Sightings - Wednesday 13th December 2017

Bittern - 1 Middlebere Lake
Great Egret - 3 Middlebere
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Spotted Redshank - 3 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Greenshank - 11 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Knot - 14 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Sandwich Tern - 1 off Brownsea Island Quay, 2 Mudeford Quay
Glaucous Gull - 1 Abbotsbury before flying off down The Fleet
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields
Siberian Chiffchaff  - 1 Stour Valley LNR at Kingston STW
Hawfinch - 1 West Knighton

Sightings - Tuesday 12th December 2017

Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 5 Weymouth Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Jerry’s Point Poole Harbour
Goosander - 4 Portland Harbour
Great Egret - 2 Middlebere
Marsh Harrier - 5 West Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - 3 West Poole Harbour
Sandwich Tern - 1 Portland Harbour
Siberian Chiffchaff - Stour Valley LNR
Firecrest - 1 Stour Valley LNR
Hawfinch - 3 Fontmell Down, 3 Kingston Lacy

Redshank Christchurch Harbour copyright Joe Murphy

Black-tailed Godwit Holes Bay copyright Tony Adamcik


Sightings - Monday 11th December 2017.

Brent Goose - 350 incl. 7 pale bellied birds Ferrybridge.
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Mudeford Quay.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove.
Wheatear - 1 reported Penn's Weare, Portland.
Firecrest - 3 Penn's Weare.
Hawfinch - 4 Leigh Churchyard, nr. Yetminster, 2 Kingston Lacy NT.

Sightings - Sunday 10th December 2017.

Barnacle Goose - 22 Abbotsbury Swannery this week.
Brent Goose - 1 pale-bellied Ferrybridge.
Black Brant - 1 Gore Cove, The Fleet.
Scaup - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery this week.
Goosander - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Red-throated Diver - 1 Poole Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Christchurch Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 4 Portland Harbour. 1 off Christchurch  Harbour.
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Newtons Cove, Weymouth.
Manx Shearwater - 1 off  Portland Bill.
Cattle Egret - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery this week.
Great White Egret - 1 Avon Causeway.
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Bay, 1 Poole Harbour.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Greenshank - 2 Lytchett Bay, 1 coloured ringed bird Poole Harbour.
Sandwich Tern - 3 Poole Harbour.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Winspit.
Firecrest - 3 Church Ope Cove, Portland, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Hawfinch - 6 South Perrott.

Sightings - 9th December 2017.

Red-necked Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay.
Red-throated Diver - 21 past Christchurch Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 3 past Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour, 1 Weymouth Bay.
Spoonbill - 4 Holes Bay, 1 Hengistbury Head.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lytchett Bay.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Bay.
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Ruff - 5 Littlemoor, Weymouth.
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still Brownsea Lagoon.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still RSPB Lodmoor.
Swallow - 1 another late bird, Hengistbury Head.
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Portland Observatory.
Hawfinch - 2 Kingston Lacy NT, 1 Chamberlaynes Heath, 1 Leigh Church, nr. Yetminster, 1 South Perrott.

Lesser Yellowlegs – RSPB Lodmoor  © Simon Buckell.

Lesser Yellowlegs – RSPB Lodmoor  © Simon Buckell.

Black-tailed Godwits – Upton CP © Michael Stewart.

Black-tailed Godwits – Upton CP © Michael Stewart.


Sightings - Friday 8th December 2017.

Goosander - 1 redhead Christchurch Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Double Dykes, Hengistbury Head.
Cattle Egret - 2 Portesham.
Spoonbill - 1 1st w briefly Christchurch Harbour.
Purple Sandpiper - 14 Lyme Regis, 1 Poole Harbour mouth.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Swallow - 1 very late bird Boscombe Pier.
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove.
Firecrest - 2 Church Ope Cove.
Hawfinch - 1 Kingston Lacy NT.
Leucistic  Blackbird – Wimborne © John Wareham. 
Stonechat – Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell.
Stonechat – Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell.
Purple Sandpipers – Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell. 

Redwing – Bournemouth, Eastcliff © David Wareham.



Sightings - Thursday 7th December 2017

Great White Egret - 2 MiddlebereHen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still on Brownsea Lagoon
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 Stour Valley LNR (Kinson)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland)
Hawfinch - 4 Cattistock churchyard

Hawfinch - Cattistock churchyard © Brad Mear



















Stilt Sandpiper - Brownsea Lagoon © Alick Simmons
Spoonbill - Brownsea Lagoon © Alick Simmons

Spotted Redshank - Brownsea Lagoon © Alick Simmons

Avocet - Brownsea Lagoon © Alick Simmons



Jay - Upton CP © David Wareham

Sightings - Wednesday 6th December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 2 Poole Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 1 off Brownsea quay
Great White Egret - 2 from Coombe Heath (Arne RSPB), 1 Briantspuddle Water Meadows
Cattle Egret - 5 left Abbotsbury Swannery early am then flew towards Portesham
Spoonbill - 23 on Brownsea Lagoon
Hen Harrier - 3 Poole Harbour, 1 male Rampisham Down
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still on Brownsea Lagoon
Spotted Redshank - 6 on Brownsea Lagoon
Water Pipit - 1 Holton Lee, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Crossbill - c100 Bere Heath
Hawfinch - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Kingston Lacy

Common Crossbill at Bere Heath © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Tuesday 5th December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Portland Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Black-necked Grebe - 19 Portland Harbour
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lodmoor RSPB
Water Pipit - 4 still Lytchett Fields RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 still Durlston CP, 1 Church Ope (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Hawfinch - 1 Arne RSPB

Kestrel - Lytchett Fields RSPB © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Monday 4th December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 20 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 on the Fleet at Todmoor
Cattle Egret - 5 Portesham
Great White Egret - 3 Arne RSPB
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still on Brownsea Lagoon
Water Pipit - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Hawfinch - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Kingston Lacy, 5 Cattistock

Great Northern Diver - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Great Black-backed Gull - Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik

Teal - Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik

Teal - Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik

Sightings - Sunday 3rd December 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 7 Portland Harbour, 2 over Stour Valley LNR
Red-throated Diver - 6 Mudeford Quay
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour
Great White Egret - 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spoonbill - c20 in Poole Harbour inc. 9 Brownsea Island lagoon & 2 Lychett Fields RSPB
Black-necked Grebe - 18 Portland Harbour, 2 Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lychett Fields RSPB
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Firecrest - 1 Stour Valley LNR, 1 Wick (Christchurch)
Brambling - 1 in West Christchurch garden, 1 Wick (Christchurch)
Hawfinch - c6 Powerstock churchyard, 5 South Perrott,  5 Cattistock, 1 Kingston Lacy NT

Great White Egret over Lytchett © Shaun Robson

Redshank at Holes Bay © David Wareham

Spoonbill at Lytchett Fields RSPB © Shaun Robson

Sightings - Saturday 2nd December 2017

Eider - 2 off Mudeford Quay
Goosander - 2 drakes with females in Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 32 Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 8 Weymouth Bay, 3 Portland Harbour, 1 Hengistbury Head
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Hengistbury Head
Black-necked Grebe - 17 Portland Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail West Bexington
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay
Ruff - 5 Lodmoor RSPB
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Water Pipit - 5 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Firecrest - 3 Broadcroft Quarry Lane (Portland), 3 Wick (Hengistbury),  1 Longham Lakes,
     1 Church Ope Cove (Portland), 1 Hengistbury Head
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Southdown Avenue, Lodmoor RSPB
Hawfinch - 7 Powerstock Churchyard, 1 South Perrott, 1 Stour Valley LNR, 1 Kingston Lacy NT

Blackbird at Oakley, Wimborne © Roger Peart

Sightings - Friday 1st December 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 4 Newton's Cove (Weymouth), 2 Portland Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 3 Weymouth Bay, 2 past Hengistbury Head
Red-throated Diver - 5 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 1 Chilcombe
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Bay, 3 Holes Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 14 Portland Harbour
Sanderling - 1 Rodden Hive
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 briefly at Lulworth Cove
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 Stour Valley LNR
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Firecrest - 3 Portland Bill
Brambling - 5 Hengistbury Head
Hawfinch - 15 Bonsley Common

Bearded Tit at Lytchett Bay © Ian Ballam

Redwing at Eastclff, Bournemouth © David Wareham
 

Sightings - Thursday 30th November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 2 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 3 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 2 Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 7 over Lytchett Bay, 6 Holes Bay, 3 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Great Bustard - 3 over Portland/Ferrybridge
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Firecrest - 1 Cattistock Churchyard
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland)
Water Pipit - 1 Herbury (nr Langton Herring), 1 Middlebere
Brambling - 1 Hengistbury Head
Hawfinch - 4 Cattistock Churchtyard, 3 Charmouth Churchyard

Little Grebe at Lodmoor RSPB © Derek Fowler


























Kingfisher at Lodmoor RSPB © Derek Fowler


Lesser Yellowlegs at Lodmoor RSPB © Derek Fowler

Reports of interest, Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Goldeneye - 3 Poole Park.
Great Northern Diver - 2 past Durlston NT.
Spoonbill - 13 RSPB Lytchett Bay.
Hen Harrier - 1 RSPB Lytchett Bay then went south towards Arne.
Merlin - 1 near Arne.
Greenshank - 1 RSPB Lytchett Bay.


Magpie on feeder, Wimborne © Roger Peart

Herring Gull, Poole Quay © Clive Hargrave

Cormorant with Pipe Fish, Poole Quay © Clive Hargrave


Redwing in Bournemouth © David Wareham
 

Reports of interest, Tuesday 28th November 2017.

Common Scoter - 28 Mudeford Quay.
Goosander - 3 Portland Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Weymouth Bay.
Black-Necked Grebe - 4 Portland Harbour.
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes.
Marsh Harrier - 2 RSPB Lodmoor, 1 Wick Hams.
Ruff - 5 RSPB Lodmoor.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Black Redstart - 1 Peveril Point.
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Lodmoor CP.

Reports of interest, Monday 27th November 2017.

Common Scoter - 35 off Hengistbury Head.
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Baiter, 1 Brownsea Island.
Knot - 2 Brownsea Island.
Whimbrel - 1 Brownsea Island.
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 still present on Brownsea Island.
Spotted Redshank - 10 Brownsea Island.
Greenshank - 15 Brownsea Island.
Sandwich Tern - 1 off Baiter, 2 Brownsea Island.
Black Redstart - 1 Peveril Point.
Hawfinch - 1 nr French's Farm, Lytchett, 1 Wareham.
Crossbill - 6 Brownsea Island.

Reports of interest, Sunday 26th November 2017.

Pintail - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Common Scoter - 30+ off Hengistbury Head.

Bittern - 1 Arne Moors.
Hen Harrier - 1 Poole Harbour.
Merlin - 1 Hartland Moor.
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog.
Hawfinch - 5+ Bonsley Wood, 8-10 Cattistock churchyard, 1 Kingston Lacy NT.
 
Hawfinch at Cattistock churchyard © Brad Mear


Sparrowhawk taking a Blue Tit © Brian Smith


Photos from last few days

Apologies for the lack of photos in the past few days, this was due to a technical issue which has now been resolved. Please find below a selection of photos which were sent in and not added previously to the blog. Thank you to all the photographers who submit their photos, it is greatly appreciated.

Greenshank - Hengistbury Head 23rd © Joe Murphy

Black-headed x Mediterranean Gull - Radipole Lake 24th © Brett Spencer

Bonaparte's Gull - Lodmoor 24th © Dave Chown

Bonaparte's Gull - Lodmoor 24th © Dave Chown

Great White Egret - Middlebere 25th © Mark Wright

Hawfinch - Lytchett Matravers 23rd © P Brown

Lapwing - Lodmoor 23rd © David Wareham

Purple Sandpiper - Hengistbury Head 24th © Simon Buckell

Purple Sandpiper - Hengistbury Head 24th © Simon Buckell




Kingfisher - Hengistbury Head 23rd © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 25th November 2017

Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour
Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere
Spoonbill - 12 Brownsea, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Marsh Harrier - 1 male and 1 female Hengistbury Head
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Merlin - 1 Middlebere
Golden Plover - 250 Milborne St Andrew
Knot - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea
Ruff - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea
Green Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston
Hawfinch - 4 - 6 Cattistock Churchyard, 1 French's Farm

Stilt Sandpiper on Brownsea © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Friday 24th November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Common Scoter - 30 Hengistbury Head
Goosander - 1 drake Chilcombe
Red-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour, 1 off Brownsea
Cattle Egret - 1 Chilcombe
Little Egret - 22 Chilcombe
Spoonbill - 25+ Shipstal, 22 Brownsea Lagoon, 1 Stanpit
Black-necked Grebe - 13 Poole Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 male Hengistbury Head
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Lagoon
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Hengistbury Head
Skua sp - 1 Hengistbury Head
Guillemot - 2 Osprey Quay, Weymouth, 1 Hengistbury Head
Sandwich Tern - 5 Hengistbury Head
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 2nd winter Lodmoor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sherford Bridge
Black Redstart - 1 Chesil Cove
Hawfinch - 8 Bonsley Common, 1 Wareham Forest
Crossbill - 10 Sherford Bridge

Sightings - Thursday 23rd November 2017

Common Scoter - 30 Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay west
Great Northern Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Greenshank - 1 Hengistbury Head
Kittiwake - 7 Hengistbury Head
Cattle Egret - 1 Chilcombe Farm
Little Egret - 22 Chilcombe Farm
Great-white Egret - 1 Avon Causeway on Dorset/Hampshire border
Spoonbill - 9 Lytchett Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick Hams, Hengistbury Head
Razorbill - 6 Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston
Hawfinch - 6 Cattistock churchyard, 2 French's Farm
Lesser Redpoll - 1 Upton Heath

Sightings - Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 8 Ferrybridge
Brent Goose - 520 Ferrybridge
Common Scoter - 3 Weymouth Bay, c.25 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Weymouth Bay, 1west past Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - Mudeford Quay
Red-throated Diver - Mudeford Quay
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Hengistbury Head
Kittiwake - 48 Mudeford Quay
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Swallow - 1 Radipole
Hawfinch - 1 French's Farm/Watery Lane

Sightings - Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Common Scoter - 30 off Mudeford Quay.
Red-throated Diver - 3 past Christchurch Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Christchurch Harbour.
Merlin - 1 east of Eggardon Hill, 1 Milborne St.Andrew.
Golden Plover - 22 Milborne St.Andrew.
Hoopoe - 1 reported Upton CP.
Sand Martin - 2 RSPB Radipole Lake.
Hawfinch - 2 RSPB Arne, 1 French's Farm.

Hawfinch – French’s Farm © Shaun Robson.