Sightings - Wednesday 20th February 2019

White-fronted Goose - 1 juv Swineham
Cattle Egret - 20+ West Elworth farm (near Portesham), 6 Holme Lane
Ruff - 1 Swineham Point
Green Sandpiper - 1 Holes Bay

Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sugar Hill (Wareham Forest)
Sand Martin - 1 near Wareham hospital
Black Redstart - 2 Church Ope Cove (Portland)

Reed Bunting at Radipole RSPB © David Wareham
 

Joint DBC/BTO Conference 23rd February

A Joint Dorset Bird Club & BTO Conference
 

Conservation in Action
 
To be held at:
 
Queen Elizabeth's School, 600 Blandford Rd, Wimborne, BH21 4DT

 

Saturday 23rd February 2019

From 09:00-17:00
 
 
Morning sessions – Action for Habitats
Afternoon sessions – Action for Species
 
Conference Fee: £20 
(£10 if in full-time education - email admin@dorsetbirds.org.uk for more details)
Includes coffee/tea and buffet lunch. 
 
Everyone is Welcome!
Tickets will not be issued for this event but we will be providing name badges for delegates upon registration. LAST DATE FOR BOOKING 20th FEBRUARY
 
Use Paypal button on right of page to pay for admission.

Organised by Dorset Bird Club representatives
 
Supported by Dorset Bird Club & The British Trust for Ornithology
 
 
Programme
 
09:00  Doors Open & Delegate Registration
 
09:30  The changing fortunes of Dorset’s birds
George Green
 
10:00  RSPB Lytchett Fields – Working Together to Maximise Opportunities for Birds and People
Shaun Robson
 
10:30  The First Cut is the Cheapest – Managing Public Open Space for Pollinators in the Era of Austerity
Peter Moore (Butterfly Conservation)
 
11:00  Tea/Coffee
 
11:30  Quinoa, Tree Sparrows & Bumblebird or just wishing on a Pallas’s Reed Bunting -
perfecting the mix for farm wildlife at Portland Bird Observatory
James Phillips and Martin Cade
 
12:00  Mitigation Measures and Enhancing Opportunities for Birds in Planning and Development  
Ali Quinney (DCC)
 
 
12:30  Buffet Lunch 
(incl BirdTrack open sessions)
 
 
14:00 Urban Nightjars - Heathlands and Beyond
Terry Elborn & Brian Cresswell
 
14:30  Recovery and Protection of Chesil’s Little Tern colony
Kevin Rylands (RSPB)
 
15:00  Tea/Coffee
 
15:30  Project Owl: Secrets of the Night
Hugh Hanmer (BTO)
 
16:00  Tales of the Unexpected – New Insights from Satellite Tracking Cuckoo
Chris Hewson (BTO)
 
16:30  Concluding remarks
DBC

Reports of interest, Tuesday 19th February 2019.

Spoonbill - 1 Lodmoor.
Marsh Harrier - 1 over Swineham.
Golden Plover - 1+ Maiden Castle.
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at Lodmoor.
Dipper - 1 Parnham.
Sand Martin - 1 Swineham.
PENDULINE TIT - 1 still Lodmoor.

Late news: Possible Goshawk reported Canford Cliffs Sunday.


Great Black-Backed Gulls at Baiter © Clive Hargrave

Mediterranean Gull at Baiter © Clive Hargrave

Lapwing at RSPB Lodmoor © David Wareham

Ruff at RSPB Lodmoor © Will Bown

Reports of interest, Monday 18th February 2019.

Ring-Necked Duck - 1 still Radipole RSPB.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lodmoor RSPB. 
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Bowleaze Cove.
Swallow - 1 Portland.
Sand Martin - 2 Ridge Wharf/Swineham.


Lesser Yellowlegs at Lodmoor © Simon Buckell.

Ring-Necked Duck at Radipole © Simon Buckell.

Sightings - Sunday 17th February 2019

White-fronted Goose - 1 Bestwall RSPB
Black Brant - 1 Green Island (Poole Harbour)
Mandarin 1 Poole Park
Goosander - 2 Longham Lakes
Red-throated Diver - 3 Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 28 West Elworth, 6 Holme Lane, 6 Stoborough (Nutcrack Lane), 2 Spetisbury

Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes, 1 Studland
GLOSSY IBIS - 1 over Swineham and Arne Moors landed near Soldiers Road
Spoonbill - 10 Wareham Channel, 2 Middlebere Channel, 2 Lytchett Bay, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Slepe Heath, 1 ringtail Spetisbury, 1 Lytchett Bay, (also a ringtail reported yesterday at Blandford water meadows)
Merlin - 1 Hyde Bog
Ruff - 1 Arne Moors
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 adult West Knighton GPs
Swallow - 1 Swineham GP
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove, 1 Portland Bill
 
Lesser Redpoll at Holton Lee © Brian Smith

Snipe at Lodmoor RSPB © David Wareham
 

Reports of interest, Saturday 16th February 2019.

Ring-Necked Duck - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB.
Red-Throated Diver - 1 Portland East Weare.
Black-Necked Grebe - 2 Portland Ham Beach.
Cattle Egret - 28 West Elworth.
Spoonbill - 4 Lodmoor.
Marsh Harrier - 3 Lodmoor.
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Bay RSPB.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at Lodmoor.
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Bay RSPB.
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Bay RSPB.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Grove.

Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest Sugar Hill.
Firecrest - 1 East Holme.

Reports of interest, Friday 15th February 2019.

Red-Throated Diver - 5 past Hengistbury Head.
Black-Necked Grebe - 2-4 around Studland.
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes.
Cattle Egret - 5 Stoborough.
GLOSSY IBIS - 1 over Swineham flew up the Piddle Valley.
Spoonbill - 4 Lodmoor, 4 Poole Harbour from Swineham.
Grey Plover - 12 Stanpit.
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit, 1 Swineham.
Greenshank - 1 Stanpit.
Herring Gull - a presumed albino at Longham Lakes.
Water Pipit - 2 Stanpit.
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland), 1 Grove (Portland).
Firecrest - 2 Durlston NR, 1 Hengistbury Head.
PENDULINE TIT - 1 Lodmoor.



Albino Blackbird, Gillingham, 30th January © David Stevens

Peregrine, Bournemouth © David Wareham

Sightings - Thursday 14th February 2019

Mandarin - 1 Poole Park
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Long-tailed Duck - 2 off Tidmoor Point on the Fleet
Red-throated Diver - 4 Chesil Beach by Ferrybridge
Cattle Egret - 7 at Nutcrack Lane Stoborough, 3 Portesham

Slavonian Grebe - 2 off Tidmoor Point on the Fleet
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Red Kite - 1 Forston
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit

Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Stanpit
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
 
Cattle Egret at Nutcrack Lane, Stoborough © Roger Peart
 
 
 
 
 
 
Red Kite at Forston © Allan Reese
 
 

Sightings - Wednesday 13th February 2019

Eider - 1 Lyme Regis Cobb
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole Lake
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 12 Portland Harbour, 13 off Middle Beach
Purple Sandpiper - 10 Lyme Regis Cobb
Firecrest - 1 Middle Beach
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lodmoor

Sightings - Tuesday 12th February 2019

Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Shell Bay
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole Lake
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Shell Bay
Cattle Egret - 6 Stoborough, 3 Holme Lane, 6 Abbotsbury Swannery 
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove,  1 Poole Quay
Firecrest - 2 Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Monday 11th February 2019

Great Northern Diver - 3 Shell Bay

Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Shell Bay
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole Lake
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 20 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 6 Stoborough, 1 Holme Lane
Great Egret - 1 over Arne Moors, 3 Longham Lakes

Turnstone - 15 Butterstreet Cove
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove,  1 Portland Bill quarry, 1 Portland Castle
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Bincleaves

Sightings - Sunday 10th February 2019

Great Northern Diver - 1 Poole Bay
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 2 Spetisbury
Spotted Redshank - 3 Middlebere
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Black Redstart - 2 Church Ope Cove
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Bincleaves

Sightings - Saturday 9th February 2019

Mandarin - 1 Poole Park
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB

Great Northern Diver - 1 Bowleaze Cove
Cattle Egret - 15 over road near Portesham, 2 Spetisbury

Spoonbill - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit

Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Glaucous Gull - 1 2w past West Bexington
Black Redstart - 2 Church Ope Cove
 

Sightings - Friday 8th February 2019

Cattle Egret - 2 Briantspuddle in horse paddock, south of village hall
Lesser Yellow Legs - 1 - 1w - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth



Sightings - Thursday 7th February 2019

Scaup - 3 - Abbotsbury Swannery
Ring-necked Duck - 1- 1st winter drake, Radipole Lake, RSPB, Weymouth
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Little Sea, The Fleet, Lynch Cove
Great Northern Diver - 1 - Brands Bay, Poole Harbour, 1 Studland Bay, Poole Harbour,
Slavonian Grebe - 1 - Studland Bay, Poole Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 7 - Brands bay, Studland, Poole Harbour, 1 Sandsfoot castle, Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 5 Rowden Farm, 2 Briantspuddle in horse paddock, south of village hall, 
Great White Egret - 2 - Longham lakes, Longham
Spoonbill - 20 - Shipstal point, Arne RSPB, Poole Harbour, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, Poole Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Portland Bill
Lesser Yellow Legs - 1 - 1w - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth
Black Redstart - 2 Church Ope Cove, Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 1- clearing such of Oak Hill, Wareham Forest

Sightings - Wednesday 6th February 2019

Whooper Swan - 1 Abbotsbury
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 3 Portland Harbour, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 16 Abbotsbury, 6 Holme Lane
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes, 1 Sturminster Marshall GPs
Spoonbill - 12 Arne RSPB, 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off West Cliffs, Bournemouth, 1 off Bowleaze Cove
Black-necked Grebe - 3 Portland Harbour
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Abbotsbury, 1 Powerstock Common
Penduline Tit - 1 reported at Lodmoor RSPB
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson STW
Black Redstart - 3 Church Ope Cove, 2 Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Brambling - 1 West Christchurch
 
Brambling at West Christchurch © Mike Gibbons
 
Cattle Egret at Holme Lane © Clive Hargrave
 
Chiffchaff at Norden STW © Clive Hargrave
 

Sightings - Tuesday 5th February 2019

Ring-necked Duck - 1 drake Radipole Lake RSPB
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 1 Bincleaves
Cattle Egret - 4 Holme Lane, 2 Portesham
Great White Egret - 1 White Mill Bridge
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Sandfoots Castle
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 1 off Billy Winter's Portland Hbr.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lower Magiston Cressbeds 
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Black Redstart - 2 Church Ope Portland, 1 Chesil Cove
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB

Goosander - River Stour Canford Bridge © Roger Peart

Sightings - Monday 4th February 2019

Whooper Swan - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 ferrybridge
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 3 on Stour Canford Bridge, 2 Barn  Bight Hengistbury, 1pos Hatch Pond
Quail - unseasonal bird Milborne St Andrew
Bittern - 1 at dusk Lodmoor RSPB
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 4 Arne RSPB
Hen Harrier - 2 ringtails Milborne St Andrew
Short-eared Owl - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Milborne St Andrew
Dipper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Corn Bunting - 35 Milborne St Andrew

Goosander - River Stour Canford Bridge ©Roger Peart

















Teal, Avocet, Wigeon & Pintail - Brand's Bay © Brian Smith

Sightings - Sunday 3rd February 2019

Black Brant - 1 The Fleet Chickerell
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 2 The Fleet Chickerell
Great Northern Diver - 3 Poole Hbr, 1 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 9 Portesham, 4 Nutcrack Lane, 3 Abbotsbury, 1 Holme Lane
Spoonbill - 10 Arne RSPB, 6 Wareham Channel
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Bincleaves Portland Hbr.
Slavonian Grebe - 4 The Fleet Chickerel, 2 off Boscombe Pier, 1 off Brownsea Is, 1 Portland Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Poole Hbr mouth, 8 off Middle Beach Studland.
Hen Harrier - 1 over Arne Moors RSPB
Golden Plover - 800 Portesham
Purple Sandpiper - 4 Portland Bill
Common Sandpiper - 1 Bincleaves
Green Sandpiper - 1 Bere Regis Cressbeds, 1 Waddock Cross Cressbeds.
Jack Snipe - The Fleet Chickerell
Merlin - 1 Hartland Moor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sugar Hill wareham Forest
Black Redstart - 2 Church Ope Cove, 2 Chesil Cove, 1 The Grove, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Poole Quay, 1 Sherborne Abbey.

Black Redstart - Poole Quay © Roger Peart
















Spoonbill - Middlebere © Stuart Jones

Sightings - Saturday 2nd February 2019

Eider - 1 fem Bowleaze Cove
Black-throated Diver - 1 Boncleaves Portland Hbr.
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 3 Stoborough in field off Nutcrack Lane
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Great - at least 3 off Sandsfoot Castle
Black-necked Grebe - 12 off Sandsfoot Castle
Marsh Harrier - 1 male Landton Herring, 1 over Christchurch Hbr.
Golden Plover - 300 Maiden Castle, 150 nr. Portesham, 50 Redcliffe Pt, 3 Longham Lakes
Lesser Yellowlegs - still Lodmoor RSPB
Jack Snipe - 1 Hampreston Fields.
Black Guillemot - 1 from Sandsfoot Castle
Merlin - 1 nr Moonfleet
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest west of Sugar Hill south of pylons
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 between Bincleaves & Sandsfoot Castle
Black Redstart - 2 West Bay, 2 Church Ope, 1 Newton's Cove, 1 Lyme Regis, 1 Poole Quay
Olive-backed Pipit - 1 unconfirmed report Bournemouth in garden BH1 3PE 2nd day.
Water Pipit - 3 Priory Marsh, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Corn Bunting - 20 Maiden Castle

Pintail - Upton CP. © David Wareham

Sightings - Friday 1st February 2019

Black Brant - 1 Chickerell off the Fleet
Common Scoter - 1 off Billy Winters, the Fleet
Long-tailed Duck - 1 the Fleet
Ring-necked Duck - 1 1st winter drake Radipole RSPB
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Hengistbury Head
Red-throated Diver - 5 west off Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver 1 off Hengistbury Head
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Hengistbury Head
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Billy Winters, the Fleet
Black-necked Grebe - 10 Billy Winters, the Fleet
Cattle Egret - 21 Portesham, 3 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Lytchett Minster
Marsh Harrier - 1 Stanpit
Hen Harrier - 1 Moor Crichel
Golden Plover - c.300 off Portland, 231 from Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit
Jack Snipe - 2 Stanpit, 1 the Fleet
Skylark - 125 Hengistbury Head in off the sea
Woodlark - 1 the Fleet, 1 Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 2 Church Opie Cove, Portland, 1 Chesil Cove
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Bay
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lodmoor
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head
Hawfinch - 2 east over Stanpit

Cattle Egrets, Portesham copyright Janice Grove