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Sightings - Wednesday 15th August 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 21:27
Spoonbill - 2 Stanpit
Green Sandpiper - 1 Holton Lee
Whinchat - 2 Hengistbury, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
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9 Aug 18 - Soaring In Devon

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 18:00
It's been a tough week recently, following, the desperately sad news that my good Birding mate, Brian Field died recently following an unexpected heart attack while out Birding in West Cornwall. I have known Brian since the early 1980s & we have spent about five months travelled abroad over seven Birding trips. I will come back to write a longer Post & tribute to Brian later this Autumn when I've got a bit more used to this sudden news. My last Birding trip with Brian was earlier this year when we both had a great trip to Northern Colombia in Feb/Mar 18.
Brian Field: Enjoying a late breakfast stop in the Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia (6 Mar 18)Brian's funeral was in his home town of Truro on 8 Aug 18 & it was a tough & emotional day for everybody. It was good to catch up with a lot of old mates associated with the South West during the day. I stayed down West with another good mate, Pete Aley & his wife Ali in Plymouth that evening. It was Pete who first introduced me to Brian after they both arrived at Plymouth Poly together in 1980 & immediately they started putting the Poly on the map for young Birders to enjoying a lively Birding & twitching scene & come away with a degree as a bonus. The following day, Pete & I headed out to check out a couple of local Birding sites. The main stop was Soar to the East of Plymouth. There were a few migrant Willow Warblers & Whitethroats around, but low numbers of migrants overall.
Yellowhammer: I'm always happy to see YellowhammersHowever, it proved to be a better day for insects.
Migrant Hawker: FemaleSmall Pearl-bordered Fritillary: Pleased to see these second brood individuals which have really declined in recent years in Dorset. Hope they are doing better in DevonSmall Pearl-bordered Fritillary: The same individualWall: I saw several, but this tatty individual was the only one that posed briefly for a photoAfter nearly completing a circuit of Soar we reached the cafe Pete had said we would be able to get a drink. This proved to be a lot better than I had expected. It was a large open barn next to a few tents for hire & a few friendly farm animals. It certainly was a popular place for the local mums to natter, while their kids played & made some animal friends. Some excellent coffee & freshly made cake. A good day out given the circumstances.
Toy Snake at the cafe: This would catch a few of the local visitors out if placed on the Arne reserve
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15 Aug 18

Martin Adlam - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:33
Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood.

Today started off cloudy, but by mid afternoon, the clouds dispersed to leave a nice sunny end to the day. Main highlight of my walk was the juvenile Sparrowhawk still calling and exercising its wings close to Penn's Wood. Also about a few more Chiffchaffs calling.

A lot fewer butterflies seen today, with just 4 Common Blues, 2 Large Whites, 2 Green-veined Whites and a solitary Meadow Brown.

There might have been fewer butterflies, but there seems to be a lot more bees about with Small Garden Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum), Red-tailed Cuckoo-bee (Bombus rupestris), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and Honey Bees. Also seen was one of the Nomad Bees, which sadly will have to remain as Nomada sp. as it wouldn't settle.

Quite a few hoverflies about, mainly Marmalade (Episyrphus balteatus), plus Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea), a Xylota segnis and a hoverfly which I could only see head-on. As I moved into a better position a fly almost landed on it and spooked it.

In the grounds of St Andrew's Church were 2 Wall Lizards, with one sunbathing on the ivy.

Also recorded was the larvae of a Harlequin Ladybird and a Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa).

Just the one Meadow Brown seen today. This one was in the grounds of St Andrew's Church.
A male Common Blue along the Mermaids Track.
A Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)..........
........also known as the Large Earth Bumblebee.
A Common Carder Bee.
An unusual looking hoverfly which goes by the name of Xylota segnis. It doesn't have a common name.
My mystery hoverfly. All I can say is, it was a striking yellow and black!!
A Wall Lizard sunbathing on the Ivy.
And another in its more natural surroundings. Both in the grounds of St Andrew's Church.
This brightly coloured bug is in fact the larvae of the Harlequin Ladybird.
And always great characters to see as they trundle along the pathways, a Bloody-nosed Beetle.
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14th August

Portland Bird Observatory - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:10
A day that started with not a breath of wind and a glassy sea was not the usual start to a good migrant day, however, by around 9am the cloud had rolled in and some visible passage was noted. 1 Grey Heron and 4 Tree Pipits began the day followed by a modest fall of Willow Warblers with the total reaching 45, 3 Pied Flycatchers also made an appearance with 3 fly-over Yellow Wagtails, 4 Sedge Warblers and 2 Swifts. A lone Siskin, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Spotted Flycatcher made up the single records of the day. The top fields were returning to their autumnal productivity with 11 Wheatears and 6 Whinchats. The sea was also putting on a fair show species wise, if not in numbers with: 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, and 1 Arctic Skua. 

Ferrybridge saw a notable increase in waders with: 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Curlew, 1 Knot, 41 Dunlin, 52 Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstones, 36 Oystercatchers, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Common Terns.

The moth traps had a much more successful night with the first Convolvulus Hawkmoths of the year (1 at the Obs and 2 at the Grove) of particular note; 12 Silver Y, 11 Dark Sword Grass, 3 Diamond-back Moths, 1 Rush Veneer and 1 Vagrant Piercer Cydia amplana made up the rest of the night's tally at the Obs.

After a few days hiatus Pied Flycatchers returned to the fore today, with at least 5 scattered around the south of the island; this one was at Southwell © Debby Saunders:


Wader numbers were also on the up, with Common Sandpiper and Knot featuring at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders


On the moth front Convolvulus Hawkmoth and Vagrant Piercer were two August staples that put in appearances for the first time this year © Martin Cade:


After the cloud and fog passed, the day was actually quite warm and it coaxed this second generation Adonis Blue out of hiding on West Cliffs  © Matt Ames:
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Sightings - Tuesday 14th August 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:49
Garganey - 1 still Longham Lakes
Great White Egret - 3 still Lodmoor RSPB
Spoonbill - 8 Brownsea Lagoon
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Arne RSPB
Osprey - 1 over Bridport
Ruff - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Green Sandpiper - 9 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Tree Pipit - 20 Durlston CP
Pied Flycatcher  - 1 Lulworth Cove, 1 Southwell, 2 Durlston CP

Great White Egret (x3) - Lodmoor RSPB © Clive Hargrave
Great White Egret - Lodmoor RSPB © Clive Hargrave
Whimbrel - Stanpit © Clinton WhaleCommon Tern - Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale 

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14 Aug 18

Martin Adlam - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 19:36
Ferrybridge

More painting on-board Star today, its never ending. However there is a light at the end of the tunnel, with just a few areas still to be touched up. In the meantime we are just waiting on a date for when the mooring is available at Castletown. Once we have that, all that's needed is to anti-foul the hull and she will be good to go.

Sadly the Winter Pelagic trips don't look as if they will happen this year as we can't find a Winter mooring. Unfortunately it will mean that Star will be in a boatyard from October to April, but we still have September for a few trips out.

So whilst Dawn and I were busy painting at Ferrybridge Marina this afternoon, I did notice a Common Tern and 2 Sandwich Terns passing overhead, whilst in Small Mouth there were 50+ gulls feeding close to the road bridge as the tide was racing out of The Fleet.

There was an exceptionally low tide today and the sandbanks in The Fleet were joining up with each other, making almost possible to walk from one side to the other. In the distance I could quite a few small waders and several Oystercatchers.

Wakeham

In the garden pond there are 2 very strange looking bugs which are either damselfly larvae or Water Spiders. Tomorrow I will investigate further!
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1 Aug 18 - The Start Of The Autumn Migration

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 18:00
I doubt that you will get a clear date for the start of the Autumn migration from any group of South Coast UK Birders, as it will depend on their Birding preferences. Many will say the end of June or start of July when the first returning Waders appear. But that's subjective as the first heading South are likely to be failed breeding Birds. By the second half of June I was seeing good numbers of Curlews back in Poole Harbour. Around that date, I found a local Great White Egret which could have been a non-breeding individual or a post breeding individual wandering across from the continent or down from the Somerset Levels. Perhaps the date be based on returning Waders from further afield? Maybe, it should it be around the start of July when the Swifts start to depart & the first Sand Martins start gathering to head South. Alternatively, should it be when the Passerines start moving towards the end of July. Personally, I like to work on the start of Aug as that is when the Passerines start moving, although I do enjoy the arrivals of the early Waders. On the first of Aug I was Birding around Littlesea as I was still trying to find the Purple Heron. I had no joy with the Purple Heron, but I was happy to find both a Pied Flycatcher & a Spotted Flycatcher at Littlesea. Both were skulky & not easy to get views of them which is typical when they are on their breeding grounds. So, they were still behaving as if they were on their breeding grounds. Both species are migrants through the Studland area. Spotted Flycatchers are relatively regular and Pied Flycatchers are always scarce with just a small handful of records mainly in the Autumn. So, it was good to see that the Autumn Passerine migration had started.
Pied FlycatcherSpotted FlycatcherRobin: Juvenile. A locally breed individual close to where the two Flycatchers were feedingRobin: JuvenileRed-eyed Damselfly: Pair. Preparing for next year's generation (3 Aug 18)Water Strider: The large size & upturned spurs at the end of the abdomen confirms the identification (3 Aug 18)
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13th August

Portland Bird Observatory - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:28
Despite a vast improvement on the weather front, the day remained rather uninspiring migration-wise. As such, it feels like a good time to show off a little success story from the summer. As regular followers of the blog and avid members will know, the Observatory entered into a level 2 Stewardship agreement for our surrounding farmland last year, with the aim of improving the land in regards to diminishing farmland breeding birds. This has included the planting of 'bird friendly' seed crops, an almost complete reduction in pesticides and the distribution of seed throughout the winter months. This summer we saw the first fruits of our labour as the first breeding record of Tree Sparrow for Portland occurred! Fantastically, our 'Chippers' managed to lay two clutches and succeeded in rearing a brood of 6 followed by a brood of 5. We have already recovered two of the first brood, during our morning ringing sessions, as free flying birds and a third was spotted at Nick Stantiford's feeders in Southwell. Although this is a highly nomadic species, we hope that this could be the start of a successful colonisation attempt.

Today's seawatching highlight came from a Cory's Shearwater seen off the Bill at 16:20. Otherwise: 3 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua, 16 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Black-headed Gull and 2 Common Scoter.

Land based migrants were, once again, few and far between, although with slightly more variety than the past couple of days: 7 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warblers, 2 Tree Pipits, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 45 Swallows and 24 Swifts.

Ferrybridge saw a large count of 33 Oystercatchers, 7 Sanderling and 1 Redshank.

It's been a pleasure to watch these birds throughout their entire attempt from the first stages of nest building to catching the fledged young well away from the breeding site. Fingers crossed for next year! © Erin Taylor (top and lower two) and Martin Cade 



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Sightings - Monday 13th August 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:28
Garganey - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 3 Lodmoor RSPB
Purple Heron - juv into roost at Little Sea, Studland.
Spoonbill - 2 Stanpit Marsh, 6 Middlebere
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Lambert's Castle, 1 West Bexington
Whinchat - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Aquatic Warbler - 1 trapped on The Fleet

Aquatic Warbler - The Fleet © Freddy Alway
Aquatic Warbler - The Fleet © Freddy Alway
Aquatic Warbler - The Fleet © Freddy Alway
Nightjar - Briantspuddle © Roger Hewitt
 




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13 Aug 18

Martin Adlam - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 18:49
Wakeham

A dry day with a little bit of sun. Main highlight was 3 Common Darters, a female and 2 males around the pond.

On the feeder great to see a Greenfinch. Hopefully there will be many more visiting the feeders this Autumn and Winter.

Always great to see Greenfinches in the garden and anywhere for that matter. Since the severe outbreak of trichomonosis that began in 2005, the numbers of Greenfinches has fallen drastically. More on this deadly disease on the Daily Mail Online Page Here.
A Greenfinch on the feeder. The greasy pole to the right is to prevent Roland Rat from getting to the feeders. Judging by the scratch marks I might need to apply some more grease.
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22 Jul 18 - T6 Harvard (G-DHHF) At Studland

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 18:00
I'm always happy to see interesting planes flying over when I'm out Birding so I was keen to grab some shots of this US heritage plane as it went over Littlesea. I'm even happier if they are flying over Studland as they look good over the patch. I was struggling to identify it, but fortunately, local Birder Jol Mitchell knows a lot more about historic planes than I do. Jol identified it as a T6 Harvard, which was used as a World War II trainer for pilots. It's call sign is G-DHHF. It has relatively recently changed hands & is now owned by DH Heritage Flights.
T6 Harvard (G-DHHF)It is based at the Compton Abbas airfield near Shaftesbury in Dorset. Since changing ownership, it has been repainted to these new colours which didn't help trying to figure out which T6 Harvard it was. It was built in 1942 & served initially with the US air force & later the US navy until 1959 when it was sold to a private owner. It has been owned & flown by a number of owners in the US before finally being sold to DH Heritage Flights & coming to the UK in Nov 2016. More information about its history & the other T6 Harvards that are still flying can be found here.T6 Harvard (G-DHHF): It looks good in its wartime colours with tail number 431917
T6 Harvard (G-DHHF): It flew South over Littlesea & then over Ballard Down before turning West. Perhaps it was returning from the Farnborough airshow or just on a local heritage flight
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Sightings - Sunday 12th August 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 20:41
Garganey - 1 juv Longham Lakes
Balearic Shearwater - 10 past Portland Bill 
Sooty Shearwater 1 past Portland Bill
Gannet - 20+ - Studland Beach
Great White Egret - 2 Lodmoor RSPBSpoonbill - 6 Middlebere
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Greenshank - 10 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 15 Brownsea Island lagoon
Bar tailed Godwit - 9 Brownsea Island lagoon
Arctic Tern 1 - past Mudeford Quay
Whinchat - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Portland Bill 




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12th August

Portland Bird Observatory - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 20:28
The weather's single-handed offensive to re-green Portland has been well and truly underway. As is expected from a day where it rained and blew a gale most of the morning, many of todays migrants came from the sea. The highlight came in the form of a very close Sooty Shearwater, other than this, numbers were remarkably disappointing with: 5 Common Scoter, 3 Great Skuas, 21 Manx Shearwaters and 14 Balearic Shearwaters. 3 Yellow-legged Gulls were mingling with the ever present gull flock. Land-migrants remained thin on the ground even after the deluge had passed with just a single Swift, 2 Willow Warblers and 1 Wheatear
Ferrybridge suffered a similarly wet fate, however, 13 Sandwich Terns performed well. Other than this, 14 Sanderling and 3 Turnstones were the only additions to the totals.
Moths were also in poor form with just 3 Silver Y, 2 Diamond-back Moths and 2 Dark Sword Grass
The Ferrybridge Sandwich Terns put on an entertaining display despite the grotty weather © Pete Saunders:

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22 Jul 18 - Some Of The Resident Wildlife At Studland's Littlesea

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 18:00
In addition to the resident Birds photographed at Littlesea since I found the Purple Heron at Littlesea, I've managed to get some nice photos of some of the other commoner residents, while I've been looking for the Purple Heron during the daytime.
Sika Deer: They often appear around Littlesea & are quite comfortable in the water. This individual was feeding on the fern behind it (20 Jul 18)
Common Lizard: Enjoying the sun (18 Jul 18)
Large Skipper: Male (18 Jul 18)
Emerald Damselfly: Female. This is the only Emerald Damselfly type in Dorset, but I'm checking the ones I see as it can't be long before one of the other recently UK established species appear in Dorset (18 Jul 18)
Emerald Damselfly: Male (21 Jul 18)
Red-eyed Damselfly: Good to see this is relatively abundant at Littlesea after seeing it for the first time in there in 2017. Although I assume it has been there for the last few years (18 Jul 18)
Red-eyed Damselfly: (18 Jul 18)
Blue-tailed Damselfly: A common resident (18 Jul 18)
Water Strider: I saw a few so perhaps this is reasonable common along the edges (22 Jul 18)
White Water-lily: Hopefully I've got the id correct. Not quite Monet standard. The White Water-lilies are a popular haunt of the Red-eyed Damselflies and Small Red-eyed Damselflies (20 Jul 18)
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12 Aug 18

Martin Adlam - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 17:49
Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood.

Anther wet day with the rain continuing into the early afternoon, before it finally stopped leaving a grey overcast day. Great to see so much precipitation, though I'm not sure the grass in the back garden will grow back anytime, as it looks absolutely dead.
The rain had literally just stopped when I set off, so it was no surprise that I didn't encounter any butterflies. In fact the only invertebrate seen was a solitary Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa), which was almost in the same spot as the one I found the other day, along the coast path leading down to Rufus Castle.
The rain certainly made a difference to the number of snails seen today. Most of the them were Garden Snails (Cornu aspersa) with a few White-lipped Banded Snails (Cepaea hortensis) in amongst them.
On the bird front I came across 2 juvenile Ravens sheltering from the stiff South-easterly wind, which later joined 5 other Ravens over St Andrew's Church. I don't recall ever seeing 7 Ravens together anywhere in my life. Unfortunately any decent photographs of them tumbling and diving was missed by the camera as I was in a very tight spot in the grounds of the Church.
In Penn's Wood or rather the trees in gardens just to the north, was what I presume was a juvenile Sparrowhawk flying back and forth in the trees. Juvenile or not it was certainly making a din as it exercised its wings.
Here are a few images from this afternoon:
Stormy seas across Weymouth Bay with Lulworth Cove in the far distance.
Two juvenile Ravens sit it out in the stiff wind and then decide to join.........
.........five other Ravens over Church Ope Cove.
Here an adult bird goes into a dive.
On the ground a Blood-nosed Beetle makes it way along the coast path again!
Also lots of Garden Snails out enjoying the damp conditions after several weeks of being in semi hibernation.
Cuckoo Pint or Lords and Ladies (Arun Maculatum) in Penn's Wood which are now ripe as compared to the same ones...........
.......seen here on 27 Jul which were still green. These are very poisonous so best not touched. More on this plant Here
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11th August

Portland Bird Observatory - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 23:38
Another changeable day where clear skies changed to thick drizzly fog in what seemed like seconds. This didn't stop a few diligent sea-waters from sticking around in the hopes of a fly-by skua (of the long-tailed variety). Unfortunately the bird never showed, but the sea did produce: 27 Balearic Shearwaters, 8 Common Scoters, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Guillemot, 4 Oystercatchers, and 1 Whimbrel; notable by their absence were Manx Shearwaters, not a single bird was recorded all day. Migrant totals on a distinctly average day added up to: 1 Little Egret, 11 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Sedge Warblers and 7 Wheatears. A single Lesser Whitethroat in Weston was also new.

Ferrybridge picked up again today and 70 apiece of Dunlin and Ringed Plover was a notable increase on yesterdays below par performance. 11 Sanderling and 5 Sandwich Terns made up the rest of the days total.

Moth totals were better than the previous nights efforts, but still unremarkable with: 14 Silver Y, 10 Dark Sword Grass, 8 Diamond-back Moths, 1 Rush Veneer and 1 Rusty-dot Pearl. 


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Sightings - Saturday 11th August 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 22:39
Garganey - 1 Juv Longham Lakes
Great White Egret - 3 Lodmoor RSPB
Spoonbill - 6 Arne RSPB
Grey Plover - 5 Middlebere
Sanderling - 11 Ferrybridge
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Black tailed Godwit - 306 Middlebere
Bar tailed Godwit - 20 Brownsea Island lagoon
Spotted Redshank 2 - Middlebere, 5 Brownsea Island lagoon, 
Greenshank - 6 Brownsea Island lagoon
Redshank - 67 Brownsea Island lagoon
Redstart - 1 Durlston CP
Whinchat 1 - Durlston CP
Wheatear 1 - Durlston CP
Garden Warbler - 2 Durlston CP
Grasshopper Warbler - 3 Durlston CP


Wheatear - Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale
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11 Aug 18

Martin Adlam - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 20:19
Wakeham

Rained all day here on Portland, mainly drizzle and then now and then the heavy stuff. Only highlights were a Willow Warbler and Greenfinch in the back garden and a very useful amphibian when its raining a Common Toad, albeit a youngster in the vegetable garden.
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20 Jul 18 - Some Of The Resident Birds At Studland's Littlesea

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 18:00
Since I found the Purple Heron at Littlesea, I've spent a lot of time looking to try & relocate it during the daytime. I suspect it spends its time feeding at Littlesea, but generally tucked into the reed edges, hence my lack of sightings. However, I have had the chance to get some nice photos of some of the other commoner residents, while I've been looking.
Dabchick: There are a few present most years at LittleseaGreat Crested Grebe: Two pairs have bred this year at Littlesea: this youngster is probably only few days oldGreat Crested Grebe: One of the parents of the other pair which had a nearly fully grown youngster with a Roach
Great Crested Grebe: The same parent with the large youngster. The other parent seems to have lost interest in feeding this youngster
Great Crested Grebe: There is also a larger group of non breeding individuals on Littlesea
Great Crested Grebe: Bad hair dayCanada Goose: This family successfully raised these two large youngsters at Littlesea this year
Mediterranean Gull: Moulting adult. Littlesea lies between South & Knoll Beaches and Brands Bay & forms a regular stopover place for a quick freshwater bathing site for the local Gulls
Although I've not seen the Purple Heron during the daytime I have seen it on a number of occasions as it's gone to roost. Unfortunately, it has settled into a habit of going to roost in poor light & remains elusive during the day. Still if it continues to stick around maybe I will eventually get lucky.Purple Heron: Juv. This individual looks like it is going to become a resident for the next few weeks at least (21 Jul 18)
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10th August

Portland Bird Observatory - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:40
To say that todays weather was 'up and down' would be somewhat of an understatement, bright clear sunshine was interspersed with torrential downpours for much of the morning. From the outside today looked like it might've been productive with a South-westerly gale for the sea and showers forcing down migrants, however, the frequent and heavy deluges hampered both birding and ringing efforts. As such the migrant totals for the day reached a measly 7 Willow Warblers and 2 Wheatears. The sea was marginally more productive with 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 71 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Common Scoter, 31 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Black-headed Gulls and 6 Ringed Plovers
Ferrybridge was very quiet however a Water Rail produced some much needed entertainment. Otherwise a single Sanderling, 2 Wheatears and 1 Sandwich Tern. 
The overnight wind and low temperature meant that very few moths were trapped and just 5 Silver Y's, 2 Diamond-back Moths, 1 Dark Sword Grass and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls were all the traps had to offer. 
One of our guests Robert Harvey captured this image of Durdle Door, at this time of year the brightest part of the milkway falls in exactly the correct angle for this amazing shot ©Robert Harvey www.naturalworldphotography.net 

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