Sightings - Wednesday 26th February 2020

Great Northern Diver - 1 off Combe Arne RSPB, 1 off Baiter Park Poole.
Cattle Egret - 3 Hurst Farm opposite old Hurst Garage
Spoonbill - 9 Wareham channel
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery view from road.
Hen Harrier - 1 Wareham Channel
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Highcliffe on groynes
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Short-eared Owl - 1 Wareham Channel
Firecrest - 3 Church Ope Cove, 2 Hengistbury Hd.
'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit - 2 Stanpit Marsh acquiring sum/plum.

Sightings- Tuesday 25th February 2020

Garganey - 1 drake Coward's Marsh
Scaup - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Long-tailed Duck - 6 Tidmoor Point The Fleet
Velvet Scoter - 1 Tidmoor Point The Fleet
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Portland Castle
Great Northern Diver - 5 Portland Hbr, 4 Poole Hbr, 2 Newton's Cove
Spoonbill - 8 Arne RSPB
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Osprey Quay Portland Hbr.
Slavonian Grebe - 3 Tidmoor Point The Fleet
Black-necked Grebe - 6 central Poole Hbr, 4 off Arne RSPB, 3 Portland Hbr.
Hen Harrier - 1 Wareham Channel
Purple Sandpiper - 15 Highcliffe Groynes 9&10
Short-eared Owl - 1 Wareham Channel
Firecrest - 1 Penns Wood, 1 Church Ope Portland
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 PC World drain, 1 Fleets Corner Poole

Drake Garganey - Coward's Marsh Christchurch © Michael Gibbons

350-400 Linnet - Eggardon Hill © Kevin Parr

Sightings - Monday 24th February 2020

Black-throated Diver - 1 off Portland Castle
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Hbr.
Spoonbill - 2 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 western Poole Hbr.
Purple Sandpiper - 10 Highcliffe groynes, 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Greenshank - 2 Holton Lee

Signs of migration
Moorhen  - 1 on Noc-Mig Portland Obs
Redwing - 80 on Noc-Mig Portland Obs

Dipper (with white tail) - Lyme Regis © Mark Berkin
















Purple Sandpiper - Highcliffe © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Sunday 23rd February 2020

Great Northern Diver - 3 Bowleaze Cove
Cattle Egret - 1 in field opposite Hurst Garage, Moreton
Spoonbill - 2 Radipole Lake RSPB
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Portland Bill
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest 2 Pennsylvania Wood
Willow Warbler - 1 reported at Lulworth Cove
Black Redstart - 1 Fortuneswell (Portland)

Kestrel near Compton Abbas airfield © Brian Smith

Sightings - Saturday 22nd February 2020

Common Scoter - 4 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour, 1 Holes Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Portland Harbour
Spoonbill - 2 Lodmoor RSPB

Reports of interest, Friday 21st February 2020.

Red-Throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill.
Hen Harrier - 1 Arne Moors.
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Hengistbury sandspit, 12 Portland Bill.
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Arne Moors.
Crossbill - 25 west over Durlston NNR.



Skylark at Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale

Great Black-Backed Gulls at Baiter © David Foster

Mediterranean Gulls at Baiter © David Foster

Sightings - Thursday 20th February 2020

Common Scoter - 5 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 3 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 33 left Abbotsbury Swannery roost
Red Kite - 1 over Verwood
Firecrest - 1 Coneygar Hill (Bridport), 1 Pennsylvania Wood (Portland)

Reports of interest, Wednesday 19th February 2020.

Great Northern Diver - 1 Bowleaze Cove.
Red-Throated Diver - 6 Portland Bill.
Great White Egret - 1 Ower Bay.
Spoonbill - 9-11 Wareham Channel.
Red Kite - 2 Blandford Forest.
Marsh Harrier -  1-4 Poole Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 Hartland Moor.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Moors River.
Siberian-type Chiffchaff - 2 Loud's Mill works (Dorchester), 1 Wareham common.
Firecrest - 1 Portland Bill.


Siskin at Ower © Shaun Robson

Great White Egret at Ower © Shaun Robson


Reports of interest, Tuesday 18th February 2020.

Common Scoter - 2 off Hengistbury Head.
Scaup - 3 Holes Bay.
Grey Partridge - 2 near Sixpenny Handley.


Water Rail in Poole Park © Clinton Whale.

Common Gull in Poole Park © Peter Brown.

Scaup in Holes Bay © David Wareham.






Reports of interest, Monday 17th February 2020.

Spoonbill - 2 Lytchett Bay (Otter Island).
Purple Sandpiper - 18 Highcliffe groynes.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Island.
Firecrest - 2 Portland (Pennsylvania Castle).


Purple Sandpiper at Highcliffe © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Sunday 16th February 2020

Hardly any reports today. Thanks Dennis!

Cattle Egret - 6 Hurst Farm, Moreton
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh

Sightings - Saturday 15th February 2020.

Red-throated Diver - 3 past Portland Bill.
Lapwing - 26 Longham Lakes.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Firecrest - 1 Turlin Moor LNR.

As expected, not a good day!

Sightings - Friday 14th February 2020.

Eider - 1 past Portland Bill.
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill.
Great Northern Diver - 5 Jerry's Point.
Slavonian Grebe - 4 Jerry's Point.
Black-necked Grebe - 8 Jerry's Point.
Spoonbill - 16 Arne RSPB.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 12 Jerry's Point.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Warmwell Farm CBs.
Mediterranean Gull c700 Lodmoor RSPB.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Merlin -1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Shipstal Point.
Water Pipit - 5 Overcombe.

Brent Geese –Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale.


Sightings - Thursday 13th February 2020.

Great Northern Diver - 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Portland Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Poole Harbour.
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Portland Harbour.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Holton Lee, 1 Middlebere.
Hen Harrier - 1 over Slepe Moor.
Purple Sandpiper - 12 Portland Bill.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Holton Pools.
Barn Owl - 1 Galton Garden Centre, 1 Nr. Martinstown.
Water Pipit - 1 Holton Pools.
Brambling - 1 Lambert's Castle.

Curlew – Holes Bay © David Wareham.  

Sightings - Wednesday 12th February 2020.

Brent Goose - 6 pale-bellied Rodden Hive.
Scaup - 4 still Holes Bay.
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Jerry's Point.
Black-throated Diver - 1 Poole Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 4 Poole Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Jerry's Point.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Jerry's Point.
Hen Harrier - 1 imm.m Rodden Hive, 1m Wyke Down.
Red Kite - 2 over Lytchett Bay.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Barn Owl - 1 Wyke Down.
Dipper - 1 Maiden Newton.
Red-breasted Merganser – Poole Park © Roger Peart.

Oystercatcher – Poole Park © Roger Peart. 



Sightings - Tuesday 11th February 2020

BLACK BRANT - 1 Cutleaves Cove The Fleet
Garganey - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black-throated Diver - 1 Jerry’s Point
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Jerry’s Point
Red Kite - 1 Hinton Martell
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Wareham Common

Sightings - Monday 10th February 2020

Scaup - 4 Holes Bay
Great Egret - 1 Spetisbury, 1 Abbotsbury
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Portland Castle
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Church Cove Sailing Club, 1 Abbotsbury
Purple Sandpiper - 7 Hengistbury Head
Caspian Gull - 1 Abbotsbury

Sightings - Sunday 9th February 2020

Not surprisingly, few reports today

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Ferrybridge

Sightings - Saturday 8th February 2020

Wigeon - 672 Christchurch Harbour
Scaup - 4 Holes Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 4 off Jerry’s Point Poole Harbour
Caspian Gull - 1 Wyke Regis
Mediterranean Gull - 2000+ Weymouth Bay roost
Great Bustard - 1 Butterstreet Cove
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Louds Mill STW

Sightings - Friday 7th February 2020

Scaup - 4 Holes Bay, 3 Lodmoor RSPB
Red-throated Diver - 10 past Portland Bill, 5 Chesil Cove.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Great Northern - 1 Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 7 Nottington
Great White Egret - 1 Wytch Poole Hbr.
Spoonbill - 2 Lodmoor RSPB
Hen Harrier - 1 male Wyke Down, 1 male Milborne St. Andrew
Purple Sandpiper - 12 Lyme Regis on the Cobb
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Short-eared Owl - 2 Milborne St. Andrew
Penduline Tit - 2 Lodmoor RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 male Lyme Regis Churchyard
Brambling - 1 again Lambert's Castle (with feeding finch flock)

Scaup - Lodmoor RSPB © Richard Cook
















Great Black-backed Gull - Bournemouth © David Wareham





Sightings - Thursday 6th February 2020

Scaup - 4 Holes Bay. 2 Lodmoor RSPB
Eider - 1 ad drake Lyme Regis Hbr.
Long-tailed Duck - 4 Tidmoor Pt. Fleet.
Velvet Scoter - 1 off Tidmoor Pt. Fleet
Great Northern Diver - 4 off Jerry's Pt Poole Hbr, 1 Portland Hbr off Billy's Winters.
Great White Egret - 1 Radipole Lake a.m.
Spoonbill - 18 Arne RSPB, 13 Wareham Channel
Slavonian Grebe - 3 off Jerry's Pt Poole Hbr, 3 off Tidmoor Pt. Fleet.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Wareham Channel
Red Kite - 1 Sydling St. Nicholas
Hen Harrier - 1 Wareham Channel
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Lyme Regis on The Cobb, 4 Portland Bill
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Penduline Tit - 2 again Lodmoor RSPB from Beach Down Way.
Black Redstart - 1 Fortuneswell
Brambling - 3 near Lambert's Castle

Scaup - Holes Bay © David Wareham

DBC Walk Ferrybrige (9th February)

Due to the forecast adverse weather conditions, we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the outdoor meeting at Ferrybridge / Portland Harbour on Sunday 9th February. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Sightings - Wednesday 5th February 2020

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Poole Hbr
Scaup - 4 Holes Bay SE.
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Poole Hbr.
Black-throated Diver -  Portland Hbr.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Poole Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 3 Lodmoor RSPB
Great White Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 2 Lodmoor RSPB
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Poole Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 11 Portland Hbr, 5 Poole Hbr.
Hen Harrier - 1 male Milborne St. Andrew
Little Gull - 1 in meadows near Loader's Garage Dorchester
Short-eared Owl - 2 Milborne St. Andrew
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Penduline Tit - 2 Lodmoor RSPB from Beach Down Way
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Wareham Common
Black Redstart - 1 Monmouth Beach Lyme Regis

Short-eared Owl - Milborne St Andrew © Michael Coleman




















Peregrine Falcon - Bournemouth © David Wareham

Sightings - Tuesday 4th February 2020

Long-tailed Duck - 5 Fleet at Tidmoor Pt.
Goosander - 4 Silverlake
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Hbr.
Great Northern Diver - 5 Poole Hbr mouth, 2 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 15 west Elsworth, 10 Hurst Fm Moreton, 3 Holwell Fm, 3 Buckland Ripers, 2 Nottington.
Great Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 4 Fleet at Tidmoor Pt, 1 Portland Hbr.
Black-necked Grebe - 17 Portland Hbr, 2 Poole Hbr mouth.
Red Kite - 1 Bournemouth, 1 Cerne Abbas
Purple Sandpiper - 9 Portland Bill
Green Sandpiper - 2 Magiston Cressbeds.
Spotted Redshank - Brownsea Is.
Yellow-legged Gull - 2 Portland Hbr.
Firecrest - 1 Middlebere
Brambling - 1 Cattistock

Sightings - Monday 3rd February 2020

Garganey - 1 female Lodmoor RSPB
Ring-necked Duck - 1 female Sturminster Marshall GP
Scaup - 4 Holes Bay
Long-tailed Duck - 6 off Tidmoor Point on the Fleet
Velvet Scoter - 1 male off Tidmoor Point on the Fleet
Goosander - 5 Silverlake
Great Northern Diver - 1  off Tdmoor Point on the Fleet
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lake
Cattle Egret - 16 Portesham, 2 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 13 Arne Moors flew off before dawn, 2 Middlebere
Slavonian Grebe - 4 off Tidmoor Point on the Fleet
Spotted Redshank - 5 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Purple Sandpiper - 12 Highcliffe (on groyne H10
Short-eared Owl - 1 Milborne St Andrew
Firecrest - 4 Pennsylvania Castle, 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Upton CP
Water Pipit - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB

Purple Sandpiper, Highcliffe © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Sunday 2nd February 2020

Eider - 1 drake Lyme Regis
Scaup - 4 Holes Bay, 2 Lodmoor RSPB
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Cattle Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Studland Bay
Red Kite - 1 Wyke Down
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Harland Moor
Crane - 2 adults over  Deadmoor Common (near Lydlinch)
Avocet - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Penduline Tit - 1 male again at Radipole Lake RSPB on Buddleia Loop
Water Pipit - 1 Hollow Oak cressbeds (near Bere Regis)




Cranes over Deadmoor Common © Paul Tout

Sightings - Saturday 1st February 2020

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 2 Brownsea Island 
Ring-necked Duck - 1 female Sturminster Marshall GP
Goosander - pair at Longham Lakes
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Cattle Egret - 2 Longham Lakes
Hen Harrier - 1 male & 1 ringtail Milborne St. Andrew
Glaucous Gull - 1 West Bexington
Short-eared Owl - 2 Milborne St Andrew
Barn Owl - 4  Milborne St Andrew
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog NNR
Firecrest - 2 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland), 2 Brownsea Island (Venetia Park)
Penduline Tit - 1 male Radipole Lake RSPB on Buddleia Loop (but not seen since early afternoon)
Corn Bunting - 54 Milborne St Andrew

Hen Harrier at Milborne St Andrew © Mike Coleman
Penduline Tit at Radipole Lake RSPB © Joe Kaplonek
Stonechat at Radipole Lake RSPB © Joe Kaplonek
Goosanders at Longham Lakes © Roger Peart

Brent Geese over Parkstone Bay © David Wareham

Reports of interest, Friday 31st January 2020.

Cattle Egret - 1 Longham Lakes.
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes.
Firecrest - 1-2 Portland (Church Ope Cove).



Peregrine on Christchurch Priory © Clinton Whale


Sightings - Thursday 30th January 2020

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Brand's Bay
Scaup - 1 drake, 3 females in Holes Bay south of railway bridge
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Siberiaan Chiffchaff - 1 PC World drain (Poole)

Black-tailed Godwits near Canford Bridge, Merley  © Roger Peart

Reports of interest, Wednesday 29th January 2020.

Scaup - 4 SE Holes Bay.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Baiter, 1 Brands Bay, 3 Jerry's Point (Poole Harbour).
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Parkstone Bay, 2 Jerry's Point (Poole Harbour).
Black-Necked Grebe - 2 Brands Bay, 1 Jerry's Point (Poole Harbour), 3 Studland Bay.
Cattle Egret - 4 Hampreston.
Great White Egret - 1 Frome valley, 1 Longham Lakes.
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere.
Merlin - 1 Wareham Channel.
Golden Plover - 230 Maiden Castle.
Grey Plover - 4 Stanpit, 27 Middlebere.
Knot - 4 Stanpit.
Snipe - 100+ still on Hengistbury Salt Hurns.
Green Sandpiper - 2 Bere Regis cressbeds.
Greenshank - 1 Middlebere.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit.
Ring-Necked Parakeet - 4 Studland.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sugar Hill (Wareham Forest).
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury wood, 2 Middlebere, 4 Portland (Penns Wood/Church Ope).



Song Thrush, Wimborne © Roger Peart

Bearded Tit, Radipole © Allan Reese



Reports of interest, Tuesday 28th January 2020.

Scaup - 3 Lodmoor RSPB.
Garganey - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Pintail - 2 Lodmoor RSPB.
Ring-Necked Duck - 1 Sturminster Marshall GPs.
Marsh Harrier -  3 Poole Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 Wareham Channel.
Merlin - 1 Middlebere.
Grey Plover - 3 Middlebere, "hundreds" Brownsea Island, 7 Stanpit.
Snipe - 148 Hengistbury Salt Hurns is an extraordinary count.
Greenshank - 6 Brownsea Island, 1 Middlebere.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Island, 3 Middlebere.
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
PENDULINE TIT - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Siberian-type Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson sewage works, 1 Wareham common.
Firecrest - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Hengistbury wood.