Sightings - Thursday 20th July 2017

Osprey - 1 Middlebere
CATTLE EGRET - 3 Lodmoor

Sightings - Wednesday 19th July 2017

Common Scoter - 21 past Hengistbury Head
Balearic Shearwater - 1 lingering off Portland Bill
Ruff - 16 Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - Brownsea Island lagoon
Roseate Tern - 3 Brownsea Island lagoon
Whinchat - 1 Crouch Hill Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Tuesday 18th July 2017.

Common Scoter - 77 past Portland Bill, 14 past Mudeford Quay.
Goosander - 7 on River Stour nr. Canford School.
Balearic Shearwater - 1 off Portland Bill.
Great White Egret - 1 over Longham Lakes.
Spoonbill - 7 Lytchett Bay.
Avocet - 8 plus 3 chicks Brownsea.
Lapwing - 87 Lytchett Fields.
Whimbrel - 8 Lytchett Bay, 3 Stanpit Marsh.
Curlew - 3 Brownsea.
Sanderling - 15 Ferrybridge.
Common Sandpiper - 8 Lytchett Fields, 2 Brownsea, 1 Hengistbury Head.
Green Sandpiper - 15 Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 4 Lytchett Fields, 1 Brownsea.
Yellow-legged Gull - 2 Hut Fields Portland.
Little Tern - potentially 70+ fledged Chesil Beach.
Common Tern - 34 past Mudeford Quay, 2 Longham Lakes 1 adult feeding a juv.
Swallow - 300+ over Ferrybridge this morning.
Sand Martin - 300+ over Ferrybridge this morning.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Southwell.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 pair have raised at least 2 young Portesham.

Common Sandpiper – Brownsea © Clinton Whale.

Pied Wagtail on nest –Canford © Roger Peart.

Sightings - Monday 17th July 2017.

Brent Goose - Stanpit Marsh.
Shelduck - 1 with a brood of 12 young, Lytchett Fields.
Common Scoter - 52 past Portland Bill, 17 seen from Mudeford Quay.
Manx Shearwater - 200 past Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Fields, 1 Brownsea.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Radipole Lake, 1 adult, 1 juv.
Avocet - only 3 chicks seen today. Brownsea.
Lapwing - 50 Lytchett Fields.
Whimbrel - 4 Christchurch Harbour.
Curlew - 25 Christchurch Harbour.
Black-tailed Godwit - 85 Lytchett Fields, 1 Christchurch Harbour, in full summer plumage.
Sanderling - 2 Ferrybridge.
Common Sandpiper - 6 Lytchett Fields.
Green Sandpiper - 9 Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Sandwich Tern - 24 Christchurch Harbour, 8 Ferrybridge.
Common Tern - 9 Christchurch Harbour, 6 incl. 1 juv. Longham Lakes.
Sand Martin - 80 through Ferrybridge in 90 minutes this morning.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Ferrybridge.

Brent Goose – Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale.

Juvenile Swallow – Gotham © Roger Peart.  

Breeding Cattle Egret

We are pleased to announce that at a private site in the county up to 2 pairs of Cattle Egret have successfully fledged 4 young. More details will be published shortly once parking/access arrangements have been organised. This represents the first breeding record for this species in Dorset and the only previous proven breeding in the country was of 2-3 pairs in Somerset in 2008. This year has also seen pairs breeding successfully in Cheshire (up to 3 pairs) and Somerset (5 pairs).

Marcus Lawson
Dorset Bird Recorder

Sightings - Sunday 16th July 2017.

Goosander - 1 over Wick Fields.
Marsh Harrier - 5 Christchurch 2 adults & 3 juvs. 1 passage juv. Poole Harbour.
Avocet - now 4 Chicks Brownsea.
Whimbrel - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Ferrybridge.
Sandwich Tern - 7 Ferrybridge.
Common Tern - 2 Longham Lakes.
Roseate Tern - 2 Ferrybridge.

Sightings - Saturday 15th July 2017.

Common Scoter - 40 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 350 past Portland Bill.
Balearic Shearwater - 11 past Portland Bill.
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Great White Egret - 1 Keysworth.
Spoonbill - 7 Brownsea.
Avocet - 3 chicks thought to be 2 days old. Brownsea.
Whimbrel - 5 Christchurch Harbour.
Sanderling - 2 Ferrybridge.
Common Sandpiper - 11 Brownsea, 4 Portland Bill, 1 Longham Lakes.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Mediterranean Gull - 3 past Portland Bill.
Sandwich Tern - 2 Ferrybridge, 2 past Portland Bill, 1 briefly Longham Lakes.
Common Tern - 2 one adult feeding a juv. Longham Lakes.
Roseate Tern - 2 Ferrybridge.

Spotted Flycatchers – Briantspuddle © Roger Hewitt.

Buzzard – Winton © Geoff Norquoy. 

Sightings - Friday 14th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - 15 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Fields
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Whimbrel - 3 Christchurch Harbour
Common Sandpiper - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Greenshank - 4 Middlebere
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Roseate Tern - 2 Ferrybridge

Lapwing at Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy




Roseate Terns at Ferrybridge © Tony Edwardes


Roseate Terns at Ferrybridge © Will Bown

Sightings - Thursday 13th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - 25 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Fields
Whimbrel - 6 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 4 Lytchett Bay
Roseate Tern - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Kestrel at Hengistbury Head © Geoff Norquoy
Kestrel on Portland © Trevor Wilkinson
Linnet on Portland © Trevor Wilkinson

Goldfinch at Hengistbury Head © Geoff Norquoy

Sightings - Wednesday 12th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - 200+ Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 10 briefly at Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Fields
Knot - 1 Portland Bill
Sanderling - 2 Ferrybridge
Common Sandpiper - 12 Christchurch Harbour, 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Roseate Tern - 3+ on Brownsea Island lagoon, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Roseate Tern on Brownsea © Clinton Whale

Roseate Terns on Brownsea © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Tuesday 11th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - c30 West Bexington, 4 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 6 Brownsea Island
Whimbrel - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge
Knot - 3 Ferrybridge
Sanderling - 2 Ferrybridge
Common Sandpiper - 2 Ferrybridge, 1 Brownsea Island
Green Sandpiper - 20 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 2 Brownsea Island
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Roseate Tern - 1 RSPB Lodmoor

Avocet on Brownsea Island lagoon © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Monday 10th July 2017

CATTLE EGRET - 3 Arne Moors, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Black Tern - 1 Brownsea Island

Common Tern Radipole Lake copyright Joe Murphy


Sightings - Sunday 9th July 2017

Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Common Sandpiper - 6 Peveril Point, 4 Stanpit Marsh
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Sightings - Saturday 8th July 2017

Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lytchett Fields
Whimbrel - 2 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper -1 Lytchett Fields, 3 Abbotsbury
Green Sandpiper - 14  Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields
Roseate Tern - 2 Brownsea Island

Carrion Crow at Fontmell Down © Roger Peart




Kestrels at Durlston © David Wareham

Lapwing at Stanpit © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Friday 7th July 2017

Little Ringed Plover - 1 Abbotsbury
Whimbrel - 1 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 4 Abbotsbury
Greenshank - 1 Stanpit

Juvenile House Martin at Canford © Roger Peart
Juvenile Green Woodpecker at Colehill © Trevor Wilkinson

Marsh Harrier at Lodmoor © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Thursday 6th July 2017

Garganey - 3 flying Coward's Marsh
Osprey - 2  Arne a.m.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Barn Bight Hengistbury Hd. 1 Longham Lake.
Roseate Tern - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Yellowhammer - Holt Heath © Nick Hull

Sightings - Wednesday 5th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - 100 Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 8 netted/ringed Portland Bill (last night)
Osprey - 2 Wareham Channel, 1 Middlebere
Whimbrel - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Knot - 3 over Christchurch Hbr.
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Is, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Blue-headed Wagtail - 1 Portland Bill
Common Tern - Lytchett Bay © Nick Hull

Sightings - Tuesday 4th July 2017

Spoonbill - 6 Brownsea Is.
Osprey - 3 today Arne
Avocet - 8 Brownsea Is.
Whimbrel - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Common Sandpiper - 5 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Lodmoor
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 2 Brownsea Is.
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Is.
Cuckoo - 1 singing Lodmoor

Puffin off Isle of Purbeck © Nick Hull
















Sightings - Monday 3rd July 2017

Balearic Shearwater - 3 past Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 6 commuting between Lytchett Bay and Brownsea Lagoon.
Osprey - 2 at Middlebere.
Common Rosefinch - 1 in a Southwell garden again briefly.

Black-tailed Godwit - Brownsea Lagoon © Clinton Whale

Redshank - Brownsea Lagoon © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Sunday 2nd July 2017

Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Little Ringed Plover - 9 Lytchett Fields
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 juv at Blacknor
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Quail - 1 Cranbourne

Sightings - Saturday 1st July 2017

Osprey - 2 Middlebere
Storm Petrel - 4 off Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 9 past Portland Bill
Little Ringed Plover - 7 Lytchett Fields
Quail - 1 CheselbourneSwift - 500 through Christchurch Harbour

Common Rosefinch - 1 Southwell Portland