Saturday 2nd March 2024

Velvet Scoter - 1 past Henistbury Head
Long-tailed Duck - 3 on the Fleet at Littlesea
Grey Partridge - 2 between Martin Down and Garston Wood RSPB
Slavonian Grebe - 5 on the Fleet off Tidmoor Point, 2 Jerry's Point
Black-necked Grebe - 3 Jerry's Point, 1 on the Fleet in Cuttcleaves Cove
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour Sandspit
Spotted Redshank -  2 Middlebere
Caspian Gull - a 2cy at Lodmoor RSPB from viewing shelter
Great Northern Diver - 2 on the Fleet off Tidmoor Point
Spoonbill - 4 Arne RSPB at Shipstal Point
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 still at Louds Mill Dorchester opposite STW (SY709902)
Firecrest - 1 Tidmoor Point
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle

Meadow Pipit, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale

Caspian Gull, Lodmoor RSPB © Daragh Croxson

Corn Bunting, near Woodyates © Alan Membury



Redshank, Tidmoor Cove © Steve Mansfield

 

Friday 1st March 2024

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 3 Brand's Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Brand's Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 1 off Middle Beach, Studland Bay
Knot - 7 Brand's Bay
Spotted Redshank -  2 Middlebere, 1 Holes Bay
Yellow-legged Gull -  a 2cy off Mudeford Quay
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 still in Louds Mill Dorchester opposite STW at SY709902
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 1 Christchurch Harbour Sandspit viewed from Mudeford Quay

Skylark, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale

 

Thursday 29th February 2024

Black-throated Diver - 1 off Portland Castle
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Portland Castle
Slavonian Grebe - 1 off Redhorn Quay
Merlin - 1 fem/type Wick
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Bay
Black Redstart - 1 fem/type Portland Bill, 1 West Bay (opposite Windy Corner cafe)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Louds Mill (opposite the water works)

Snipe - Middlebere © Mike Hetherington


Black-headed Gull - Christchurch Quay © Clinton Whale


Wednesday 28th February 2024

Common Scoter - 21 on sea off Hengistbury Hd.
Red-throated Diver - 2 off Hengistbury Hd
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Shipstal Pt Arne RSPB, 1 Poole Bay off Branksome Chine
Great Northern Diver - 10 Poole Bay
Cattle Egret - 2 Longham Lakes
Great White Egret - 1 Stanpit Marsh
White-tailed Eagle - 1 over Christchurch Hbr.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Coombe Arne RSPB, 
Merlin - 1 female seen crossing Poole Bay, 1 fem/type Wick
Purple Sandpiper - 20 Hengistbury on the Sandspit
Spotted Redshank - 2 Middlebere
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Louds Mill

Grey Heron - Iford Bridge © Clinton Whale


Tuesday 27th February 2024

Great Northern Diver - 4 from Billy Winters Beach Bar, 1 Tidmoor Pt.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 off Billy Winters Beach Bar, 5 off Tidmoor Pt.
Black-necked Grebe - 3 from Billy Winters, 1 Tidmoor Pt.
Great White Egret - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 8 Shipstall Pt. Arne RSPB
Red Kite - 3 over Lytchett Bay
White-tailed Eagle - 2 Poole Hbr seen various location today - Lytchett and Brand's Bay and Wareham channel.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail - Wild Woodbury DWT, 1 Lytchett Bay (from RLVP)
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Louds Mill St. Georges Road Dorchester.
Waxwing - 8 Cowley Rd. Nuffield Estate Poole

Yellow-browed Warbler - Loud's Mill © Alan Membury

Redwing - Loud's Mill © Alan Membury



Monday 26th February 2024

Pale-bellied Brent Goose 7 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 2 past Hengistbury Hd.
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Littlesea The Fleet
Red-throated Diver - 3 Portland Bill, 2 past Hengistbury Hd.
Slavonian Grebe - 4 Littlesea The Fleet
Black-necked Grebe - 3 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 13 Wareham Common
Green Sandpiper - 1 Upton CP.
Spotted Redshank - 2 Middlebere. 1 Lytchett Bay (RLVP)
Little Gull - 1 Portland Hbr.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 2CY Portland Bill
Swallow - 1 still Radipo;e Lake RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 female type Church Ope Cove

Cormorant - IFord Bridge © Clinton Whale














Redwing - Upton CP © Robert Fielding




Sunday 25th February 2024

Mandarin Duck - 4 Holmebridge 2 pairs 
Long tailed Duck - 2 The Fleet Tidmoor pt Chickerell, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (closed for winter)
Slavonian Grebe - 5 The Fleet Tidmoor pt Chickerell
Black necked Grebe - 1 off Jerry's Pt Studland
Grey Plover - 212 Brownsea Lagoon DWT
Bar tailed Godwit - 48 Brownsea Lagoon DWT
Dunlin - c4300 Brownsea Lagoon DWT
Sandwich Tern - 1 Holes Bay North of Cobbs Quay
Cattle Egret - 4 Between Hod and Stourpaine
Red Kite - 2 Rock Lea VP Lytchett Bay RSPB
Marsh Tit - 1 Thorncombe Woods
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Louds Mill Sewage works Dorchester
Lesser Redpoll - 1 Thorncombe Woods

2898 Black tailed Godwits - Avon Causeway © Kevin Sayer




Saturday 24th February 2024

Mandarin Duck - 2 Male & female still at Holmebridge 
Goosander - 2 Male & female still at Holmebridge
Black necked Grebe - 1 off Jerry's Point Poole Harbour
Grey Plover - 66 Brand's Bay Studland
Knot - 12 Brand's Bay Studland
Spotted Redshank - 2 Middlebere Channel
Spoonbill - 7 Arne RSPB
Cattle Egret - 41 Swineham Poole Harbour record, 12 Holmebridge
Hen Harrier - 1 Ringtail nr Dewlish, 1 Ringtail Arne RSPB
Red Kite - 2 over Hartland Moor
White tailed Eagle - 2 over North Swanage and  Later in the Middlebere Channel & Brand's Bay Salt Marsh 
Merlin - 1 Greenlands Farm Studland
Waxwing - 8 This morning at South Rd Corfe Mullen 
Yellow- browed Warbler - 1 Louds Mill Sewage Works Dorchester 
Black Redstart - 1 Tarrant Rushton
Water Pipit - 1 Crouch Hill Stanpit Marsh

Yesterday
Long tailed  Duck 2 The Fleet Littlesea
Slavonian Grebe - 4  The Fleet Littlesea

Yellow-browed Warbler - Dorchester © Alan Membury







Dark bellied Brent Gosse - Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale




Stonechat - Abbotsbury  © Pauline Shave






Friday 23rd February 2024

Mandarin Duck - 2 Holmebridge
Goosander - 2 Holmebridge
Ringed Plover - 28 Hengisbury Head
Black tailed Godwit - 1849 Avon Causeway, 1015 Holes Bay
Knot - 27  Holes Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 24 Hengisbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 2 Middlebere, 1 Holes Bay
Greenshank - 5 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Sandwich Tern - 1 Holes Bay
Spoonbill - 7 Wareham Channel
Cattle Egret - 4 Althelhampton
Goshawk - 1 from Rock Lea VP Lytchett Bay RSPB
Hen Harrier - 1 Male Middlebere NT Hide
Red Kite - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
White tailed Eagle - 2 Arne RSPB, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Waxwing - 7 Corfe Mullen, 6 Lyme Regis Golf Club
Redwing - 30 Upton CP, 6 Christchurch Harbour
Black Redstart - Ope Cove Portland

Siskin - Winterbourne Stickland © Will Bown




Purple Sandpiper - Hengisbury Head © Mike Kirby




Waxwing - Lyme Regis Golf Club
©Patrick Riley




Dunlin & Ringed Plover - Hengisbury Head
© Mike Kirby




Little Egret - Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale


Thursday 22nd February 2024

Black - necked Grebe - 1 Birds of Poole Harbour low tide cruise
Grey Plover - 20 Birds of Poole Harbour low tide cruise
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Great Northern Diver - 7 Birds of Poole Harbour low tide cruise
Cattle Egret - 29 Wareham Common, 4 Bardolf Farm
Short eared Owl - 3 Wyke Down
Swallow - 1 Radipole RSPB

Late News: Wheatear - 1 seen on 18th February at Batcombe Down

Wednesday 21st February 2024

Brent Goose -246 Baiter Park, Poole
Oystercatcher - 223 Baiter Park, Poole
Purple Sandpiper - 17 Mudeford Quay
Little Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay
Waxwing - 6 still from Public Footpath through Lyme Regis Golf Club
Cirl Bunting - 8 at a West Dorset Farm

Yesterday: -

Waxwing - 7 Corfe Mullen

Dunnock, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale


Cirl Bunting, West of Bridging Camp, The Fleet © Steve Mansfield


Black-headed Gill, Hamworthy © Tina Dawkins

Tuesday 20th February 2024

Common Scoter - 3 from Castle Cove Sailing Club, Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 3 still Portland Harbour
Avocet - 120 Brownsea Lagoon DWT
Bar-tailed Godwit - 108 Brownsea Lagoon DWT
Purple Sandpiper - 4 still Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 5 off Portland Castle
Great Northern Diver - 3 Shell bay, 2 Poole Harbour Channel, 1 Portland Harbour
Waxwing - 6 still from Publice Footpath through Lyme Regis Golf Club
Marsh Tit - 3 Oakers Wood
Swallow - 1 still Radipole RSPB
Firecrest - 1 Thorncombe Wood
Black Redstart - 1 West Pier, West Bay, 1 by Cafe, Portland Bill
Lesser Redpoll - 1+ by Rushy Pond, Thorncombe Wood

Short-eared Owl, North Dorset © Jermey McClements


Wigeon, Hamworthy © Tina Dawkins


Redwing, Holes Bay © Tony Furnell

 

Monday 19th February 2024

Whooper Swan - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (Note Swannery closed so please only view from public rights of way)
Egyptian Goose - 12 Avon Causeway (2 adults & 10 goslings)
Goldeneye - 1 Longham Lakes (South Lake)
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour from Billy Winters
Black-tailed Godwit - 3000 Avon Causeway
Greenshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Great Northern Diver -  2 Poole Harbour off Hamworthy Beach
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour from Sandsfoot Castle
Cattle Egret - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Hampreston Farm
Great White Egret - 3 Avon Causeway
White-tailed Eagle - 1 Middlebere, 1 Corfe Castle
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail at Middlebere
Merlin - 1 Swineham
Red Kite - 3 Wyke Down, 1 Arne RSPB (Coombe Heath)
Short-eared Owl - 2 Wyke Down
Ring-necked Parakeet - 1 Studland Middle Beach
Waxwing - 8 behind 99 Phelipps Road in Corfe Mullen, 6 Lyme Regis Golf Club
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Swineham
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Crossbill - 4 Middlebere

Fulmar, Durlston CP © Clive Hargrave


Sunday 18th February 2024

Egyptian Goose - 4 Athelhampton
Pintail - 1004 Brand's Bay (this well exceeds previous site records)
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Littlesea (The Fleet)
Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Greenshank - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Brand's Bay
Great Northern Diver -  1 Littlesea (The Fleet)
White-tailed Eagle - 1 over Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 1 Swineham
Red Kite - 2 over Upton and Holes Bay
Short-eared Owl - 3 Wyke Down this afternoon
House Martin - 1 over West Morden is first for year
Firecrest - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB by feeders at Pool Field
Black Redstart - 1 Tarrant Rushton Airfield
Water Pipit - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Stanpit Marsh

©
Pied Wagtail, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale

 

Saturday 17th February 2024

Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 2 Littlesea (The Fleet), 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (Swannery closed so only view from public rights of way)
Goldeneye - 2 Longham Lakes (South Lake)
Slavonian Grebe - 6 Littlesea (The Fleet)
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour entrance
Black-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Red-throated Diver - 2 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver -  8 Poole Harbour, 2 Littlesea (The Fleet)
Spoonbill - 4 Poole Harbour
Cattle Egret - 33 Wareham Common, 6 from roost on Hengistbury, 2 Hampreston Fields
Great White Egret - 1 over Longham Lakes
Red Kite - 2 over Lytchett Matravers
Short-eared Owl - 1 Abbotsbury STW, 1 over Hengistbury
Waxwing - 8 still at Dacombe Drive in Upton
Swallow - 1 over Radipole Lake RSPB
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Wood
Water Pipit - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB on Sherford Pools
Brambling - 4 Hengistbury

Friday 16th February 2024

Slavonian Grebe - 3 still, close inshore, Brands Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Poole Harbour
Black-tailed Godwit - 1774 Holes Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 1 from Mudeford Quay
Spotted Redshank - 2 still from Rock Lea Viewpoint
Great Northern Diver - 5 Poole Harbour
Spoonbill - 11 still Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB
Waxwing - 8 still Dacombe Drive, Upton

Shelduck, Stanpit Marsh © Dave Hill


Great-crested Grebe, On Sea off Mudeford Quay © Clinton Whale


Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Stanpit Marsh © Dave Hill

 

Thursday 15th February 2024

Pintail - 600+ off Redhorn Quay
Scaup - 3 still Abbotsbury Swannery, view from New Barn Road
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, view from New Barn Road
Slavonian Grebe - 3 off Redhorn Quay, 1 from Brands Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 2 off Redhorn Quay, 2 Central Poole Harbour
Avocet - c500 Poole Harbour inc. 216 Brownsea Lagoon
Grey Plover - 176 Brownsea Lagoon
Bar-tailed Godwit - 103 Brownsea Lagoon
Knot - 211 Brownsea Lagoon
Sanderling - c35 Studland Beach, 6 Brownsea Lagoon
Dunlin - 2800+ Brownsea Lagoon
Spotted Redshank - 2 still Lytchett Fields, 2 Middlebere
Black-throated Diver - 1 Central Poole Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 8 Poole Harbour, 1 from Mudeford Beach Huts
Spoonbill - 9 Wareham Channel
Cattle Egret - c36 Wareham Common, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery from New Barn Road, 1 in field near   Old Harry
Red Kite - 1 over St. Leonards
Waxwing - 8 still Dacombe Drive or Asda Trees, Canford Heath
Firecrest - 2 Norden Sewage Works
Black Redstart - 1f in Private Garden, Broadwey
Crossbill - 12 in Birch Trees at Wytch Heath from Thrashers Lane

Blackbird, Lyme Regis © Pam Parsons


Curlew, Poole Harbour © Tony Furnell


Red-breasted Merganser © Phil Cheeseman

 

Wednesday 14th February 2024

 Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour

Siskin, Merley Garden ©   Roger Peart


Peregrine, Christchurch Priory  © Clinton Whale


Pintail, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale


Tuesday 13th February 2024

Goldeneye - 2 Jerry's Point Studland
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Jerry's Point Studland
Spotted Redshank - 4 Pools Field Lytchett Fields RSPB
Great Northern Diver - 5 Jerry's Point Studland
Waxwing - 8 Canford Heath by Asda roundabout

Yesterday 
Bittern - 1 Swineham Gravel Pit at dusk

Waxwing - Upton © Mike Foote



Monday 12th February 2024

Long tailed Duck - 1 Abbottsbury Swannery Closed only view from public footpaths
Goldeneye - 2 Longham Lakes
Black necked Grebe - 1 off Knoll Beach Studland
Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Mediterranean Gull - 18 Hatch Pond flying North
Cattle Egret - 19 Ferncroft Farm North of Wareham Common
Hen Harrier - 1 Ringtail Arne RSPB, 1 Sixpenny Hadley
White tailed|Eagle - 3 From Hydes Heath Arne RSPB
Short - eared Owl - 3 Wyke Down
Waxwing - 8 Dacombe Drive Upton
Marsh Tit - 2 Thorncombe Wood
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove Portland
Lesser Redpoll - Thorncombe Wood


Sunday 11th February 2024

 
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - female Athelhampton Water Meadows
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Poole Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 2 from Sandsfoot Castle, Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour
Black-tailed Godwit - 4200 in the Avon Valley
Dunlin - 200+ Stanpit Marsh
Spotted Redshank - 3 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Sandwich Tern - 2 Shipstal Point Arne RSPB
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour
Spoonbill - 13 Shipstal Point Arne RSPB
Great White Egret - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Goshawk - 1 Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - Ringtail again at Middlebere
White-tailed Eagle - 1 (G801) Poole Harbour
Waxwing - 8 again at Asda Canford Heath, 8 still Dacombe Drive Upton`
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle, 2 Portland Marina
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB

Knot, Stanpit Marsh  © Scott Usher


Purple Sandpiper, Stanpit Marsh  © Scott Usher


Saturday 10th February 2024

Common Crane - 4 Maiden Castle before 11:45 and over Culpeper's Dish about 13:00.
White-tailed Eagle - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Wareham Channel.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Holmebridge.
Red Kite - 2+ Badbury Rings avenue, 2 Blandford bypass, 1 Bridport.
Goshawk - 1 Holmebridge.
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Hengistbury.
Red-throated diver - 7 off Hengistbury.
Waxwing - 8 Upton (Dacombe Drive)/Canford Heath (Asda car park).
Swallow - 1 Studland.
Cirl Bunting - 2+ The Fleet (near the Bridging Camp).

Red Kite, Blandford © Matt Cooper.














Waxwing, Upton © Matt Cooper.














Siskin, Canford Heath © Matt Cooper.


Friday 9th February 2024

Spotted Redshank - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Purple Sandpiper - 16 Hengistbury sandspit.
White-tailed Eagle - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour, 2 north Dorset.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick.
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere.
Merlin - 1 Wareham common.
Little Gull - 1 Stanpit.
Great Northern Diver - 3 off Arne.
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Arne.
Great White Egret - 1 Sturminster Marshall (White Mill).
Cattle Egret - 17 Wareham Common.
Waxwing - 8 Upton (Dacombe Drive)/Canford Heath (Asda car park).
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Swallow - 1 Studland.
Firecrest - 1 Dewlish, 1 Hatch Pond, 1 Wick.

Blue Tit, Tuckton © Dave Hill.
















Herring Gull, Tuckton © Dave Hill.

Thursday 8th February 2024

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (note Swannery closed for winter so only view from public rights of way)
Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Caspian Gull - 1 sub-adult at Abbotsbury Swannery
Firecrest  - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB

Robin, Tuckton © Dave Hill

Long-tailed Tit, Tuckton © Dave Hill

Oystercatcher, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale

Curlew, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale