Sightings - Friday 17th November 2017Gadwall

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 4 Ferrybridge
Great Northern Diver - 1 Shell Bay, 1 off Baiter Park
Cattle Egret - 1 RSPB Lodmoor, 1 pos same RSPB Radipole Lake.
Great White Egret - 1 Brownsea Is.
Hen Harrier - 1 near RSPB Arne
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 remains at Lodmoor
Mediterranean Gull - 300 RSPB Radipole Lake
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP.
Swallow - 1 Durlston CP.
Firecrest - 3 Durlston CP.
Hawfinch - 20+ Bonsley Common, 4 St Mary's Lytchett Matravers, 2 over Durlston CP.

Gadwall - RSPB Lodmoor © David Wareham



















Sandwich Tern - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy










Sightings - Thursday 16th November 2017

Pale-bellied Brent - 12 Ferrybridge
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 6 Ferrybridge, possibly same 6 Lodmoor at dusk.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 1 RSPB Radipole Lake
Great White Egret - 1 Brownsea Is, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 14 Lytchett Bay, 12 Brownsea Is.
Hen Harrier - 1 male Wyke Down
Ruff - 2 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
Firecrest - 3 Thornconbe Wood, 1 Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 5 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Brambling - 1 Portland Bill
Lesser Redpoll - 30+ Briantspuddle Heath
Hawfinch - 5 Cattistock Churchyard, 2 west Durlston CP, 1 Briantspuddle

Outdoor Events

Outdoor Field Visits


All of the walks are open to members and non-members and are FREE but please be aware that there may be a charge for car parking at some locations. Just turn up on the day at the meeting place / time advertised (unless booking is required or advised).

Walk categories are as before:

A: Easy – fairly short walk over relatively flat ground with no / few stiles.
B: Medium – moderate distance and / or moderate hills and / or moderate number of stiles.
C: Strenuous – long distance and /or steep hills and / or many stiles.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the time of year.

Contact: Richard Charman (Outdoor Events Organiser)
               Tel: 07799 624 062
               email: walksATdorsetbirds.org.uk


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Sunday 19th November 2017
Hartland Moor and Middlebere  09:30 – all day.
Park by the side of the road near the entrance track to Middlebere Farm (SY 963853).
Raptors and heathland species.
Category A/B.

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Saturday 2nd  December 2017
Normandy Marsh  09:30 – 13:00 approx.
Meet in the car park near Lymington Sailing Club (SZ 333950) – charges apply.
Waders and wildfowl.
Category A.

Follow on meeting at Blackwater Arboretum 14:00 – 15:30 approx.
Meet in the car park at Rhinefield Ornamental Drive (SU268047).
Category A.

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Sunday 7th January 2018
Bird Crawl  09:30 – 15:30 approx.
Just for fun, a more sedate version of a bird race.  How many species can you find around Upton Country Park and Holes Bay?
Meet in the main car park at Upton Country Park (SY 992929) – charges apply.
Category A – but can be muddy in places.

Sightings - Wednesday 15th November 2017


Pink-footed Goose - 1 flew west early morning over Wareham bypass
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 remains at RSPB Lodmoor
Goosander - 6 RSPB Lodmoor
Common Scoter - 20 Hengistbury Hd.
Red-throated Diver - 5 past Hengistbury Hd
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Hd.
Great White Egret - 1 over Christchurch Hbr.
Spoonbill - 19 RSPB Arne, 1 Holliway's Dock Christchurch
Merlin - 1 Blackener
Firecrest - 6 Hengistbury Hd, 1 East Holme
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 private garden Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 3 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Reap Lane Portland
Water Pipit - 1 Longham Lakes
Hawfinch - 3 over Blacknor, 2 Leigh Churchyard, 1 St. Mary's, Lytchett Matravers, 1 Combe Valley Rd Weymouth
Ortolan Bunting - 1 fem/1st winter near Martinstown on private land
Cirl Bunting - 1 trapped and ringed at a private site on The Fleet

Ortolan Bunting - near Martinstown © Nigel Tooth

Ortolan Bunting - near Martinstown © Nigel Tooth

Ortolan Bunting - near Martinstown © Nigel Tooth

Hawfinch - Combe Valley Road Preston © Daragh Croxson 

Sightings - Tuesday 14th November 2017

Pink-footed Goose - 1 with Mute Swan East Holme seen from Holmbridge.
Scaup - 5+ RSPB Lodmoor
Great Northern Diver - 4 Weymouth Bay, 1 past Hengistbury Hd.
Great White Egret - 1 NW Longham Lakes, 1 SW over Creekmoor
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 8 Portland Hbr.
Golden Plover - 1000 Maiden Castle
Ruff - 5 RSPB Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper - 7 on groynes Hengistbury Hd.
Lesser Yellowlegs - RSPB Lodmoor
Jack Snipe - 1 on Central Marsh Stanpit
Sandwich Tern - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Stoborough Heath
Water Pipit - 3+ Overcombe pool
Hawfinch - 5 St Mary's Church Lytchett Matravers, 1 over Stoborough.

immature Blackbird Oakley,Wimborne © Roger Peart




















Sightings - Monday 13th November 2017

Mandarin Duck - 5 Stanpit Creek
Common Scoter - 15 off Hengistbury Head
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Hawfinch - 4 Bonsley Common, 3 Cattistock, 3 Leigh, 6 Lytchett Matravers

Sightings - Sunday 12th November 2017

Goosander - 1 Holes Bay
Scaup - 6 Abbotsbury Swannery (view from New Barn Road)
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Egret - 1 Little Sea Studland, 1 Avon Causeway
Spoonbill - 25 Lytchett Bay
Avocet - 750 Wytch Lake
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (closed for the winter)
Ring Ouzel - 1 Winspit
Hawfinch - 1 Ridge, 3 Leigh Churchyard, 1 Iwerne Minster

Purple Sandpiper Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 11th November 2017

Pink-footed Goose - 1 Holmebridge East Holme
Little Auk - 1 past Portland Bill
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Stour Valley LNR
Snow Bunting - 4 Ferrybridge
Corn Bunting -17 Milborne St Andrew

Sightings - Friday 10th November 2017

Pink-footed Goose - 1 Holmebridge East Holme
Wigeon - 440 Christchurch Harbour
Spoonbill - 44 Giggers Island Poole Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Christchurch Harbour
Swallow - 1 Winspit Valley
Firecrest - 2 Broadcraft Quarry Portland, 5 between Roswell and Sandsfoot Castle
Hawfinch - 30 Bonsley Common Wood, 6 Cattistock, 1 Lytchett Matravers, 2 Charmouth

Sightings - Thursday 9th November 2017

Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still at Lodmoor RSPB
Black Redstart - 2 Chesil Cove, 1 Peveril Point
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Hawfinch - 2 over Poole, 2+ Lytchett Matravers churchyard, 6 over Portland

Sightings - Wednesday 8th November 2017

Velvet Scoter - 1 imm/fem Poole Harbour still
Great Northern Diver - 1 Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 11 Studland Bay, 7 Portland Harbour
Great White Egret - 1 Little Sea (Studland)
Purple Sandpiper - 1 North Haven
Spotted Redshank - 15 Brownsea Lagoon
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still at Lodmoor
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Brownsea Lagoon
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 West Bexington, 1 Portland Castle
Brambling - 18 over West Bay (Bridport)
Crossbill - 3 over Ballard Down
Hawfinch - 5 over Ballard Down, 2 Lytchett Matravers churchyard, 2 over Portland
Lapland Bunting - 1 west over East Bexington

Velvet Scoter - Poole Harbour © Marcus Lawson


Sightings - Tuesday 7th November 2017

Golden Plover - 200 Eggardon Hill
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 1 Chesil Cove

Sightings - Monday 6th November 2017

Black-necked Grebe - 6 Portland Harbour
Great White Egret - 1 Ower Bay
Spoonbill - c40 Shipstal Point, 8 Brownsea Lagoon
Purple Sandpiper - 10 Lyme Regis Cobb
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor
Caspian Gull - 1 1st-winter Swineham GPs then flew towards Wareham Channel
Brambling - 5 Southwell (Portland)
Hawfinch -  8 over Lytchett Matravers this morning, 3 Cattistock churchyard yesterday

Purple Sandpiper - Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell

Sightings - Sunday 5th November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 1 past East Bexington
Bittern - 2 RSPB Radipole
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor
Firecrest - 5 Durlston CP, 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Sherborne STW
Swallow - 2 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lyme Regis
Ring Ouzel - 1 Winspit, 1 Durlston CP
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor (Portland), 1 West Bexington
Brambling - 1 Southwell (Portland)
Hawfinch - 1 over Blacknor (Portland)

Sightings - Saturday 4th November 2017

Barnacle Goose - 11 Rodden Hive
Great Northern Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Cattle Egret - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 RSPB Radipole
Great White Egret - 1 RSPB Lodmoor & RSPB Radipole
Hen Harrier - 1 Hartland Moor
Merlin - 1 Rodden Hive, 1 Hartland Moor, 1 Bumpers Lane (Portland)
Ruff - 2 RSPB Lytchett Fields, 1 Lodmoor
Little Stint - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor
Great Skua - 2 past Durlston CP
Firecrest - 6 Durlston CP, 5+ Portland
Marsh Tit - 3 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 3 The Grove (Portland)
Brambling - 1 Talbot Woods (Bournemouth)
Hawfinch - 2 over Portland Harbour

Reed Bunting at Lodmoor © David Wareham

Sightings - Friday 3rd November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Lynch Cove
Cattle Egret - 1 over Wareham Channel
Spoonbill - 50 RSPB Arne (Shipstal Point), 10 Wareham Channel
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 over West Bexington, 1 RSPB Arne
Merlin - 1 Eggardon Hill, 1 RSPB Arne, 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Durlston CP
Ruff - 3 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Wryneck - 1 still at Dorchester Cemetery
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Middlebere
Firecrest - 8 Hengistbury Head, 4 trapped Lytchett Bay, 1 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 trapped at PBO
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP
Water Pipit - 1 trapped RSPB Lytchett Bay
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Hengistbury Head
Little Bunting - 1 at sea in Lyme Bay

Ruff at Lodmoor © David Wareham

Sightings - Thursday 2nd November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Bittern - 1 RSPB Radipole (also seen yesterday)
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Merlin - 1 Cogden Beach
Ruff - 5 RSPB Lodmoor
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 still at Middlebere
Little Stint - 2 RSPB Lodmoor
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor
Wryneck - 1 Dorchester Cemetery
Firecrest - 1 West Bexington, 1 Parkstone Heights Wood (Poole), 1 RSPB Radipole,
     1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Mill Lane in Lyme Regis
Barred Warbler - 1 at private site near The Fleet
Water Pipit - 1 RSPB Radipole
Brambling - 3 Hengistbury Head, 1 Southwell (Portland)
Hawfinch - 1 Tidmoor Cove (The Fleet)

Turnstone at Poole Quay © David Wareham

Reports of interest, Wednesday 1st November 2017.

Brent Goose - 2120 (plus 3 Pale-Bellied), Ferrybridge.
Velvet Scoter - 1 Poole Harbour.
Goosander - 5 Lodmoor.
Black-Necked Grebe - 1 Poole Harbour.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Poole Harbour.
Spoonbill - 50+ Poole Harbour.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 Poole Harbour.
Merlin - 1 Durlston NR.
Golden Plover - 1 over Durlston NR.
Jack Snipe - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Ruff - 3 Lodmoor.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor.
Little Stint - 2 Lodmoor.
Woodpigeon - 1250 Durlston NR.
Water Pipit - 3 Overcombe.
Swallow - 2 Durlston NR.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle, 1 Quarry Lane (Portland).
Firecrest - 2 Durlston NR, 1 Pennsylvania Castle.
Black Redstart - 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Goldfinch - 3450 Durlston NR.


Pintail at Upton Country Park © Clive Hargrave