Sightings - Wednesday 21st June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Lagoon.
Osprey - 2 Wareham Channel.
ELEGANT TERN - 1 on Brownsea mid-afternoon then late evening to roost in front of Mac Hide.
Common Rosefinch - 1 in a Southwell garden.

Some history of the Elegant Tern from Birdguides:
"Bird C has also been seen only in France during the breeding season, and primarily at Banc d'Arguin. The first sighting of this bird came on the reserve in 2002; it was caught on 3 July 2003 and fitted with a metal ring (FT67249) on the right tibia and with three plastic rings — one white on the right tarsus, and green above yellow on the left tarsus (J Gernigon). The bird, identified as a male by behaviour, bred with a Sandwich Tern for several years (2005–07, 2009, 2010, 2013) in the Banc d'Arguin colony, but also on one or two occasions in the Noirmoutier colony. Bird C has also been seen once in winter — close to Cape Town, South Africa, on 1 January 2007 (Tony Tree). Though it was ringed a long time ago, further sightings are otherwise sparse — though this is probably because of its choice of the inaccessible Banc d'Arguin as a breeding site and because it has also long been considered a hybrid because of its perceived less 'classic' appearance."

Some info on it's visit to South Africa:
http://safring.adu.org.za/story_content.php?id=189
As this bird has been DNA tested and proven to be an Elegant Tern then it should be accepted as the first confirmed British Record although there have been 3 sightings previously which will most likely prove acceptable now:
2005 Dorset, Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch Harbour, adult, 10 May
2002 Caernarfonshire Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog, 23–26 July
2002 Devon, Dawlish Warren, 18 May; same, 18–19 July.
Elegant Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Paul Morton

Elegant Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Paul Morton

Sightings - Tuesday 20th June 2017

Storm Petrel - 15+ in Lyme Bay 1.6km off shore from Charmouth
Spoonbill - 5 still on Brownsea Island lagoon
Osprey - 1 Wareham Channel
Hobby - 2 Morden Bog, 1 Morden Park Lake
Green Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Lytchett Fields

Sightings - Monday 19th June 2017

Common Scoter - 34 past Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 6 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Hobby - 1 West Bexington
Whimbrel - 4 past Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland

Juvenile Green Woodpecker at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Swallow fledgling at Canford © Roger Peart




Stonechat at Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

Sightings - Sunday 18th June 2017

Osprey  - 1 Middlebere
Red-footed Falcon - 1st summer female at Morden Bog


Red-footed Falcon at Morden Bog © Aidan Brown





Pochard at Radipole © David Wareham



Sightings - Saturday 17th June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island
Osprey  - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Middlebere
Green Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields
Little Tern - 1 Brownsea Island

Reed Warbler at Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy

Greenfinch at Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

Sightings - Friday 16th June 2017

Osprey - 2 Middlebere

Sightings - Thursday 15th June 2017

Apologies for late post - IT problems

Osprey - 1 Arne
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields 0600-0800
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Balearic Shearwater - 2 past Portland Bill
Quail - 1 singing from a field West Compton
Serin - 1 briefly Southwell

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Lytchett Fields copyright Ian Ballam



Sightings - Wednesday 14th June 2017


Osprey - 2 Middlebere
Eastern Common Tern (longipennis) - 1 possible Abbotsbury Swannery

Meditteranean Gull Brownsea Island copyright Clinton Whale

Linnet Hengistbury Head copyright David Wareham
 

Sightings - Tuesday 13th June 2017

Osprey - 1 Morden Bog
Storm Petrel - 2 ringed at Portland Bill last night
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eastern Common Tern (longipennis) - 1 possible Abbotsbury Swannery

Possible Eastern Common Tern - Abbotsbury Swannery © Steve Groves

Sightings - Monday 12th June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Osprey  - 2 Wareham Channel. The ring on one of them was read yesterday (S1) and it is a 2 year old male from @rutlandospreys hatched in 2015.
Little Gull - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.

Sightings - Sunday 11th June 2017

Sooty Shearwater - 1 reported past Portland Bill
Long-tailed Skua  - 1 reported past Portland Bill

The third and final chick from the Bournemouth Peregrines fledged yesterday (see below):
Juvenile female Peregrine (PK) - Bournemouth © Adrian Groves

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Merley Park © John Hammick

Sightings - Saturday 10th June 2017

Osprey - 1 Morden Bog

Osprey - Morden Bog © Aidan Brown
Gannet - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Woodlark - Dorset © Geoff Upton

Sightings - Friday 9th June 2017

Storm Petrel - at least 15 off Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 5 in Lytchett Bay
Osprey - 1 in the Wareham Channel

Grey Heron - Iford Weir © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Thursday 8th June 2017

Common Scoter - 21 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Arne off Shipstall Pt.
Manx Shearwater - 1517 Portland Bill, 85 Christchurch Bay
Balearic Shearwater - 2 Lyme Regis, 1 Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 20 Hengistbury Hd, 5 Mudeford Quay, 4 Burton Bradstock, 3 West Bexington, 3 Lyme Regis, 2 Branksome Chine, 1 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 Christchurch Bay
Puffin - 1 Portland Bill

Sightings - Wednesday 7th June 2017

Storm Petrel - 17 Hengistbury Hd, 6 Mudeford Quay
Spoonbill - 5 over the Wareham Channel later on Lytchett fields.
Osprey - 1 over Wareham Channel a.m.
Hobby - 2 Wareham Channel area a.m.

Common Swift - Radipole Lake © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Tuesday 6th June 2017

Common Scoter - 63 Hengistbury Hd.
Storm Petrel - 15 off Mudeford to Hengistbury Hd. beach hut.
Arctic Skua - 4 Portland Bill
Hobby - 1 in off sea Hengistbury Hd.

Sightings - Monday 5th June 2017

Common Scoter - 41 Hengistbury Hd.
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 300 per hour day total poss. 2000 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 3 Portland Bill, 1 Mudeford Quay
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere

Sightings - Sunday 4th June 2017.

Shelduck - 17 ducklings. Christchurch Harbour. First confirmed breeding for several years.
Common Scoter - 7 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 75 past Portland Bill.
Quail - 1 California Farm, Durlston.
Sanderling - 10 Ferrybridge.
Dunlin - 6 Ferrybridge.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.

Sand Martin – Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy.

Sightings - Saturday 3rd June 2017.

Common Scoter - 25 past Portland Bill.
Grey Partridge - 2 Badbury Rings area.
Spoonbill - 5 Sherford Pools, Lytchett.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Chesil Beach.
Black-tailed Godwit - 112 Lytchett Fields.
Sanderling - 17 Ferrybridge.
Dunlin - 12 Ferrybridge.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.

Sightings - Friday 2nd June 2017.

Garganey - 1 Longham Lakes.
Common Scoter - 28 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 50 past Portland Bill.
Red Kite - 2 over Stanpit Marsh.
Marsh Harrier - 1 over Stanpit Marsh.
Red-footed Falcon - 1 w over Southwell, Portland.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Turtle Dove - 1 Portland.
Cuckoo - 1 Wick Hams.
Woodchat Shrike - 1 Clayhanger Farm(nr. Abbotsbury).

Dipper – Maiden Newton © Nick Priddle.

Sightings - Thursday 1st June 2017.

Greenish Warbler - 1 Portland Observatory.
Golden Oriole - 1 Portland.
Linnet - 50+ Kimmeridge.

Reports of interest, Wednesday 31st May 2017

Manx Shearwater - 50 past Portland Bill.
Red Kite - a couple of reports from North Dorset today.
Osprey - 2 Wareham Forest.
Avocet - 1 Brownsea Island.
Whimbrel - 1 past Portland Bill.
Crane - 1 on Arne Moors was identified as a bird released as a chick in Somerset in 2012.
Red-Rumped Swallow - 1 Grove pig farm (Portland).
Golden Oriole - 1 Grove stadium area (Portland).
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Wimborne St Giles.
Hooded Crow - 1 Weston (Portland).

Reports of interest, Tuesday 30th May 2017

Common Scoter - 14 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 150 past Portland Bill.
Avocet - 1 Brownsea Island.
Arctic Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Cuckoo - 1 Portland Bill.
Dipper - 1 on the River Ivel.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Arne, 1 Portland Bill.


Black-Headed Gull, Queens Park, Bournemouth © Tony Adamcik

Nightjar at RSPB Arne © Mark Wright

Black-Tailed Godwit, Brownsea Island © Clinton Whale

Reports of interest, Monday 29th May 2017

Mandarin Duck - pair near Stourpaine.
Spoonbill - 3 Brownsea Island.
Red Kites were again reported in smaller numbers across the county.
Hobby - 1 Hartland Moor.
Grey Plover - 1 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit.
Avocet - 3 Brownsea Island.
Greenshank - 1 Brownsea Island.
Wryneck - 1 Walditch.
Cuckoo - 1 heard near Corfe Castle.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Arne.

Reports of interest, Sunday 28th May 2017

Red kite - a small number were reported across the county.
Hobby - 1 Hartland Moor.

Sightings - Saturday 27th May 2017

Black-throated Diver - 1 past Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 3 on Brownsea Lagoon
Roseate Tern - 2 on Brownsea Lagoon
Golden Plover - 1 Lodmoor

Still a handful of Red Kite moving through the county.

Sightings - Friday 26th May 2017

Spoonbill - 3 Lytchett Bay
Osprey - Wareham Channel

Chiffchaff - Radipole © David Wareham

Grey Wagtail - Longham © Roger Peart

Redstart - east Dorset © Clive Hargrave

Sightings - Thursday 25th May 2017

Spoonbill - 3 Brownsea Lagoon
Osprey - 1 over West Bexington
Red Kite - several migrants recorded

Marsh Harrier - Radipole © Geoff Norquoy

Nightjar Walk - Friday 9th June

Please join us for a crepuscular search for Nightjar on Friday 9th June 2017 at
White Sheet Plantation, near Wimborne.

Meet in the car park at 19:30 on the bend in the road (SU 048036).
Don’t forget your insect repellent!

Please email Richard Charman if you are able to attend walks@dorsetbirds.org.uk

Hope to see you there.

Sightings - Wednesday 24th May 2017

Red Kite - good numbers of what are presumably 2cy non-breeding birds moving through the county today.

Otherwise quiet, although some good news here Poole Harbour gull colony in recovery

Sightings - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

No significant sightings reported - we seem to be entering the 'quiet period' very early!