlston CP.
Ring Ouzel - 1 recorded over last night Portland Bill
Song Thrush - 18 recorded over last night Portland Bill
Redwing - 78 recorded over last night Portland Bill
Wheatear - 10 Portland Bill
Grey Wagtail - 3 Hengistbury Hd, 3 Durlston CP.
'Alba' Wagtail - 136 Hengistbury, 85 Durlston CP, 20 Portland Bill
Meadow Pipit - 440 Hengistbury Hd, 260 Durlston CP, 60 Portland Bill
Brambling - 2 Durlston CP
Linnet - 505 Hengistbury Hd, 340 Durlston CP, 80 Portland Bill
Siskin - 82 Durlston CP.

Yellow-browed Warbler - PC World Drain © Ian Ballam


Few of 500 Linnet Flock - Turnerspuddle © Roger Hewitt


Turnstone - Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy