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

Sightings - Thursday 20th July 2017

Osprey - 1 Middlebere
CATTLE EGRET - 3 Lodmoor

Sightings - Wednesday 19th July 2017

Common Scoter - 21 past Hengistbury Head
Balearic Shearwater - 1 lingering off Portland Bill
Ruff - 16 Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - Brownsea Island lagoon
Roseate Tern - 3 Brownsea Island lagoon
Whinchat - 1 Crouch Hill Christchurch Harbour

Sightings - Tuesday 18th July 2017.

Common Scoter - 77 past Portland Bill, 14 past Mudeford Quay.
Goosander - 7 on River Stour nr. Canford School.
Balearic Shearwater - 1 off Portland Bill.
Great White Egret - 1 over Longham Lakes.
Spoonbill - 7 Lytchett Bay.
Avocet - 8 plus 3 chicks Brownsea.
Lapwing - 87 Lytchett Fields.
Whimbrel - 8 Lytchett Bay, 3 Stanpit Marsh.
Curlew - 3 Brownsea.
Sanderling - 15 Ferrybridge.
Common Sandpiper - 8 Lytchett Fields, 2 Brownsea, 1 Hengistbury Head.
Green Sandpiper - 15 Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 4 Lytchett Fields, 1 Brownsea.
Yellow-legged Gull - 2 Hut Fields Portland.
Little Tern - potentially 70+ fledged Chesil Beach.
Common Tern - 34 past Mudeford Quay, 2 Longham Lakes 1 adult feeding a juv.
Swallow - 300+ over Ferrybridge this morning.
Sand Martin - 300+ over Ferrybridge this morning.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Southwell.
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 pair have raised at least 2 young Portesham.

Common Sandpiper – Brownsea © Clinton Whale.

Pied Wagtail on nest –Canford © Roger Peart.

Sightings - Monday 17th July 2017.

Brent Goose - Stanpit Marsh.
Shelduck - 1 with a brood of 12 young, Lytchett Fields.
Common Scoter - 52 past Portland Bill, 17 seen from Mudeford Quay.
Manx Shearwater - 200 past Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Fields, 1 Brownsea.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Radipole Lake, 1 adult, 1 juv.
Avocet - only 3 chicks seen today. Brownsea.
Lapwing - 50 Lytchett Fields.
Whimbrel - 4 Christchurch Harbour.
Curlew - 25 Christchurch Harbour.
Black-tailed Godwit - 85 Lytchett Fields, 1 Christchurch Harbour, in full summer plumage.
Sanderling - 2 Ferrybridge.
Common Sandpiper - 6 Lytchett Fields.
Green Sandpiper - 9 Lytchett Fields.
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields.
Sandwich Tern - 24 Christchurch Harbour, 8 Ferrybridge.
Common Tern - 9 Christchurch Harbour, 6 incl. 1 juv. Longham Lakes.
Sand Martin - 80 through Ferrybridge in 90 minutes this morning.
Yellow Wagtail - 1 Ferrybridge.

Brent Goose – Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale.

Juvenile Swallow – Gotham © Roger Peart.  

Cattle Egret

We are pleased to announce that at a private site in the county up to 2 pairs of Cattle Egret have successfully fledged 4 young. More details will be published shortly once parking/access arrangements have been organised. This represents the first breeding record for this species in Dorset and the only previous proven breeding in the country was of 2-3 pairs in Somerset in 2008. This year has also seen pairs breeding successfully in Cheshire (up to 3 pairs) and Somerset (5 pairs).


Marcus Lawson
Dorset Bird Recorder

Sightings - Sunday 16th July 2017.

Goosander - 1 over Wick Fields.
Marsh Harrier - 5 Christchurch 2 adults & 3 juvs. 1 passage juv. Poole Harbour.
Avocet - now 4 Chicks Brownsea.
Whimbrel - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor.
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Ferrybridge.
Sandwich Tern - 7 Ferrybridge.
Common Tern - 2 Longham Lakes.
Roseate Tern - 2 Ferrybridge.

Sightings - Saturday 15th July 2017.

Common Scoter - 40 past Portland Bill.
Manx Shearwater - 350 past Portland Bill.
Balearic Shearwater - 11 past Portland Bill.
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Great White Egret - 1 Keysworth.
Spoonbill - 7 Brownsea.
Avocet - 3 chicks thought to be 2 days old. Brownsea.
Whimbrel - 5 Christchurch Harbour.
Sanderling - 2 Ferrybridge.
Common Sandpiper - 11 Brownsea, 4 Portland Bill, 1 Longham Lakes.
Great Skua - 1 past Portland Bill.
Mediterranean Gull - 3 past Portland Bill.
Sandwich Tern - 2 Ferrybridge, 2 past Portland Bill, 1 briefly Longham Lakes.
Common Tern - 2 one adult feeding a juv. Longham Lakes.
Roseate Tern - 2 Ferrybridge.

Spotted Flycatchers – Briantspuddle © Roger Hewitt.

Buzzard – Winton © Geoff Norquoy. 

Sightings - Friday 14th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - 15 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Fields
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Whimbrel - 3 Christchurch Harbour
Common Sandpiper - 5 Abbotsbury Swannery
Greenshank - 4 Middlebere
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Roseate Tern - 2 Ferrybridge

Lapwing at Stanpit Marsh © Joe Murphy




Roseate Terns at Ferrybridge © Tony Edwardes


Roseate Terns at Ferrybridge © Will Bown

Sightings - Thursday 13th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - 25 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Fields
Whimbrel - 6 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 4 Lytchett Bay
Roseate Tern - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Kestrel at Hengistbury Head © Geoff Norquoy
Kestrel on Portland © Trevor Wilkinson
Linnet on Portland © Trevor Wilkinson

Goldfinch at Hengistbury Head © Geoff Norquoy

Sightings - Wednesday 12th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - 200+ Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 10 briefly at Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Fields
Knot - 1 Portland Bill
Sanderling - 2 Ferrybridge
Common Sandpiper - 12 Christchurch Harbour, 4 Abbotsbury Swannery
Greenshank - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Roseate Tern - 3+ on Brownsea Island lagoon, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Roseate Tern on Brownsea © Clinton Whale

Roseate Terns on Brownsea © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Tuesday 11th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - c30 West Bexington, 4 Portland Bill
Spoonbill - 6 Brownsea Island
Whimbrel - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Ferrybridge
Knot - 3 Ferrybridge
Sanderling - 2 Ferrybridge
Common Sandpiper - 2 Ferrybridge, 1 Brownsea Island
Green Sandpiper - 20 Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 2 Brownsea Island
Arctic Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Roseate Tern - 1 RSPB Lodmoor

Avocet on Brownsea Island lagoon © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Monday 10th July 2017

CATTLE EGRET - 3 Arne Moors, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Black Tern - 1 Brownsea Island

Common Tern Radipole Lake copyright Joe Murphy


Sightings - Sunday 9th July 2017

Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Common Sandpiper - 6 Peveril Point, 4 Stanpit Marsh
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Island, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Sightings - Saturday 8th July 2017

Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lytchett Fields
Whimbrel - 2 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper -1 Lytchett Fields, 3 Abbotsbury
Green Sandpiper - 14  Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Fields
Roseate Tern - 2 Brownsea Island

Carrion Crow at Fontmell Down © Roger Peart




Kestrels at Durlston © David Wareham

Lapwing at Stanpit © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Friday 7th July 2017

Little Ringed Plover - 1 Abbotsbury
Whimbrel - 1 Stanpit
Common Sandpiper - 4 Abbotsbury
Greenshank - 1 Stanpit

Juvenile House Martin at Canford © Roger Peart
Juvenile Green Woodpecker at Colehill © Trevor Wilkinson

Marsh Harrier at Lodmoor © Joe Murphy

Sightings - Thursday 6th July 2017

Garganey - 3 flying Coward's Marsh
Osprey - 2  Arne a.m.
Common Sandpiper - 1 Barn Bight Hengistbury Hd. 1 Longham Lake.
Roseate Tern - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery

Yellowhammer - Holt Heath © Nick Hull

Sightings - Wednesday 5th July 2017

Manx Shearwater - 100 Portland Bill
Storm Petrel - 8 netted/ringed Portland Bill (last night)
Osprey - 2 Wareham Channel, 1 Middlebere
Whimbrel - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Knot - 3 over Christchurch Hbr.
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Is, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Blue-headed Wagtail - 1 Portland Bill
Common Tern - Lytchett Bay © Nick Hull

Sightings - Tuesday 4th July 2017

Spoonbill - 6 Brownsea Is.
Osprey - 3 today Arne
Avocet - 8 Brownsea Is.
Whimbrel - 2 Stanpit Marsh
Common Sandpiper - 5 Stanpit Marsh, 1 Lodmoor
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor
Spotted Redshank - 2 Brownsea Is.
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Is.
Cuckoo - 1 singing Lodmoor

Puffin off Isle of Purbeck © Nick Hull
















Sightings - Monday 3rd July 2017

Balearic Shearwater - 3 past Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 6 commuting between Lytchett Bay and Brownsea Lagoon.
Osprey - 2 at Middlebere.
Common Rosefinch - 1 in a Southwell garden again briefly.

Black-tailed Godwit - Brownsea Lagoon © Clinton Whale

Redshank - Brownsea Lagoon © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Sunday 2nd July 2017

Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Little Ringed Plover - 9 Lytchett Fields
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 juv at Blacknor
Roseate Tern - 1 Brownsea Island lagoon
Quail - 1 Cranbourne

Sightings - Saturday 1st July 2017

Osprey - 2 Middlebere
Storm Petrel - 4 off Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater - 9 past Portland Bill
Little Ringed Plover - 7 Lytchett Fields
Quail - 1 CheselbourneSwift - 500 through Christchurch Harbour

Common Rosefinch - 1 Southwell Portland

Sightings - Friday 30th June 2017

Osprey - 1 Middlebere
Little Gull - 1 Herbury Gore
Common Rosefinch - 1 Southwell Portland

Sightings - Thursday 29th June 2017

Little Ringed Plover - 2 Lytchett Fields (no access from Watery Lane)
Common Rosefinch - 1 private gardens Southwell Portland

Reports of interest, Wednesday 28 June 2017.

Common Rosefinch - 1 still at Southwell but very elusive.

Reports of interest, Tuesday 27 June 2017.

Firecrest - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Common Rosefinch - 1 still at Southwell.


Sandwich Tern at Brownsea Island © Clinton Whale

Sandwich Tern at Brownsea Island © Clinton Whale

Mediterranean Gull at Brownsea Island © Clinton Whale

Reports of interest, Monday 26 June 2017.

Manx Shearwater - 13 Portland Bill.
Balearic Shearwater - 1 Portland Bill.
Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island.
Common Rosefinch - 1 still at Southwell.


Sandwich Tern, Brownsea Island © Clive Hargrave

Common Terns, Brownsea Island © Clive Hargrave

Common Terns, Brownsea Island © Clive Hargrave

Reports of interest, Sunday 25 June 2017.

Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island.
Hobby - 1 Lodmoor.
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lytchett Fields.
Whimbrel - 1 Stanpit.

Green Sandpiper - 1 Lodmoor.
Common Sandpiper - 1 heard Christchurch Harbour.
Greenshank - 1 Brownsea Island.
Common Rosefinch - The long-staying bird was at Southwell.



Juvenile Swallow on the river at Wareham © Clinton Whale








Sightings - Saturday 24th June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 still on Brownsea Lagoon.
Alpine Swift - 1 over Lodmoor Postbox Pool until 20:20 (first seen c12:20).

Alpine Swift - Lodmoor © Brett Spencer

Alpine Swift - Lodmoor © Brett Spencer


































Alpine Swift - Lodmoor © Roger Hewitt

Sandwich Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Clinton Whale

Black-headed Gull - Brownsea Lagoon © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Friday 23rd June 2017

Spoonbill - 4 on Lytchett Fields.

juvenile Bullfinch - Merley Park © John Hammick

Black-headed Gull - Brownsea Island © Marcus Lawson

Sightings - Thursday 22nd June 2017

Spoonbill - 5 on Brownsea Lagoon
Elegant Tern - roosted on Brownsea Lagoon then left at c4.45am.
Little Gull - 1 Langton Herring.

Dartford Warbler - Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale

Sightings - Wednesday 21st June 2017

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

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

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

Elegant Tern - Brownsea Lagoon © Paul Morton

Sightings - Tuesday 20th June 2017

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

Sightings - Monday 19th June 2017

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

Juvenile Green Woodpecker at Hengistbury Head © Joe Murphy

Swallow fledgling at Canford © Roger Peart




Stonechat at Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

Sightings - Sunday 18th June 2017

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


Red-footed Falcon at Morden Bog © Aidan Brown





Pochard at Radipole © David Wareham