Sightings - Wednesday 16th August 2017

Cattle Egret - 8 (3 adults, 5 juvs) Middlebere
Great White Egret - 1 over South Haven, 1 Middlebere
Spoonbill - 7 Middlebere
Osprey - 4+ Middlebere
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea Island
Green Sandpiper - 1.Abbotbury Swannery
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay
Greenshank - 8+ Middlebere
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Brownsea Island
Grasshopper Warbler - 13 Durlston CP
Spotted Flycatcher - 25 Durlston CP, 20+ Lambert's Castle, 4 Hengistbury Head, 1 Pymore
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Durlston CP
Redstart - 3 Durlston CP, 3 Lambert's Castle
Whinchat - 1 Middlebere, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Abbotbury Swannery
Tree Pipit - 39 Durlston CP

Cattle Egrets at Middlebere © Terry Lillington

Bonaparte's Gull on Brownsea Island lagoon © Lorne Bissell
Wader flock above Brownsea Island lagoon © Lorne Bissell




Reports of interest, Tuesday 15th August 2017.

Garganey - 4 Longham Lakes.
Balearic Shearwater - 25+ Portland Bill.
Yellow-Legged Gull - 1 Portland Bill.
Grey Plover - 1 Ferrybridge.
Avocet - 11 Brownsea Island.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit.
Common Sandpiper - 4 Brownsea Island, 3 Stanpit.
Greenshank - 2 Brownsea Island, 3 Stanpit.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill,
Garden Warbler - 3 Stanpit.
Whitethroat - 35 Hengistbury Head.
Wheatear - 4 Christchurch Harbour, 15 Portland Bill.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Longham Lakes.

Reports of interest, Monday 14th August 2017.

Manx Shearwater - 9 Portland Bill.
Balearic Shearwater - 50+ Portland Bill.
Great White Egret - 1 west over southern Poole Harbour.
Spoonbill - 9 Middlebere.
Osprey - 2+ Poole Harbour are almost certainly from the reintroduction scheme.
Arctic Skua - 4 Portland Bill.
Great Skua - 3 Portland Bill.
Yellow-Legged Gull - 1 Portland Bill.
Whimbrel - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Middlebere.
Common Sandpiper - 3 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Portland Bill.
Greenshank - 4 Christchurch Harbour, 4 Middlebere.
Nightjar - 1 was ringed at Durlston NR.
Yellow Wagtail - 3 Christchurch Harbour, 7 Portland Bill.
Sedge Warbler - 1 controlled at Portland Bill was originally ringed there on 30th July 2016.
Grasshopper Warbler - 17 were ringed at Durlston NR.
Wheatear - 4 Christchurch Harbour.
Redstart - 1 Quarry Hill (Chideock), 2 Martinstown.
Spotted Flycatcher - 5 Quarry Hill (Chideock).

Reports of interest, Sunday 13th August 2017.

Brent Goose - 2 Wych Channel.
Golden Pheasant - 2 males Furzey Island.
Balearic Shearwater - 56 Portland Bill.
Marsh Harrier - 1 The Fleet.
Osprey - 1 Brownsea Island.
Hobby - 1 Briantspuddle Heath, 1 Bridport.
Yellow-Legged Gull - 1 Wych Channel.
Grey Plover - 1 Ferrybridge.
Whimbrel - 10 Christchurch Harbour.
Knot - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Wood Sandpiper - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Common Sandpiper - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Greenshank - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Spotted Redshank - 3 Brownsea Island.
Garden Warbler - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Portland Bill, 1 Talbot Woods.
Lesser Whitethroat - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Portland Bill.
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 Portland Bill.
Wheatear - 3 Christchurch Harbour, 15 Portland Bill.
Redstart - 2 Shipton Gorge.
Whinchat - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Ringstead.
Spotted Flycatcher - 6+ Brianstpuddle Heath, 1 Ringstead, 3 Shipton Gorge.
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Fitzworth, 1 Ringstead.



Avocet at Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell


Reports of interest, Saturday 12th August 2017.

Eider - 1 Portland Harbour.
Manx Shearwater - 1+ Portland Bill.
Balearic Shearwater - 1+ Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Brownsea Island.
Whimbrel - 1 Brownsea Island.
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea Island.
Greenshank - 2 Stanpit.
Spotted Redshank - 3 Brownsea Island.
Hooded Crow - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Garden Warbler - 2 Wick.
Melodious Warbler - 1 Greenlands Farm.
Wheatear - 1 Crouch Hill, 4 Greenlands Farm, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Portland Bill.
Redstart - 2 Greenlands Farm.
Spotted Flycatcher - 11 Greenlands Farm.
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Greenlands Farm.
Firecrest - 1 Brownsea Island.


Whimbrel at Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Friday 11th August 2017.

Garganey - 3 Longham Lakes.
White Stork - 1 Langton Herring.
Sanderling - 14 Christchurch Harbour, 3 Ferrybridge.
Common Sandpiper - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Green Sandpiper - 4 over Stanpit Marsh.
Greenshank - 2 ChristchurchHarbour.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 over Crouch Hill.
Tree Pipit - 8+ Durlston CP.
Yellow Wagtail - 4 Durlston CP.
Wheatear - 4 Ferrybridge, 1 Peveril Point.
Garden Warbler - 3 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Wick.
Blackcap - 4 Wick.
Common Whitethroat - 19 Wick.
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Wick.
Melodious Warbler - 1 Durlston CP.
Sedge Warbler - 4 Wick.
Reed Warbler - 2 Wick.
Willow Warbler - 32 Wick.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Peveril Point.
Marsh Tit - 2 Durlston CP.
Crossbill - 2 Durlston CP.

Dartford Warbler imm. Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy. 

Sightings - Thursday 10th August 2017.

Marsh Harrier - 1 juv. over Holes Bay.
Lapwing - 40 Stanpit Marsh.
Whimbrel - 10 Stanpit Marsh, 3 Holes Bay.
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea Island.
Common Sandpiper - 14 Brownsea, (10 of which were at Seymer's Marsh), 5 Holes Bay, 1 Ferrybridge.
Greenshank - 10 Brownsea Island, 2 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Ferrybridge.
Yellow-legged Gull - 12 Holes Bay, 1 juv. Brownsea Island.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Brownsea Island.
Cuckoo - 2 Hengistbury Head.
Tree Pipit - 5 Portland Bill,1 Ringstead Bay.
Yellow Wagtail - 3 Portland Bill, 2 Ferrybridge, 1 Ringstead Bay.
Nightingale - 1 Long Field Hengistbury Head.
Wheatear - 40 Portland Bill, 16 Ringstead Bay, 5 Reap Lane Portland, 3 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Holes Bay.
Whinchat - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Ringstead Bay.
Garden Warbler - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Portland Bill.
Whitethroat - 32 Hengistbury Head, 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Willow Warbler - 36 Portland Bill, 25 Hengisbury Head, 9 Ringstead Bay, 1 Ferrybridge.
Sedge Warbler - 30 Portland Bill.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Portland Bill.

Report today of a White Stork in fields by The Fleet, between Moonfleet and Butterstreet.

Raven – Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy.

Sightings - Wednesday 9th August 2017.

Common Scoter - 17 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 41 past Portland Bill.
Balearic Shearwater -16 past Portland Bill.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Arctic Skua - 2 past Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Bay.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Poole Harbour.
Little Ringed Plover - 1 juv. Lytchett Fields.
Whimbrel - 1 Ferrybridge.
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea Island.
Common Sandpiper - 4 Lytchett Fields, 1 Blandford.
Green Sandpiper - 20 Lytchett Fields, 2 Stanpit Marsh.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Greenshank - 5 Stanpit Marsh.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh.
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Brownsea Island Lagoon.
Wheatear - 7 Portland Bill, 1 Ferrybridge.
Sedge Warbler - 3 Portland Bill.
Willow Warbler - 1 Portland Bill.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Portland Bill.


News from last evening, the 8th. Yellow-legged Gull 29 roosted Middlebere.

Bonaparte’s Gull – Brownsea Island Lagoon © Lorne Bissell.

Sightings - Tuesday 8th August 2017.

Balearic Shearwater - 200+ feeding off Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Cattle Egret - 12 at Lodmoor then flew over Radipole late evening.
Hobby - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Brownsea.
Whimbrel - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Brownsea.
Knot - 2 Brownsea Lagoon.
Common Sandpiper - 3 Christchurch Harbour, 3 Lytchett Fields, 1 Ferrybridge.
Green Sandpiper - 5+ Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 12 Brownsea.
Wood Sandpiper - 1 briefly Stanpit Marsh, 1 Lytchett Fields.
Great Skua - 2 Portland Bill.
Arctic Skua - 2 Portland Bill.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Juvenile Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lytchett Fields.
Redstart - 1 Brownsea.
Wheatear - 7 Portland Bill.
Willow Warbler - c30 Brownsea, 25 Portland Bill.
Blackcap - 2 Portland Bill.
Garden Warbler - 1 Brownsea, 1 Portland Bill.
Whitethroat - 4 Brownsea.
Sedge Warbler - 20 Portland Bill.
Firecrest - 1 Brownsea.
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 Brownsea.
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland Bill.

Sandwich Tern – Brownsea Island © Lorne Bissell.

Hen Harrier Day 2017

Without doubt Hen Harrier Day South was the biggest and best yet - of any of the events held nationally.

Provisional numbers suggest that at least 1,100 people engaged with the event over the day and conservative estimates are that the number listening to Chris Packham and Chris Corrigan were in excess of 500 and perhaps nearer 700.

There were a lot of new faces and it was most certainly not a case of preaching to the converted. Huge thanks must go to Gill Lewis and the two Chris' who gave such rousing talks as well as the representatives from the Dorset Police rural crime team.

However, the biggest thanks must go to the RSPB's Luke Phillips who organised and coordinated the day (along with many others I'm sure, including Jon Thurnell-Read, Ashley Watts and the BAWC team) - I don't think it could have gone any better than it did.

From a Dorset Bird Club perspective I would like to thank and welcome our new members who signed up on the day and hope to see some of you on one of our guided walks in the near future (dates to be announced shortly).

Hen Harrier Day south © Marcus Lawson

Hen Harrier Day south © Marcus Lawson

Hen Harrier Day south © Terry Bagley


Sightings - Monday 7th August 2017

Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere
Spoonbill - 7 Middlebere Channel
Osprey - 7 in Middlebere/Arne area
Knot - 1 Ferrybridge
Green Sandpiper - 23+ Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 5 Lytchett Bay, 3 Stanpit
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Roseate Tern - 1 off Mudeford Quay
Redstart - 1 Hengistbury Head

Sightings - Sunday 6th August 2017

Manx Shearwater - 3 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 24 Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 2 reported at Middlebere
Spoonbill - 6 Middlebere Channel
Hobby - 1 Ringstead
Osprey - 2 Middlebere
Green Sandpiper - 4 Christchurch Harbour
Spotted Redshank - 1 Middlebere
Greenshank - 4 Middlebere
Arctic Skua - 3 Portland Bill
Yellow-legged Gull - 3 Portland Bill
Garden Warbler - 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Portland Bill
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Ringstead
Redstart - 1 Hengistbury Head
Wheatear - 16 Portland Bill, 2 Stanpit

2015 Annual Report and Hen Harrier Day

The weather is looking good for tomorrow's Hen Harrier Day at Arne RSPB and we look forward to seeing lots of you there.

We have just published the 2015 Annual Report and it will be available for purchase on our stall by the cafe. Cost is £10 but if you sign up to become a member of the Dorset Bird Club you will receive a free copy.

£15 Single membership
£18 Joint membership
£10 Junior membership

50% of any profit made on sales tomorrow will be donated the Birders Against Wildlife Crime http://birdersagainst.org


Sightings - Saturday 5th August 2017

Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 6 Arne
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Hobby - 1 Arne
Osprey - 2 Arne
Wood Sandpiper - 1 flew over Cogden Beach, 1 Lytchett Bay
Spotted Redshank - 7 Brownsea
Redstart - 1 Hengistbury Head
Wheatear - 3 Ferrybridge
Garden Warbler - 2 Stanpit
Lesser Whitethroat - 5 Hengistbury Head
Sedge Warbler - 300 Hengistbury Head
Willow Warbler - 170 Hengistbury Head

Late news yesterday - 1 Sooty Shearwater Portland.

Sightings - Friday 4th August 2017

Knot - 2 Brownsea, 2 Stanpit
Sanderling - 21 Ferrybridge, 4 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 15 Brownsea, 2 Ferrybridge
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea
Greenshank - 6 Brownsea, 2 Stanpit
Whimbrel - 14 Stanpit
Arctic Skua - 5 Christchurch Bay
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Brownsea
Tree Pipit - 1 Hengistbury head
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Hengistbury Head
Redstart - 1 Hartland Moor
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Hengistbury Head
Willow Warbler - 20 Hengistbury Head




Sightings - Thursday 3rd August 2017

Common Scoter - 13 off Mudeford Quay
Fulmar - 2 from Mudeford Quay
Manx Shearwater - 71 Portland
Balearic Shearwater - 21 Portland
Sooty Shearwater - 2 Portland
Storm Petrel - 1 Chesil Cove
Spoonbill - 6 Middlebere
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Sanderling - 20 Hengistbury Head
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland
Bonapartes Gull - 1 Brownsea
Common Tern - 40 Portland
Roseate Tern - 1 Portland
Lesser Whitethroat - 2 Stanpit

Large Sand Martin/Swift passage - Middlebere/Wytch

Late news yesterday - 10 Arctic Terns off Bournemouth.




Sightings - Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Common Scoter - 23 off Mudeford Quay
Manx Shearwater - 2 west off Mudeford Quay
Balearic Shearwater - 10+ Portland Bill
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Gannet - 1 Abbotsbury
Arctic Skua (sub-adult) - 1 Portland Bill
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Brownsea
Cattle Egret - 1 Lodmoor
Roseate Tern - 1 Portland

Hen Harrier Day - Arne - Sunday 6th August

This year we’re making Hen Harrier Day South bigger than before. The problems which Hen Harrier face are not going away hence the clear need for action. Attending your nearest HHD event is your opportunity to show your support for Hen Harriers and send a clear message that people really do care.

Our event hosted at RSPB Arne will run between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 6th August with stands and displays to check out betweens talks from our guest speakers. This year we’re hoping the event will not just appeal to the converted. There are people out there who haven’t heard of a Hen Harrier let alone the persecution they face. We want to spread the messages far and wide and we feel this is vital if we are to start making a difference for our Hen Harriers. There’ll be kids activities throughout the day and Dorset Police rural crime team are manning a display plus a book reading and talk from children’s author Gill Lewis. Please consider bringing along relatives, friends or anyone else you can think of. The more people who are aware the more people who might take action in the future. 

Timings for the day are as follows:
11:30 – Dorset Police rural crime team. A talk on wildlife crime and their work in Dorset.
1pm   – Gill Lewis – Talking about her inspiration for writing ‘Sky Dancer’ and also a sneak peak of the book due to be published this autumn.
2pm   – Key Speaker Chris Packham (Conservationist and TV presenter) and Chris Corrigan (RSPB England Director).


Chris Packham and Gill Lewis will be available for booking signings but times TBC.

Luke Phillips - RSPB



Sightings - Tuesday 1st August 2017

Common Scoter - 14 past Mudeford Quay
Quail - 1 calling Cheselbourne
Manx Shearwater - 1+ Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 19+ Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 6 Arne
Osprey - 1 Arne
Whimbrel - 7 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit on South Marsh
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Whitethroat - 20 Hengistbury Head
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 Portland Bill
Sedge Warbler - 60 Hengistbury Hd, 9 Portland Bill
Reed Warbler - 5 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Portland Bill

Grey Plover - Ferrybridge © Will Bown


Dunlin & Sanderling - Ferrybridge © Will Bown


Sanderling - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy


Turnstone - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy




















Sightings - Monday 31st July 2017

Common Scoter - 10 past Hengistbury Hd.
Goosander - 6 on the Fleet
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 12+ Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery (2ad+1juv)
Spoonbill - 5 Middlebere
Montagu's Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Fields p.m.
Osprey - 2 in flight Arne/Middlebere
Whimbrel - 4 Christchurch Hbr.
Common Sandpiper - 3 Christchurch Hbr, 1 past Mudeford Quay
Green Sandpiper - 1+ Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 4 Lytchett Fields
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 1st/sum, Brownsea Island lagoon
Yellow-legged Gull - 5 juv. Portland Bill
Nightjar - 1 today in a Portesham garden
Hobby - 1 Longham lakes
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Willow Warbler - 14 Hengistbury Hd.
Whitethroat - 15 Hengistbury Hd.

Nightjar - Portesham garden © Sue Wingett

















Sandwich Tern - Hengistbury Hd, © Joe Murphy

















Sightings - Sunday 30th July 2017

Common Scoter - 97 west Portland Bill
Quail - 1 heard calling Milton Abbas
Sooty Shearwater - 1 reported Portland Bill (via internet)
Manx Shearwater - 6+ Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 15-20 Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 3 2ad/1juv. Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 5 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Osprey - 1 Arne in dead tree.
Whimbrel - 8 Stanpit Marsh, 1 past west Portland Bill, 1 Hengistbury Head
Common Sandpiper - 8 Stanpit Marsh, 3 Lodmoor, 1 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 4 Portland Bill
Kittiwake - 1 Abbots Swannery (first since Feb. 2014)
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 adult Brownsea Island lagoon.
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Sea Barn Ringstead
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland Bill
Bonaparte's Gull - Brownsea Lagoon © Lorne Bissell

Spoonbill - Hengistbury Head a.m. © Joe Murphy


Whimbrel - Hengistbury Head a.m. © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 29th July 2017


Common Scoter - 9 Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 9 Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 12+ Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 4 Charmouth, 1 Portland  Bill
Spoonbill - 1 Hengistbury Hd at Holloways Dock
Osprey - 1 Poole Hbr.
Whimbrel - 8 Christchurch Hbr, 1 Brownsea Is, 1 Portland Bill
Knot - 2 Ferrybridge
Common Sandpiper - 18 Brownsea Is, 5 Christchurch Her, 2 Longham Lakes
Greenshank - 7 Brownsea Is, 1 Christchurch Hbr.
Arctic Skua - 4 Portland Bill

Sightings - Friday 28th July 2017

Spoonbill - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Great Shearwater - 1 again off Portland Bill briefly
Balearic Shearwater - 35 past Portland Bill
Sooty Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill
Spotted Redshank - 2 Brownsea Lagoon

Sightings - Thursday 27th July 2017

Balearic Shearwater - 12+ off Portland Bill
Spotted Redshank - 2 Middlebere

Sightings - Wednesday 26th July 2017

Great Shearwater - 1 again off Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 10 off Portland Bill
Osprey - 1 Coombe viewpoint, Arne
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 past Portland Bill, 1 over Oakdale (Poole), 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Radipole

Great Shearwater - Portland Bill © Roger Hewitt

Great Shearwater - Portland Bill © Brett Spencer

Great Shearwater - Portland Bill © Brett Spencer

Sightings - Tuesday 25th July 2017

Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 5 in the Wareham Channel, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Great Shearwater - 1 lingered briefly for a while off Portland Bill
Stone Curlew - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Osprey - 1 Middlebere

Sandwich Tern - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Reports of interest, Monday 24th July 2017.

Spoonbill - 1 Stanpit.
Marsh Harrier -  2 Poole Harbour.
Osprey - 2 Poole Harbour.
Hobby - 1 Poole Harbour.
Whimbrel - 5 Christchurch Harbour.
Common Sandpiper - 3 Christchurch Harbour.
Yellow-Legged Gull - 26 past Portland Bill (a site record).
Whinchat - 1 Winspit.

Reports of interest, Sunday 23rd July 2017.

Manx Shearwater - 3 Portland Bill.
GREAT SHEARWATER - 1 Portland Bill.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick.
Whimbrel - 3-4 Stanpit.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Christchurch Harbour mouth.
Yellow-Legged Gull - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Radipole Lake.


Yellow-Legged Gull at Radipole Lake © Brett Spencer
 

Reports of interest, Saturday 22nd July 2017.

Quail - 1 Winspit.
Balearic Shearwater - 1+ Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 20+ Portland Bill.
Cory's Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill.

Great Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill.
Whimbrel - 14 Christchurch Harbour, 5 Hengistbury sandspit, 1 Mudeford Quay.
Common Sandpiper - 2 Christchurch Harbour, 6 Hengistbury sandspit.
Arctic Skua - 2 Mudeford Quay, 1 Portland Bill.

Cattle Egret

We are now able to confirm that 2 pairs of Cattle Egret bred in West Dorset raising 4 young. The best place to view them at the moment is at Modbury Farm (DT6 4NE) in the Bride Valley where there is parking, a public footpath and the egrets feed amongst the Jersey cows.   

Modbury Farm is 2 miles up the valley from Burton Bradstock and parking is available on the roadside or through the double gates on the western edge of the farm (please close them again after parking). Do not park near the bee hives - for obvious reasons! The footpath starts by these gates and heads north – the Cattle Egret follow the herd so can be in any of the fields to the left or right up to the top of the hill. Please don’t enter any of the fields, not only are they private but also the egrets will just fly further away.

With thanks to Alan Barrett, Mike Morse, James Phillips and Nick Urch for arranging access and monitoring the birds. Special thanks are also due to Tim and Julie of Modbury Farm who have been very enthusiastic in giving birders the chance to see these birds. With this in mind please observe all on-site instructions and maybe spend a bit of money in the Farm Shop!

Reports of interest, Friday 21st July 2017.

Balearic Shearwater - 3 Christchurch Bay, 1+ Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 15 Christchurch Bay.
CORY'S SHEARWATER - c. 25 past Portland Bill.

Sooty Shearwater - 1 past Portland Bill.
GREAT SHEARWATER - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Weymouth Bay.
Whimbrel - 2 Mudeford Quay.
Common Sandpiper - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Arctic Skua - 1 Weymouth Bay.



Great Shearwater - Weymouth Bay - Peter Moore