Sightings - Saturday 29th April 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 18 Portland Harbour
Common Scoter - 45 past Chesil Cove
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Branksome
Osprey - 1 Arne
CATTLE EGRET - 3 Buckland Vipers
Whimbrel - 7 Ringstead
Ruff - 1 Lytchett Fields
Bar-tailed Godwit - 500 past Portland Bill
Great Skua - 9 past Portland Bill, 6 Chesil Cove
Arctic Skua - 5 past Portland Bill, 6 Chesil Cove
Pomarine Skua - 1 past Chesil Cove, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Turtle Dove - 1 PBO, 2 Culverwell
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 Longham Lakes
Whinchat - 1 Top Fields Portland
Wood Warbler - 1 Portland Castle
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Portland Castle, 1 Avalanche Road Portland
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Avalanche Road Portland
Eastern Subalpine Warbler - 1 Cheyne Weare Portland
Serin - 2 Chesil Cove

Sightings - Friday 28th April 2017

Osprey - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Abbotsbury
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
CATTLE EGRET - 1 Radipole Lake
Whimbrel - 5 Shipstal Point, 7 Christchurch Harbour
Common Sandpiper - 5 Christchurch Harbour
Dunlin - 144 Christchurch Harbour
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 Longham Lakes
Swift - 'lots' Longham Lakes
Wood Warbler - 1 Arne, 1 PBO
Eastern Subalpine Warbler - 1 Cheyne Weare Portland
Redstart - 2 Morden Bog, 1 Arne
Sandwich Tern Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Thursday 27th April 2017

Hobby - 1 Corfe to Studland road
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Whimbrel - 'lots' Middlebere
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 Longham Lakes
Red-rumped Swallow - 1 Longham Lakes
Wood Warbler - 1 Warmwell Heath

Sightings - Wednesday 26th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury
Osprey - 1 Wareham Channel, 1 The Fleet
CATTLE EGRET - 1 Stoborough Causeway
Ruff - 3 Lytchett Fields
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 Longham Lakes
Arctic Tern - 2 past Mudeford Quay
Sandwich Tern - 270 past Ferrybridge
Wheatear - 19 Ferrybridge
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Top Fields Portland
Bonaparte's Gull - Longham Lakes © Ian Ballam

Bonaparte's Gull - Longham Lakes © Ian Ballam

Gannet Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Kestrel Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 25th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Osprey - 1 Swineham Point
Puffin - 2 off Pulpit Rock
Whimbrel - 6 Cogden Beach, 7 Ferrybridge
Ruff - 3 Lytchett Fields
Swift - 2 Longham Lakes, 1 Portland, 1 Lytchett Fields, 2 Stanpit
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Cogden Beach
Pied Flycatcher - 2 Portland Bill
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Hartland Moor (SE corner)
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill
Wheatear - 4 Cogden Beach, 5 Sunnyside Farm
Whinchat - 1 Barleycrate/Reap Lane
Lesser Whitethroat - 2 Cogden Beach
Whitethroat - 3 Barleycrate/Reap Lane

Raven Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

AGM - Tuesday 9th May

Dorset Bird Club AGM

Tuesday 9th May 19:30-21:30

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 24th April 2017.

Great Northern Diver - 1 off Chesil Beach.
Cattle Egret - 1 Bestwall Meadows.
Kentish Plover - 1 still Chesil Beach.
Whimbrel - 37 thro' off Chesil Beach, 7 Christchurch Harbour,  2 LytchettBay, 2 Ferrybridge, 1 off Portland Bill.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 21 thro' off Chesil Beach.
Ruff - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Arctic Tern - 2 passed Portland Bill.
Little Tern - 7 off Chesil Beach, 2 Stanpit Bight.
Cuckoo - 1 Arne, 1 Middlebere, 1 Slepe Heath, 1 Winterbourne Whitechurch.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Wick.
Ring Ouzel - 2 Barleycrate Lane.
Redstart - 1 Wick.
Wheatear - 70 Portland Bill, 28 Ferrybridge, 17 Christchurch Harbour.
Whinchat - 1 Ferrybridge.
Sedge Warbler - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Grasshopper Warbler - 5 Wick, 1 Talbot Heath.
Willow Warbler - 120 Portland Bill, 25 Christchurch Harbour.
Wood Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Serin - 1 Southwell.

Great Crested Grebes displaying – Longham Lakes © Dave Hill.

Great Crested Grebes displaying – Longham Lakes © Dave Hill.

Bournemouth Peregrines

Good news this evening in that 2 of the 4 eggs from the Peregrine nest have successfully hatched - watch all the action on the live webcam here http://www.bournemouthperegrines.org.uk

Peregrine with 2 chicks - Bournemouth © Sarah Bedford

Sightings - Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Hobby - 1 Stanpit.
Spoonbill - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Kentish Plover - 1 Chesil Beach.
Whimbrel -23 off Chesil Beach, 14 Ferrybridge, 10 Stanpit, 9 Ringstead, 6 Brands Bay, 4 Bestwall/Swineham, 3 Lytchett Fields, 2 Durlston.
Ruff -3 Lytchett Fields.
Turtle Dove - 1 Thumb Lane.
Cuckoo - 2 Arne, 1 Old Harry, 1 Sunnyside, 1 Swineham.
Yellow Wagtail - 2 Arne, 1 Durlston.
Nightingale - 1 Burning Cliff, 1 Durlston.
Redstart - 8 Portland, 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Avalanche Road, 1 Barleycrates, 1 Durlston.
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston.
Ring Ouzel - 7 Portland, 1 Ringstead.
Wheatear - 18 Barleycrates, 10 Ferrybridge, 5 Old Harry, 4 Bestwall/Swineham.
Whinchat - 9 Portland, 2 Barleycrates, 2 Durlston 1 Wick Hams.
Garden Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road, 1 Durlston.
Blackcap -  6 Bestwall/Swineham, 5 Avalanche Road.
Lesser Whitethroat - 4 Portland, 1 Old Harry.
Sedge Warbler - 7 Bestwall/Swineham, 2 Lytchett Fields.
Grasshopper Warbler - 6 Portland, 1 Avalanche Road.
Reed Warbler - 34 Bestwall/Swineham.
Willow Warbler - 150 Portland Observatory, 30 Avalanche Road, 7 Old Harry.
Wood Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 N. Poole 1 Portland Observatory.
Subalpine Warbler - 1 Portland Observatory Quarry.
Pied Flycatcher - 4 Portland, 2 Avalanche Road.

Peregrine Falcon – Bournemouth © Colin Mitchell.


Whimbrel – Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy.


Willow Warbler – Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy.



Sightings - Saturday 22nd April 2017.

Egyptian Goose - 3 Longham Lakes.
Hobby - 1 Portland.
Kentish Plover - 1 Chesil Beach.
Whimbrel -  32 passed Portland Bill, 10 Christchurch Harbour.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 10 Christchurch Harbour.
Turtle Dove - 2 Portland.
Cuckoo - 1 Barleycrates Lane, 1 Portland Bill.
Swift - 5 Portland, 3 Longham Lakes.
Skylark - 10+ Portland Bill.
Meadow Pipit - 16 Christchurch Harbour plus 5 passed N.
Yellow Wagtail - 10 Portland Bill including 1 "Channel" Wagtail, 2 Ballard Down, 2 Swineham, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Kingston.
Ring Ouzel - 2 Barleycrates Lane, 3 Portland Bill.
Redstart - 22 Portland Bill, 3 Barleycrates Lane, 1 Kingston.
Black Redstart - 3 Portland.
Wheatear - 200 Portland, 25 Christchurch Harbour, 6 Kingston, 5 Ballard Down.
Whinchat - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Kingston, 1 Longham Lakes.
Wood Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Chiffchaff - 100 Portland.
Willow Warbler - 1000 Portland, 50 Hengistbury Head, 22 Ballard Down, 2 Winspit.
Blackcap - 100 Portland.
Garden Warbler - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Thumb Lane, 1 Winspit.
Lesser Whitethroat -  4 Portland, 2 Kingston,
Whitethroat - 50 Portland, 10 Kingston, 5 Ballard Down, 1 Winspit.
Subalpine Warbler - 1 briefly Portland Bill.
Grasshopper Warbler - 40 Portland, 3 Hengistbury Head, 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Sedge Warbler - 25 Portland, 17 Swineham area, 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Reed Warbler - 19 Swineham area, 3 Kingston, 1 Portland.
Pied Flycatcher - 3 Portland, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Poole Harbour.
Linnet - 20 Portland Bill.
Serin - 1 Coombefield Quarry.

Whinchat – Longham Lakes © Martin Wood.

Sightings - Friday 21st April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery
Osprey - 1 Abbotsbury
Whimbrel - 12 Lodmoor, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Abbotsbury
Bar-tailed Godwit - 24 Lytchett Bay, 2 Lodmoor
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 on the Fleet Abbotsbury, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Greenshank - 9 Lytchett Bay, 4 Lodmoor, 3 Stanpit Marsh
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Common Tern - 7 Lodmoor
Cuckoo - 1 Lytchett Bay
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
Swift - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Grey Shrike - 1 remains on Hartland Moor
Firecrest - 1 Portland Bill
Willow Warbler - 252 trapped Portland Obs, 75 Southwell, 50 Hengistbury Hd.
Garden Warbler - 5 Portland Bill, 1 Southwell
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Cogden, 1 Portland Bill
Grasshopper Warbler - 9 Portland Bill, 4 Wick Fields, 2 Lodmoor, 1 Cogden
Ring Ouzel -  2 Southwell, 1 Barleycrates lane, 1 East Fleet
Fieldfare - 22 Town Common Christchurch.
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Wick Fields
Redstart - 6 Portland Bill, 3 Southwell, 2 Wick Fields, 1 Barleycrates, 1 Reap Lane
Whinchat - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Barleycrates Lane
Wheatear - 17 Stanpit Marsh, 12+ Combe Valley, 10 Lodmoor, 11 Portland Bill, 4 Lytchett Fields
Yellow Wagtail - 15 Portland Bill, 2 Stanpit Marsh
Tree Pipit - 4 Portland Bill
Serin - 1 Southwell, 1 Stanpit Marsh.

Wheatear - Portland © Clive Hargrave


Raven - Portland © Clive Hargrave







Osprey - Weymouth © Brett Spencer

Sightings - Thursday 20th April 2017

Egyptian Goose - 2 Longham Lakes
Great White Egret - 1 East Holme Bridge
Little Ringed Plover - 3 Arne Moors
Whimbrel - 12 Stanpit Marsh
Sandwich Tern - 31 Ferrybridge
Common Tern - 5 Lodmoor
Swift - 1 Longham lake, 1 Lodmoor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Hartland Moor
Swallow - 10+ Longham Lakes
Willow Warbler - 20 Hengistbury Hd, 15 Southwell
Lesser Whitethroat - 2 Lodmoor
Whitethroat - 5 Lodmoor, 2 Southwell, 1 Badbury Rings
Sedge Warbler - 1 Southwell
Ring Ouzel - 2 Barleycrates
Nightingale - 2 White Nothe
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Whinchat 1 Portland Bill, 1 Reap lane
Wheatear - 8 Hartland Moor

Egyptian Geese - Longham Lakes © Trevor Wilkinson

Sightings - Wednesday 19th April 2017

Garganey - 1 drake Stanpit Marsh
Great White Egret - 1 East Holme
Whimbrel - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Greenshank - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Sandwich Tern - 28 Ferrybridge
Common Tern - 1 Ferrybridge
Chiffchaff - 100 Portland Bill
Willow Warbler - 600 Portland Bill, 25 Hengistbury Hd.
Grasshopper Warbler - 11 Portland bill
Blackcap - 200 Portland Bill
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Verne Common, 1 Portland Bill
Whitethroat - 1 Chardown Hill, 1 Stanpit, 1 Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel - 1 Lytchett Matravers, 1 Barleycrates, 7 Portland Bill
Redstart - 8 Portland Bill, Singles Winspit, Barleycrates, Suckthumb Q, 1 Cogden Beach
Whinchat -8 Portland Bill, 1 Barleycrates, 1 Chardown Hill, 1 Wick
Wheatear - 250 Portland Bill, 30 Walls End, 25 Reap Lane, 12+ Chardown Hill
Yellow Wagtail - 20 over Portland Obs, 1 Reap lane, 2 over Wick
White Wagtail - 5 Portland Bill
Tree Pipit - 10 Portland Obs, 1 Reap lane

Raven - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

















Little Egret - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

















Mistle Thrush - Candford © Roger Peart






Sightings - Tuesday 18th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 5 remain at Abbottsbury
Osprey - 1 over Weymouth
Whimbrel - 31 past Chesil, 7 Hengistbury Hd.
Common Sandpiper - 2 Ferrybridge, 1 Longham Lakes
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Is.
Greenshank - 2 Hengistbury Hd. side of Hbr 1 Lodmoor
Little Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay
Swift - 1 Portland Bill
House Martin - c15 Southwell
Red-rumped Swallow - 1 again at Radipole Lake
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 trapped Portland Obs.
Willow Warbler - 90 S Portland, 30 Reap lane.
Whitethroat - 2 Southwell
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 The Hump Portland, 1 Sweet Hill Portland, 1 Barleycrates.
Ring Ouzel - 4 Tidmoor Piont, 2 Barleycrates, 1 Soldiers Rd, Heartland Moor.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Arne RSPB 'Big Wood'
Pied Flycatcher - 2 male/fem Suckthumb Quarry, 1 Bridging Camp,1 Barleycrates, 1 Reap Laane.
Redstart - 10 Barleycrates, 4 Reap Lane, 4 Southwell, 3 Sweet Hill Portland, 3 S Portland, 3 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Lambert's Castle.
Whinchat - 1 Barleycrates Portland, 3 S Portland, 2 Southwell, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Wheatear - 85 S Portland, 25 Ferrybridge, 25 Lambert's Castle, 13 Reap Lane, 12 Hengistbury Hd.
Yellow Wagtail - 4 S Portland
Tree Pipit - 2 S Portland
Common Sandpiper - Longham lakes © Joe Murphy

















drake Gadwall - Longham lakes © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 17th April 2017

Garganey - 1 drake at Overcombe Pool (Lodmoor RSPB)
Cattle Egret - 10 Radipole Lake RSPB
Common Sandpiper - 5 Longham Lakes, 2 Swineham
Greenshank - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Hengistbury
Cuckoo - 1 South Haven
Short-eared Owl - 1 Wyke Down
Red-rumped Swallow - 1 Lodmoor RSPB and singles in the morning and afternoon at Radipole RSPB. All 3 headed north soon after being seen so it's likely 3 birds were involved.
Grasshopper Warbler - good numbers including 13+ Portland Bill, 9+ Durlston CP, 1 Stanpit, 1 Hengistbury, 1 Rylands Barn Martinstown
Pied Flycatcher - many reports today including 5 Southwell, 3 Avalanche Rd Portland, 2 Hengistbury Head
Whinchat - c12 Tarrant Rushton airfield, 1 West Bexington, 1 Hengistbury Head

Black-headed Gull at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Pied Flycatcher at Portesham © Allan Dymock

Sightings - Sunday 16th April 2017

Eider - female still in Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 6+ Radipole Lake RSPB
Osprey - 1 over Durlston CP
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields
Common Sandpiper - 1 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Cuckoo - 1 heard West Bexington, 1 Greenlands Farm
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Hengistbury Head
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Seacombe Valley, 1 Suckthumb Quarry Portland, 1 Hengistbury Head
Whinchat - 1 Barleycrates Lane Portland, 1 Southwell Portland

Sightings - Saturday 15th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret -  8 this evening at Radipole Lake RSPB
Great White Egret - 1 over Poole
Sanderling - 1 Ferrybridge
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Cuckoo - 1 Reap Lane Portland, 1 Durlston CP
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Hengistbury
Whinchat  - 1+ Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Friday 14th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 5 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Manx Shearwater - 2 Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 10 Radipole Lake RSPB
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Common Tern - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Swift - 2 Longham Lakes this evening
Garden Warbler - 1 Wick
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 Hengistbury Head
Nightingale -1 Stanpit
Pied Flycatcher - 2 Portland Craft Centre, 1 Lodmoor CP
Black Redstart - 1 Tolpuddle
Whinchat 1 - Stanpit

Treecreeper at Talbot Heath © David Wareham

Greenfinch at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sandwich Tern at Stanpit © Geoff Norquoy

Wheatear at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Thursday 13th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 2 over Lytchett Bay
Hobby - 1 Arne Moors
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Swift - 1 over Lytchett Matravers
Western Subalpine Warbler - 1 Portland Bill

Linnet at Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale


Stonechat at Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

Sightings - Wednesday 12th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 Frome Valley near Holmebridge
Spoonbill - 2 over Abbotsbury
Common Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Peveril Point
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 on Lytchett Fields
Little Tern - 1 Poole Harbour
Wood Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Durlston CP
Garden Warbler - 1 Parkstone
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Portland Bill
Ring Ouzel -1 Portland Bill
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Winspit Valley, 1 Wick, 1 Durlston CP
Whinchat - 1 Portland Bill

Sandwich Tern at Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 11th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Manx Shearwater - 1 Chesil Cove
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Wareham Channel, Poole Harbour
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP
Osprey - 1 Poole Harbour, 1 over Lodmoor
Whimbrel - 4 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Holes Bay
Common Sandpiper - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Lodmoor
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 5 Brownsea Island lagoon
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Sandwich Tern - 32 Ferrybridge
Cuckoo - 1 South Haven
Waxwing - 1 still at Cherryfields, Gillingham
Ring Ouzel - 1 Stanpit
Redstart - 2 Chesil Cove,  2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill,  1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Sandwich Tern at Stanpit © Dave Hill

Sandwich Tern at Stanpit © Dave Hill

Sand Martin at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sparrowhawk at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 10th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Cattle Egret - 2 near Holmebridge
Osprey - 1 over Weston, Portland
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lytchett Fields
Whimbrel - 4 past Hengistbury Head, 2 Lytchett Fields, 2 Lodmoor
Common Sandpiper - 2 Portland Harbour
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1  in Lytchett Bay and later on Lytchett Fields
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Waxwing - 1 still at Cherryfields, Gillingham
Nightingale - 1 Wick, Hengistbury Head
Pied Flycatcher - 2 Hengistbury Head
Redstart - 2 Hengistbury Head

Yesterday : A Cuckoo heard and briefly seen at Melbury Hill.


Lesser Black-backed Gull at Stanpit © Joe Murphy

Stonechat at Talbot Heath © David Wareham

Sightings - Sunday 9th April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 4 still Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 at Radipole Lake RSPB
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 again on Lytchett Fields
Osprey - singles over Slepe Heath, Worth Matravers
Little Gull - 18 past Chesil Cove
White Wagtail - 1 at Radipole Lake RSPB
Great Grey Shrike - singles still at Bailey's Plantation and Morden Bog
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Verne Common

Puffin - Dancing Ledge © Roger Hewitt

Spotted Redshank - Brownsea Lagoon © Clive Hargrave

Sightings - Saturday 8th April 2017

Green-winged Teal - drake still on Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 13 left Radipole and flew up the Wey early morning, 10 between Nottington and Buckland Ripers
Great White Egret - 1 at Longham Lakes still
Crane - 1 over Swanage
Osprey - singles over Abbotsbury, Lytchett Bay, Charmouth, Christchurch Harbour
Waxwing - 1+ still at Cherryfields, Gillingham
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 at Langton Matravers, 1 at Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB

Stonechat - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Linnet - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy


2015 records requiring descriptions - UPDATED

Please see below a spreadsheet listing all the records for 2015 where no description has been submitted. The records highlighted yellow are ones where a photo or sound recording has been located on the web and if accepted these records will appear in the Bird Report as "per DBC, photo" but we would obviously prefer the finders name to appear next to the record instead of this. Please accept my apologies if you have already submitted something but if you have would you be so kind as to resend it.

To download copies of the Rarity Forms please visit http://www.dorsetbirds.org.uk/dorset-bird-list/

If you photographed any of the other birds listed in the spreadsheet please could you forward copies to recorderATdorsetbirds.org.uk 

The two records highlighted blue are BBRC species and as yet they have not received anything.

Any help will be greatly appreciated and I will produce a similar spreadsheet for any outstanding 2016 record shortly.


Sightings - Friday 7th April 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 still Lytchett Fields RSPB
Long-tailed Duck - 5 still at Abbotsbury
Cattle Egret - 3 to roost at Radipole Lake RSPB
Osprey - 1 Holes Bay early am
Little Ringed Plover - 2 at Swineham
Waxwing - 3 at Cherryfields, Gillingham
Great Grey Shrike - Decoy Pond, Morden Bog

Sightings - Thursday 6th April 2017

Green-winged Teal - drake still on Lytchett Fields RSPB
Garganey - 3 off Swineham Point
Long-tailed Duck - 5 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Richard's Pipit - 2 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Redstart - 1 at Durlston CP

Kestrel - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
Marsh Harrier 4th April - Lodmoor © Derek Fowler
Peregrine 4th April - Lodmoor © Derek Fowler
Cetti's Warbler - 4th April - Lodmoor © Derek Fowler

Goldfinch - Bournemouth © Geoff Norquoy

Sightings - Wednesday 5th April 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
Great White Egret - 1 Stanpit Marsh
CATTLE EGRET - 6 Litton Cheney
Osprey - 1 Wyke Regis
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Richard's Pipit - 2 Abbotsbury
Blackcap - 15 Winspit Valley
Redstart - 4 Portland
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland
Tree Sparrow - 2 Hengistbury Head
Sand Martin Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy
 Raven Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 4th April 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Osprey - 1 Arne
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Arne

Sightings - Monday 3rd April 2017

Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Long-tailed Duck - 3 Abbotsbury
CATTLE EGRET - 8 over Radipole Lake, 2 Lytchett Fields
Osprey - 1 Arne
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Iceland Gull - 1 West Bexington
Sand Martins - 30 Hengistbury Head
Common Redstart - 2 Wareham Forest, 1 Worth Matravers
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
HUME'S WARBLER - 1 Thumb Lane Portland
Wigeon Hengistbury Head (2 April) copyright Joe Murphy

BBRC Work in Progress file

The BBRC have just updated their Work in Progress file and I have extracted all the Dorset decisions in the spreadsheet below. I hope to provide a similar spreadsheet for the Dorset Records Panel shortly.

Sightings - Sunday 2nd April 2017

Long-tailed Duck - 5 Abbotsbury
Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Red Kite - birds at various locations
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Swineham
Sand Martin - 45 Hengistbury Head
Redstart - 1 Portland Obs, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Bailey's Plantation
HUME'S WARBLER - 1 Thumb Lane Portland

Sightings - Saturday 1st April 2017

Velvet Scoter - 2 past Portland Bill.
Red-throated Diver - 8 past Portland Bill.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill.
Grey Plover - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Swineham.
Whimbrel - 1 off Portland Bill.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Iceland Gull - 1 still on Portland.
Water Pipit - 1 Priory Marsh.
White Wagtail - 2 Central Marsh Stanpit.
Whinchat - 1 Barleycrates Lane.
Willow Warbler - 2 Challow Hill, 1 Badbury Rings, 1 Piddle Valley, 1 Radipole Lake, 1 Soldiers Road, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Hume's Leaf Warbler - 1 still Thumb Lane, Portland.

Pheasant – Hengistbury Head © David Wareham. 


Dipper – Sherborne © Paul Dibben. 
Oystercatcher – Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy. 
Red-legged Partridge – Parkstone © Pete Smith.