Sightings - Friday 24th November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Common Scoter - 30 Hengistbury Head
Goosander - 1 drake Chilcombe
Red-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour, 1 off Brownsea
Cattle Egret - 1 Chilcombe
Little Egret - 22 Chilcombe
Spoonbill - 25+ Shipstal, 22 Brownsea Lagoon, 1 Stanpit
Black-necked Grebe - 13 Poole Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 male Hengistbury Head
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Lagoon
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Hengistbury Head
Skua sp - 1 Hengistbury Head
Guillemot - 2 Osprey Quay, Weymouth, 1 Hengistbury Head
Sandwich Tern - 5 Hengistbury Head
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 2nd winter Lodmoor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Sherford Bridge
Black Redstart - 1 Chesil Cove
Hawfinch - 8 Bonsley Common, 1 Wareham Forest
Crossbill - 10 Sherford Bridge

Sightings - Thursday 23rd November 2017

Common Scoter - 30 Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay west
Great Northern Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Greenshank - 1 Hengistbury Head
Kittiwake - 7 Hengistbury Head
Cattle Egret - 1 Chilcombe Farm
Little Egret - 22 Chilcombe Farm
Great-white Egret - 1 Avon Causeway on Dorset/Hampshire border
Spoonbill - 9 Lytchett Bay
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick Hams, Hengistbury Head
Razorbill - 6 Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston
Hawfinch - 6 Cattistock churchyard, 2 French's Farm
Lesser Redpoll - 1 Upton Heath

Sightings - Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 8 Ferrybridge
Brent Goose - 520 Ferrybridge
Common Scoter - 3 Weymouth Bay, c.25 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Weymouth Bay, 1west past Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - Mudeford Quay
Red-throated Diver - Mudeford Quay
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Hengistbury Head
Kittiwake - 48 Mudeford Quay
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Swallow - 1 Radipole
Hawfinch - 1 French's Farm/Watery Lane

Sightings - Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Common Scoter - 30 off Mudeford Quay.
Red-throated Diver - 3 past Christchurch Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Christchurch Harbour.
Merlin - 1 east of Eggardon Hill, 1 Milborne St.Andrew.
Golden Plover - 22 Milborne St.Andrew.
Hoopoe - 1 reported Upton CP.
Sand Martin - 2 RSPB Radipole Lake.
Hawfinch - 2 RSPB Arne, 1 French's Farm.

Hawfinch – French’s Farm © Shaun Robson.

Sightings - Monday 20th November 2017.

Brent Goose - 700/800, including 3 pale bellied Ferrybridge.
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge.
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Christchurch Harbour.
Purple Sandpiper - 9 at groyne 59 Christchurch Harbour.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Yellow-legged Gull -1 Radipole Lake RSPB.
Caspian Gull - 1 colour ringed 1cy Radipole Lake RSPB.
Sandwich Tern - 6 Christchurch Harbour.
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP.
Radde's Warbler - 1 ringed Littlesea Weymouth.

Grey Plover – Lytchett Fields RSPB © Trevor Wilkinson.

Caspian Gull – 1cy Radipole Lake RSPB © Dave Chown.

Brent Geese – Ferrybridge © Alick Simmons. 

Yellow-legged Gull – Radipole Lake RSPB © Dave Chown.

Black-tailed Godwit – Lodmoor RSPB © Alick Simmons.

Sightings - Sunday 19th November 2017.

Black Brant - 1 Butterstreet Cove, The Fleet.
Goosander - 6 Weymouth Bay, 3 Cutcleaves Cove, The Fleet.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Weymouth Bay, 1 off Shipstal Point.
Great White Egret - 1 over Scotland Farm.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere.
Merlin - 1 Hartland Moor, 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Rylands Barn, Martinstown.
Golden Plover - 1 East Marsh, Stanpit.
Ruff - 3 Lodmoor RSPB.
Grey Phalarope - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lodmoor RSPB.
Jack Snipe - 1 Fisherman's Bank, Christchurch Harbour.
Swallow - 1 past St. Aldhelm's Head.
'Siberian' Chiffchaff - 1 ringed Lytchett Heath, 1 Reap Lane, Portland.
Firecrest - 6 Broadcroft Quarry, Portland, 2 between Broadstone/Holes Bay, 2 Leigh Common, Wimborne, 1 Middlebere, 1 Roebury Lane Wick Fields.
Hawfinch - 6 Marshwood, 1 Blacknor, Portland, 1 Broadcroft Quarry, Portland, 1 French's Farm, 1 Kingston Lacy NT, 1 Stour Valley LNR.
Ortolan Bunting - 1 Rylands Barn, Martinstown.

News from yesterday:- Pallas's Leaf Warbler - 1 Broadcroft Quarry, Portland.

Wigeon – Christchurch Harbour © David Wareham.

Ruff – Lodmoor RSPB © Andrew Maynard. 

Sightings - Saturday 18th November 2017.

Red-throated Diver - 2 past Durlston CP.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Durlston CP.
Spoonbill - 47 Brownsea Lagoon.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Hartland Moor, 1 ringtail Poole Harbour.
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Purple Sandpiper - 7 the groynes Hengistbury Head.
Green Sandpiper - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 off Mudeford Quay.
Ring-billed Gull 1 3rd winter Radipole Lake RSPB.
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Durlston CP.
Firecrest - 5 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Throop, 1 west Christchurch(private garden).
Brambling - 2 Stour Valley LNR.
Hawfinch - 3 South Perrott, 1 French's Farm, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 over Holt Heath, 1 Lytchett Matravers, 1 West Compton.

3rd winter Ring-billed Gull – Radipole Lake RSPB © Brett Spencer.

Sightings - Friday 17th November 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 4 Ferrybridge
Great Northern Diver - 1 Shell Bay, 1 off Baiter Park
Cattle Egret - 1 RSPB Lodmoor, 1 pos same RSPB Radipole Lake.
Great White Egret - 1 Brownsea Is.
Hen Harrier - 1 near RSPB Arne
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 remains at Lodmoor
Mediterranean Gull - 300 RSPB Radipole Lake
Merlin - 1 Durlston CP.
Swallow - 1 Durlston CP.
Firecrest - 3 Durlston CP.
Hawfinch - 20+ Bonsley Common, 4 St Mary's Lytchett Matravers, 2 over Durlston CP.

Gadwall - RSPB Lodmoor © David Wareham



















Sandwich Tern - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy










Sightings - Thursday 16th November 2017

Pale-bellied Brent - 12 Ferrybridge
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 6 Ferrybridge, possibly same 6 Lodmoor at dusk.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 1 RSPB Radipole Lake
Great White Egret - 1 Brownsea Is, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Spoonbill - 14 Lytchett Bay, 12 Brownsea Is.
Hen Harrier - 1 male Wyke Down
Ruff - 2 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
Firecrest - 3 Thornconbe Wood, 1 Portland Bill
Water Pipit - 5 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Brambling - 1 Portland Bill
Lesser Redpoll - 30+ Briantspuddle Heath
Hawfinch - 5 Cattistock Churchyard, 2 west Durlston CP, 1 Briantspuddle

Outdoor Events

Outdoor Field Visits


All of the walks are open to members and non-members and are FREE but please be aware that there may be a charge for car parking at some locations. Just turn up on the day at the meeting place / time advertised (unless booking is required or advised).

Walk categories are as before:

A: Easy – fairly short walk over relatively flat ground with no / few stiles.
B: Medium – moderate distance and / or moderate hills and / or moderate number of stiles.
C: Strenuous – long distance and /or steep hills and / or many stiles.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the time of year.

Contact: Richard Charman (Outdoor Events Organiser)
               Tel: 07799 624 062
               email: walksATdorsetbirds.org.uk


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Sunday 19th November 2017
Hartland Moor and Middlebere  09:30 – all day.
Park by the side of the road near the entrance track to Middlebere Farm (SY 963853).
Raptors and heathland species.
Category A/B.

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Saturday 2nd  December 2017
Normandy Marsh  09:30 – 13:00 approx.
Meet in the car park near Lymington Sailing Club (SZ 333950) – charges apply.
Waders and wildfowl.
Category A.

Follow on meeting at Blackwater Arboretum 14:00 – 15:30 approx.
Meet in the car park at Rhinefield Ornamental Drive (SU268047).
Category A.

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Sunday 7th January 2018
Bird Crawl  09:30 – 15:30 approx.
Just for fun, a more sedate version of a bird race.  How many species can you find around Upton Country Park and Holes Bay?
Meet in the main car park at Upton Country Park (SY 992929) – charges apply.
Category A – but can be muddy in places.

Sightings - Wednesday 15th November 2017


Pink-footed Goose - 1 flew west early morning over Wareham bypass
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 remains at RSPB Lodmoor
Goosander - 6 RSPB Lodmoor
Common Scoter - 20 Hengistbury Hd.
Red-throated Diver - 5 past Hengistbury Hd
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Hd.
Great White Egret - 1 over Christchurch Hbr.
Spoonbill - 19 RSPB Arne, 1 Holliway's Dock Christchurch
Merlin - 1 Blackener
Firecrest - 6 Hengistbury Hd, 1 East Holme
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 private garden Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 3 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Reap Lane Portland
Water Pipit - 1 Longham Lakes
Hawfinch - 3 over Blacknor, 2 Leigh Churchyard, 1 St. Mary's, Lytchett Matravers, 1 Combe Valley Rd Weymouth
Ortolan Bunting - 1 fem/1st winter near Martinstown on private land
Cirl Bunting - 1 trapped and ringed at a private site on The Fleet

Ortolan Bunting - near Martinstown © Nigel Tooth

Ortolan Bunting - near Martinstown © Nigel Tooth

Ortolan Bunting - near Martinstown © Nigel Tooth

Hawfinch - Combe Valley Road Preston © Daragh Croxson 

Sightings - Tuesday 14th November 2017

Pink-footed Goose - 1 with Mute Swan East Holme seen from Holmbridge.
Scaup - 5+ RSPB Lodmoor
Great Northern Diver - 4 Weymouth Bay, 1 past Hengistbury Hd.
Great White Egret - 1 NW Longham Lakes, 1 SW over Creekmoor
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 8 Portland Hbr.
Golden Plover - 1000 Maiden Castle
Ruff - 5 RSPB Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper - 7 on groynes Hengistbury Hd.
Lesser Yellowlegs - RSPB Lodmoor
Jack Snipe - 1 on Central Marsh Stanpit
Sandwich Tern - 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Stoborough Heath
Water Pipit - 3+ Overcombe pool
Hawfinch - 5 St Mary's Church Lytchett Matravers, 1 over Stoborough.

immature Blackbird Oakley,Wimborne © Roger Peart




















Sightings - Monday 13th November 2017

Mandarin Duck - 5 Stanpit Creek
Common Scoter - 15 off Hengistbury Head
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Hawfinch - 4 Bonsley Common, 3 Cattistock, 3 Leigh, 6 Lytchett Matravers

Sightings - Sunday 12th November 2017

Goosander - 1 Holes Bay
Scaup - 6 Abbotsbury Swannery (view from New Barn Road)
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Egret - 1 Little Sea Studland, 1 Avon Causeway
Spoonbill - 25 Lytchett Bay
Avocet - 750 Wytch Lake
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery (closed for the winter)
Ring Ouzel - 1 Winspit
Hawfinch - 1 Ridge, 3 Leigh Churchyard, 1 Iwerne Minster

Purple Sandpiper Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Saturday 11th November 2017

Pink-footed Goose - 1 Holmebridge East Holme
Little Auk - 1 past Portland Bill
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Stour Valley LNR
Snow Bunting - 4 Ferrybridge
Corn Bunting -17 Milborne St Andrew

Sightings - Friday 10th November 2017

Pink-footed Goose - 1 Holmebridge East Holme
Wigeon - 440 Christchurch Harbour
Spoonbill - 44 Giggers Island Poole Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Christchurch Harbour
Swallow - 1 Winspit Valley
Firecrest - 2 Broadcraft Quarry Portland, 5 between Roswell and Sandsfoot Castle
Hawfinch - 30 Bonsley Common Wood, 6 Cattistock, 1 Lytchett Matravers, 2 Charmouth

Sightings - Thursday 9th November 2017

Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still at Lodmoor RSPB
Black Redstart - 2 Chesil Cove, 1 Peveril Point
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Hawfinch - 2 over Poole, 2+ Lytchett Matravers churchyard, 6 over Portland

Sightings - Wednesday 8th November 2017

Velvet Scoter - 1 imm/fem Poole Harbour still
Great Northern Diver - 1 Studland Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 11 Studland Bay, 7 Portland Harbour
Great White Egret - 1 Little Sea (Studland)
Purple Sandpiper - 1 North Haven
Spotted Redshank - 15 Brownsea Lagoon
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still at Lodmoor
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Brownsea Lagoon
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 West Bexington, 1 Portland Castle
Brambling - 18 over West Bay (Bridport)
Crossbill - 3 over Ballard Down
Hawfinch - 5 over Ballard Down, 2 Lytchett Matravers churchyard, 2 over Portland
Lapland Bunting - 1 west over East Bexington

Velvet Scoter - Poole Harbour © Marcus Lawson


Sightings - Tuesday 7th November 2017

Golden Plover - 200 Eggardon Hill
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Hengistbury Head
Black Redstart - 1 Chesil Cove

Sightings - Monday 6th November 2017

Black-necked Grebe - 6 Portland Harbour
Great White Egret - 1 Ower Bay
Spoonbill - c40 Shipstal Point, 8 Brownsea Lagoon
Purple Sandpiper - 10 Lyme Regis Cobb
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor
Caspian Gull - 1 1st-winter Swineham GPs then flew towards Wareham Channel
Brambling - 5 Southwell (Portland)
Hawfinch -  8 over Lytchett Matravers this morning, 3 Cattistock churchyard yesterday

Purple Sandpiper - Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell

Sightings - Sunday 5th November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 1 past East Bexington
Bittern - 2 RSPB Radipole
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor
Firecrest - 5 Durlston CP, 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Sherborne STW
Swallow - 2 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Lyme Regis
Ring Ouzel - 1 Winspit, 1 Durlston CP
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor (Portland), 1 West Bexington
Brambling - 1 Southwell (Portland)
Hawfinch - 1 over Blacknor (Portland)

Sightings - Saturday 4th November 2017

Barnacle Goose - 11 Rodden Hive
Great Northern Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Cattle Egret - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 RSPB Radipole
Great White Egret - 1 RSPB Lodmoor & RSPB Radipole
Hen Harrier - 1 Hartland Moor
Merlin - 1 Rodden Hive, 1 Hartland Moor, 1 Bumpers Lane (Portland)
Ruff - 2 RSPB Lytchett Fields, 1 Lodmoor
Little Stint - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor
Great Skua - 2 past Durlston CP
Firecrest - 6 Durlston CP, 5+ Portland
Marsh Tit - 3 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 3 The Grove (Portland)
Brambling - 1 Talbot Woods (Bournemouth)
Hawfinch - 2 over Portland Harbour

Reed Bunting at Lodmoor © David Wareham

Sightings - Friday 3rd November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Lynch Cove
Cattle Egret - 1 over Wareham Channel
Spoonbill - 50 RSPB Arne (Shipstal Point), 10 Wareham Channel
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 over West Bexington, 1 RSPB Arne
Merlin - 1 Eggardon Hill, 1 RSPB Arne, 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Durlston CP
Ruff - 3 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Wryneck - 1 still at Dorchester Cemetery
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Middlebere
Firecrest - 8 Hengistbury Head, 4 trapped Lytchett Bay, 1 Durlston CP
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 trapped at PBO
Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP
Water Pipit - 1 trapped RSPB Lytchett Bay
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Hengistbury Head
Little Bunting - 1 at sea in Lyme Bay

Ruff at Lodmoor © David Wareham

Sightings - Thursday 2nd November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Lynch Cove (The Fleet)
Bittern - 1 RSPB Radipole (also seen yesterday)
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Merlin - 1 Cogden Beach
Ruff - 5 RSPB Lodmoor
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 still at Middlebere
Little Stint - 2 RSPB Lodmoor
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still at RSPB Lodmoor
Wryneck - 1 Dorchester Cemetery
Firecrest - 1 West Bexington, 1 Parkstone Heights Wood (Poole), 1 RSPB Radipole,
     1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Mill Lane in Lyme Regis
Barred Warbler - 1 at private site near The Fleet
Water Pipit - 1 RSPB Radipole
Brambling - 3 Hengistbury Head, 1 Southwell (Portland)
Hawfinch - 1 Tidmoor Cove (The Fleet)

Turnstone at Poole Quay © David Wareham

Reports of interest, Wednesday 1st November 2017.

Brent Goose - 2120 (plus 3 Pale-Bellied), Ferrybridge.
Velvet Scoter - 1 Poole Harbour.
Goosander - 5 Lodmoor.
Black-Necked Grebe - 1 Poole Harbour.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Poole Harbour.
Spoonbill - 50+ Poole Harbour.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 Poole Harbour.
Merlin - 1 Durlston NR.
Golden Plover - 1 over Durlston NR.
Jack Snipe - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Ruff - 3 Lodmoor.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor.
Little Stint - 2 Lodmoor.
Woodpigeon - 1250 Durlston NR.
Water Pipit - 3 Overcombe.
Swallow - 2 Durlston NR.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle, 1 Quarry Lane (Portland).
Firecrest - 2 Durlston NR, 1 Pennsylvania Castle.
Black Redstart - 1 St Aldhelm's Head.
Goldfinch - 3450 Durlston NR.


Pintail at Upton Country Park © Clive Hargrave
 

Reports of interest, Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge.
Egyptian Goose - 4 Christchurch Harbour.
Goosander - 1 R. Frome near Muckleford.
Black-Necked Grebe - 14 Studland Bay.
Great White Egret - 1 Brownsea.
Spoonbill - 8 Brownsea.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 2 Lodmoor.
Merlin - 1 Eggardon Hill.
Grey Plover - 11 Brands Bay, 3 Stanpit.
Golden Plover - c.30 Eggardon Hill.
Knot - 1 Brownsea.
Ruff - 2 Lytchett Fields.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor.
Greenshank - 20+ Brownsea, 1 Stanpit.
Spotted Redshank - 12 Brownsea.
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea.
Mediterranean Gull - 1 ringed bird at Studland.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Quarry Lane, Portland.
Firecrest - 2 Longham Lakes, 2 Portland.

Late news:  A Great White Egret went west over Abbotsbury on Saturday, and another was on Cowards Marsh yesterday.

Reports of interest, Monday 30th October 2017.

Barnacle Goose - flock of 12 Arne, later joined by another making 13 at Swineham GP.
Velvet Scoter - 1 Poole Harbour.
Spoonbill - 41 Arne Bay.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 Rushcombe Bottom LNR.
Merlin - 1 East Weares.
Great Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Grey Plover - a one-footed bird at Ferrybridge, 6 Stanpit.
Knot - 1 Stanpit.
Ruff - 1 Swineham GP.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit.
Woodpigeon - c.3500 Arne, 2500 Christchurch Harbour, c. 200 Durlston NR, 3965 RSPB Lytchett Fields, c.300 Rushcombe Bottom LNR.
Swallow - 6 Ballard Down, 30+ Durlston NR, 2 Hengistbury Head.
House Martin - 5 Durlston NR.
Sand Martin - 1+ Durlston NR.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Bumpers Lane, Portland.
Firecrest - c.8 Hengistbury Head, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Rushcombe Bottom LNR.
Redpoll - 106 Hengistbury Head.
Bullfinch - 87 Ballard Down and widely reported elsewhere.
Hawfinch - 4 Ballard Down, 2 Culverwell, 1 heard over Poole at night.

Reports of interest, Sunday 29th October 2017.

Red-Throated Diver - 1 Durlston NR, 2 past Hengistbury Head.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1-2 RSPB Lytchett Fields, 5 western Poole Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 SE of Wareham.
Red Kite - 1 Hatch Pond, 2-3 RSPB Lytchett Fields.
Merlin - 1 Durlston NR, 2 East Bexington, 1 SE of Wareham.
Hobby - 1 SE of Wareham.
Golden Plover - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 over East Bexington.
Ruff - 1+ Lodmoor, 5 RSPB Lytchett Fields.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit.
Greenshank - 7 Brands Bay.
Short-Eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill.
Woodpigeon - 8000 Christchurch Harbour, 750 Durlston NR, 1220 East Bexington.
Swallow - 7 Durlston NR, 1+ Lytchett Fields.
House Martin - 2 Durlston NR.
Black Redstart - 1 Stanpit.
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston NR, 1 Penn Castle.
Great Grey Shrike - 1 SE of Wareham.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Durlston NR, 4+ across Portland.
Firecrest - 1 Durlston NR, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Merley, 1 Constitution Hill Poole.
Brambling - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 7 Durlston NR, 3 Portland Bill.
Bullfinch - 65 Durlston NR, c20 Studland, 2 Wick.
Hawfinch - 8 Durlston NR.


Ruff at Lodmoor © David Wareham

Sightings - Saturday 28th October 2017

Merlin - 1 Middlebere
Hobby - 1 Hartland Moor
Hen Harrier - 1 Middlebere
Honey Buzzard - 1 over Poole
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lychett Fields
Ruff - 4 Lychett Fields
Sandwich Tern - 1 off Southbourne
Woodpigeon - 50,000 over Poole Harbour, 1000+ Renscombe Farm, 7000 Hengistbury Head(yesterday), 200 north-east St Catherines Hill, Christchurch
Bearded Tit - 1 Longham Lakes
Black Redstart - 2 Portland
Pallas's Warbler - Hengistbury Head

Yesterday a Serin was recorded over Hengistbury Head.

Sightings - Friday 27th October 2017

Scaup - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Glossy Ibis - Flock of 5 over the Fleet
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick
Golden Plover - 4 over Christchurch Harbour, 4 over Portland
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lychett Fields
Little Stint - 1 Brownsea
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Woodcock - 1 Hengistbury Head
Skylark - 180 over Clouds Hill, 55 over Christchurch Harbour
Woodpigeon - 7000 west, Christchurch Harbour, 3500 over Clouds Hill
Water Pipit - 1 Lychett Fields
flava Wagtail - 1 Clouds Hill
Ring Ouzel - 4 Portland, 1 over Christchurch Harbour
Barred Warbler - 1 Bovington Camp
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Poole in private garden, 1 Portland, Bumpers Lane
Reed Warbler - Portland
Bearded Tit - 2 Longham Lakes, 2 Hengistburyhead
Chaffinch - 270 over Christchurch Harbour
Brambling - 22 over Christchurch Harbour, 6 Portland
Goldfinch - 850 over Christchurch Harbour
Siskin - 126 over Christchurch Harbour
Linnet - 680 over Christchurch Harbour
Redpoll - 117 over Christchurch Harbour, 200 over Clouds Hill, 17 Portland
Hawfinch - 1 over Longham Lakes, 3 Clouds Hill, 1 Portland, Verne
Lapland Bunting - 1 NW over North Walls, Portland

Yellow-browed Warbler - Poole © Marcus Lawson




Sightings - Thursday 26th October 2017

Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Lesser Scaup - 1 drake Longham Lakes
Bittern - 1Stanpit
Pallid Harrier - 1 juv Charmouth flew West this morning
Avocet - 25 Lytchett Bay (highest count this autumn here)
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Bay
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Middlebere
Little Stint - 1 Middlebere
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury
Arctic Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head east
Bonxie - 1 Hengistbury Head west
Short-eared Owl - 2 Portland, top fields
Bearded Tit - 2 Longham
Woodlark - 1 Portland
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Portland Hump, 1 Portland, Avalanche Road, 1 Ballard Down, trapped, 1 Portland, Coombefield Road, 1 Durlston
Raddes Warbler - 1 Portland, Bumpers Lane
Siberian Chiffchiff - 4 Portland, trapped, 1 Arne
Ring Ouzel - 2 Portland, East Weare, 1 Portland, Bumpers Lane
Black Redstart - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Poole, Oakdale, Nansen Avenue, 1 Portland, by Pulpit Pub
Richards Pipit - Portland
Meadow Pipit - 230 Hengistbury Head
Brambling - 12 Hengistbury Head
Chaffinch - 230 Hengistbury Head
Hawfinch - 1 Hengistbury Head, 2 Portland, Bumpers Lane, 1 Portland, north, 1 Greenlands Farm, 4 Weston Craft Centre, Portland, 1 Lytchett Fields, west
Linnet - 700 Hengistbury Head
Goldfinch - 1100 Hengistbury Head

Large thrush movement last night at Portland and Durlston

Pallid Harrier - Charmouth © Richard Phillips

Pallid Harrier - Charmouth © Richard Phillips

Pallid Harrier - Charmouth © Richard Phillips


Sightings - Wednesday 25th October 2017

Brent Goose - 253 Ferrybridge
Lesser Scaup - 1 drake Longham Lakes
Eider - 1 Ferrybridge
Golden Plover - 2 Christchurch Harbour
Knot - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Middlebere
Mediterranean Gull - 240 Ferrybridge
Short-eared Owl - 2 Durlston Country Park
Bearded Tit - 6 Radipole, 2 Longham Lakes, 8 over Reap Lane, Portland and a large flock over Pulpit Rock, Portland heading North-east.
Skylark - 26 Christchurch Harbour
Yellow - browed Warbler - 1 Middlebere, 2 Portland
Raddes Warbler - 1 Bumpers Lane, Portland
Ring Ouzel - 2 Portland, King Barrow Quarry
Redwing - 3 Portland
Black Redstart - 1 Portland
Meadow Pipit - 260 Christchurch Harbour
Chaffinch - 430 Christchurch Harbour
Hawfinch - 1 Middlebere, up to 12 over Portland west
Brambling - 3 Portland, 8 Christchurch Harbour
Linnet - 1800 Christchurch Harbour
Reed Bunting - 39 Christchurch Harbour

Also a Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly at Wallsend, Portland near Business Park




Sightings - Tuesday 24th October 2017.

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Lesser Scaup - 1 drake Longham Lakes.
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Great White Egret - 1 still at Lodmoor RSPB
Red Kite - 1 Fontmell Down.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Hartland Moor.
Merlin - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Hartland Moor, 1 Middlebere.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Middlebere.
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Middlebere.
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still at Abbotsbury Swannery
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still at Lodmoor
Wheatear - 2 Tarrant Rushton Airfield.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson Sewage Works.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 3 Portland, 2 Southwell, 1 West Bexington.
Firecrest - 7 Hengistbury Head, 2 Kinson Sewage Works.
Hawfinch - 1 ringed Portland Observatory, 1 Weston.
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Hengistbury Head.
Corn Bunting - 20+ Tarrant Rushton Airfield.

Lesser Scaup - Longham Lakes © Adrian Groves

















Radde's Warbler photographs below were taken on 18th October 2017. 

Radde’s Warbler – St. Aldhelm’s Head © Toby Austin.

Sightings - Monday 23rd October 2017.

Scaup - 2 1st w Abbotsbury Swannery.
Lesser Scaup - 1 drake Longham Lakes.
Brent Goose - 1050 dark bellied + 3 pale bellied Ferrybridge, 28 Stanpit Marsh, 18 Weymouth Bay.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Hen Harrier - 1 male juv. Hartland/Slepe Heath areas.
Goshawk - 1 juv. Wareham Channel.
Merlin - 3 Hartland/Slepe Heath areas.
Ruff - 4 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Shell Beach Studland.
Little Stint - 2 Lodmoor RSPB.
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still Middlebere.
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lodmoor RSPB.
Mediterranean Gull - 130 Ferrybridge.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 120 w across Weymouth Bay.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Southwell.
Hawfinch - 3 Portland Bill.

Lesser Scaup – Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell.


Lesser Scaup – Longham Lakes © Ian Ballam.

Sightings - Sunday 22nd October 2017.

Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 adult, 2 first winter birds.
Goosander - 3 redheads W Lodmoor RSPB.
Brent Goose - 16 Wareham Channel, 14 Christchurch Harbour.
Spoonbill - 14 Wareham Channel, 5 Lytchett Bay.
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Merlin - 2 Hartland Moor, 1 Slepe Heath, 1 Milborne St Andrew.
Golden Plover - c400 Maiden Castle.
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Little Stint - 4 Lodmoor RSPB.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lodmoor RSPB.
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Wareham Channel.
Caspian Gull - 1 1cy Wareham Channel.
Arctic Tern - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB.
Turtle Dove - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Skylark - 34 over Lodmoor RSPB.
Swallow - 4 Abbotsbury Swannery, 3 Lodmoor RSPB
Ring Ouzel - 1 Valley of Stones,Portesham.
Wheatear - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Maiden Castle.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Stour Valley LNR B'mouth.
Lesser Redpoll - 8 over Lodmoor RSPB.
Siskin - 20 Stanpit Marsh, 18 Lodmoor RSPB, 8 Portland Observatory.

Caspian Gull - Wareham Channel © Marcus Lawson

Caspian Gull - Wareham Channel © Marcus Lawson

Caspian Gull - Wareham Channel © Marcus Lawson


Little Stint – Lodmoor RSPB © Andrew Maynard.

Sightings - Saturday 21st October 2017.

Scaup - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery.
Long-tailed Duck - 1 past Chesil Cove.
Storm Petrel - 1 Portland Harbour.
Leach's Petrel - 4 through Chesil Cove, 1 past Ferrybridge, 1 Portland Harbour.
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery still.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB still.
Goshawk - 1 juv. Middlebere.
Merlin - 1 Middlebere, 1 off Mudeford Quay, 1 Portland Bill.
Knot - 5 Middlebere.
Little Stint - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere.
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Middlebere.
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery
Grey Phalarope - 1 past Chesil Cove, 1 past Mudeford Quay, 1 past Lyme Regis, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery briefly, 1 on the Fleet near Chickerell.
Spotted Redshank - 3 Middlebere.
Great Skua - 11+ Chesil Cove, 1 past Portland Bill.
Arctic Skua - 10 past Ferrybridge(1 pale phase), 2 past Portland Bill.
Kittiwake - 4 past Christchurch Harbour, 2 past Ferrybridge.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 past Ferrybridge.
Wryneck - 1 Portland Observatory Quarry.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill.
Firecrest - 1 Middlebere.

Sightings - Friday 20th October 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 with Db Brent Ferrybridge
Scaup - 1 drake still Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 over Stanpit Marsh, 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 over Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 35+ Arne
Whimbrel - 2 Middlebere
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still RSPB Lodmoor
Little Gull - 1 past Durlston CP.
Merlin - 2 Hartland Moor, 1 Durlston CP.
Swallow - 25 Durlston CP.
House Martin - 3 Durlston CP.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Southwell, 1 Holton Lee, 1 Branksome, 1 Wooton Mount Bournemouth, 1 Middlebere.
Redstart - 1 Holton Lee
Wheatear - 1 Holton Lee, 1 Portland
'alba' Wagtail - 105 Durlston CP.
Meadow Pipit - 145 Durlston CP.
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Chaffinch - 295 Durlston CP.
Hawfinch - 2 Durlston CP.
Linnet - 690 Durlston CP.
Lesser Redpoll - 11 Durlston CP, 6 Holtton Lee
Crossbill - 4 Durlston CP.
Goldfinch - 1580 Durlston CP.
Siskin - 66 Durlston CP.

Lesser Yellowlegs - RSPB Lodmoor  © Brett Spencer
















Little Egret - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Thursday 19th October 2017

Scaup - 1 drake Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 2 over Portesham
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere
Purple Sandpiper - 1 Peveril Pt.
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery morning only
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still RSPB Lodmoor
Wood Sandpiper - 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Continental Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 RSPB Radipole Lake
Merlin - 1 Chapman's Pool
Firecrest - 3 Southwell, 2 West Bexington, 2 St. Adhelm's Hd, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Dorchester DWT, 1 West Bexington
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Chapman's Pool
Red-breasted Flycatcher - Portland Obs & Hut Field
Black Redstart - 3 Reap Lane, 1 Lulworth Cove, 1 Ringstead, 1 Osmington Mills
Wheatear - 5 Portland Bill, 2 Chapman's Pool
Meadow Pipit - 1200 West Bay
Chaffinch - 200 West Bay
Hawfinch - 6 over Loyds Cottage Portland,  2 north Blacknor Portland, 1 over St Aldhelm's
Linnet - 850 West Bay
Lesser Redpoll -  9 Hengistbury Hd.

Sightings - Wednesday 18th October 2017

Scaup - 1 drake Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Middlebere
Stone Curlew - 1 heard Renscombe late p.m.
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery morning only
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still Lodmoor
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields
Tree Pipit - 1 over St Aldhelm's Head
Firecrest - 19 on Portland, 8 St. Aldhelm's Hd.
TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER - 1 still St Aldhelm's Hd.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Southwell, 1 Portland Obs.
Radde's Warbler - 1 reported this p.m. St Aldhelm's Hd.
Black Redstart - 5 Portland Bill
Redstart - 2 Ballard Down
Red-breasted Flycatcher - still Broadcroft Quarry
Wheatear - 5 Stanpit Marsh, 2 Portland Bill
Brambling - 1 Thumb Lane Portland
Lesser Redpoll - 11 Hengistbury Hd.

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St. Aldhelm's Head © Mike Morse

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St. Aldhelm's Head © Tony Minvalla

Sightings - Tuesday 17th October 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 with Db Brent Ferrybridge
Scaup - 1 drake Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-breasted Merganser - 6 Poole Hbr.
Cattle Egret - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 over Ballard Down.
Great Egret - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
Spoonbill - 60 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Black-necked Grebe - 7 Studland Bay, 3 Poole Hbr.
Ruff - 4 RSPB Lytchett Fields, Sev RSPB Lodmoor
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Little Stint - 3 RSPB Lodmoor, 1 RSPB Lodmoor
SPOTTED SANPIPER - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 still RSPB Lodmoor
Short-eared Owl - 1+ Portland Bill
Merlin - 2 St. Aldhelm's Hd, 1 Portland Bill, 1 Abbottsbury Swannery
Firecrest - 28 Portland Bill Obs, 12 St. Aldhelm's Hd, 5 Southwell, 4 Hengistbury Hd, 3 Eype
Bearded Tit - 2 Longham Lakes
Skylark - 94 Portland Bill, 30+ over Weymouth, 13 Wick
TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER - 1 St Aldhelm's Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Ballard Down (trapped & ringed), 1 Southwell
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 Broadcroft Quarry Portland
Wheatear - 3 Hengistbury Hd, 1 St Aldhelm's Hd.
Grey Wagtail - 4 Wick
'Alba' Wagtails - 40+ Portland Bill
Brambling - 1 St Adhelm's Hd, 1 Southwell, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Hawfinch - 1 Culverwell a.m. pos same 1 Portland Obs, 1 over Poole, 4 over Middle Beach, Studland.
Lesser Redpoll - 25 Portland Bill, 11 Hengistbury Hd.
Siskin - 7 Hengistbury Hd.
Corn Bunting - 1 Portland Bill

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St Aldhelm's Head © Marcus Lawson

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St Aldhelm's Head © Marcus Lawson

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St Aldhelm's Head © Marcus Lawson

Two-barred Greenish Warbler - St Aldhelm's Head © Marcus Lawson

Bearded Tit - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissel

Sightings - Monday 16th October 2017

Sooty Shearwater - 4 Weymouth Bay
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Cattle Egret -  2 Abbotsbury Swannery
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPBWater Pipit - 1 Lodmoor RSPBYellow-browed Warbler - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Wareham
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 Broadcraft Quarry Portland
Hawfinch -  5 over Durlston
Lapland Bunting - 1 over Durlston
Linnet - 1055 over Hengistbury Head



Red-breasted Flycatcher Portland copyright Brett Spencer
Great Egret Lodmoor RSPB copyright Brett Spencer

Sightings - Sunday 15th October 2017

Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Velvet Scoter - 1 Poole Harbour near the port
Spoonbill - 46 Brownsea Island lagoon
Great Egret - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Stanpit Bight, 2 Spetisbury, 1 Wytch Channel
Cattle Egret - 1 Charmouth, 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Middlebere 
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB

Radde's Warbler - 1 ringed Portland Obs, retrapped 
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Avalanche Road hump Portland, 1 Littlesea Wood, 1 Southwell Gardens, 1 Middlebere Hide, 1 Durlston
Black Redstart - 2 Reap Lane Portland, 2 Blacknor 
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1 Broadcraft Quarry Portland
Firecrest - 60 ringed Portland Obs, 10 Abbotsbury Gardens
Hawfinch - 3 Portland Bill, 3 over Holes Bay, 2 Reap Lane Portland, 2 over Durlston


Red-breasted Flycatcher Portland copyright Roger Hewitt