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Blue Roundhead

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:26

A disctinctive coloured species found mainly in gardens around mulch and also stinging nettles

 

Photograph by: Ian Andrews The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Birch Knight

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:23

A common species near birch trees on acid soils

 

Photograph by: Peter Orchard The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Pallid Swift

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:21

A species from the southern Mediterranean and Canaries/Madera and a scarce visitor Dorset

 

Photograph by: Portland Bird Observatory The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Black Guillemot

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:18

Normally associated with the northern coasts of Britain but an occasional bird turns up this far south

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Franklins Gull

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:16

A migrant species from central Canada and the USA that occasionally gets blown off course

 

Photograph by: Retweet The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Ringed-neck Duck

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:13

A north American duck and any seen here in Dorset are likely to be escapes from collections

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Rough-legged Buzzard

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:10

A vagrant species seen occassionally in the south east but a rare sight this far west

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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White-fronted Goose

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:07

A regular winter visitor to Britain but rarely ventures as far as Dorset

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Red-throated Pipit

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:04

A scarce vagrant from northern Europe and Asia seen here occasionally on migration

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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White-speck

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 19:01

A regular immigrant to the south coast of Britain

 

Photograph by: Phyl England The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Sombre Brocade

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 18:58

A recent coloniser of Dorset but spreading where there is holm oak present

 

 

Photograph by: Marcus Lawson The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Olive-tree Pearl

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 18:48

An immmigrant species from southen Europe arriving in variable numbers each autumn

 

Photograph by: Marcus Lawson The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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25th November

Portland Bird Observatory - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 18:48
With the rain having finally relented some time in the early hours of the morning there was a little more life about than yesterday. The Bill saw a small movement of thrushes with double figures of Song Thrushes and Redwings plus a pair of Fieldfares in the Top Fields. The finches also put in a good display with the Serin being resighted and a Brambling among the Chaffinch flock. Wader-wise the flock of lingering Lapwings were still in the East Cliffs fields accompanied by a Jack Snipe in the huts. The sea was also back on form with a very late Manx Shearwater, a lone Velvet Scoter, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers and a selection of gulls.

The Little Gull (that one us may or may not have forgotten to report yesterday-sorry!) was back at the Harbour accompanied by a Slavonian Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebes and a fly-over Curlew. Ferrybridge was also productive with a drake Goosander, 150 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and a Sandwich Tern.

The adult Little Gull arrived below Portland Castle at 0710 this morning with just enough light to produce some pretty impressive pictures © Debby Saunders: 


The long staying drake Goosander at Ferrybridge © Debby Saunders: 

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Oak Rustic

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 18:46

Associated with holm oak, a recnt coloniser along the south coast

 

Photograph by: Marcus Lawson The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Red-line Quaker

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 18:35

Inhabitats a wide variety environments and is widespread and quite common.

 

Photograph by: John Gifford The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Mallow Moth

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 18:33

Associated with several embers of the mallow flower family and so most often found in coastal areas

 

Photograph by: Mike Hetherington The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Capsid Bug (P tunicatus)

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 18:30

The largest of the UK capsid bugs usually found in woodland near hazel, birch and alder

 

Photograph by: Paul Harris The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Brindled Ochre

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 18:27

A coastal species in southern England found mainly on grassy dunes and cliff tops

 

Photograph by: Paul Harris The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail: Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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25 Nov 18

Martin Adlam - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 13:55
Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Bumpers Lane, South-west Coast path, Rufus Castle, Penns Weare, Church Ope Cove, St Andrew's Church and Penns Wood.

Main highlight today was my first Firecrest this Winter at the back of Church Ope Cove behind the huts. Other highlights were 8 Rock Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail and 3 Wrens on the beach.

Elsewhere there were 2 Goldcrests in Penns Wood and 5 in the Car Park across the road from the wood Here.

What was noticeable was the increased numbers of Robins along my walk with many birds singing from what I can only imagine are their overwintering territories.

Overhead on my travels were one or 2 Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Chaffinches.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was also heard along Bumpers Lane.

Here are a few images from today:

One of the 8 Rock Pipits on the beach this morning.
This one seems to be doing alright catching Kelp Flies.
The only insects on the wing today appeared to Bluebottles soaking up the sum.
A Goldcrest in Penns Wood.
And his mate high up in the canopy.
One of the local Blackberries is just starting to come out in blossom. Not bad for November!!
These are Snowberries, also know as Waxberry or Ghostberry and is a member of the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae.
This track would lead you down onto Broadcroft Quarry Lane, but for some reason has now blocked off. Sadly the bushes either side have been buried, which is a real shame as thrushes and finches have been using this area for winter food and cover. No one ever thinks of the consequences of dumping tons of rubble on vegetation.
This is Euonymus japonicus.............
..........which is just starting to bear fruit.
The berries are white now, but when they ripen they will look like this here.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------On this day..........2017
Today's Sightings Here
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24th November

Portland Bird Observatory - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 21:17
A grey day of continuously drizzly showers saw the poorest species list for quite some time. None of yesterdays rarities (confirmed or otherwise) were relocated and, save for the usual flocks of finches within the Crown Estate Fields, the South end of the island was largely quiet. 17 Redwings, 5 Song Thrushes, a pair of Brambling, 3 Blackcaps, a Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff were all we had to offer.

Ferrybridge had slightly more success with 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Redshank, 160 Dunlin and the Merlin.

Thankfully Pete and Debby are diligent in their Ferrybridge vigils, otherwise our days totals would have looked awfully sad © Pete Saunders: 

The unrelenting moisture didn't deter the Ferrybridge Merlin © Pete Saunders:

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