Sightings - Sunday 31st December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 2 past Poole Harbour entrance, 1 Portland Harbour
Manx Shearwater - 1 past East Cliffs (Bournemouth)
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill -  20 Arne Bay, 1 Middlebere, 2 Lytchett Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 off Shipstal Point (Arne RSPB)
Black-necked Grebe - 3 Portland Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 3 Hengistbury Head, 2 Sandbanks
Spotted Redshank - 2 Lytchett Bay
Firecrest -1 Arne RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Hawfinch - 80+ Bryanston Cliff woods, 12+ Blandford skate park, 3 Lytchett Matravers

Hawfinch at Bryanston Cliff woods © Michael Coleman

Sightings - Saturday 30th December 2017

Pintail - 17+ Longham Lakes
Goosander - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 6 Portland Harbour
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 16 Arne RSPB, 2 Stanpit
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Portland Harbour
Hen Harrier - 2 ringtails Arne RSPB
Firecrest - 3 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland), 3 Arne RSPB, 2 Stour Valley LNR
Siberian Chiffchaff - 3 Kinson sewage works
Black Redstart - 1 Newton's Cove (Weymouth)
Hawfinch - 30+ Cliff woods, Bryanston, 6 Mary's church Lytchett Matravers, 3 Stour Valley LNR, 1 Verwood

Hawfinch at Bryanston Cliff woods © Michael Coleman

Great Northern Diver, Portland Harbour © Brett Spencer
Goldeneye at Baiter, Poole © David Wareham


Sightings - Friday 29th December 2017

Goosander - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Sooty Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 1 Church Ope Cove
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Iceland Gull - 1 Chesil Cove
Siberian Chiffchaff - 3 Kinson sewage works
Hawfinch - 6 Puddletown Manor, 1 East Holme

Ruff at Lodmoor RSPB © Andrew Maynard

Marsh Harrier at Lodmoor RSPB © Andrew Maynard

Turnstone at Poole Quay © Davis Wareham

Sightings - Thursday 28th December 2017

Black Brant - 1 from Coombe Arne in Middlebere Channel
Velvet Scoter - 1 Bramble Bush Bay
Goosander - 4 redheads Sturminster Marshall GP.
Red-throated Diver - 1 west Branksome Chine
Great Northern Diver - 4 off Middle Beach Studland, 1 off Old Harry Rocks, 1 off Goathorn
Great White Egret - 1 Coombe Arne, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Goathorn Shore
Spoonbill - 30 Arne, presume some of the same, 22 Long Island, 1 Hengistbury Hd.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Middle Beach, 1 Bramble Bush Bay, 1 Cleavil Pt.
Black-necked Grebe - 15 Middle Beach, 3 Bramble Bush Bay
Marsh Harrier - 2 Lower Avon, 2 Middlebere, 2 seen flying south across Poole Bay
Hen Harrier - 2 Poole Hbr. (1 male, 1 imm)
Ruff - 5 Lodmoor
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Island
Purple Sandpiper - 9 Lyme regis on 'The Cobb'.
Spotted Redshank - 4 Brownsea Is.
Greenshank - 10 Brownsea is.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Sandwich Tern - 2 Brownsea Is, 1 Middle Beach, 1 Peverel Pt, 1 Lytchett Bay
Merlin - 1 Hartland Moor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Great Ovens (Wareham Forest)
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor Portland
Water Pipit - 3-4 Wytch Causeway
Hawfinch - 38 Cliff Wood Bryanston, 1 Kingston Lacy, 1 Priory Fm

Oystercatcher - Bournemouth © David Wareham



















Common Gull - Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell




















Great Crested Grebe - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Wednesday 27th December 2017

Goosander - 1 Longham Lakes
Black-throated Diver - 1 Bincleaves
Great Northern Diver - 3 from Billy Winters Portland Hbr.
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 4 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Sandsfoot Castle
Hen Harrier - 4 Poole Hbr includes 1 ad male.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Holes Bay
Merlin - 1 Hartland Moor, 1 Durlston CP.
Firecrest - 1 Pennsylvania Castle Wood
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 still Kinson sewage works
Black Redstart - 2 Church Ope Portland
Hawfinch - 38 Cliff Wood Bryanston, 7 Gillingham, 6 Leigh Churchyard

Great White Egret - Longham © Lorne Bissell

Sightings - Tuesday 26th December 2017 - Boxing Day

Goosander - 1 Lower Avon Valley
Spoonbill - 9 Arne, 2 Middlerbere. 1 Stanpit Marsh
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Spotted Redshank - 1 Fisherman's Bank
Iceland Gull - 1 1st/2ndW off the West Cliff Portland Bill
Firecrest - 1 Stour Valley LNR, 1 Southwell, 1 Badbury Rings
Siberian Chiffchaff - 3+ Stour Vallet LNR
Hawfinch - 1 Bryanston Cliff Wood, 1 Stour Valley LNR.

Sightings - Monday 25th December 2017 Christmas Day

The Dorset Bird Club would like to wish all members and visitors to our blog and website a very Happy Christmas.

Black Brant - 1 with Brent Middlebere Ruddy Shelduck  - 1 female again in stubble field between Middle Bockhampton and Hawthorn Farm
Goosander - 1 Ferrybridge/Hamm Beach
Spoonbill - 2 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Firecrest - 1 Stour LNR.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 Kinson Sewage Works

Sightings - Sunday 24th December 2017- Christmas Eve

Barnacle Goose - 21 Rodden Hive
Black Brant - 1 Rodden Hive (With Bb Geese)
Great Northern Diver - 1 Small Mouth, 1 Osprey Quay Portland Hrb.
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 1 Lytchett Bay
Red Kite - 1 Upcerne (at top of the Combe)
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
Firecrest - 2 Castle Wood Church Ope, 1 Kinson Sewage Works, 1 Stour LNR.
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Castle Wood Church Ope, 1 private garden Damory Down.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 Kinson Sewage Works, 1 Stour LNR.
Hawfinch - 130+ Bryanston Cliff Wood, 12 Cattistock Church, c5 Leigh Church, 1 Gillingham

Hawfinch - Gillingham © J. Howell

Sightings - Saturday 23rd December 2017

Red-throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Stanpit
Common Scoter - 9 Hengistbury Head
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick Hams, 5 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Poole Harbour
Avocet - 3 Lytchett Fields
Dunlin - 300 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields
Black-tailed Godwit - 65 Stanpit
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle Woods and Penn's Caravan Park
Firecrest - 2 Pennsylvania Castle Woods, 2 Lodmoor, 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Puddletown
Brambling - 1 female on feeder, West Christchurch
Hawfinch - 115 Bryanston Cliff Woods, 13 Cattistock, 4 Priory Farm, East Holme, 5 Puddletown      
                   Churchyard

Sightings - Friday 22nd December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 3 Poole Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 10 Poole Harbour
Great Crested Grebe - c.50 Poole Harbour
Spoonbill - 30 Poole Harbour, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Pintail - 36 Christchurch Harbour
Common Scoter - 1 Poole Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 Poole Harbour
Goldeneye - c.40 Poole Harbour
Red-breasted Merganser - c.150 Poole Harbour
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Black-tailed Godwit - 65 Christchurch Harbour
Sandwich Tern - 2 Mudeford Quay
Guillemot - 3 Poole Harbour
Water Pipit - 3 Lytchett Fields
Rock Pipit - 45 Church Opie
Firecrest - 2 Church Opie, 1 Stour Valley NR
Hawfinch - 18 Lower Bryanston




Sightings - Thursday 21st December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 1 off Baiter
Black-necked Grebe - 11 Hamworthy Park Beach
Goldeneye - 12 Hamworthy Park Beach, 1drake, 1 duck Poole Park
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Cobb rock armour, Lyme Regis
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 reported Longham Lakes
Sandwich Tern - 2 Mudeford Quay
Guillemot - 1 Hamworthy Park Beach
Water Pipit - 6 Cowards Marsh
Firecrest - 2 Longham Lakes, 1 Church Opie Cove
Brambling - 1 Cheselbourne in private garden
Hawfinch - 6 Puddletown Manor, Puddletown


Sightings - Wednesday 20th December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 2 Middle Beach, 1 off Hamworthy Park Beach, 1 Ferrybridge
Black-throated Diver - 2 off Sandsfoot
Black-necked Grebe - 17 Middle Beach, 2 off Hamworthy Park Beach, 8 off Sandsfoot
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off Sandsfoot
Great Egret - 1 Longham Lakes on South Lake
Black Brant - 1 Brands Bay
Brent Goose - 185 Brands Bay
Wigeon - 2500 Holes Bay
Pintail - 4 Holes Bay
Red-breasted Merganser - c.20 off Hamworthy Park Beach
Goosander - 1 Stanpit
Hen Harrier - 3 Poole Harbour (west end)
Marsh Harrier - 5 Poole Harbour (west end)
Merlin - 1 Poole Harbour (west end)
Avocet - 12 Brands Bay, 51 Holes Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Hengistbury Head, off Long Groyne
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea
Sanderling - 1 Shell Bay
Woodcock - 1 Brands Bay
Sandwich Tern - 3, 1 Hengistbury Head, 2 Mudeford Quay
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Wood/Church Opie Wood
Firecrest - 1 Pennsylvania Wood
Redpoll - c12 Brands Bay
Hawfinch - 1 Lower Bryanston, 5 Cattistock

Sightings - Tuesday 19th December 2017

Brent Goose - 30 Turlin Moor
Common Scoter - 1 Arne, Poole Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Off Brownsea Island, 7 Ferrybridge/Portland Harbour
Spoonbill - 18 Arne, Poole Harbour, 2 Turlin Moor LNR, 1 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 1 Ringtail Hartland Moor, 1 Ringtail Middlebere
Barn Owl - 1 Middlebere
Spotted Redshank - 1 Cowards Marsh, 1 Lytchett Fields
Grey Plover - 6 Middlebere
Bar-tailed Godwit 1 Turlin Moor
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Island
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Firecrest - 1 Stour Valley LNR near Kinson sewage works
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Holes Bay, near outflow, 1 Stour Valley LNR near Kinson sewage works
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle, Portland
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland, 1 Haylands, Portland
Hawfinch - 1 Stour Valley LNR near river, (10 Cattistock  18/12/2017)

             Redshank - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy 

Sightings - Monday 18th December 2017.

Red-breasted Merganser - 2 between Sandbanks and Pilots Point
Black-necked Grebe - 1 between Sanbanks ferry and Pilots Point
Great Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Ringed Plover - 17 near Pilots Point
Sanderling - 41 near Pilots Point
Purple Sandpiper - 2 Hengistbury Head
Sandwich Tern - 7 between Sandbanks and Pilots Point
Siberian Chiffchaff -1 Stour Valley LNR-Kinson sewage works
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle, Portland
Firecrest - 1 Church Ope Cove, Portland, 1 Longham Lakes
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland, 1 Church Ope Cove, Portland

Purple Sandpiper - Hengsitbury Head © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Sunday 17th December 2017.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose -11 Ferrybridge
Great Northern Diver -5 Ferrybridge, 1 Portland Harbour, 2 off Brownsea Island / Poole Harbour 
Black-throated Diver - 4 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 19 Studland Bay, 5 Shell Bay, 4 Portland Harbour, 3 Ferrybridge, 4 Poole Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 1 Poole Harbour 
Common Scoter - 2 Chain Ferry Point (Studland Side), 1 Poole Harbour
Gooseander - 3 Redheads Portland Harbour
Goldeneye - 30 Poole Harbour
Spoonbill - 10+ Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier 1 Ringtail,Frome mouth of river
Great Bustard - 3 (released /ringed birds) Portland 
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Brownsea Island
Little Gull - 1 Portland
Sandwich Tern -6 Poole Harbour
(Hooded Crow -1 Mudeford Quay - Saturday 16th December 2017)
Hawfinch - 3 Leigh, 3 Gillingham, 3 South Perrott
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Drain, PC World 
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Pennsylvania Castle, Portland


Great Northern Diver, Sandbanks, Poole Harbour,© Mike Gibbons

       Stilt Sandpiper, Brownsea Island,© Simon Buckell

Sightings - Saturday 16th December 2017.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose 2 Ferrybridge
Velvet Scoter - 1 past Portland
Red-throated Diver - 42 past Portland
Great Northern Diver -1 Portland Harbour, 4 Ferrybridge
Black-throated Diver -1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe -10 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Egret - 1 Logham Lakes, 1 Burton-Christchurch
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Bay
Great Bustard - 3 (released /ringed birds) Portland 
Green Sandpiper -1 Abbas cressbed, Winterbourne
Ruff - 5 Lodmoor
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Stilt Sandpiper - Brownsea Island
(juvenile Scandinavian Herring Gull at Radipole Lake on Thursday 14/12/2017)
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland, 1 Chesil Cove
Firecrest - 1 Radipole Lake, 1 Stour Valley LNR,Kinson sewage works, 1 Boys Hill
Brambling - 1 Portesham
Lesser Redpoll - 3 Durlston, 2 Lodmoor
Goldfinch - 70 Durlston
Siskin - 10 Durlston
Hawfinch - 1 Durlston, 1 Stour Valley LNR, Kinson sewage works , 1 Boys Hill
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1, Longham Lakes, 2 Stour Valley LNR, Kinson sewage works

Ruff, Lodmoor,© Andrew Maynard

Firecrest, Radipole Lake, © Brett Spencer

Green Sandpiper, Abbas cressbed, Winterbourne,© Brett Spencer

Sightings - Friday 15th December 2017

BLACK BRANT - 1 Ferrybridge
Common Scoter - 33 off Hengistbury Head
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 3 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay, 1 Portland Harbour
Great Egret - 1 West Bexington
Ruff - 6 Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Church Ope Cove
Hawfinch - 1 Wimborne by-pass bridge over River Stour

Curlew Hengistbury Head copyright Joe Murphy

Sightings - Thursday 14th December 2017

Red-throated Diver - 2 off Mudeford Quay
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Mudeford Quay, 2 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 6 Ferrybridge
Great Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Purple Sandpiper - 12 Portland Bill
Arctic Skua - 1 off Mudeford Quay
Guillemot - 1 off Poole Quay
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Kinson STW
Hawfinch - 1 Fontmell Down, 1 Durlston

Sightings - Wednesday 13th December 2017

Bittern - 1 Middlebere Lake
Great Egret - 3 Middlebere
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Spotted Redshank - 3 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Greenshank - 11 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Knot - 14 Brownsea Island Lagoon
Sandwich Tern - 1 off Brownsea Island Quay, 2 Mudeford Quay
Glaucous Gull - 1 Abbotsbury before flying off down The Fleet
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields
Siberian Chiffchaff  - 1 Stour Valley LNR at Kingston STW
Hawfinch - 1 West Knighton

Sightings - Tuesday 12th December 2017

Black-throated Diver - 2 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 5 Weymouth Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Jerry’s Point Poole Harbour
Goosander - 4 Portland Harbour
Great Egret - 2 Middlebere
Marsh Harrier - 5 West Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - 3 West Poole Harbour
Sandwich Tern - 1 Portland Harbour
Siberian Chiffchaff - Stour Valley LNR
Firecrest - 1 Stour Valley LNR
Hawfinch - 3 Fontmell Down, 3 Kingston Lacy

Redshank Christchurch Harbour copyright Joe Murphy

Black-tailed Godwit Holes Bay copyright Tony Adamcik


Sightings - Monday 11th December 2017.

Brent Goose - 350 incl. 7 pale bellied birds Ferrybridge.
Red-throated Diver - 1 past Mudeford Quay.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Mudeford Quay.
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove.
Wheatear - 1 reported Penn's Weare, Portland.
Firecrest - 3 Penn's Weare.
Hawfinch - 4 Leigh Churchyard, nr. Yetminster, 2 Kingston Lacy NT.

Sightings - Sunday 10th December 2017.

Barnacle Goose - 22 Abbotsbury Swannery this week.
Brent Goose - 1 pale-bellied Ferrybridge.
Black Brant - 1 Gore Cove, The Fleet.
Scaup - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery this week.
Goosander - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Red-throated Diver - 1 Poole Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Christchurch Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 4 Portland Harbour. 1 off Christchurch  Harbour.
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Newtons Cove, Weymouth.
Manx Shearwater - 1 off  Portland Bill.
Cattle Egret - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery this week.
Great White Egret - 1 Avon Causeway.
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Bay, 1 Poole Harbour.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Greenshank - 2 Lytchett Bay, 1 coloured ringed bird Poole Harbour.
Sandwich Tern - 3 Poole Harbour.
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Bill, 1 Winspit.
Firecrest - 3 Church Ope Cove, Portland, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Hawfinch - 6 South Perrott.

Sightings - 9th December 2017.

Red-necked Grebe - 1 Weymouth Bay.
Red-throated Diver - 21 past Christchurch Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 3 past Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Harbour.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Portland Harbour, 1 Weymouth Bay.
Spoonbill - 4 Holes Bay, 1 Hengistbury Head.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lytchett Bay.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Bay.
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay.
Bar-tailed Godwit - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Ruff - 5 Littlemoor, Weymouth.
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still Brownsea Lagoon.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still RSPB Lodmoor.
Swallow - 1 another late bird, Hengistbury Head.
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 Portland Observatory.
Hawfinch - 2 Kingston Lacy NT, 1 Chamberlaynes Heath, 1 Leigh Church, nr. Yetminster, 1 South Perrott.

Lesser Yellowlegs – RSPB Lodmoor  © Simon Buckell.

Lesser Yellowlegs – RSPB Lodmoor  © Simon Buckell.

Black-tailed Godwits – Upton CP © Michael Stewart.

Black-tailed Godwits – Upton CP © Michael Stewart.


Sightings - Friday 8th December 2017.

Goosander - 1 redhead Christchurch Harbour.
Black-throated Diver - 1 off Double Dykes, Hengistbury Head.
Cattle Egret - 2 Portesham.
Spoonbill - 1 1st w briefly Christchurch Harbour.
Purple Sandpiper - 14 Lyme Regis, 1 Poole Harbour mouth.
Sandwich Tern - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Swallow - 1 very late bird Boscombe Pier.
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove.
Firecrest - 2 Church Ope Cove.
Hawfinch - 1 Kingston Lacy NT.
Leucistic  Blackbird – Wimborne © John Wareham. 
Stonechat – Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell.
Stonechat – Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell.
Purple Sandpipers – Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell. 

Redwing – Bournemouth, Eastcliff © David Wareham.



Sightings - Thursday 7th December 2017

Great White Egret - 2 MiddlebereHen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still on Brownsea Lagoon
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 Stour Valley LNR (Kinson)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland)
Hawfinch - 4 Cattistock churchyard

Hawfinch - Cattistock churchyard © Brad Mear



















Stilt Sandpiper - Brownsea Lagoon © Alick Simmons
Spoonbill - Brownsea Lagoon © Alick Simmons

Spotted Redshank - Brownsea Lagoon © Alick Simmons

Avocet - Brownsea Lagoon © Alick Simmons



Jay - Upton CP © David Wareham

Sightings - Wednesday 6th December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 2 Poole Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 1 off Brownsea quay
Great White Egret - 2 from Coombe Heath (Arne RSPB), 1 Briantspuddle Water Meadows
Cattle Egret - 5 left Abbotsbury Swannery early am then flew towards Portesham
Spoonbill - 23 on Brownsea Lagoon
Hen Harrier - 3 Poole Harbour, 1 male Rampisham Down
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still on Brownsea Lagoon
Spotted Redshank - 6 on Brownsea Lagoon
Water Pipit - 1 Holton Lee, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Crossbill - c100 Bere Heath
Hawfinch - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Kingston Lacy

Common Crossbill at Bere Heath © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Tuesday 5th December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Portland Harbour
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 past Hengistbury Head
Black-necked Grebe - 19 Portland Harbour
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 still Lodmoor RSPB
Water Pipit - 4 still Lytchett Fields RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 still Durlston CP, 1 Church Ope (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Hawfinch - 1 Arne RSPB

Kestrel - Lytchett Fields RSPB © Ian Ballam

Sightings - Monday 4th December 2017

Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 20 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 on the Fleet at Todmoor
Cattle Egret - 5 Portesham
Great White Egret - 3 Arne RSPB
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 still on Brownsea Lagoon
Water Pipit - 4 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Hawfinch - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Kingston Lacy, 5 Cattistock

Great Northern Diver - Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Great Black-backed Gull - Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik

Teal - Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik

Teal - Hengistbury Head © Tony Adamcik

Sightings - Sunday 3rd December 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 7 Portland Harbour, 2 over Stour Valley LNR
Red-throated Diver - 6 Mudeford Quay
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 3 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour
Great White Egret - 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spoonbill - c20 in Poole Harbour inc. 9 Brownsea Island lagoon & 2 Lychett Fields RSPB
Black-necked Grebe - 18 Portland Harbour, 2 Poole Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lychett Fields RSPB
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Firecrest - 1 Stour Valley LNR, 1 Wick (Christchurch)
Brambling - 1 in West Christchurch garden, 1 Wick (Christchurch)
Hawfinch - c6 Powerstock churchyard, 5 South Perrott,  5 Cattistock, 1 Kingston Lacy NT

Great White Egret over Lytchett © Shaun Robson

Redshank at Holes Bay © David Wareham

Spoonbill at Lytchett Fields RSPB © Shaun Robson

Sightings - Saturday 2nd December 2017

Eider - 2 off Mudeford Quay
Goosander - 2 drakes with females in Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 32 Hengistbury Head
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 8 Weymouth Bay, 3 Portland Harbour, 1 Hengistbury Head
Bittern - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Hengistbury Head
Black-necked Grebe - 17 Portland Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail West Bexington
Merlin - 1 Lytchett Bay
Ruff - 5 Lodmoor RSPB
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Water Pipit - 5 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Firecrest - 3 Broadcroft Quarry Lane (Portland), 3 Wick (Hengistbury),  1 Longham Lakes,
     1 Church Ope Cove (Portland), 1 Hengistbury Head
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Southdown Avenue, Lodmoor RSPB
Hawfinch - 7 Powerstock Churchyard, 1 South Perrott, 1 Stour Valley LNR, 1 Kingston Lacy NT

Blackbird at Oakley, Wimborne © Roger Peart

Sightings - Friday 1st December 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 4 Newton's Cove (Weymouth), 2 Portland Harbour
Velvet Scoter - 3 Weymouth Bay, 2 past Hengistbury Head
Red-throated Diver - 5 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Bill
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Cattle Egret - 1 Chilcombe
Spoonbill - 5 Lytchett Bay, 3 Holes Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 14 Portland Harbour
Sanderling - 1 Rodden Hive
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 briefly at Lulworth Cove
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 Stour Valley LNR
Water Pipit - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Firecrest - 3 Portland Bill
Brambling - 5 Hengistbury Head
Hawfinch - 15 Bonsley Common

Bearded Tit at Lytchett Bay © Ian Ballam

Redwing at Eastclff, Bournemouth © David Wareham
 

Sightings - Thursday 30th November 2017

Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Goosander - 2 Portland Harbour
Red-throated Diver - 3 Hengistbury Head
Great Northern Diver - 2 Hengistbury Head
Spoonbill - 7 over Lytchett Bay, 6 Holes Bay, 3 Middlebere
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Great Bustard - 3 over Portland/Ferrybridge
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Firecrest - 1 Cattistock Churchyard
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland)
Water Pipit - 1 Herbury (nr Langton Herring), 1 Middlebere
Brambling - 1 Hengistbury Head
Hawfinch - 4 Cattistock Churchtyard, 3 Charmouth Churchyard

Little Grebe at Lodmoor RSPB © Derek Fowler


























Kingfisher at Lodmoor RSPB © Derek Fowler


Lesser Yellowlegs at Lodmoor RSPB © Derek Fowler