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Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 15:50

 

A mainly southern species where it can be found near poplar and sallow trees

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Forum Post: Burnet Moth ?

RSPB Weymouth Wetlands - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:47
Hi - Took this not very good picture of what appears to be some kind of Burnet Moth (after googling it) on the path up to the new viewing screens at Radipole last Monday. I thought it was a New Forest Burnet, only they apparently only occur in Scotland. Anybody know what kind of Burnet this is ?
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March Moth

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:42

 

A widespread species occurring early in the year hence the name

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Horse Chestnut Moth

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:36

 

Surprisingly not associated with horse-chestnut trees but is common on the Dorset heaths where the larvae feed on heathers

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Crescent Dart

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:31

 

Common where thrift is found on the south west coast and especially in Dorset

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Old Lady Moth

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:28

 

A mainly southern species found in mature gardens, parklands, churchyards and similar situations

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Yellow-tail Moth

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:21

 

A common and widespread species found in most habitat types

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Single Dotted Wave

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:16

 

A quite common species occurring in mainly damp woodland and scrub habitats

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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May Highflyer

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:12

 

A species of damp habitat where its larval food plant, the alder, occurs

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Grey Dagger

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:00

 

A widespread species occurring in gardens, parks, hedgerows, woodland and even wet lands

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Flame Carpet

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:54

 

An uncommon species but one that can occur in a variety of habitats in the south of England

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Grass Rivulet

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:49

 

Found in scattered large colonies in diverse habitat from chalk grassland to wet fens and heath

 

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Rosy Wave

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:43

A scarce coastal species favouring saltmarsh, dunes. acid bogs and wet heath

 

Photograph by: Luke Phillips 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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 15-06-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 08:08
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The nature of Dorset yesterday in tweets, charts, photographs and maps along with other sources of news of nature conservation and general wildlife interest:

  • Yesterday.s recorded sightings of mammals, birds, insects, plants and more
  • The current recording "hot-list" - the best recorded 30 species in the last 30 days
  • A map of sites where yesterdays records came from - what was seen near you?
  • Yesterday's records in graphical form to show the highlights
  • The pick of the photographs that came with the tweets
  • Interesting news items, notices of events and links to blogs
  • Links to the Nature of Dorset Daily newspaper and to various other blogs from Dorset conservation organisations

Everything you wanted to know and more ... and it's free of charge and free of adverts!

 

Published Date: Monday, 25 December, 2017 - 09:30 newsdesk logo.jpg
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Sightings - Friday 15th June 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:14
Whooper Swan - 1 still Abbotsbury Swannery
Green Sandpiper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Osprey - 1 Arne RSPB
Arctic Skua - 2 Abbotsbury Beach

Bullfinch - Oakley © Roger Peart
Bullfinch (juvs) - Oakley © Roger Peart
Peregrine - Bournemouth © David Wareham
Moorhen (juvs) - Lodmoor RSPB © Maurice Budden
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15th June

Portland Bird Observatory - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 21:50
A little selection of migrants heading in both directions at the Bill today: a singing Reed Warbler was no doubt a typically late arrival whilst a Spotted Flycatcher was also most likely an incoming bird; the 2 Blackcaps were found on examination in the hand to have well-formed brood patches so were presumably departing failed breeders. Other odds and ends making the list included 3 lingering Chiffchaffs and a Chaffinch at the Bill where 4 Common Scoter, a Black-headed Gull and a handful of Manx Shearwaters passed by on the sea.
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15 Jun 18

Martin Adlam - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:15
Wakeham

Another day working in the back garden, so not a lot to talk about. The main highlight again was a small party of Swifts overhead. Are these just birds looking for food or they late arrivals!

Also found, by my Marrow patch, was what I think was a Swan-feather Dwarf moth (Elachista argentella), but it does look a bit small for one.

I'm going for a Swan-feather Dwarf, but there again.


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8 Apr 18 - Atlantic Odyssey - Day Eleven: At Sea From South Georgia To Gough Island

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 18:00
Today was another day at sea on the crossing from South Georgia to Gough Island. There were a lot more Seabirds around today as we were due to reach Gough Island in the late afternoon of the following day. After the rough weather earlier in the journey from South Georgia, all the Birders were keen to be on deck for a good part of each day.
A lot of Birders liked to spend time at the bows: Whereas I had realised that there was a better overall view from the bridge wings
Richard & Bridget Lowe: Confirming it was still cold outsideMy Ozzy mate Geoff 'Bush Tuckerman' Jones: In my opinion, Geoff was clearly the best photographer on the Plancius. Geoff certainly put the effort in on the bows. It was good to catch up with Geoff again who I first met on the Pitcairn trip. He could always be relied on to liven up the evenings with some of his stories & jokes. This is Geoff's 'Winter plumage'. The full Bush Tuckerman gear didn't appear until it became warmerChris Mills Phil Hansbro, Chris Gladwin & Chris Mills gassing while waiting for some more Birds to appearUS Birder Ron HoffGuess we should have a look at some Birds rather than Birders.
Black-browed Albatross: The Amy Winehouse of AlbatrossesBlack-browed AlbatrossBlack-browed Albatross
One of the tricky identification species is the Wandering Albatross group. Clements treats all Wandering Albatrosses as one species with several very distinct subspecies. However, other authorities split these distinct populations. The safest identification of these Wandering Albatrosses is seeing them around their breeding locations. In the South Atlantic there are two likely subspecies. Snowy Wandering Albatrosses & Tristan Wandering Albatrosses. Snowy Wandering Albatrosses breed on South Georgia, as well as, various Indian Ocean Islands (Prince Edward, Marion, Crozet & Kerguelen) & Macquarie Island (South of New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands). Tristan Wandering Albatrosses breed on Gough Island and the Tristan da Cunha Islands. The other subspecies are Gibson's Wandering Albatrosses & Antipodean Wandering Albatrosses which breed in the New Zealand Subantractic Islands & Amsterdam Wandering Albatross which breed on Amsterdam Island in the Indian Ocean.Tristan Wandering Albatross: Individual 1 old adult male. Only the oldest adult male Tristan Wandering Albatrosses show this extent of white in the wingTristan Wandering Albatrosses apparently have a smaller, slighter & more compact build compared to Snowy Wandering Albatrosses. However, that is something I'm struggling to see comparing these photos with photos taken of Snowy Wandering Albatrosses taken around South Georgia. Plumage-wise Tristan Wandering Albatrosses can exhibit most of the same plumages that Snowy Wandering Albatrosses show, although the whiter individuals are more likely to be Snowy Wandering Albatrosses. Therefore, with only 200-300 nautical miles sailing to Gough Island, it is likely that the Wandering Albatrosses seen today will be Tristan Wandering Albatrosses. All these individuals have been identified on range.Tristan Wandering Albatross: Individual 2 adult male. A more typical adult male Tristan Wandering AlbatrossTristan Wandering Albatross: Individual 3 old adult male Tristan Wandering Albatross: Individual 4 old adult maleTristan Wandering Albatross: Individual 5Tristan Wandering Albatross: Individual 5Tristan Wandering Albatross: Individual 6 adult femaleTristan Wandering Albatross: Individual 6 adult femaleNow for some easier to identify Seabirds.Northern Giant PetrelNorthern Giant Petrel
Soft-plumaged Petrel: Going for the vertical Pterodroma look White-headed Petrel: I only saw two White-headed Petrels on the Odyssey & neither stayed around for more than a brief flypast past the Plancius. Perhaps not surprising as the nearest breeding colonies are the Crozet & Kerguelen Islands in the Indian Ocean & the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
White-headed Petrel: I like the way it keeps its head vertical despite the rest of the body being verticalAtlantic Petrel: They only breed on Gough & the Tristan da Cunha Islands & range across the Southern AtlanticAtlantic Petrel: The medium size, sharply contracting white belly with the dark throat, upper breast, underwings & vent makes Atlantic Petrels a fair easy species to identify
Grey Petrel: Grey Petrels breed throughout the Southern Oceans from Gough & the Tristan da Cunha Islands to the Indian Ocean Marion, Crozet & Kerguelen Islands & some of the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
Grey Petrel
Grey Petrel
Grey Petrel: These large Petrels are great when you see then close up
Spectacled Petrel: They only breed on Inaccessible Island in the Tristan da Cunha group
Spectacled Petrel: They are a real treat to see
Great Shearwater: It is no surprise that we were starting to see more Great Shearwaters as Gough & the Tristan da Cunha Islands are their main breeding grounds, with smaller numbers breeding on Kidney Island in the Falklands
Great Shearwater: It was great to have prolonged views of this cracking Shearwater close to the Plancius, especially given their rarity in Dorset (only 12-15 records), although they are more regular in the South West of the UK
Great Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Little Shearwater: The Subantarctic races of Little Shearwater used to be lumped with the North Atlantic Little Shearwaters
Little Shearwater: They are more grey & white, whereas, the North Atlantic Little Shearwaters are black & white
Little Shearwater: They have the same flight action & stiff winged flight as the North Atlantic Little ShearwatersHowever, there is a final tricky identification problem to look at: Prions. In the last few years, there has been a new species of Prion found breeding on Gough Island. Originally, it was thought that only Broad-billed Prions breed on Gough Island. However, there is a second breeding Prion as detailed in a paper by Dr Peter Ryan et al in 2014. This paper documents that the second breeding Prion is only 1-2% smaller in the bill, head & wing lengths, but they have a 15% smaller bill width & bluish colouration on the upper mandible. The new Prion resembles the Indian Ocean breeding MacGillvray's Prion. The new Prion breeds about 3 months later than the Broad-billed Prions & there is some separation of breeding locations on Gough Island. Clements treats MacGillivray's Prions as a subspecies of Salvin's Prion. Salvin's Prion is split into the Salvin's subspecies (which breeds on Prince Edward & Crozet Islands) & MacGillivray's Prion (which breeds on St Pauls & Amsterdam Islands). Thus, the previous known range made the Salvin's Prion an Indian Ocean breeder. Assuming the new Gough population are part of the MacGillivray's population, then this would be a major range extension into the Atlantic. Ultimately, it is perhaps more likely that the new Gough Island population could end up being split once all the research has been completed. So it was a case of trying to photograph as many Prions as possible as we approached Gough Island.
Broad-billed Prion: Individual 1. Given that there doesn't seem to be anything on the overall plumage to help separate the two species, then I started by trying to find Prions with very wide bills: this individual appears to have a broad based billBroad-billed Prion: Individual 1Broad-billed Prion: Individual 1Broad-billed Prion: Individual 2. This has a very dark grey/black & uniform billBroad-billed Prion: Individual 2. The base of the bill is very broad making it a Broad-billed PrionBroad-billed Prion: Individual 2Broad-billed Prion: Individual 3. Again this seems to have an all dark grey bill which looks pretty heavy so again I'm assuming this is a Broad-billed Prion. However, I don't have any front on views of the bill on this individualSo having tried to find some examples of Broad-billed Prions, I'm looking for examples of Prions that look different to these Broad-billed Prions. Part of the problem is the only reference photos I can find of MacGillvray's Prions at sea are from the Indian Ocean population.
Presumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 1. This individual appears to have a paler upper mandible (in all photos) & a slimmer bill. Whilst the abstract of Dr Ryan's paper doesn't state if there any differences in bill depth, photos of MacGillvray's Prions from the Indian Ocean populations look less heavy. This is perhaps of limited use given these are at the very least different populations (if not species in the fullness of time). However, given there has been comparison to the MacGillvray's Prion in the abstract, then maybe it's significantPresumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 1Presumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 1. Again the bill shape & colouration looks consistentPresumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 1Presumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 2. This individual again appears to have a more uniform paler & slimmer bill that is consistent in all photosPresumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 2Presumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 2Presumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 2Presumed MacGillvray's Prion: Individual 2At the moment, I've assumed these two individuals are MacGillvray's Prions. I'm sure I will come back to re-examine these photos in coming years as hopefully more at sea photos of the Gough Island MacGillvray's Prions emerge. However, given how difficult it is to reach Gough Island & with this being the last planned Odyssey trip, then there might be few opportunities for others to visit & get photographs. As always, any comments on these Prion photos would be welcome.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 14-06-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:25
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The nature of Dorset yesterday in tweets, charts, photographs and maps along with other sources of news of nature conservation and general wildlife interest:

  • Yesterday.s recorded sightings of mammals, birds, insects, plants and more
  • The current recording "hot-list" - the best recorded 30 species in the last 30 days
  • A map of sites where yesterdays records came from - what was seen near you?
  • Yesterday's records in graphical form to show the highlights
  • The pick of the photographs that came with the tweets
  • Interesting news items, notices of events and links to blogs
  • Links to the Nature of Dorset Daily newspaper and to various other blogs from Dorset conservation organisations

Everything you wanted to know and more ... and it's free of charge and free of adverts!

 

Published Date: Monday, 25 December, 2017 - 09:30 newsdesk logo.jpg
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14th June

Portland Bird Observatory - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:07
A breezy and at least briefly drizzly morning saw a little action on the sea, with Manx Shearwaters trickling past Chesil Cove and the Bill and 22 Common Scoter and 2 tardy Great Northern Divers also through off the Bill. The rapid return of sunny skies by midday allowed for some land coverage with a Reed Warbler the only new arrival apparent at the Bill.

Immigrant moth numbers at the Obs dropped to just 3 Silver Y, a Green Oak Tortrix and a Rusty-dot Pearl.

Late news for yesterday: a Short-eared Owl was at the Bill.
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