Sightings - Wednesday 28th February 2018

Scaup -1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbottsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Bay, 3 Lodmoor
Golden Plover - 200+ Burton Breadstick, 6 Lane End
Ruff - 4 Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay
ROSS'S GULL - 1 ad Radipole p.m. on car park then later at Bowleaze Cove.
Short-eared Owl - 3 Portland Bill
Hawfinch - 38 Bryanston, 6 Cattistock Church, 2 Milborne St. Andrew

Spotted Redshank - Holes Bay © Clive Hargrave

Spoonbill - Lodmoor © Peter Clinch


Black-headed Gull - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissel


The Photograph of the Black-headed Gull above has what looks like a fishing hook caught in the side of the base of the gape, something thats seems to be far to common occurrence.  

Sightings - Tuesday 27th February 2018

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Ferrybridge (with D.b.Brent)
Mandarin - 1 drake Longham lakes
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 2 West Bexington
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Arne RSPB (Coombe Heath), 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Bay, 4 ArneRSPB, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Red Kite - 1 West Bexington
Hen Harrier - 3 Poole Harbour
Golden Plover - 100 West Bexington, 30 nr. Maiden Castle by Dorchester Rd, 14 Portland Bill, 1 Lodmoor
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Stanpit Marsh (Fisherman's Walk) & on Coward's Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 2 Holes Bay
ROSS'S GULL - 1ad Radipole RSPB (12:30- 13:10approx) & Bowleaze Cove (approx 15:45 - 16:30hrs).
Glaucous Gull - 1 3cy Abbotsbury Swannery
Merlin - 1 fem Lytchett Bay
Firecrest - 1 Southwell
Water Pipit - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Hawfinch - 8 Lower Bryanston, 2 Milborne St. Andrew, 2 Iwerne Minster

Female Hawfinch - Milborne St. Andrew © Mike Coleman 





















Late news from 26th from Bowleaze Cove gull roost help 1350 Mediterranean Gull.

Sightings - Monday 26th February 2018

Greater Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 3 Lytchett Bay
Red Kite - 1 Shaftesbury
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit on North Marsh, Fisherman's Bank and later Cowards Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Golden Plover - 8 Milbourne St Andrew
Ross's Gull - 1 Lodmoor and Radipole Lake briefly
Caspian Gull - 1 2CY winter Radipole Lake
Glaucous Gull - 1 Ferrybridge flew northwest
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest - 1 Hamworthy in private garden
Brambling - 1 Shaftesbury in private garden
Hawfinch - 17 Milbourne St Andrew, 13 Chase Woods, 1 Lytchett Matravers in St Mary's Churchyard, 38 at an undisclosed site

Late news from yesterday, 6 Purple Sandpipers Lyme Regis, on Cobb rock armour.

Hawfinch at Milbourne St Andrew © Michael Coleman

Golden Plover at Milbourne St Andrew © Michael Coleman

Sightings - Sunday 25th February 2018

Red-necked Grebe - 1 Parkstone Bay off Baiter
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Cattle Egret - 1 Radipole Lake
Goldeneye - 1 drake Stanpit
Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Stanpit
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lodmoor
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit, off Fisherman's Bank and on Priory Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay, 1 Stanpit, off Fisherman's Bank
Golden Plover - 10 Milbourne St Andrew, 50 east of Portesham on B3157
Ringed-billed Gull - 1 probable Longham Lakes
Ross's Gull - 1 adult Lodmoor, Radipole Lake and Bowleaze Cove
Caspian Gull - 1 2nd winter Radipole Lake
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Lodmoor
Hawfinch - 8 Lower Bryanston, 6 Milbourne St Andrew, 2 St Mary's Churchyard, Lytchett            Matravers, 4 Cattistock churchyard  
One observer noted 70+ Corn Buntings across Dorset farmland today.

A telescope and tripod were stolen at the Ross's Gull gathering at Radipole Lake today. Please be vigilant and keep an eye on your scopes, it can be very easy to get separated by moving in to get a photo and leaving your scope at the back of the crowd. It is believed the thief rode off on a bike and was a non-birder. There is a possibility he was photographed by someone photographing the gathering.

Add captionMale Bearded Tit (pair noted) at Radipole Lake today © Roger Hewitt




Sightings - Saturday 24th February 2018

Spoonbill - 2 Lodmoor, 1 Ferrybridge
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Fisherman's Bank, Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Glaucous Gull - 1 2CY (Calendar Year) and 1 3CY, Lodmoor
Ross's Gull - 1 adult Radipole Lake
Hawfinch - 30 Cliff Woods, Lower Bryanston, 1 Cheselbourne near Puddletown. Visiting garden                          feeder

Hawfinch visiting feeder - Cheselbourne © Colin & Gail Davis
 Goldeneye at Poole Park Lake © David Wareham
Late news from last week, a Dipper was seen and photographed on the River Lym, Lyme Regis.

Sightings - Friday 23rd February 2018

Great Northern Diver - 1 off Arne
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Lynch Cove, Littlesea
Greater Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 6 Wareham Channel, 1 Lodmoor, 3 Sunnyside, 1 Stanpit
Marsh Harrier - 2 Wareham Channel
Red Kite - 1 Sadborow near Thorncombe
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit from Fisherman's Bank
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Avocet - 1 Lodmoor
Glaucous Gull - 2, 1 2nd winter and 1 3rd winter Lodmoor
Little Gull - 1 West Bexington
Ross's Gull - 1 adult Ferrybridge until 9.45 then again off Bowleaze Cove late afternoon
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Hawfinch - 20 Cattistock Churchyard, 2 Lytchett Minster Church, 1 Frenches Farm

2nd winter Glaucous Gull, Lodmoor, © Brett Spencer

3rd Winter Glaucous Gull, Lodmoor © Nick Hull

2nd winter Glaucous Gull, Lodmoor © Nick Hull


Sightings - Thursday 22nd February 2018

Red-throated Diver - 2 past West Bexington, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Stanpit Marsh

Ruff - 5 Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper -  2 South Haven
Glaucous Gull - 1 Abbotsbury, 1 Ferrybridge
ROSS’S GULL
- 1 Ferrybridge am, Lodmoor pm before off Weymouth Pavilion 
Ross's Gull Weymouth Bay copyright Brett Spencer

Ross's Gull Weymouth Bay copyright Brett Spencer

Sightings - Wednesday 21st February 2018

Black-throated Diver - 1 past Durlston
Red-throated Diver - 2 past Durlston
BLACK BRANT - 1 Shore Road Poole
Goosander - 5 West Knighton Heath
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Purple Sandpiper - 15 Lyme Regis, 13 Portland Bill
Glaucous Gull - 1 Lodmoor
ROSS’S GULL - 1 Ferrybridge am, Lodmoor pm before flying into Weymouth Bay
Firecrest - 2 Durlston, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Hawfinch - 1 Durlston, 1 Lytchett Matravers, 1 Bryanston, 1 Garson Wood, 1 Edmondsham, 1 Cheselbourne

Ross's Gull Ferrybridge copyright Pete Saunders 

Ross's Gull Ferrybridge copyright Pete Saunders




Sightings - Tuesday 20th February 2018

Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury
Velvet Scoter - 1 from Bramble Bush Bay, Poole Harbour
Red Kite - 1 over Lytchett Fields and Poole
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 off Fisherman's Bank, Christchurch Harbour
Ruff - 3 Lodmoor
Short-eared Owl - 2 Top Fields Portland Bill

Sparrowhawk Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy


Sightings - Monday 19th February 2018

Egyptian Goose - 1 Lytchett Fields
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury
Black-necked Grebe - 12 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 2 Weymouth Bay
CATTLE EGRET - 1 Abbotsbury
Glaucous Gull - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill
Hawfinch - 1 St Mary’s Church Lytchett Matravers

Sightings - Sunday 18th February 2018.

Great Northern Diver - 1 Off Brownsea Island
Black Necked Grebe - 2 Off Brownsea Island
Spoonbill - 3 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB. 5 Brownsea Island lagoon,
Hen Harrier - 1 Ringtail Middlebere, 1 female & 1 juv male Lytchett Bay RSPB
Merlin - 1 Middlebere
Avocet - 60 including two colour ringed birds, Lytchett Bay RSPB
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Fisherman's Bank, Stanpit Marsh
Greensandpiper - 2 Lytchett Bay RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Bay RSPB
Black tailed Godwit - 100 Lytchett Bay RSPB, 425 Christchurch Harbour
Glaucous Gull - 1 second winter - Lodmoor RSPB
Ring-billed Gull - 1 adult flew south east over Alderholt viewed from Bull Hill Farm
Yellow Legged Gull - 2 flew south east over Alderholt viewed from Bull Hill Farm
Caspian Gull - 1 second winter flew south east over Alderholt viewed from Bull Hill Farm
Thayer's Gull - 1 juvenile flew south over Alderholt viewed from Bull Hill Farm
Water Pipit - 1 Holton Lee, Poole Harbour
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Decoy Pond, Morden Bog
Crossbill - 15 Brownsea Island
 
Glaucous Gull - Lodmoor RSPB © Daragh Croxson






Thayer's Gull - Bull Hill Farm NW of Alderholt © Brett Spencer

Caspian Gull (bottom right) -Bull Hill Farm NW of Alderholt © Brett Spencer

Sightings - Saturday 17th February 2018.

Black Brant - 1 Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB
Great Northern Diver - 2 Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB, 2 Portland Harbour, 1 North Haven
Black Necked Grebe - 17 Portland Harbour, 9 Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB, 5 North Haven
Great Egret - 1 Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB
Spoonbill - 20 Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB 1 Stanpit Marsh, 2 Lytchett Fields
Hen Harrier - 2, 1 male 1 female Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Fisherman's Bank, Stanpit Marsh
Glaucous Gull - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 2 West Bexington,
Sandwich Tern - 1 North Haven
Short eared Owl - 4 Portland Bill
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - 1 Accord Road, Swanage, 1 Canford Heath
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Church Ope Cove car park, Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Decoy Pond, Morden Bog
Siskin - 10 South Perrott
Hawfinch - 50 Cattisock Churchyard, 16 Leigh Church, 1 South Perrott
Parrot Crossbill - 2 - Probable of this species seen at Bailey's plantation, Bouveridge Heath north east of Verwood but mobile. 

Sightings - Friday 16th February 2018.

Black Brant - 1 Grip Heath, Poole Harbour
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury
Long Tailed Duck - 1 Littlesea, Lynch Cove, The Fleet
Great Norther Diver - 2 Portland Harbour, 3 Bramble Bush Bay, 2 Shell Bay, 1 Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Shpstal Point, Arne RSPB 3 Tidmoor Point, The Fleet
Black Necked Grebe - 12 Portland Harbour, 4 Bramble Bush Bay, 3 Shell Bay, 7 Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB
Great Egret 1 Rempstone Causeway
Spoonbill - 4 Lytchett Bay, 2 south past camp Rd, Wyke Regis, 1 Bramble Bush Bay, 1 Rempstone Causeway, 18 Arne RSPB, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Hen Harrier - 1 Female Lytchett Bay,1 Ringtail Rempstone Causeway
Marsh Harrier - 1 West Bexington
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay
Avocet - 121 Lytchett Bay, 100 Rempstone Causeway
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Fisherman's Bank, Stanpit Marsh
Iceland Gull - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Glaucous Gull - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Short eared Owl - 3 Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 1 Arne RSPB
Chiffchaff - 3 Nordon Sewage works
Firecrest -1 Nordon Sewage works  
Hawfinch - 10 New Road, Lower Bryanston  

Kestrel, Portland©Clive Hargrave



Red Breasted Merganser, Poole Park©Trevor Wilkinson




Sightings - Thursday 15th February 2018.

Black Brant - 1 The Fleet at Butterstreet Cove, near Wyke Regis
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Ferrybridge
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 3 Tidmor Point, The Fleet
Black Necked Grebe - 10 - Portland Harbour, 1 The Haven, Poole Harbour
Great Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Lodmoor RSPB 2 Middlebere 
Hen Harrier  - 1 Ringtail West Poole Harbour
Sanderling - 30+ North Haven Groyne 
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Fishermans Bank, Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 4 Middlebere
Greenshank - 1 Brands Bay
Mediterranean Gull - 20+ Middle beach, Studland
Glaucous Gull - 1 second winter, West Bexington
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - 1 Oakers Wood.  
Water Pipit - 1 Herbury Gore, Langton Herring
Brambling - 2 Cheselbourne   
Hawfinch - 1 Cheselbourne


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Oakers Wood © Roger Hewitt



















Stonechat, Hengistbury Head, © Joe Murphy


















Sightings - Wednesday 14th February 2018.

Great Northern Diver - 1 Ferrybridge.
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Ferrybridge.
Manx Shearwater - 1 past Durlston.
Spoonbill - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Dunlin - 390 Ferrybridge. Highest count here of the winter.
Brambling - 1 Bloxworth.
Hawfinch - 35 Lower Bryanston.

Late news from yesterday.
Glaucous Gull - 1 in distress with an obstruction in the throat, Abbotsbury Swannery.

Sightings - Tuesday 13th February 2018.

Black-necked Grebe - 12 Studland Bay.
Bittern -1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Radipole Lake RSPB.
Cattle Egret - 2 Yondover Loders, Bridport.
Spoonbill - 5 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Ruff - 5 Lodmoor RSPB.
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Portland Bill.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Kumlien's Gull - 1 1w Radipole Lake RSPB.
Brambling - 1 female west Christchurch.
Hawfinch - 2 Lower Bryanston.

Sightings - Monday 12th February 2018.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Moonfleet.
Black Brant - 1 Moonfleet.
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Spoonbill - 5 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Ruff - 5 Lodmoor RSPB.
Sanderling - 29 North Haven.
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Holes Bay.
Jack Snipe - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Pomarine Skua - 1 off Durlston.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Holes Bay.
Caspian Gull - 1 2cy Weymouth Bay.
Glaucous Gull - 1 2w/3cy West Bexington.
Sandwich Tern - 3 Middle Beach, 2 Brand's Bay.
Short-eared Owl - 3 Top Fields, Portland, 1 Portland Bill.
Black Redstart - 1 Swanage.
Firecrest - 3 Pennsylvania Wood, 1 Highcliffe Castle, 1 Norden Sewage Works, 1 Portland Bill.
Marsh Tit - 1 Norden Sewage Works.
Hawfinch - 1 Norden Sewage Works.


The ringed bird below was also here on 17/01/18 and was ringed in The Netherlands
on 12/05/14.
Spoonbills – Lodmoor RSPB ©Derek Fowler.
Spoonbills – Lodmoor RSPB ©Derek Fowler.

Black=tailed Godwit – Wick Fields ©Joe Murphy.