Sightings - Saturday 23rd September 2017

Scaup - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 at Lodmoor, 1 over Holes Bay
Spoonbill - 37 at Middlebere
Little Stint - 1 on Arne Moors, 1 at Lodmoor, 2 on Lytchett Fields
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 on Lytchett Fields, 1 at Stanpit Bight
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Abbotsbury
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 on Priory Marsh, Christchurch Harbour
Red-necked Phalarope - 1 still on Arne Moors
Grey Phalarope - 1 still on Arne Moors, 4 at Rodden Hive
Little Gull - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Wryneck - 1 Portland Top Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Arne RSPB
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 at Lodmoor

Rose-coloured Starling - Lodmoor © Oliver Mockridge

Rose-coloured Starling - Lodmoor © Oliver Mockridge

House Martin - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy


Sightings - Friday 22nd September 2017

Scaup - 1 drake Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 6 Stanpit Marsh
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 24 Middlebere, 1 Lytchett Fields
Osprey - 1 out to sea West Bexington
Ruff - 3 Lytchett Fields
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields, 1 Stanpit Marsh (Blackberry Point)
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 Lynch Cove
Little Stint - 4 Lytchett Fields, 1 Lodmoor
Red-necked Phalarope - 1 Arne Moors.
Grey Phalarope - 1 Arne Moors
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Green Sandpiper - 6 Lytchett Fields
Arctic Tern - 1 off Poole Quay
Little Gull - 1 east West Bexington
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 adult Ferrybridge
Caspian Gull - 1 2nd/W Lodmoor
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Durlston CP, 1 Lodmoor
Grasshopper Warbler - 3 Ballard Down
Ring Ouzel - 1 Ballard Down

Swallow - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

















Yellow-legged Gull & Herring Gull - Ferrybridge © Brett Spencer













Yellow-legged Gull - Ferrybridge © Brett Spencer







Sightings - Thursday 21st September 2017

Phalaropes - Arne Moors
There is currently both Red-necked Phalarope and Grey Phalarope together on a small pool in the NW corner of Arne Moors. Temporary access has been granted through Ridge Wharf boat yard. Turn left off Arne Road onto Sunnyside, then right at the T-junction then after 50 yards turn left into the boat yard. Then, after the speed bumps take the right fork off the tarmacked road before the yard buildings where there is a "Slow Dust Hazard" sign and park at the far end around the boat trailers. Then walk N along the river bank for 200m to view the pools on the right.

If the gate is closed press the buzzer for entry/exit.

Parking for the Stilt Sandpiper at Lytchett Fields Park in Sandy Lane or Seaview Road.  Please DO NOT park in Slough Lane as used by LGV's. thank you.

Todays Sightings
Sooty Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 1 Brand's Bay, 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 37 Middlebere, 10 Brownsea Is. 8 Wareham Channel p.m.
Osprey - 1 Rodden Hive on the Fleet.
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Christchurch Hbr.
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 still at Lynch Cove on the Fleet
Little Stint - 3 Lytchett Fields, 2 Lodmoor, 1 Brownsea Is, 1 Christchurch Hbr.
Red-necked Phalarope - 1 at Arne Moors.
Grey Phalarope - 1 Arne Moors
Common Sandpiper - 5 Brownsea Is.
Spotted Sandpiper - still Abbotsbury Swannery
Green Sandpiper - 5 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 3 Brownsea Is, 1 Christchurch Hbr.
Greenshank - 18 Brownsea Is, 10 Lytchett Bay
Arctic Skua - 2 past Portland Bill, 1 past Branksome Chine, 1 Weymouth Bay.
Long-tailed Skua - 1 past Portland Bill
Great Skua - 1+ past Portland Bill
Arctic Tern - 2 off Poole Quay, 1 off Mudeford Quay

Stilt Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields © Nick Hull

Red-necked Phalarope & Grey Phalarope - Arne Moors © Oliver Mockridge

Sightings - Wednesday 20th September 2017

Dark-bellied Brent Goose - 11 Stanpit Marsh, 6 west Lodmmoor, 4 over Ferrybridge
Garganey - 3 Lodmoor
Scaup - 1 drake Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 1 Christchurch Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 2 Lodmoor, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Arne
Spoonbill - 29 Middlebere, 1 Lytchett Bay
Osprey - 1 Arne
Ruff - 3 Lytchett Fields, 1 Longham Lakes
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 pos 2 Lodmoor, 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 Lynch Cove park Camp Rd walk footpath west 1.2km.
Little Stint - 2 Lytchett Fields, 1 Lodmoor
Common Sandpiper - 6 Lodmoor 1 Longham Lake
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (from Helen Hide)
Arctic Tern - 2 juv Mudeford Quay
Little Gull - 1 Juv Mudeford Quay, 1 Lodmoor
Merlin - 1 Winspit
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Winspit
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Private Site in Poole Harbour.
Yellow Wagtail - 19 Middlebere, 8 Stanpit Marsh, 8 Lodmoor

Ruff - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissel



Sightings - Tuesday 19th September 2017

Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere, 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 21 Middlebere, 8 Brownsea Is, 4 SW over Mudeford Quay, 1 Lytchett Fields.
Osprey - 1 over SW Stanpit Marsh, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Ruff - 3 Lytchett Fields
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 Lynch Cove park Camp Rd walk footpath west 1.2km.
Little Stint - 1 Lytchett Foelds, 1 Brownsea Is.
Least Sandpiper - 1 still Lodmoor
Grey Phalarope - 1 Arne Moors
Common Sandpiper - 6 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Longham Lake, 1 Lodmoor
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (from Helen Hide this p.m.)
Green Sandpiper - 5 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Is.
Greenshank - 16 Lytchett Fields
Wryneck - 1 Lodmoor

Spotted Sandpiper - Abbotsbury Swannery ©Roger Hewit















Kingfisher - Brownsea Island © Clinton Whale



















Mediterranean Gull - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 18th September 2017

Cattle Egret - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere, 1 over Sixpenny Handley this evening
Spoonbill - 21 at Middlebere, 9 on Brownsea Lagoon, 1 on Lytchett Fields
Least Sandpiper - 1 still at Lodmoor
Little Stint - 1 on Brownsea Lagoon, 1 at Ferrybridge, 1 Lynch Cove
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 at Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 at Lytchett Fields
Ruff - 1 at Longham Lakes, 1 at Lytchett Fields
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Little Gull - 1 East Bexington
Wryneck - 1 near Avalanche Road Hump (Portland)

Spotted Sandpiper - Abbotsbury Swannery © Mike Morse

Ruff - Lytchett Fields © Ian Ballam

Curlew Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields © Adrian Groves



Sightings - Sunday 17th September 2017

Cattle Egret - 3 at Lodmoor briefly this evening then flew east
Great White Egret - 1 Wytch Channel, 1 at Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 3 on Brownsea Lagoon
Least Sandpiper - 1 still at Lodmoor
Little Stint - 2 at Lodmoor, 1 at Ferrybridge
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 at Lynch Cove, the Fleet
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 at Lytchett Fields
Ruff - 1 at Longham Lakes
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery
Grey Phalarope - 1 on Arne Moors, 1 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Hoopoe - 1 still Southwell
Wryneck - 1 at Portland Obs Quarry still
Ring Ouzel - 1 at Durlston CP

Baird's Sandpiper - Lynch Cove © Brett Spencer
Baird's Sandpiper - Lynch Cove © Chris Patrick
Baird's Sandpiper - Lynch Cove © Chris Patrick

Whinchat - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
White Wagtail - Littlesea, The Fleet © Brett Spencer


Dartford Warbler - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 16th September 2017

Great White Egret - 1 over the mouth of R Frome
Spoonbill - 22 at Middlebere, 5 on Brownsea Lagoon, 3 west over Christchurch Harbour, 1 at Lytchett Fields
Osprey - 1 over mouth of R Frome, 1 Brand's Bay, 1 West Bexington
Least Sandpiper - 1 still at Lodmoor
Little Stint - 2 at Ferrybridge, 1 still at Longham Lakes
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 still on Brownsea Lagoon
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 at Lytchett Fields
Grey Phalarope - 1 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Arctic Tern - 1 on Brownsea Lagoon
Short-eared Owl - 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Hoopoe - 1 still at Southwell but very elusive
Wryneck - 1 at Durlston CP in the gully, 1 still Portland Obs Quarry
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland
Hooded Crow - 1 still at Manor Farm, Studland

Wheatear - Holes Bay © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Friday 15th September 2017

Great White Egret - 1 still at Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 5 over Portland, 1 Lytchett Fields
Osprey - 1 over Southwell
Least Sandpiper  1 still at Lodmoor
Little Stint - 1 at Longham Lakes
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 still on Brownsea Lagoon
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still at Lodmoor early morning only
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - 1 at Southwell (Portland) early morning only
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Grey Phalarope - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Yellow-legged Gull - 6 in Holes Bay
Arctic Tern -  1 East Bexington
Short-eared Owl - 1 over Durlston CP
Hoopoe - 1 Southwell (Portland)
Wryneck - 2+ on Portland
Ring Ouzel - 1 at Durlston, 1 on Portland

Little Stint - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

House & Sand Martin - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell

Black-tailed Godwit - Lodmoor © Derek Fowler

Redstart - Briantspuddle © Roger Hewitt

Sightings - Thursday 14th September 2017

Garganey - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Goosander - 6 Hengistbury Head
Storm Petrel - 4+ Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 7 Brownsea Island, 1 Lytchett Fields
Osprey - 1Wareham Channel, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Merlin - 3  Slepe Heath/Wareham Channel area
Hobby - 1 near Langton Herring
Ruff - 1 Stanpit
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Lodmoor
LEAST SANDPIPER  1 Lodmoor
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER - 1 on Brownsea Island lagoon
Little Stint - 1 Lodmoor
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - 1 Southwell (Portland)
Grey Phalarope - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Langton Hive
Arctic Tern -  12+ West Bexington, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Studland Bay
Hoopoe - 1 Southwell (Portland)
Wryneck - 1 Portland Bill
Redstart - 1 near Langton Herring, 1 Coombe Valley Road (N of Weymouth)
Whinchat - 1 White Nothe, 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Portland Bill
Tawny Pipit - 1 over Brownsea Island
Tree Pipit - 1 White Nothe

Stilt Sandpiper at Lodmoor © Derek Fowler
Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Portland Bill © Chris Minvalla


Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Portland Bill © Roger Hewitt

Oystercatcher at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
Redshank at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Yellow Wagtails at Lodmoor © Derek Fowler


Great White Egret at Lodmoor © Derek Fowler


Sightings - Wednesday 13th September 2017

Garganey - 4 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 6 Stanpit
Manx Shearwater - 7 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 13 Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 1 Portland Bill
Leach's Petrel - 1 past Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 1 Hengistbury Head
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Osprey - 1 over Brownsea Island
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields, at least 1 on Brownsea Island lagoon
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Lodmoor
LEAST SANDPIPER  1 Lodmoor
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - 1 Southwell (Portland)
Grey Phalarope - 8 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Chesil Cove, 1 Butterstreet Cove, 1 Cutleaves Cove,
                         1 Ferrybridge
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay
Greenshank - 1 Hengistbury Head
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Great Skua - 7 Portland Bill
Black Tern - 2 Brownsea Island lagoon, 1 Mudeford Quay, 1 Abbotsbury
Arctic Tern - 4 Mudeford Quay, 2 Ferrybridge, 1 Portland Bill
Roseate Tern - 1 Hengistbury Head
Sabine's Gull - 1 past Portland Bill, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Little Gull - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Abbotsbury
Hoopoe - 1 Southwell (Portland)
Wryneck - 1 Portland Bill

Little Egret at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Great Crested Grebe at Longham Lakes © Roger Peart

Black-headed Gull at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Tufted Duck at Longham Lakes © Roger Peart



Reports of interest, Tuesday 12th September 2017.

Garganey - 1 Brownsea Lagoon, 4 Longham Lakes.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor.

Hobby - 2 Creech Heath, 1 Longham Lakes.
Arctic Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay, 1 Poole Harbour mouth.
Roseate Tern - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Black Tern - 1 Brownsea Island.
Knot - 2 Stanpit.
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER - 1 Brownsea Island.
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Lodmoor.
LEAST SANDPIPER - 1 Lodmoor.
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields, 2 Brownsea Lagoon.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Stanpit.
Spotted Redshank - 4 Brownsea Lagoon, 1 Stanpit.
Greenshank - 25 Brownsea Lagoon, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Grey Phalarope - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Longham Lakes.
Hoopoe - 1 Southwell in a private garden.
Wryneck - 1 Portland Observatory Quarry.

Least Sandpiper at Lodmoor © Phyl England

Stilt Sandpiper at Lodmoor © Phyl England

Stilt Sandpiper at Lodmoor © Roger Hewitt

Rock Pipit at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Reports of interest, Monday 11th September 2017.

Garganey - 4 Longham Lakes.
Red-Throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Cattle Egret - 1 Stanpit.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor.
Osprey - 2 Chesil Cove.
Merlin - 1 Middlebere.
Arctic Skua - 2 Mudeford Quay.       
Great Skua - 2 Chesil Cove.
Arctic Tern - 3 Hengistbury Head.
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Lodmoor, the second record for Lodmoor and the first juvenile seen in Dorset.
LEAST SANDPIPER - 1 Lodmoor is the first Dorset record.

Whimbrel - 1 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit.
Greenshank - 15 Middlebere.
Grey Phalarope - 1 Ferrybridge.
Wryneck - 1 Portland Observatory.
Redstart - 3 Middlebere.


Least Sandpiper and Dunlin, Lodmoor © Peter Moore
Least Sandpiper - Lodmoor © Oli Mockridge

Least Sandpiper, Lodmoor © Peter Moore



Stilt Sandpiper at Lodmoor © Peter Moore



Grey Phalarope - Ferrybridge © Roger Hewitt

Reports of interest, Sunday 10th September 2017.

Eider - 1 Portland Harbour.
Goosander - 10 Shapwick.
Manx Shearwater - 12 Chesil Cove.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor.
Spoonbill - 27 Middlebere.
Sparrowhawk - 1 was ringed at Hengistbury Head.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Swineham.
Osprey - 1 Lytchett Bay, 3 Middlebere, 1 Weymouth Bay.       
Great Skua - 1 Chesil Cove.
Little Gull - 2 off Mudeford Quay.
Arctic Tern - 6 Portland Harbour area.
Roseate Tern - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Black Tern - 2 Mudeford Quay.
Ruff - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor.
Wood Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 3 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Middlebere.
Wryneck - 1 Portland Observatory Quarry.
Swift - 2 Swineham.
Swallow - 2000 south from Hengistbury Head in an hour.
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 Wick Fields area (Hengistbury).
Redstart - 1 Middlebere, 2 Wick Fields area (Hengistbury).
Whinchat - 1 Middlebere, 5 Wick Fields area (Hengistbury).


Edit:  The "Little Stint" has been removed from this list, since having been identified as Dorset's first Least Sandpiper.  Pictures are on Monday's entry.

Reports of interest, Saturday 9th September 2017.

Garganey - 4 Longham Lakes.
Manx Shearwater - 2 Portland Bill.
Cattle Egret - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Osprey - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Black Tern - 2 Mudeford Quay.
Ruff - 1 over Hengistbury Head.
Knot - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Whimbrel - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Broadwey.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lytchett Fields.
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill.
Hoopoe - 1 Southwell (Portland).
Wryneck - 1 Portland Observatory Quarry.
Swift - 1 Charminster (Dorchester), 1 Longham Lakes.
Spotted Flycatcher - 3 Hengistbury Head, 2+ Longham Lakes.
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Redstart - 1 Martinstown.
Whinchat - 1 Hengistbury Head, 5 Martinstown.
Firecrest - 6+ Abbotsbury Gardens, 2 Hengistbury Head.

Late news:  A Chough was reported in the Winspit area on Wednesday.


Sandwich Tern at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Friday 8th September 2017

Pintail - 6 over Lodmoor
Garganey - 4 Longham Lakes
Manx Shearwater - 41 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 19 Portland Bill, 1 Chesil Cove
Red-throated Diver - 1 Weymouth Bay
Storm Petrel - 7 Portland Bill
Leach's Petrel - 3 reported past Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Brand's Bay, 1 possible at Middlebere
Spoonbill - 23 Middlebere
Red Kite - 1 over Stoborough Heath
Merlin - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Golden Plover - 15+ over Lodmoor
Knot - 12 Ferrybridge
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 juvenile still on Brownsea Island lagoon
Grey Phalarope - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Chesil Cove
Spotted Redshank - 4 Brownsea Island
Greenshank - 26 Brownsea Island, 7 Hengistbury Head
Wood Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields
Arctic Skua - 2 Portland Bill, 1 probable from Mudeford Quay
Great Skua - 2 Portland Bill
Black Tern - c7 Mudeford Quay
Arctic Tern -1 Poole Harbour entrance
Turtle Dove - 1 Stour Provost
Swift - 1 Lodmoor
Hoopoe - 1 Southwell Portland
Firecrest - 4 Brownsea Island

Sightings - Thursday 7th September 2017

Pintail - 5 Lodmoor
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 22 Middlebere
Osprey - 2 Arne
Merlin - 1 Hengistbury Head
Knot - 1 Mudeford Quay, 1 Stanpit
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 4 Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Lodmoor
Great Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head
Black Tern - 5 Christchurch Harbour
Arctic Tern -1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Hoopoe - 1 Southwell Portland
Wryneck - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Ballard Down, 1 near Moonfleet
Firecrest - 5 Hengistbury Head
Blackcap - 115 Hengistbury Head
Garden Warbler - 23 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Flycatcher - 16 Hartland Moor, 2 Hengistbury Head
Redstart - 11 Hartland Moor, 2 Hengistbury Head
Whinchat - 2 near Moonfleet, 2 Sunnyside Farm
Yellow Wagtail - 94 Hengistbury Head, 30+ Lytchett Fields
Tree Pipit - 23 Hengistbury Head

Curlew Sandpiper at Lytchett Fields © Ian Ballam
Yellow Wagtail at Lytchett Fields © Ian Ballam

Stonechat at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy