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Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 11:23
Title Demonstration Garden Bird List Contributor's Name Peter Orchard Description

Birds seen in our garden in 2018 as an example of how list building works.

List Opened Sun, 08/04/2018 - 11:23 List Class Patch, Birds Open or Closed Open Location 50° 41' 25.4472" N, 2° 7' 59.0304" W See map: Google Maps GB List Species:  Displaying 1 - 22 of 22 Species Link Sites Link Record Date Comment Photo Sparrowhawk Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Black Headed Gull Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Blackbird Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Blue Tit Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Chaffinch Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Coal Tit Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Collared Dove Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Dunnock Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Fieldfare Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Goldcrest Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Goldfinch Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Great Tit Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Greenfinch Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March House Sparrow Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Long-tailed Tit Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Magpie Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Reed Bunting Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Robin Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Siskin Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Starling Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Wood Pigeon Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March Wren Wareham Area 31/03/2018 Catch-up: birds in the garden up to the end of March
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 07-04-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 08:12
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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:

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  • The current recording "hot-list" - the best recorded 30 species in the last 30 days
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  • Yesterday's records in graphical form to show the highlights
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  • Links to the Nature of Dorset Daily newspaper and to various other blogs from Dorset conservation organisations

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Published Date: Sunday, 18 March, 2018 - 09:30 newsdesk logo.jpg
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7th April

Portland Bird Observatory - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 23:09
A day that panned out rather better than expected with the forecast morning of rain amounting to no more than a shower either side of dawn and doing the trick and dropping the most varied flurry of migrants so far this spring. There were few surprises but 3 Hawfinches over the Bill will likely prove to be the first of a few departing winterers, whilst seasonal firsts in the summer migrant line there included Tree Pipit, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher - all of which really ought to have been on the year list before now; the sixth Osprey of the spring also passed over (this one at Weston) and the 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat remained at Southwell. Migrant totals from the south of the island included 100 Chiffchaffs, 40 Willow Warblers, 40 Blackcaps, 5 Goldcrests, 4 Redstarts, 4 Siskins, 3 Bramblings, 3 Redpolls, 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Bullfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Tree Pipit, a Redwing, a Ring Ouzel and a Firecrest on the ground and, at least for a while during the morning, a steady throughput of Meadow Pipits and hirnundines overhead; also at the Bill, 3 Short-eared Owls were still about and 2 Red-legged Partridges were local oddities. The sea was relatively uneventful, with 100 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Divers, 2 Eider, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua the pick of the early passage off the Bill.; elsewhere, an Arctic Tern was in Portland Harbour.

Pied Flycatcher was an overdue first for the year soon after dawn at the Obs...

...but carrying on the black-and-white theme this Great Spotted Woodpecker was more unexpected in spring (although they've increased in frequency at Portland in recent years the majority of new arrivals have been in late summer and autumn)...

...whilst finally on the ringing front a small arrival of new Wrens included this leucistic bird with an uneven white collar © Martin Cade: 
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Sightings - Saturday 7th April 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 20:49
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 1 Hampreston Meadows
Cattle Egret - 1 West Bexington
Spoonbill - 4 Arne RSPB, 1 Stanpit
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Mudeford Quay
Osprey - 1 over Blacknor (Portland), 1 over Arne RSPB
Whimbrel - 2 Stanpit
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Purple Sandpiper - c30 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Stanpit
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 Longham Lakes
Cuckoo - 1 Well Bottom (near Ashmore)
Firecrest - 2 trapped at PBO, 1 Durlston CP
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 presumed blythi still at Reap Lane (Portland)
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill
Pied Flycatcher - 2 trapped at PBO
Black Redstart - 2 Portland Bill, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
White Wagtail - 1 Stanpit
Hawfinch -  20 Lower Bryanston, 11 Leigh churchyard, 3 over PBO

Great White Egret on Hampreston Meadows © Lorne Bissell
Turnstone at Christchurch Harbour © David Wareham
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7 Apr 18

Martin Adlam - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 18:41
Ferrybridge

Another visit to the boatyard this afternoon and local birds were: Red-breasted Merganser, Sandwich Terns and a Meadow Pipit in the yard.
Wakeham

Afternoon
This afternoon the female Blackcap returned to the feeders.

This female Blackcap shows absolutely no sign of moving on.
And she was pretty vocal warning off other birds from coming onto the feeder.
I'm amazed that we are now a week into April, yet the female Blackcap is still visiting the feeders in the back garden.
Morning
This morning the first bird I saw on the feeders was a Long-tailed Tit tucking into the suet pellets. Great to see them in the garden.

Also about Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch and 4 pairs of House Sparrows.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 06-04-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 08:37
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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: Sunday, 18 March, 2018 - 09:30 newsdesk logo.jpg
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6th April

Portland Bird Observatory - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:57
In a fresh south-easterly there were high hopes for the sea today, although ultimately there was perhaps less to show by way of rewards than might have been expected. The Bill and Chesil were well watched with the former only scoring slightly higher total by virtue of longer coverage; the dawn to midday tally at the Bill was 201 Common Scoter, 98 Sandwich Terns, 75 Manx Shearwaters, 10 commic terns, 9 Red-throated Divers, 8 Arctic Skuas, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Whimbrel, 4 Puffins (that looked like passing migrants rather than an out-of-the-blue increase in the local population), 2 Garganey, 2 Shovelers, a Black-throated Diver and a Great Skua, whilst a shorter watch at Chesil came up, amongst others, 123 Sandwich Terns, 6 Arctic Skuas, 6 commic terns, 4 Arctic Terns, 3 Mallard and singles of Garganey, Gadwall, Little Gull and Common Tern. An Osprey passed over at the Bill during the afternoon and Swallows were moving in their highest numbers so far this spring (including a brief sample count of 46 in 15 minutes along West Cliffs at the Bill) but grounded migrants remained stubbornly thinly spread, with only Chiffchaffs at all conspicuous; 2 Short-eared Owls, the Green Woodpecker, a Black Redstart and a Firecrest were the only minor oddities at the Bill.

Common Scoters and Red-breasted Mergansers passing the Bill this morning © Mike Trew: 


At the fourth time of asking we finally broke our duck with seeing/photographing an Osprey this spring when this one appeared between the Obs and the Higher Light during the afternoon © Martin Cade:  

The Green Woodpecker was still about but was hardly giving itself up easily © Martin Cade: 

There was a time when singing Greenfinches dominated the spring soundscape at the Obs but their sad demise (...there isn't a single one within earshot of the garden this year) has coincided with the arrival of Pheasants on the scene, with the latter's advertising 'song' and wing-flicking now characteristic sounds of the season © Martin Cade: 
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Sightings - Friday 6th April 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:34
Garganey - 2 (m+f) Chesil Cove
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Manx Shearwater - 16 Chesil Cove
Great White Egret - 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 Hampreston Meadows
Cattle Egret - 1 West Bexington
Spoonbill - 4 Arne RSPB, 1 Stanpit
Osprey - 1 over Stoborough, 1 over PBO, 1 Middlebere
Little Ringed Plover - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Black-tailed Godwit - 500+ Brownsea Island lagoon
Green Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Greenshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Arctic Skua - 6 Chesil Cove, 1 Mudeford Quay
Sandwich Tern - 127 Chesil Cove, 17 Hengistbury Head
Arctic Tern - 4 Chesil Cove
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 Longham Lakes
Little Gull - 1 Chesil Cove, 1 Mudeford Quay
Caspian Gull - 1 Mudeford Quay
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole RSPB (different bird from yesterday)
White Wagtail - 1 Longham Lakes
Black Redstart - 2 Reap Lane (Portland), 1 Middlebere
Hawfinch - 6 Lower Bryanston

Hawfinch at Lower Bryanston © Michael Coleman
Reed Bunting at Longham Lakes © Roger Peart
Siberian Chiffchaff at Radipole RSPB © Edmund Mackrill
Wren at Eastcliff © David Wareham

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6 Apr 18

Martin Adlam - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:39
Wakeham

A Chiffchaff in the back garden this morning was a first here for Spring and the female Blackcap was back on the suet pellets first thing. A few White-tailed Bumblebees about as the sun came out this afternoon.

Note: On 3 Apr Here, I noted that there were a few Chiffchaffs in the grounds of St Andrew's Church with dark patches on their foreheads. Thank you to Edmund Mackrill for pointing out that these are known in the birding world as a Pollen ‘horn’ and most likely to have been pollen grains collected in warmer climes. In fact up to 20 pollen types have been identified such as Eucalyptus, Citrus etc. More here on Pollen "horns"
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DWT giving free wildlife gardening advice at open day

Dorset Wildlife Trust - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 15:10

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to be taking part in the Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) open day on Saturday 14th April, with its wildlife friendly gardening displays and experts on-hand to give advice.

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"Simon Says" - Oil in Poole Bay: now is the time to stand up for wildlife

Dorset Wildlife Trust - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:46

Recently a proposal to drill a 1,800m deep exploration oil well out at sea in Poole Bay was sent around for consultation.  It would be just 6 km (3.7 miles) east-north-east from Studland, somewhere south of about Boscombe pier. 

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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 05-04-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:12
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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

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Published Date: Sunday, 18 March, 2018 - 09:30 newsdesk logo.jpg
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5th April

Portland Bird Observatory - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 23:23
A lovely sunny day but, without much of a headwind, probably too fair to have dropped anything in quantity. Another Osprey passed through - this one over Weston and Fortuneswell - and a Green Woodpecker was a surprise turn up at the Obs, whilst the assortment of migrants at/over the Bill included 30 Swallows, 15 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 4 Short-eared Owls, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Wheatears, 2 Black Redstarts and singles of Yellow Wagtail, Firecrest, Brambling, Siskin and Bullfinch; the only other reports from the land concerned 2 Black Redstarts at Reap Lane and the 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat still at Southwell. Apart from a trickle of Manx Shearwaters seawatching at the Bill returned just 7 Common Scoter and a single Red-throated Diver.

The Short-eared Owls have got so fed up with long lenses being poked up their a***s all winter that they've taken to sneaking about on foot to avoid the circus © Roger Hewitt: 

And as record shots go this one of the Green Woodpecker must be about as bad as it gets © Martin Cade:
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Sightings - Thursday 5th April 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 21:10
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 5 or 6 Weymouth Bay
Spoonbill - 6 Arne RSPB, 1 Stanpit
Osprey - 1 over Wyke Regis, 1 over Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 over Weston &
   Fortuneswell  (Portland)
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Greenshank - 1 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Brand's Bay
Little Gull - 15 over Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 1 over Portland Bill
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury
Swallow - 15 Thorncombe, 3 Kimmeridge,  3 Hengistbury, 1 Arne RSPB 
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Radipole RSPB
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 presumed blythi Reap Lane (Portland)
Whitethroat - 1 Radipole Lane (Weymouth)
Sedge Warbler - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Reed Warbler - 3 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Radipole RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 Arne RSPB
Redstart - 1 Monkton Down
Brambling - 5 Arne RSPB
Hawfinch - 20 Lower Bryanston, 1 Durlston CP

Siberian Chiffchaff at Radipole RSPB © Edmund MackrillTurnstone at Christchurch Harbour © David WarehamHawfinch at Lower Bryanston © Michael Coleman

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5 Apr 18

Martin Adlam - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 17:06
Ferrybridge

Another day painting the boat in the yard and another really good distraction, this time 8 hirundines flying north which consisted of 4 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins and 2 House Martins. Nothing like getting 3 first for year ticks in one swoop.

Also about 27 Red-breasted Mergansers (still here, I would have thought they would have moved on by now), 2 Sandwich Terns and several Meadow Pipits on passage with 2 singing close-by.

For the second day though I missed an Osprey flying north. Yesterday and today single birds flew over, after I had left the yard. Third time lucky maybe!!

Red-breasted Merganser
A Sandwich Tern prepares to dive upon an unsuspecting fish.
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2018 Wildlife Gardening competition open for entries

Dorset Wildlife Trust - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 16:47

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) annual wildlife gardening competition, sponsored by The Gardens Group, is open for entries from 1st April 2018.  The competition is for those who garden with wildlife in mind and create havens for wildlife on their doorstep. 

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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 04-04-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:48
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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: Sunday, 18 March, 2018 - 09:30 newsdesk logo.jpg
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4th April

Portland Bird Observatory - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 23:11
A pretty wild day with the coast taking a battering and land if not quite unbirdable then decidedly unpleasant for any forays into the field. The sea got most of the attention, with watches at the Bill coming up with 150 Manx Shearwaters, 55 Common Scoter, 24 Sandwich Terns, 14 Eider, 3 Arctic Skuas and a Red-breasted Merganser. An Osprey passed over at Southwell during the evening but on the ground it was hard work getting amongst what little seemed to be about - 10 Chiffchaffs, 7 Wheatears, 2 Sand Martins and singles of White Wagtail, Wheatear and Goldcrest constituted the meagre tally at the Bill, with 2 Black Redstarts and the 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat at Southwell the best from elsewhere.

A lone Dark Sword Grass caught overnight at the Obs was the year's first immigrant moth.

There was all the look and feel of a full blown mid-winter storm about proceedings at the Bill...


...but it was well worth getting a battering for this flock of Eider (with thanks in particular to Charlie Richards for giving us the heads-up that they were on the way from Chesil Cove) © Martin Cade:



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Sightings - Wednesday 4th April 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 21:00
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 16 Durlston CP, 14 Portland Bill, 5 Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Durlston CP
Sooty Shearwater - a probable past Durlston CP
Spoonbill - 8 Middlebere, 1 Stanpit
Osprey - 1 Middlebere, 1 over Southwell (Portland)
Purple Sandpiper - 12 Hengistbury Head
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Great Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Little Gull - 1 ad Radipole RSPB, 1 Hengistbury Head
Sandwich Tern - 25+ Ferrybridge
Firecrest - 3 Hengistbury
Swallow - 2 over Wick Hams (Hengistbury)
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 presumed blythi still at Reap Lane (Portland)
Hawfinch - 30 Lower Bryanston

Little Gull at Radipole RSPB © Edmund Mackrill

Turnstone at Lyme Regis © Trevor Wilkinson
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