Sightings - Saturday 24th June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 still on Brownsea Lagoon.
Alpine Swift - 1 over Lodmoor Postbox Pool until 20:20 (first seen c12:20).

Alpine Swift - Lodmoor © Brett Spencer

Alpine Swift - Lodmoor © Brett Spencer


































Alpine Swift - Lodmoor © Roger Hewitt

Sandwich Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Clinton Whale

Black-headed Gull - Brownsea Lagoon © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Friday 23rd June 2017

Spoonbill - 4 on Lytchett Fields.

juvenile Bullfinch - Merley Park © John Hammick

Black-headed Gull - Brownsea Island © Marcus Lawson

Sightings - Thursday 22nd June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 on Brownsea Lagoon
Elegant Tern - roosted on Brownsea Lagoon then left at c4.45am.
Little Gull - 1 Langton Herring.

Dartford Warbler - Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Wednesday 21st June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Lagoon.
Osprey - 2 Wareham Channel.
ELEGANT TERN - 1 on Brownsea mid-afternoon then late evening to roost in front of Mac Hide.
Common Rosefinch - 1 in a Southwell garden.

Some history of the Elegant Tern from Birdguides:
"Bird C has also been seen only in France during the breeding season, and primarily at Banc d'Arguin. The first sighting of this bird came on the reserve in 2002; it was caught on 3 July 2003 and fitted with a metal ring (FT67249) on the right tibia and with three plastic rings — one white on the right tarsus, and green above yellow on the left tarsus (J Gernigon). The bird, identified as a male by behaviour, bred with a Sandwich Tern for several years (2005–07, 2009, 2010, 2013) in the Banc d'Arguin colony, but also on one or two occasions in the Noirmoutier colony. Bird C has also been seen once in winter — close to Cape Town, South Africa, on 1 January 2007 (Tony Tree). Though it was ringed a long time ago, further sightings are otherwise sparse — though this is probably because of its choice of the inaccessible Banc d'Arguin as a breeding site and because it has also long been considered a hybrid because of its perceived less 'classic' appearance."

Some info on it's visit to South Africa:
http://safring.adu.org.za/story_content.php?id=189
As this bird has been DNA tested and proven to be an Elegant Tern then it should be accepted as the first confirmed British Record although there have been 3 sightings previously which will most likely prove acceptable now:
2005 Dorset, Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch Harbour, adult, 10 May
2002 Caernarfonshire Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog, 23–26 July
2002 Devon, Dawlish Warren, 18 May; same, 18–19 July.
Elegant Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Paul Morton

Elegant Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Paul Morton

Sightings - Tuesday 20th June 2017

Storm Petrel - 15+ in Lyme Bay 1.6km off shore from Charmouth
Spoonbill - 5 still on Brownsea Island lagoon
Osprey - 1 Wareham Channel
Hobby - 2 Morden Bog, 1 Morden Park Lake
Green Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Lytchett Fields

Sightings - Monday 19th June 2017

Common Scoter - 34 past Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 6 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Hobby - 1 West Bexington
Whimbrel - 4 past Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland

Juvenile Green Woodpecker at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Swallow fledgling at Canford © Roger Peart




Stonechat at Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

Sightings - Sunday 18th June 2017

Osprey  - 1 Middlebere
Red-footed Falcon - 1st summer female at Morden Bog


Red-footed Falcon at Morden Bog © Aidan Brown





Pochard at Radipole © David Wareham



Sightings - Saturday 17th June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island
Osprey  - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Middlebere
Green Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields
Little Tern - 1 Brownsea Island

Reed Warbler at Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy

Greenfinch at Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

Sightings - Friday 16th June 2017

Osprey - 2 Middlebere

Sightings - Thursday 15th June 2017

Apologies for late post - IT problems

Osprey - 1 Arne
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields 0600-0800
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Balearic Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill
Quail - 1 singing from a field West Compton
Serin - 1 briefly Southwell

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Lytchett Fields copyright Ian Ballam



Sightings - Wednesday 14th June 2017


Osprey - 2 Middlebere
Eastern Common Tern (longipennis) - 1 possible Abbotsbury Swannery

Meditteranean Gull Brownsea Island copyright Clinton Whale

Linnet Hengistbury Head copyright David Wareham
 

Sightings - Tuesday 13th June 2017

Osprey - 1 Morden Bog
Storm Petrel - 2 ringed at Portland Bill last night
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eastern Common Tern (longipennis) - 1 possible Abbotsbury Swannery

Possible Eastern Common Tern - Abbotsbury Swannery © Steve Groves

Sightings - Monday 12th June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Osprey  - 2 Wareham Channel. The ring on one of them was read yesterday (S1) and it is a 2 year old male from @rutlandospreys hatched in 2015.
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.

Sightings - Sunday 11th June 2017

Sooty Shearwater - 1 reported past Portland Bill
Long-tailed Skua  - 1 reported past Portland Bill

The third and final chick from the Bournemouth Peregrines fledged yesterday (see below):
Juvenile female Peregrine (PK) - Bournemouth © Adrian Groves

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Merley Park © John Hammick

Sightings - Saturday 10th June 2017

Osprey - 1 Morden Bog

Osprey - Morden Bog © Aidan Brown
Gannet - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Woodlark - Dorset © Geoff Upton

Sightings - Friday 9th June 2017

Storm Petrel - at least 15 off Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 5 in Lytchett Bay
Osprey - 1 in the Wareham Channel

Grey Heron - Iford Weir © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Thursday 8th June 2017

Common Scoter - 21 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Arne off Shipstall Pt.
Manx Shearwater - 1517 Portland Bill, 85 Christchurch Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 2 Lyme Regis, 1 Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 20 Hengistbury Hd, 5 Mudeford Quay, 4 Burton Bradstock, 3 West Bexington, 3 Lyme Regis, 2 Branksome Chine, 1 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 Christchurch Bay
Puffin - 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Wednesday 7th June 2017

Storm Petrel - 17 Hengistbury Hd, 6 Mudeford Quay
Spoonbill - 5 over the Wareham Channel later on Lytchett fields.
Osprey - 1 over Wareham Channel a.m.
Hobby - 2 Wareham Channel area a.m.

Common Swift - Radipole Lake © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 6th June 2017

Common Scoter - 63 Hengistbury Hd.
Storm Petrel - 15 off Mudeford to Hengistbury Hd. beach hut.
Arctic Skua - 4 Portland Bill
Hobby - 1 in off sea Hengistbury Hd.

Sightings - Monday 5th June 2017

Common Scoter - 41 Hengistbury Hd.
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 300 per hour day total poss. 2000 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 3 Portland Bill, 1 Mudeford Quay
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere

Sightings - Sunday 4th June 2017.

Shelduck - 17 ducklings. Christchurch Harbour. First confirmed breeding for several years.
Common Scoter - 7 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 75 past Portland Bill.
Quail - 1 California Farm, Durlston.
Sanderling - 10 Ferrybridge.
Dunlin - 6 Ferrybridge.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.

Sand Martin – Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy.

Sightings - Saturday 3rd June 2017.

Common Scoter - 25 past Portland Bill.
Grey Partridge - 2 Badbury Rings area.
Spoonbill - 5 Sherford Pools, Lytchett.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Chesil Beach.
Black-tailed Godwit - 112 Lytchett Fields.
Sanderling - 17 Ferrybridge.
Dunlin - 12 Ferrybridge.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.

Sightings - Friday 2nd June 2017.

Garganey - 1 Longham Lakes.
Common Scoter - 28 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 50 past Portland Bill.
Red Kite - 2 over Stanpit Marsh.
Marsh Harrier - 1 over Stanpit Marsh.
Red-footed Falcon - 1 w over Southwell, Portland.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Turtle Dove - 1 Portland.
Cuckoo - 1 Wick Hams.
Woodchat Shrike - 1 Clayhanger Farm(nr. Abbotsbury).

Dipper – Maiden Newton © Nick Priddle.

Sightings - Thursday 1st June 2017.

Greenish Warbler - 1 Portland Observatory.
Golden Oriole - 1 Portland.
Linnet - 50+ Kimmeridge.

Reports of interest, Wednesday 31st May 2017

Manx Shearwater - 50 past Portland Bill.
Red Kite - a couple of reports from North Dorset today.
Osprey - 2 Wareham Forest.
Avocet - 1 Brownsea Island.
Whimbrel - 1 past Portland Bill.
Crane - 1 on Arne Moors was identified as a bird released as a chick in Somerset in 2012.
Red-Rumped Swallow - 1 Grove pig farm (Portland).
Golden Oriole - 1 Grove stadium area (Portland).
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Wimborne St Giles.
Hooded Crow - 1 Weston (Portland).

Reports of interest, Tuesday 30th May 2017

Common Scoter - 14 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 150 past Portland Bill.
Avocet - 1 Brownsea Island.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Cuckoo - 1 Portland Bill.
Dipper - 1 on the River Ivel.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Arne, 1 Portland Bill.


Black-Headed Gull, Queens Park, Bournemouth © Tony Adamcik

Nightjar at RSPB Arne © Mark Wright

Black-Tailed Godwit, Brownsea Island © Clinton Whale

Reports of interest, Monday 29th May 2017

Mandarin Duck - pair near Stourpaine.
Spoonbill - 3 Brownsea Island.
Red Kites were again reported in smaller numbers across the county.
Hobby - 1 Hartland Moor.
Grey Plover - 1 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit.
Avocet - 3 Brownsea Island.
Greenshank - 1 Brownsea Island.
Wryneck - 1 Walditch.
Cuckoo - 1 heard near Corfe Castle.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Arne.

Reports of interest, Sunday 28th May 2017

Red kite - a small number were reported across the county.
Hobby - 1 Hartland Moor.

Sightings - Saturday 27th May 2017

Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 3 on Brownsea Lagoon
Roseate Tern - 2 on Brownsea Lagoon
Golden Plover - 1 Lodmoor

Still a handful of Red Kite moving through the county.

Sightings - Friday 26th May 2017

Spoonbill - 3 Lytchett Bay
Osprey - Wareham Channel

Chiffchaff - Radipole © David Wareham

Grey Wagtail - Longham © Roger Peart

Redstart - east Dorset © Clive Hargrave

Sightings - Thursday 25th May 2017

Spoonbill - 3 Brownsea Lagoon
Osprey - 1 over West Bexington
Red Kite - several migrants recorded

Marsh Harrier - Radipole © Geoff Norquoy

Nightjar Walk - Friday 9th June

Please join us for a crepuscular search for Nightjar on Friday 9th June 2017 at
White Sheet Plantation, near Wimborne.

Meet in the car park at 19:30 on the bend in the road (SU 048036).
Don’t forget your insect repellent!

Please email Richard Charman if you are able to attend walks@dorsetbirds.org.uk

Hope to see you there.

Sightings - Wednesday 24th May 2017

Red Kite - good numbers of what are presumably 2cy non-breeding birds moving through the county today.

Otherwise quiet, although some good news here Poole Harbour gull colony in recovery

Sightings - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

No significant sightings reported - we seem to be entering the 'quiet period' very early!

Sightings - Monday 22nd May 2017

Cattle Egret - 1 over St Catherine's Hill Christchurch
Stone Curlew - 1 over Verwood calling several times at 22:30

Whimbrel - Portland Bill © Chris Minvalla

Sightings - Sunday 21st May 2017

Honey Buzzard - 1 over Portland
Purple Sandpiper - 8 still at Lyme Regis Cobb (12+ on 20th)
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Bee-eater - 1 reported on Portland briefly
Melodious Warbler - 1 Portland Top Fields

Sightings - Saturday 20th May 2017

Garganey - 1 Abbotsbury
Honey Buzzard - 1 N over Verwood late afternoon.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Coward's Marsh
Balearic Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill
Bee-eater - 1 over California Farm Swanage

Sightings - Friday 19th May 2017.

Great Northern Diver - 1 past Christchurch Harbour.
Sanderling - 47 South Haven, 40 Ferrybridge.
Turtle Dove - 2 Thumb Lane.
Cuckoo - 1 "Rufous" morph, Studland.
Wheatear - 4 Portland Bill, 1 Shell Bay.
Garden Warbler - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Wick.
Spotted Flycatcher - 4 Portland Bill, 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Golden Oriole - 1 Agglestone/Studland Heath area.

Sightings - Thursday 18th May 2017.

Garganey - 1 Longham Lakes.
Great Northern Diver - 2 past Portland Bill.
Hobby - 1 Wick.
Knot - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Pomarine Skua - 2 past Portland Bill.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Longham Lakes.
Red-rumped Swallow - 2 over Portland Observatory.
Yellow Wagtail - 2 Portland.
Redstart - 1 Portland.
Wheatear - 9 Portland, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Whinchat - 1 Portland.
Chiffchaff - 34 Portland.
Willow Warbler - 1 Portland.
Blackcap - 1 Portland.
Spotted Flycatcher - 18 Portland, 3 Stanpit Marsh.
Golden Oriole - 2 Portland Observatory, 1 edge of Hartland Moor.

Marsh Harrier – Radipole Lake RSPB ©Geoff Norquoy.

Swallow – Edmondsham © Roger Peart.

Great Crested Grebe – Radipole Lake RSPB © Geoff Norquoy.

Sightings - Wednesday 17th May 2017.

Manx Shearwater - 250 past Portland Bill.
Whimbrel - 5 Ferrybridge, 3 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Portland Bill.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 9 Ferrybridge.
Knot - 1 Ferrybridge.
Sanderling - 27 Ferrybridge, 25 Christchurch Harbour.
Little Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Cuckoo - 1 Bumpers Lane.
Short-toed Lark - still at Cogden Beach.
Yellow Wagtail - 9 Portland Bill.
Garden Warbler - 1 Portland Bill.
Wood Warbler - 1 the Wood, Hengistbury Head.
Spotted Flycatcher - 6 Portland Bill, 5 the Wood, Hengistbury Head.
Golden Oriole - 1 still at Portland Observatory.

A note of interest, the Tawny Owl on Hengistbury Head now has 2 chicks viewable on camera in the visitors' centre.

Black-headed Gull – Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell.  

Sightings - Tuesday 16th May 2017.

Great Northern Diver - 2 past Portland Bill.
Sooty Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill.
Hobby - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Whimbrel - 6 Stanpit Marsh.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Sanderling - 7 Ferrybridge (in summer plumage).
Great Skua - 2 past Portland Bill.
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 back at Longham Lakes.
Cuckoo - 1 Ashley Cross.
Short-toed Lark - 1 Cogden Beach.
Golden Oriole - 1 Portland Observatory.

Reports of interest, Monday 15th May 2017

Great Northern Diver - 2 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - "steady movement" past Portland; 73 past Sandbanks.
Cattle Egret - 1 flew into Poole Harbour from the mouth of the Frome.
Whimbrel - 2 Portland Bill.
Sanderling - 3 Ferrybridge.
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Sandbanks.
Great Skua - 2 past Portland.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland.
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Wick (Hengistbury).
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 Portland Bill.
Wheatear - 1 Portland Bill.

Reports of interest, Sunday 14th May 2017

Manx Shearwater - 15 past Portland.
Hobby - 1 Bryanston, 1 Wick (Hengistbury), 4 Fiddleford Mill.
Whimbrel - 3 past Hengistbury sandspit.
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 reported at Stanpit is an unusual spring record here.
Great Skua - 2 past Portland.
Arctic Skua - 7 past Portland.
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury sandspit.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Portland.
Cuckoo - 1 Canford Heath, 1 Hammoon, 1 Rushcombe, 1 Wick (Hengistbury).
Redstart - 1 Wick (Hengistbury).
Whinchat - 1 Rushcombe.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Canford Heath, 1 Portland, 2 Wick (Hengistbury).
Wheatear - 1 Portland, 2 Maiden Castle.

Reports of interest, Saturday 13th May 2017

Manx Shearwater - 85 Chesil, 7 Portland Bill.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Poole Harbour.
Hobby - 2 Bryanston, 1 Longham Lakes, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Stanpit.
Whimbrel - 4 Mudeford Quay, 1 Osmington.
Bar-Tailed Godwit - 1 Longham Lakes.
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland.
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland.
Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury sandspit.
Roseate Tern - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Puffin - 2 reported Durlston.
Cuckoo - 1 Longham Lakes.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Wick Fields (Hengistbury).
Nightingale - 2 White Nothe.

Reports of interest, Friday 12th May 2017

Red-Throated Diver - 2 past Hengistbury
Spotted Crake - 1 heard calling late evening from Southdown Ave, Lodmoor 
Grey Plover - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Ferrybridge, 1 Lodmoor in summer plumage.
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor, 1 (probably the same) Radipole Lake.
Whimbrel - 5 Christchurch Harbour, 12+ Lodmoor.
Knot - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Great Skua - 2 past Chesil.
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Pomarine Skua - 9 past Portland.
Little Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lodmoor in summer plumage.
Cuckoo - 1 Hartland Moor.
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 Hartland Moor.
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head.

Non-bird news:  12+ Bottlenose Dolphin in Christchurch Bay.


Dunnock on Talbot Heath © David Wareham

Sightings - Thursday 11th May 2017

Garganey - 2 Longham Lakes
Manx Shearwater - 20 past Camp Rd Wyke Regis
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Avocet - 1 from Arne in Middlebere Channel
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields
Pomarine Skua - 7 Past Portland Bill, 3 East Chesil Cove, 8 past Camp Rd Wyke Regis
Arctic Skua - 1 past Chesil Cove
Great Skua - 1 past Chesil Cove
Little Tern - 22 (one flock) past Camp Rd Wyke Regis.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 1st/sum still Longham Lakes
Hooded Crow - 1 Portland Bill at the Grove pig farm
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Common Tern - Radipole Lake © David Wareham
















Ringed Plover - Ferrybridge © Alick Simmons

Sightings - Wednesday 10th May 2017

Garganey - 1 female Abbotsbury Swannery
Honey Buzzard - 1 north off the West Cliff
Avocet - 6 Brownsea Is, 1 Lytchett Fields.
Whimbrel - 7 Stanpit, 2 Brownsea Is, 1 Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 5 Brownsea Is, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Brownsea Is.
Cuckoo - 1 Brownsea Is. 1 Hammoon
Swift - 29 Hengistbury Hd, 12 Brownsea Is.
House Martin - 5 Hengistbury Hd.
Red-Rumped Swallow - 1 Portland (flew north up West Cliffs)1 Radipole Lake early a.m.
Swallow - 80 Hengistbury Hd.
Lesser Whitethroat - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Wheatear - 4 Hengistbury Hd.

Whitethroat - Lodmoor © David Wareham


Sum/plumaged Dunlin - Ferrybridge


Wheatear - Cerne Abbas Giants Hill © Brian Hill













Sightings - Tuesday 9th May 2017

Garganey - 2 remain at Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 1 still Radipole Lake
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Don't forget this evening DBC AGM at the Quarter Jack Suite, Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne Minster on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 19.30hrs. 

Dorset Records Panel Work In Progress

DORSET BIRD CLUB

AGENDA
for the
30th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

to be held:
at the Quarter Jack Suite, Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne Minster
on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 19.30


1.    Apologies for absence


2.    Introduction


3.    Minutes of the 29th AGM - to be approved


4.    General Manager’s Report (Marcus Lawson)


5.    Treasurer's Report (Trevor Buck)
approval of Treasurer’s Report
appointment of Auditor


6.    Election of Officers

Chair
Deputy Chair
Treasurer
Secretary


7.    Election of other Committee members


8.    Any other business


Refreshment Break


The Birds of Lesvos – an illustrated talk by Neil Gartshore.



AGM - Tuesday 9th May

Dorset Bird Club AGM

Tuesday 9th May 19:30-21:30 entry from 19:00

This year the AGM will be hosted in the Quarter Jack suite of the Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS.

The AGM will last for around 45 minutes after which there will be a break for refreshments. This will then be followed by a short talk on the Birds of Lesvos by Neil Gartshore.

Non-members welcome. 

Sightings - Monday 8th May 2017

Garganey - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Glossy Ibis - 1 reported at Radipole briefly flew off south
Whimbrel - 10 West Bexington, 6 Lytchett Fields, 2 Purbeck Golf Course
Sanderling - 20 West Bexington
Great Skua - 1 past Mudeford Quay
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 1st/sum Longham Lakes
Hobby - 1 in off sea Mudeford Quay
Wood Warbler - 1 Portland, 1 Hengistbbury Hd.
SPECTACLED WARBLER - Portland Bill (male showing well in brambles south of Coast Watch Station) 1st Dorset & 9th British record.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill
Spotted Flycatcher - 6 portland Bill, 4 Hengistbury Hd, 3 Stanpit Marsh, 2 West Bexington, sev Durlston CP.
Redstart - 6 Hengistbury Hd, 4 Portland Bill, sev Durlston CP.
Whinchat - 5 West Bexington, 4 Portland Bill, 3 Hengistnury Hd, sev Durlston CP.
Wheatear - 8 Hengistbury Hd, 5 Wesy Bexington, sev Durlston CP.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Durlston CP.
Hooded Crow - 1 Portland Bill

Spectacled Warbler - Portland Bill © Brett Spencer




Reports of interest, Sunday 7th May 2017

Manx Shearwater - 5 past Portland.
Great White Egret - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 near Arne.
Montagu's Harrier - 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Hobby - 2 in off the sea at Portland.
Greenshank - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Arctic Skua - 1+ past Portland.
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Portland.
BONAPARTE'S GULL
- 1 still at Longham Lakes.
Black Tern - 3 Longham Lakes.
Puffin - 2 past Portland.
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Cuckoo - 2 Badbury Rings, 1 Melbury Hill, 1 R. Stour nr Longham Lakes.
Swift - 225 passing over Stanpit, 15 passing over Hengistbury.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Culverwell, 15 passing over Stanpit, 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Swallow - 1200 passing over Stanpit, 30 passing over Hengistbury, "thousands" Portland.
House Martin - 170 passing over Stanpit, 5 passing over Hengistbury.
Whinchat - 2 Culverwell.
Redstart - 12 Portland.
Pied Flycatcher - 4 Portland.

Spotted Flycatcher - 4 Hengistbury/Wick Fields, 10 Portland, 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Serin - a small finch buzzing around Portland Bill was considered to be an escaped cage bird and not a Serin.

Late news:  A colour-ringed Dunlin seen at Ferrybridge last week was ringed in Spain in 2014 and is the first confirmed sighting of a Dunlin in the UK via Mauritania.

Black Tern at Longham Lakes © Aidan Brown.

Black Tern at Longham Lakes © Martin Wood.