Sightings - Tuesday 31st December 2019

Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 5 East Fleet, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 East Fleet
Slavonian Grebe - 3 East Fleet
Cattle Egret - 20 Portesham, 1-3 Hampreston Fields
Great Egret - 1 Hampreston Fields

Purple Sandpiper - 18 Highcliffe
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Water Pipit -  1 Stanpit Marsh
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Wareham Common

Long-tailed Ducks East Fleet copyright Roderick Taylor

Sightings - Monday 30th December 2019

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 15 East Fleet
Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 6 East Fleet, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 East Fleet
Slavonian Grebe - 4 East Fleet
Red-throated Diver - 2 off Abbotsbury Beach
Cattle Egret - 26 Portesham, 2 Hampteston Fields
Great Egret - 1 Hampreston Fields

Sightings - Sunday 29th December 2019

Black Brant - 1 East Fleet
Ring-necked Duck - 1 female Sturminster Marshall
Long-tailed Duck - 6 East Fleet, 2 Brand's bay, 1 Christchurch Hbr.
Velvet Scoter - 1 East Fleet
Goosander - 1 drake Mudeford Quay
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Diver
Great Northern Diver - 7 Poole Hbr, 3 Portland Hbr, 2 off Pilot's Pt, 1 East Fleet
Spoonbill - 23 Arne RSPB
Slavonian Grebe - 4 East Fleet, 1 Bowleaze Cove
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Poole Hbr, 1 Lytchett Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Hartland Moor, 1 Milborne St Andrew
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Merlin - 1 female Hartland Moor
Black Redstart - 1 Wyke Regis, 1 Durlston CP.

Redshank - Baiter Park © David Wareham

Sightings - Saturday 28th December 2019

Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 2 off Jerry's Pt.
Great Northern Diver - 3 off Castletown, 2+ of Jerry's Pt, 1 off Baiter Park
Cattle Egret - 6 Buckland Ripers, 6 Nottington, 3 Hampreston Fields.
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 23 Shipstal Pt Arne
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Jerry's Pt.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Jerry's Pt.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Wareham Channel
Black Redstart - 1 Brewery Square Dorchester, 1 Broadwey

Cattle Egret - Nottington © Paul Harris

Sightings - Friday 27th December 2019

Ring-necked Duck - 1 female Sturminster Marshall GP.
Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 6 Tidmoor Pt, 1 Fisherman's Bank.
Velvet Scoter - 1 off Tidmoor Pt.
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Osprey Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Jerry's Pt, 1 off Osprey Quay
Cattle Egret - 2 Hampreston Fields
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (View from New Barn Rd.)
Slavonian Grebe - 3 off Tidmoor Pt, 1 off Jerry''s Pt.
Black-necked Grebe - 1+ Jerry's Pt,
Purple Sandpiper - 21 on Groyne H10 Highcliff
Woodcock - 1 Affpuddle, 1 Moreton
Woodlark - west over Cogden Beach
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Wareham NW Walls, 1 Blacknor
Dipper - 1 Maiden Newton
Black Redstart - 1 Fortuneswell

Purple Sandpiper - Highcliffe © Clinton Whale
Cattle Egret - Hampreston Fields © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Thursday 26th December 2019

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 with 140 Db Brent Ferrybridge
Great Northern Diver - 3 of Portland Castle
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Yesterday 25th December

Garganey - 1 Lodmoor
Eider - 3 Portland Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 off Tidmoor Pt.
Long-tailed Duck - 6 Tidmoor Pt. 1 Christchurch Hbr.
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Hd
Black-throated Diver - 3 Portland Hbr
Great Northern Diver - 9 Portland Hbr, 3 Sandbanks, 2 off Middle Beach
Slavonian Grebe - 3 off Tidmoor Pt, 1 Portland Hbr. 1 off Jerry's Pt.
Black-necked Grebe 13 Portland Hbr. 11 off Middle beach 3 off Jerry's Pt.
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Portland Bill
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Hbr
Eastern Lesser Whitethroat Wakeham
Black Redstart - 1 still Broadway in private garden

Duck Eider Portland arbour © Edmund Mackrill


Great Northern Diver - Portland Harbour © Edmund Mackrill

Sightings - Tuesday 24th December 2019

Happy Christmas from Dorset Bird Club

Garganey - 1 femaile Lodmoor RSPB
Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Stanpit Creek
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lake
Spoonbill - 9 Lytchett Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 female Milborne St Andrew
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Firecrest - 1 in private garden by Rodwell Trail
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 still on ditch at the base of NW Wareham Walls

Hen Harrier at Milborne St Andrew © Mike Coleman

Barn Owl at Milborne St Andrew © Mike Coleman


Black Swan at Lodmoor RSPB © Peter Clinch

Dunlin at Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale



Sightings - Monday 23rd December 2019

Black Brant - 1 Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Long-tailed Duck - 4 off Tidmoor Point (The Fleet), 1 Jerry's Point, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 off Tidmoor Point (The Fleet)
Black-throated Diver - 1 Studland Bay
Great Northern Diver - 2 Studland Bay, 1 Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Cattle Egret - 1 Spetisbury
Spoonbill - 20 Shipstal Point (Arne RSPB)
Black-necked Grebe - 2 off Jerry's Point, 3 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 3 Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Little Gull - 1 reported at Lytchett Bay
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Black Redstart - 1 still in private garden, Broadwey
Water Pipit - Radipole Lake RSPB

Bar-tailed Godwit at Baiter Park © David Wareham

Stonechat at Radipole Lake RSPB © Edmund Mackrill

Sightings - Sunday 22nd December 2019

Scaup - 1 Rodden Hive, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 2 off Jerry's Point, 1 Tidmoor Point (The Fleet)
Goosander - 2 Spetisbury
Black-throated Diver - 1 Studland Bay from Knoll Beach
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 1 Spetisbury
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Bay, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Studland Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 female Middlebere, 1 ringtail Milborne St Andrew, 1 juv male Lytchett Bay
Merlin - 1 Middlebere
Sanderling - 13 Knoll Beach
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Portland Bill
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Baiter Park, 1 Lytchett Bay
Firecrest - 2 Wareham Common, 2 Hengistbury Head wood, 1 Moor Lane Drive copse (Briantspuddle), 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland), 1 Hatch Pond
'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Wakeham (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Wareham Common
Black Redstart - 1 Broadwey

Firecrest at Briantspuddle © Roger Hewitt

Knot at Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale



Reports of interest, Saturday 21st December 2019.

Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes.       
Great Northern Diver - 10 dispersed across Poole Harbour, 1+ Portland Harbour, 1 Tidmoor Point (The Fleet).
Slavonian Grebe - 3 Tidmoor Point (The Fleet).
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes.
Spoonbill - c. 20 Shipstal Point.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Grey Plover - c. 200 Brownsea Island.       
Black Redstart - 1 Broadwey.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Wareham Common.
Firecrest - 2 Wareham Common.


Firecrest at Wareham Common © Trevor Warrick.



Reports of interest, Friday 20th December 2019.

Long-Tailed Duck - 1 Ferrybridge.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Baiter, 4 Portland Harbour.
Black-Throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour.
Red-Throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour.
Black-Necked Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 Hartland Moor.
Merlin - 1 Hartland Moor.
Grey Plover - 2 Middlebere.
Knot - 70+ Middlebere.
Greenshank - 1 Middlebere.
Spotted Redshank - 2 Middlebere.

Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Wareham Walls

Siberian Chiffchaff copyright Trevor Warwick



Long-Tailed Duck at Ferrybridge © Edmund Mackrill

Sightings - Thursday 19th December 2019

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Tidmoor Point The Fleet
Velvet Scoter - 1 Tidmoor Point The Fleet
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Lyme Regis Cobb

Sightings - Wednesday 18th December 2019

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Poole Harbour
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Longham Lakes (view from public footpaths only)
Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes (view from public footpaths only)
Red-throated Diver - 10 flew across Shell Bay, 14 past Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great White Egret - 2 Little Sea, Studland, 2 Longham Lakes (view from public footpaths only), 2 Clayhanger Farm
Cattle Egret - 19 Portsesham
Turnstone - 30 Jerry's Point
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 Trent STW, 1 Blacknor

Sightings - Tuesday 17th December 2019

BLACK BRANT - 1 Arne RSPB
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 5 Langton Herring, 6 Ferrybridge 
Red-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 4 Poole Harbour, 5 Portland Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Long-tailed Duck - Poole Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 14 Highcliffe
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Blacknor Portland

Purple Sandpiper Highcliffe copyright Clinton Whale
Black-throated Divers Portland Harbour (16/12) copyright Edmund Mackrill

Sightings - Monday 16th December 2019

Goosander - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 11 Poole Harbour and Poole/Studland Bay, 6 Portland Harbour, 2 Bowleaze Cove, 8 Weymouth Bay
Red-throated Diver - 1 Poole Bay, 1 Poole Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Brand’s Bay, 2 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 27 Poole Harbour and Poole/Studland Bay, 17 Portland Harbour
Ringed Plover - 27 Shell Bay
Sanderling - 21 Shell Bay
Grey Plover - 25 Shell Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour

Sightings - Sunday 15th December 2019

Barnacle Goose - 21 Rodden Hive
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 21 East Fleet?, 1 Baiter Park
Black Brant - 1 East Fleet
Garganey - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Scaup - 3 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 1 off Jerry's Pt.
Velvet Scoter - 1 Portland Hbr.
Quail - 1 Milborne St. Andrew
Black-throated Diver - 1 Castle Cove
Great Northern Diver - 9 Poole Hbr,  4 Bincleaves, 2 Bowleaze Cove, 1 Newton's Cove, 1 Overcombe, 1 Middle Beach
Spoonbill - 21 Poole Hbr.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 4 off Jerry's Pt, 1 Middle beach
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
'Siberian' Chiffchaff - 2 Underbarn Walk
Black Redstart - 1 Broadway (private garden)
Water Pipit - 1 Lodmoor RSPB

Garganey - Lodmoor RSPB © Edmund Mackrill


Sightings - Saturday 14th December 2019

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 with DB Brent Baiter Park
Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 1 fem off Redhorn Quay
Red-throated Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Great Northern Diver - 3 Redhorn Quay, 1 off Baiter Park, 1 off Brownsea Is.
Cattle Egret - 5 Radipole Lake RSPB early a.m, 2 Hurst Farm Waddock Cross
Great White Egret - Longham Lakes
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Redhorn Quay, 2 Middle Beach
Marsh Harrier - 10 Poole Hbr.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Slepe Heath, 1 Milborne St Andrew
Common Sandpiper - 1 Silverlake
Spotted Redshank - 2 Middlebere
Sandwich Tern - 1 Baiter Park
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Christchurch
Merlin - 1 Hartland Moor
Firecrest - 3 Wakeham
Black Redstart - 1 Charmouth
Water Pipit - 1 Waddock Cross Cressbeds

Scaup - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Friday 13th December 2019

Ring-necked Duck - 1 ad/fem Sturminster Marshall GP (use public footpath only)
Scaup - 4 Longham Lakes
Great Northern Diver - 1 Holes Bay
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Spotted Redshank - 3 Middlebere, 1 Fisherman's Bank Christchurch.
'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Wakeham old railway cutting)
Black Redstart - 1 Broadwey (in private garden)

Sightings - Thursday 12th December 2019

Whooper Swan 1 long staying bird Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 1 Portland Hbr.
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 2 Mudeford Quay, 1 Portland Hbr.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 20+ Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Marsh Harrier - 5 Poole Hbr.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Is.
Greenshank - 7 Brownsea Is.
Jack Snipe - 1 Durdle Door

Sightings - Wednesday 11th December 2019.

Barnacle Goose - 25 Rodden Hive.
Brent Goose(Pale-bellied) - 10 Ferrybridge.
Garganey - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Greater Scaup - 3 Longham Lakes, 2 Lodmoor RSPB.
Eider - 2 Portland Harbour, 1 Lyme Regis.
Velvet Scoter - 1 Portland.
Red-throated Diver - 3 past Portland Bill, 1 Poole Harbour.
Great Norther Diver - 2 Poole Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge.
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Poole Harbour, 2 Portland Harbour.
Cattle Egret -3 Buckland Ripers.
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes, 1 Weymouth.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Arne Moors.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 3 Baiter.
Purple Sandpiper - 4 Lyme Regis.
Mediterranean Gull - 213 Ferrybridge.
"Siberian" Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole RSPB.
Firecrest - 4 Penns Wood.
Long-tailed Tit - flock of 30+ Penns Wood.

Wigeon – Radipole Lake RSPB © Edmund Mackrill.

Sightings - Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Brent Goose(pale-belled) -3 Ferrybridge.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 3 Baiter, 2 Brands Bay, 2 Ferrybridge.
Knot - 1 Brands Bay.
Sanderling - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Greenshank - 1 Baiter.

Pochard – Longham Lakes ©  Lorne Bissell. 

Sightings - Monday 9th December 2019.

Garganey - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Greater Scaup - 2 Lodmoor RSPB.
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour.
Common Scoter - 50 settled off Portland Bill.
Goldeneye - 1 West Knighton pits.
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 4 Ferrybridge, 2 Portland Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 3 Portland Harbour.
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Portland Harbour.
Cattle Egret - 24 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes.
Merlin - 1 Middlebere.
Golden Plover -25 Todbar.
"Eastern" Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Wakenham Railway Cutting.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Chad's Copse.
Firecrest - 3 Pennsylvania Castle, 1 PC World Drain, Poole.
Great Grey Shrike -1 Morden Bog.

Cetti’s Warbler -  Castle Cove © Monica Mackrill.

Sightings - Sunday 8th December 2019.

Eider -1 Portland Harbour.
Common Scoter - 12 off Middle Beach, 4 off North Beach.
Red-throated Diver - 3 past Portland Bill.
Great Northern Diver - 5 Jerry's Point.
Black-necked Grebe - 11 North Beach, 8 Middle Beach, 3 Jerry's Point.
Great White Egret - 1 Newton's Bay.
Marsh Harrier - 7 Wareham Channel.
Hen Harrier - 1 Wareham Channel.
Merlin - 1 Middlebere.
Swallow - 1 Southbourne Cliffs.
"Eastern" Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Wakeham Railway Cutting.
Firecrest - 2 Wakenham.

News from yesterday, 1 Black Brant south of Shipstal Point.

Sightings - Saturday 7th December 2019

Barnacle Goose - 25 Rodden Hive
Black Brant - 1 off Shipstal Point
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour
Garganey - 1 female Lodmoor RSPB
Scaup - 1 female Lodmoor RSPB
Long-tailed Duck - 2 off Jerry's Point, 1 Rodden Hive, 1 on the Fleet between Camp Road & Herbury
Velvet Scoter - 1 on the Fleet between Camp Road & Herbury
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Bramble Bush Bay
Great White Egret - 1 over Bramble Bush Bay, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Spoonbill - 15 Shipstal Point
Slavonian Grebe - 4 on the Fleet between Camp Road & Herbury
Black-necked Grebe - 18 Knowle Beach, 2 Bramble Bush Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail at Milborne St Andrew
Merlin - 1 Middlebere
Avocet - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest
Firecrest - 5 Wakeham
Swallow - 1 over Arne Bay
'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Wakeham (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Chad's Copse (Lytchett Bay)
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor (Portland) 

Bearded Tit at Radipole RSPB © Peter Coe

Avocet at Lodmoor RSPB © Edmund Mackrill
                 

Sightings - Friday 6th December 2019

Scaup - 2 Longham Lakes
Garganey - female still at Lodmoor RSPB
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Studland Bay, 1 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 20 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 15 Shipstal Point
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Portland Harbour, 4 Studland Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 10 Portland Bill
Avocet - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Caspian Gull - 1 possible at Longham Lakes but flew off.
Swallow - 1 Knowle Beach (Studland)
Black Redstart - 1 Farrington (near Child Okeford)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Chad's Copse (Lytchett Bay), 1 Gillingham STW

Water Rail at Lodmoor RSPB © Edmund Mackrill

Redwing in Bournemouth © David Wareham

Sightings - Thursday 5th December 2019

Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Quail - 1 Milborne St Andrew
Great Northern Diver - 4 Poole Harbour, 2 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 19 Shipstal Point, 1 over Baiter Park
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Poole Harbour near Jerry's Point
Black-necked Grebe - 10 Portland Harbour, 9 Middle Beach, Studland Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 Wareham Forset (flew in direction of Woolsbarrow Fort), 1 Arne Moors
Goshawk - 1 Milborne St Andrew
Great Bustard - 1 released bird still at West Bexington
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Woodcock - 4 Milborne St Andrew
Short-eared Owl - 1 Milborne St Andrew
Barn Owl - 4 Milborne St Andrew
Ring-necked Parakeet - 5 Studland village near Bankes Arms
Firecrest - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 2 Penns Wood, 1 Brownsea Island
Black Redstart - 1 Osprey Quay (Portland Harbour)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 West Bexington
Corn Bunting - 56 Milborne St Andrew

Black Redstart at Osprey Quay © Rod Taylor

Mediterranean Gull at Radipole Lake RSPB car park © Edmund Mackrill

Ring-necked Paraqueet at Studland village © Peter Calladine

 

Sightings - Wednesday 4th December 2019

Eider - 2 Portland Harbour
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Tidmoor Point (The Fleet), 1 Rodden Hive
Velvet Scoter - 1 Tidmoor Point
Goosander - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Tidmoor Point
Black-necked Grebe - 7 Portland Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 Arne Moors/Swineham
Great Bustard - 1 released bird still at West Bexington
Golden Plover - c500 Maiden Castle
Spotted Redshank - 5 Middlebere
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Firecrest - 4 Pennsylvania Castle, 2+ Winspit, 1 West Bexington, 1 in garden at Lytchett Bay, 1 West Christchurch garden
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Chad's Copse path, Lytchett Bay View

Sandwich Tern at Lodmoor RSPB © Edmund Mackrill

Yellow-browed Warbler at Lytchett Bay © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Eider - 1 Lyme Regis
Garganey - 1 female Lodmoor RSPB
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Longham Lakes
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Sturminster Marshall GP
Long-tailed Duck - 2 from Tidmoor Point (The Fleet)
Velvet Scoter - 1 East Fleet
Quail - 4 Milborne St Andrew
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 4 Portland Harbour, 2 Ferrybridge/Littlesea
Cattle Egret - 8+ at evening roost,Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 3 East Fleet
Black-necked Grebe - 12 Portland Harbour
Great Bustard - 1 released bird at West Bexington
Avocet - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Purple Sandpiper - 4 on the Cobb, Lyme Regis
Black Guillemot - 1 Portland Harbour
Firecrest - 3 Pennsylvania
Swallow - 1 West BexingtonCastle (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Castle Cove (Portland Harbour)
Black Redstart - 1 Chesil Cove, 1 Blacknor, 1 Hallelujah Bay (Portland)                       

Bearded Tit at Radipole Lake RSPB © Edmund Mackrill

Goldcrest at Pennsylvania Castle © Rod Taylor


Sightings - Monday 2nd December 2019

Eider - 3 Portland Harbour, 1 Lyme Regis
Scaup - 1 Longham Lakes
Long-tailed Duck -2 East Fleet, 1 off Jerry's Point (Poole Harbour)
Velvet Scoter - 2 Poole Harbour
Goosander - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge
Cattle Egret - 1 flew up river at Holmebridge
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 21 Shipstal Point (Arne RSPB)
Slavonian Grebe - 2 East Fleet, 2 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 7 Portland Harbour, 2 Shell Bay, 5 Jerry's Point
Hen Harrier - 1 female Arne Moors
Merlin - 2 Hartland Moor
Red Kite - 1 or 2 Chaldon Down
Purple Sandpiper - 9 on the Cobb, Lyme Regis, 1 Osprey Quay (Portland Harbour)
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog (SW of Decoy Pond), 1 Sugar Hill
Firecrest - 1 Upton Park
Corn Bunting - 48 Winterborne Whitechurch

Slavonian Grebes at Portland Harbour © Edmund Mackrill

Sightings - Sunday 1st December 2019

Barnacle Goose - 22 Rodden Hive
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 4 between Rodden Hive & Butterstreet Cove
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour at Osprey Quay
Great Northern Diver - 3 Poole Harbour (off Jerry's Point), 1 Ferrybridge
Great White Egret - 1 Rodden Hive
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Poole Harbour (off Jerry's Point), 3+ Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 between Rodden Hive & Butterstreet Cove
Sanderling - 17 Sandbanks

Sightings - Saturday 30th November 2019

Scaup - 1 Longham Lakes
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Sturminster Marshall GP
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 2 Ferrybridge, 2 past East Bexington, 1 Eype
Cattle Egret - 22 near Portesham, 1 Stoborough (Bog Lane), 1 Longham Lakes
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Red Kite - 2 Ashmore
Spotted Redshank -  4 Middlebere, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest - 1 Melcombe Bingham, 1 Modbury (near Burton Bradstock)

Turnstone, Poole Harbour © Brian Smith


Sightings - Friday 29th November 2019

Eider - 1 Lyme Regis harbour, 1 Portland Harbour
Garganey - 1 female Lodmoor RSPB
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Ferrybridge
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour, 1 past Eype
Great Northern Diver - 1 Ferrybridge
Cattle Egret - 16+ Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Hampreston fields
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Purple Sandpiper - 4 Lyme Regis Cobb
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Mediterranean Gull - 1,000+ Ferrybridge this afternoon
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Swallow - 1 reported at Radipole Lake RSPB
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 still at Lodmoor RSPB (near new bridge)
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle
Water Pipit - 3+ Lytchett Fields RSPB

Yellow-browed Warbler at Lodmoor RSPB © Edmund Mackrill

Eider in Lyme Regis harbour (photographed yesterday) © Roger Boswell

Sightings - Thursday 28th November 2019

Black Brant - 1 Poole Harbour
Eider - 2 Portland Harbour
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Sturminster Marshall GP
Long-tailed Duck - 1 off Redhorn Point (Poole Harbour), 1 Littlesea/Tidmoor  (The Fleet)
Common Scoter - 3 Portland Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 Littlesea/Tidmoor (The Fleet)
Goosander - 5 Silverlake, 1 Portland Harbour
Quail - 3  Milborne St Andrew
Red-throated Diver - 1 Overcombe Bay, 2 Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour, 2 Poole Harbour, 1 Studland Bay, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Hengistbury Head
Cattle Egret - 20+ Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 22 Poole Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 4 Littlesea/Tidmoor  (The Fleet), 2 Portland Harbour, 1 Brand's Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 9 Poole Harbour, 8 Studland Bay, 5 Portland Harbour
Woodcock - 1 Elwell (nr Bridport), 1 Sturminster Marshall GP
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sugar Hill (Wareham Forest)
Firecrest -  4 Hengistbury Head, 2 Hinton St George, 2 Wakeham (Portland), 1 Upton Park, 1 in a Bournemouth garden, 1 Littlesea/Tidmoor, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (no public access)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lodmoor RSPB (near new bridge)
Ring Ouzel - 1 near Throop, 1 over Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 1 Littlesea/Tidmoor
Water Pipit - 1 Holloway's Dock (Hengistbury)
Little Bunting - 1 trapped and ringed at East Fleet

Dunlin at Ferrybridge © Will Bown

Redshank at Ferrybridge © Will Bown

Sightings - Wednesday 27th November 2019

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 Ferrybridge
Bittern - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Fields
Little Gull - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Mudeford Quay
Black Redstart - 1 Lyme Regis, 1 Durlston
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields

Sightings - Tuesday 26th November 2019

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 9 Abbotsbury Swannery
Little Gull - 1 past West Bexington, 1 Mudeford Quay
Caspian Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Beach
Short-eared Owl - 1 West Lulworth
Great Grey Shrike - 1, possibly 2, Wareham Forest


Sightings - Monday 25th November 2019

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 8 Ferrybridge
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 1 Frome flood meadows
Spotted Redshank - 5 Middlebere
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle woods


Sightings - Sunday 24th November 2019

Eurasian White-fronted Goose - 1 Swineham
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Brand's Bay
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Lyme Regis
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 1 Studland Bay
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour, 2 Poole Harbour
Cattle Egret - 10 Bride Valley
Marsh Harrier - 7 Poole Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Lyme Regis
Short-eared Owl - 1 Slepe Heath
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Sandsfoot Gardens
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Pennsylvania Castle Gardens
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle Gardens

Sightings - Saturday 23rd November 2019

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 6 Ferrybridge
Eider - 2 Portland Hbr.
Common Scoter - 5 Portland Hbr.
Velvet Scoter - 1 Poole Hbr.
Goosander - 3 Portland Hbr.
Red-throated Diver - 1 Portland Hbr, 1 Poole Hbr.
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Hbr.
Great Northern Diver - 4 Poole Hbr, 3 Portland Hbr.
Spoonbill - 10 Poole Hbr.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Poole Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 10 Portland Hbr, 3 Poole Hbr.
Purple Sandpiper - 12 Lyme Rigis (Cobb), 2 Portland Bill
Common Sandpiper - 1 West Knighton Lakes
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 1st/w Stanpit Marsh
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sugar Hill Wareham Forest
Swallow - 1 Reap Lane Portland
Firecrest - 3 Portland Obs garden
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 briefly Southwell Portland

1st/cy Eider - Portland Hbr © Edmund Mackrill

Sightings - Friday 22nd November 2019

Whooper Swan - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 3 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 2 Brand's Bay
Great Northern Diver - 2 Eype Mouth, 1 Brand's Bay
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black-neccked Grebe - 6 Braand's Bay
Black Redstart - 1 Winspit Valley

Sightings - Thursday 21st November 2019

Whooper Swan - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Barnacle Goose - 27 Rodden Hive
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 7 Ferrybridge, 8 Rodden Hive (pos some of same)
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 2 Brand's Bay off Jerry's Pt.
Goosander - 1 Ferrybridge
Great Northern Diver - 1 Brand's Bay, 1 off Poole Quay
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Brand's Bay off Jerry's Pt.
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Firecrest - 3 Durlston CP, 2 Pennsylvania Wood, 1 Osmington Mills
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Wood
'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Pennsylvania Wood
Black Redstart - 1 male Durlston CP.

Sightings - Wednesday 20th November 2019

Whooper Swan - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
White-fronted Goose - 1 Swineham GP.
Barnacle Goose - 2 Rodden Hive
Pale-bellied Goose - 6 Rodden Hive
Black Brant - 1 Rodden Hive
Garganey - 1 1st/W Lodmoor RSPB
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Rodden Hive
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lake
Hen Harrier - 1 Lulworth Estate
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Peveril Pt.
Spotted Redshank - 3 Lytchett fields RSPB
Great Grey Shrike - 1 South of Sugar Hill area Wareham Forest
Pallas's Warbler - 1 by the old Railway Cutting Bridge Portland
'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Pennsylvania Wood Portland
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Milton Abbey (inside)
Crossbill - 12 South of Sugar Hill Wareham Forest

Garganey - Lodmoor RSPB © Edmund Mackrill

Sightings -Tuesday 19th November 2019.

White-fronted Goose - 1 Swineham.
Eider - 3 Mudeford Quay.
Goldeneye - 2 Mudeford Quay.
Great Northan Diver - 1 Portland Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour.
Black-necked Grebe - 8 off Middle Beach.
Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Hartland Moor, 1 f Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere.
Merlin - 1 Lulworth Estate.
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Jack Snipe - 1 Swineham.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Portland Bill.
Caspian Gull - 1 1st w Christchurch Harbour.
Black Redstart - 2 Portland Bill, 1 White Nothe Coastguard Cottages.
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Penns Wood.
Firecrest - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest.

Sightings - Monday 18th November 2019.

Whooper Swan - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Long-tailed Duck - 1 1st yr male Poole Harbour.
Goosander - 9 Knighton Heath Lakes 1 Ferrybridge.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour.
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Great White Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Cattle Egret - 21 roosting Abbotsbury Swannery.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Heath, 1 Rodden Hive.
Merlin - 1 Rodden Hive.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 37 Brownsea Lagoon.
Purple Sandpiper - 10 Lymes Regis.
Rock Pipit - 35 Church Ope Cove, 1 Brownsea Lagoon.
Black Redstart - 1 Bridging Camp, 1 Ferrybridge.
Whinchat - 2 St. Aldhelm's Head.
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Penns Wood.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Penns Wood.
Firecrest - 4 Penns Wood, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery 1 The Vineries.

News from yesterday a Hoopoe Priest's Way nr. Swanage.

Whinchat – St. Aldhelm’s Head © Roderick Taylor.

Barn Owl Milborne St. Andrew © Michael Coleman. 

Bittern – Lodmoor RSPB ©Edmund Mackrill.

PurpleSandpipers – Lyme Regis ©Roger Boswell.

Sightings - Sunday 17th November 2019.

Whooper Swan - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
White-fronted Goose - 1 in fields opp. Redclyffe YC.
Barnacle Goose - 20+ Rodden Hive.
Brent Goose - 7 pale-bellied Rodden Hive.
Scaup - 1 1stw f Holes Bay.
Eider - 2 Portland Harbour.
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Rodden Hive.
Goosander - 8 Silver Lake.
Black-necked Grebe - 7 Studland, 4 Portland Harbour.
Red-throated Diver -1 Bowleaze Cove.
Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour, 1 Studland.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Rodden Hive,1 Swineham GPs.
Goshawk - 1 Wyke Regis.
Merlin - 1 Rodden Hive.
Golden Plover - c1000 east of West Compton.
Knot - 2 Holes Bay, 1 Ferrybridge.
Black Redstart - 1 Langton Herring, 1 Portland Bill.
Lesser Whitethroat - Pennsylvania Castle.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle.
Firecrest - 3 Pennsylvania Castle.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest.
Brambling - 7 Portland.
Corn Bunting - 38 Badbury Rings.

Whooper Swan – Lodmoor RSPB © Edmund Mackrill. 


Sightings - Saturday 16th November 2019.

Ring-necked Duck - 1f Sturminster Marshall GP.
Eider - 2 Portland Harbour.
Goosander - 4 Knighton Heath Lakes, 3 Portland Harbour.
Grey Partridge - covey of 12 Milborne St. Andrew.
Black-throated Diver -1 Portland Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 4 Portland Harbour, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Jerry's Point.
Great White Egret - 1 Holton Pools.
Marsh Harrier - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Red Kite - 2 over Child Okeford.
Merlin - 2 m/f Hartland Moor.
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Jerry's Point, 4 Portland Harbour.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 2 Baiter Park, 1 Jerry's Point.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Waddock Cross watercress beds.
Woodcock -4 Milborne St. Andrew.
Rock Pipit - 12 Church Ope Cove.
Black Redstart - 1 Charmouth.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Pennsylvania Castle, 1 Wakenham area.
Firecrest - 3 Wakenham area, 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 East Holme.

Reports of interest, Friday 15th November 2019.

White-Fronted Goose - 1 Bestwall.
Black Brant - 1 east Fleet.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 6 east Fleet.
Velvet Scoter - 1 east Fleet, 3 Poole Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Eype, 3 Hengistbury Head, 3 Poole Harbour.   
Red-Throated Diver - 1 near Hamworthy Beach, 2 Hengistbury Head.
Black-Necked Grebe - 12 near Hamworthy Beach.   
Great White Egret - 1 east Fleet
Red Kite - 6 east of Iwerne Minster, 1 Langton Matravers.
Marsh Harrier - 3 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Swineham.
Great Bustard - 2 Hengistbury Head (male and female) are assumed to be from the Porton reintroduction project.
Grey Plover - c. 50 Brownsea Island, 6 Stanpit.
Knot - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 east Fleet, 9 Stanpit.
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit.
Green Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Sanderling - 1 Lytchett Bay is the first winter record from the site.
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB.   
Spotted Redshank - 3 Brownsea Island, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Caspian Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Swallow - 1 Swineham.
House Martin - 1 Hengistbury Head
Water Pipit - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Black Redstart - 1 Charmouth.
Firecrest - 1 Eype, 2+ Hengistbury Head, 5 eastern Portland.

Sightings - Thursday 14th November 2019

Mandarin - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 1 female Portland Harbour
Common Scoter - 5 Portland Harbour
Goosander - 3 Portland Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour, 1 Studland Bay (from Middle Beach), 1 Jerry's Point
Cattle Egret - 6 Portesham
Great White Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Middlebere
Spoonbill - 20 Shipstal Point (Arne RSPB)
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Portland Harbour, 2 from Jerry's Point
Red Kite - 4 Clubmen's Down (near Compton Abbas)
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Firecrest - 6 Hengistbury Head, 4 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland), 3 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 still at Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Black Redstart - 2 Portland Sailing Acadamy, 2 Portland East Cliffs

Long-eared Owl at Swineham yesterday (13h November) © Tony Minvalla
Kingfisher at Coward's Marsh © Mike Gibbons

Lapwing at Lodmoor RSPB © Edmund Mackrill