Sightings - Thursday 8th December 2016

Scaup - 3 at Abbotsbury (view only from road)
Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Abbotsbury (view only from road)
Lesser Yellowlegs - still at Lytchett Bay
Water Pipit - 1 at Lytchett Bay
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Abbotsbury in a private area

Shell Bay and Middle Beach guided walk

Join us this Saturday for a DBC guided walk at Shell Bay and Middle Beach from 09:30 – midday. Meet in the car park (charges apply) by the toll booths on the Shell Bay side of the Sandbanks Chain Ferry (SZ 035863).
Birds we might expect to see are Black-necked Grebe & possibly Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Common Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser amongst others. On the land, if the weather is good, we may be lucky enough to see Dartford Warbler as well as Stonechat and Reed Bunting.
Telescopes will be on hand to help view the more distant birds on the sea and if you need to borrow a pair of binoculars please let me know. 
Non-members welcome. 
Hope to see you there,
Marcus

Sightings - Wednesday 7th December 2016

Scaup - 5 at Abbotsbury (view only from road)
Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Abbotsbury (view only from road)
Green-winged Teal - drake again at Lytchett Fields
Cattle Egret - 5 at Nottington, 1 over Radipole Lake 
Great White Egret - 3 at Longham Lakes
Little Stint - 1 at Longham Lakes
Lesser Yellowlegs - still at Lytchett Bay
Green Sandpiper - 1 at Athelhampton
Jack Snipe - 5 at Longham Lakes showing well on causeway
Swallow - 1 over Ferrybridge
Black Redstart - 2 Poundbury (Ladock Green), 2 at Blacknor
Water Pipit - 1 at Stanpit

Great White Egret - Longham Lakes © Ian Ballam


Sightings - Tuesday 6th December 2016

Scaup - at least 7 on Fleet at Abbotsbury, 4 Lodmoor, 1 Sturminster Marshall GPs
Long-tailed Duck - 1 on Fleet at Abbotsbury
Goosander - 13 Ferrybridge/Portland Harbour, 1 Sturminster Marshall GP
Red-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour, 2 Weymouth Bay
Cattle Egret - now 4 at Nottington
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail at Arne
Knot - 1 Preston Beach
Little Stint - 1 Longham Lakes
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 1 Fisherman's Bank
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Bay
Jack Snipe - present at Longham Lakes
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor Portland, 1 Portland Castle
Water Pipit - 6 Lytchett Fields, 6 Overcombe

Cattle Egret at Nottington © Roger Hewitt

Great Crested Grebe at Holes Bay © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Monday 5th December 2016

Black Brant - 1 Middelbere Channel
Green-winged Teal - 1 Lytchett Fields
Goosander -  13 early morning at Lodmoor, 1 off Hamworthy Beach
Great Northern Diver - 3 Poole Harbour
Bittern - 1 Overcombe
Cattle Egret - 2 Nottington
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 over Littlemoor Road
Spoonbill - 8 Shipstal Point Arne, 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Stanpit
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Shell Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 17 Middle Beach Studland, 3 Jerry's Point Poole Harbour
Little Stint - 1 Longham Lakes
Knot - 1 Lodmoor
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Jack Snipe - 4 Longham Lakes
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor Portland
Water Pipit - 7+ Overcombe, 3+ Lytchett Fields

Late news from Saturday 3rd December : a Snow Bunting on Highcliffe sea front.


Starling in Poole © Paul Morton
Grey Wagtail at Stour Valley © Geoff Norquoy
Goldeneye at Poole Park © Clive Hargrave
Sparrowhawk at Stanpit Marsh yesterday © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Sunday 4th December 2016

Barnacle Goose - 28 Rodden Hive
Cattle Egret - 2 at Nottington
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 20 Arne, 4 Holes Bay
Stone Curlew - 1 Ferrybridge at dusk
Little Stint - 1 Longham Lakes
Golden Plover - 2000+ Maiden Castle
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Bay & Fields
Jack Snipe - 4 Longham Lakes
Short-eared Owl - 1 Arne
Firecrest - 2 in West Moors garden, 2 Hengistbury Head,  1 Durlston CP
Swallow -1 Blacknor (Portland) briefly in morning
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 still at Athelhampton
Black Redstart - 3 reported at Poundbury, 1 Southbourne cliff top
Water Pipit - 9+ Lodmoor (Overcombe end)

Yesterday : 19 Spoonbill and 8 Spotted Redshank in Brownsea Island lagoon

Great White Egret at Longham Lakes © Mark Wright


Teal at Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy



Sightings - Saturday 3rd December 2016

Barnacle Goose - 22 Swineham
Eider - 2 off Mudeford Quay
Red-throated Diver - 6 Hengistbury Head
Cattle Egret - 1 Nottington
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Black-necked Grebe - at least 5 off Middle Beach Studland
Common Crane - 2 over water meadows south of Wareham
Knot - 2 Brand's Bay
Little Stint - 1 Longham Lakes
Greenshank - 4 Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Bay & Fields
Jack Snipe - 3 Longham Lakes
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head
Water Pipit - 5 Lodmoor (Overcombe end), 1 Stanpit

Late news from yesterday: 13 Goosanders at Ferrybridge and a Black Redstart at the Bridging Camp Wyke Regis

Avocet at Holes Bay © Clinton Whale

Kingfisher at Holes Bay © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Friday 2nd December 2016

Eider - 4 off Mudeford Quay, 1 Poole Hbr.
Goosander - 2 Christchurch Hbr.
Red-throated Diver - 3 past Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 3 Bramble Bush Bay, 2 off Arne, 2 Mudeford Quay
Spoonbill - 23 Poole Hbr
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Bramble Bush Bay, 1 Arne.
Little Stint - 1 Longham Lakes
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Field
Jack Snipe - 3 Longham Lakes
Sandwich Tern - 5 Christchurch Hbr, 1 Baiter Poole
Water Pipit - 2 Radipole Lake
Brambling - 1 Stanpit Marsh in North Scrubs

Common Buzzard - Holes Bay © Clinton Whale













Grey Heron - Radipole Lake © David Wareham


















Black-tailed Godwit - Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy




Sightings - Thursday 1st December 2016

Scaup - 1 Pirate's Cove Wyke, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Goosander - 13 Lodmoor late p.m.
Spoonbill - 20+ Shipstal Pt Arne, 1 Holes Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay
Little Stint - 1 Longham Lakes
Jack Snipe - 2 Longham Lakes, 1 Priory Marsh Christchurch.
Sandwich Tern - 3 Christchurch Hbr.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Abbotsbury (calling from inaccessible area)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Lodmoor
Water Pipit - 4 Overcombe Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit Marsh

Spoonbill - Holes Bay © David Wareham



















Goldfinch - Stanpit Marsh © Geoff Norquay


















Stonechat - Longham Lakes © Roger Peart



















Little Stint - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell



Sightings - Wednesday 30th November 2016

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Hen Harrier - 1 male Wyke Down
Little Stint - 1 Longham Lakes -  The general consensus of birders is that it is of this species.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Athelhampton
Water Pipit - 8 Overcombe Lodmoor.

Longham - Stint © Lorne Bissell





Sanderling - Sandbanks © Clinton Whale

























Common Snipe - Lodmoor © David Wareham

Sightings - Tuesday 29th November 2016

Barnacle Geese - 8 West Bexington
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 5 Ferrybridge
Great Northern Diver - 2+ Brand's Bay, 1 West Bexington
Bittern - 1 Radipole Lake
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 12 Holes Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 off Jerry's Point Brand's Bay
Black-necked Geese - 9 off Jerry's Point Brand's Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 male Wyke Down
Semi-palmated Sandpiper - 1 possible Longham Lakes (via BirdGuides)
(originally reported as a possible White-rumped Sandpiper)
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Bay
Jack Snipe - 2 Radipole Lake
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Athelhampton
Black Redstart - 1 male St. Mary's School Swanage
Water Pipit - 4 Overcombe Lodmoor.

3 Great White Egret & Little Egret Longham Lakes © Aidan Brown
















Great White Egret - Longham Lakes © P. Brown

















Marsh Harrier - Christchurch Harbour © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Monday 28th November 2016.

Barnacle Goose - 22 Rodden Hive.
Scaup - 1 Sturminster Marshall GP.
Eider - 4 Christchurch Harbour.
Common Scoter - 15 Christchurch Harbour.
Velvet Scoter - 1w past Mudeford Quay.
Red-breasted Merganser - 1e past Christchurch Harbour.
Goosander - 1 Redhead on the river Christchurch.
Red-throated Diver - 6w, 1e past Christchurch Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 2 off Chesil Beach.
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Athelhampton.


Oysterctchers – Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy.
Great White Egret & Little Egret – Longham Lakes © Peter Rudland.
Great White Egret - Longham Lakes © Trevor Wilkinson.
Great White Egrets & Little Egrets – Longham Lakes © Trevor Wilkinson.



Sightings - Sunday 27th November 2016.

Barnacle Goose - 22 Swineham.
Brent Goose(Pale bellied) - 8 Ferrybridge.
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge.
Goldeneye - 12 Poole Harbour.
Eider - 6 off Christchurch Harbour.
Red-throated Diver - 6 past Christchurch Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 3 past Hengistbury Head, 2 Poole Harbour, 1 Portland Harbour.
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1 Brands Bay.
Knot - 6 Brands Bay.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 2 Lytchett Fields.
Firecrest - 1 Durlston CP.
Brambling - 1 Ferndown.

Black-tailed Godwit – Holes Bay © Clinton Whale.

Sightings - Saturday 26th November 2016

Red-throated Diver - 8 Hengistbury Head
White -fronted Goose - 2 Lodmoor, then Brand's Bay
BLACK BRANT - 1 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 2 Lodmoor
Great White Egret - 3 Wyke Regis
Spoonbill - 33 Brownsea Island lagoon
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Fields
Little Stint - 1 Lytchett Bay
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Bay
Water Pipit - 2 Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - Athelhampton
Firecrest - 10 Abbotsbury Gardens
Lapland Bunting - 1 East Fleet

Kestrel Stanpit Marsh copyright Geoff Norquoy


Shoveler Lodmoor copyright David Wareham

Sightings - Friday 25th November 2016

Berwick's Swan - 2 Radipole Lake before flying east over Lodmoor
Barnacle Goose - 17 Lodmoor
Goosander - 13 The Fleet
Scaup - 7 Lodmoor
Black-necked Grebe - 13 Poole Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 4 from Poole Harbour Bird Boat
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Fields
Swallow - 1 The Fleet
Water Pipit - 2 Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 1 Chesil Cove
Redshank Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy


Barnacle Geese over Lodmoor copyright Neil Gartshore 

Map for DBC Conference

Click on the map to enlarge.

The car park just south of the "University Roundabout" is quite small but there is ample parking to the north and south of the Wallace Lecture Theatre. There is no charge for parking.

Note that a cafe will be open in the area labelled "AskBU at the Base"

Sightings - Thursday 24th November 2016

Barnacle Goose - 24 Lytchett Bay
Goosander - 13 Ferrybridge
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury
Great White Egret - 1 Hatch Pond, 2 over West Bexington
Red-throated Diver - 7 past Hengistbury Head
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Fields
Little Auk - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields

Sightings - Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 34 Arne
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lytchett Fields
Iceland Gull - 1 reported Radipole Lake
Great Grey Shrike - possible reported Eggardon
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head
Snow Bunting -1 over West Bay

Sightings - Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery (view only from New Barn Road).
Goosander - 13 in Pirate's Cove (The Fleet).
Short-eared Owl - 1 at Portland Bill.
Lesser Yellowlegs - still on Lytchett Fields.
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 still at Portland Bird Obs.

Oystercatcher - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy
Brent Goose - Studland © David Wareham

Dorset Bird Club Conference - 26th November 2016

Final chance to book by end Tuesday 22nd via PayPal or email to arrange alternative payment method.

There will be no cash entry on the day.

To reserve places at this event please use the PayPal button on the right hand side of this page.

A Joint Dorset Bird Club & BTO Conference

The Changing Methods of Bird Monitoring

To be held at

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB

Saturday 26th November 2016
From 9:00 –17:00

Conference Fee: £20
Includes welcome coffee/tea and lunch 

Everyone is Welcome!


Organised by Dorset Bird Club representatives

Supported by Dorset Bird Club & The British Trust for Ornithology

Programme

09:00  Doors Open & Delegate Registration

09:40  Welcome  Marcus Lawson, DBC Manager

09:45  BirdTrack
Nick Moran (BTO)

10:15  37 years of Nest Recording at Canford
Roger Peart

10:35  Interval

11:05  Recreational Disturbance & Key Heathland Species
Durwyn Liley (Footprint Ecology)

11:35  Conflict In The Uplands
            Mark Avery

12:30 Lunch
This will also provide an opportunity to have a look around the trade/display stands.

Chair:  Jol Mitchell

13:45  The Hen Harrier in Dorset - An Enthusiast's Perspective
            Peter Hadrill

14:15  Rare Breeding Birds Panel
            Dawn Balmer (BTO)

14:45  The Future of Bird Tracking Technology: From Goldcrest to 
            Eagles.
            Sarah Levett (Biotrack)

15:15  Interval

15:45  The Sound Approach & Birds of Poole Harbour - Night-time Revelations.
Paul Morton

16:15  Managing Britain's Rare Breeding Birds
Mark Thomas (RSPB Senior Investigations Officer)

16:55  Summing up and close.

Sightings - Monday 21st November 2016

Black Brant - 1 still at Ferrybridge.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 6 at Ferrybridge.
Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery view only distantly from New Barn Road.
Scaup - 5 at Lodmoor.
Great White Egret - 1 at Littlesea (Studland).
Purple Sandpiper - 1 at Preston Beach (1st Lodmoor area record for 33 years)
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still on Lytchett Fields.
Caspian Gull - 1 1w at Culverwell briefly this evening.
Sandwich Tern - 11 in Poole Harbour.
Water Pipit - 5 at Lodmoor, 2 at Lytchett Bay.
Firecrest - 1 at Canford Cliffs.

Sightings - Sunday 20th November 2016

Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery.
Great Northern Diver - 3 in Poole Harbour, 1 in Portland Harbour, 1 in Shell Bay.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 in Shell Bay then flew into Poole Harbour.
Black-necked Grebe - 11 off Middle Beach, 9 in Portland Harbour, 8 in Poole Harbour.
Great White Egret - 1 Littlesea (Studland).
Hen Harrier - 3 in Poole Habrour, 1 at Spetisbury.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 on Lytchett Fields.
Spotted Redshank - 12 on Brownsea Lagoon.
Lesser Yellowlegs - still on Lytchett Fields.
Short-eared Owl - 1 over Ferrybridge.
Swallow - 1 at Abbotsbury Swannery.
Water Pipit - 2 in Lytchett Bay.
Black Redstart - 1 at Lulworth Cove, 1 at Melcombe Bingham.
Siberian Lesser Whitethoat - 1 at PBO and 1 at Highcliffe.


Purple Sandpiper - Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale

Nuthatch - © John Child
Black Redstart - Melcombe Bingham © Jon Ross