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4 Apr 18

Martin Adlam - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 18:58
Ferrybridge

I had a busy afternoon sanding the hull on our boat prior to having it anti-fouled tomorrow, so it was nice to have a welcome distraction when a party of 10 Sandwich Terns came into feed in Small Cove as the water poured out of The Fleet around 3:24pm.

That number increased to at least 25 around 4:55pm, but when I left at a 5:30pm apart from 4 birds the remainder had moved further into Portland Harbour.

Here are few images of the Sandwich Terns including one with a fish, plus a shot of an adult Cormorant.









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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 03-04-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:42
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  • 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
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3rd April

Portland Bird Observatory - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:58
Not quite the day that had been hoped, with the waft of southerly failing to deliver on land or sea. After yesterday's taster there had been high hopes for the sea in particular, but in the event the Bill could only muster 122 Common Scoter, 31 Sandwich Terns, 30 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Red-throated Divers, 6 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Garganey and singles of Black-throated Diver, Arctic Skua and Mediterranean Gull. The land was no better, with 20 each of Blackcap and Wheatear, 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 2 Black Redstart, a Firecrest and a handful of passing Swallows the best on offer at the Bill; the 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat also remained at Southwell.
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Tuesday 3rd March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:19
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 3 Portland Bill
Cattle Egret - 1 West Bexington
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 6 RSPB Arne
Red-necked Grebe - 2 p.m. Bowleaze Cove
Red Kite - 2 Iwerne Minster, 1 Sherborne
Hen Harrier - 1 ad male Poole Hbr.
Osprey - 1 RSPB Arne
Purple Sandpiper - 21 Hengistbury Hd.
Green Sandpiper - 2 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Greenshank - 1 CR bird RSPB Lytchett Fields (2yr it has wintered)
Sandwich Tern - 11 RSPB Lodmoor, 1 Ferrybridge
Common Tern - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
Swallow - 3 RSPB Lytchett Fields, 1 RSPB Arne
House Martin - 2 Wareham
Willow Warbler - 6 RSPB Lodmoor, 2 RSPB Lytchett Fields, 1 Monkton Down
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 presumed blythi Reap Lane Portland
Black Redstart - 2 Reap Lane, 1 Durlston CP, 1 Monkton Down
Redstart - 1 Monkton Down
Wheatear - 4+ Monkton Down, 4 Barleycrates, 1 Stanpit Marsh
White Wagtail - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Brambling - 1 RSPB Arne
Hawfinch - 20 Lower Bryanston, 8 Leigh Churchyard, 2 Gunville Down
Brambling - RSPB Arne © Luke PhillipsGreenfinch & Brambling - RSPB Arne © Luke Phillips
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 02-04-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 21:09
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  • 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
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3 Apr 18

Martin Adlam - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:20
Penn's Weare, Rufus Castle, St Andrew's Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood

A very late afternoon walk and I really wasn't expecting to see anything of note, but I was very wrong as I came across 6 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap in the grounds of St Andrew's Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood. The male Blackcap disappeared very quickly as I came into the grounds, but the Chiffchaffs seemed to be oblivious to my presence and were busy feeding on insects around me. There was an amazing contrast in colours 4 birds had a darkish foreheads, 1 bird was uniformly dark and a 6th bird was very light and green.

As I passed through the archway I noticed a bird land behind me and as I turned there was a Robin with nesting material.

Here are a few images:

There is a Chiffchaff in there, in fact there were 6. The only one showing in this photo is centre left.
Here's another.........
.....and another...........
..........and another. I've not noticed it before but there were at least 4 birds with a distinct black forehead.
I just caught this Robin in the corner of my eye as it landed on a log with a beak-full of leaves.
Even Great Black-backed Gulls fall out!!
And some Primroses out in flower.
Birds Recorded: 1 Gannet, Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 male Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 02-04-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:52
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2nd April

Portland Bird Observatory - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 22:27
After a few false starts in recent days today's fresh onshore wind finally kick started up-Channel sea passage, with decent movements logged off Chesil and the Bill. The constituent species were largely those that tend not to take the short cut over Chesil so it's likely there was almost complete duplication on the numbers front: the Bill returned totals of 670 Common Scoter, 73 Sandwich Terns, 35 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Red-throated Divers, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 2 commic terns and singles of Black-throated Diver, Garganey and Wigeon, whilst a shorter watch at Chesil chipped in 470 Common Scoter, 27 Sandwich Terns, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Red-throated Diver. The land was relatively quiet, with 40 Wheatears, 25 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Goldcrests and singles of Ring Ouzel, Black Redstart and Firecrest at the Bill, with another Black Redstart at Reap Lane the best of the rest elsewhere.

A random selection from this morning's Bill seawatching - Common Scoters, Arctic Skua, Black-throated Diver and Wigeon & Brent Geese © Martin Cade:




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Sightings - Monday 2nd April 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 21:07
Egyptian Goose - 5 Coward's Marsh, 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Garganey - 1 past Portland Bill
Scaup - 1 fem Abbotsbury Swannery
Common Scoter - 600+ Portland Bill, 470 Chesil Cove, 171 Camp Rd.
Red-throated Diver - 10 Portland Bill, 1 Chesil Cove
Black-throated Diver - 1 sum/plum past Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater - 31 Camp Rd, 19 Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Black-necked Grebe - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red Kite - 1 Slepe Heath, 1 Coward's Marsh
Green Sandpiper - 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Greenshank - 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Arctic Skua - 4 Portland Bill, 2 Chesil Cove
Great Skua - 1 Portland Bill
Sandwich Tern - 69 Portland Bill, 27 Chesil Cove
Little Gull - 1 RSPB Radipole Lake, 1 Coward's Marsh
Merlin - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Goldcrest - 20 Hengistbury Hd.
Firecrest - 2 Wick Fields
Swallow - 3 Coward's Marsh, 1RSPB Lytchett Fields, 1 Sunnyside Farm
Chiffchaff - 25 Hengistbury Hd, 7 Stanpit Marsh
Willow Warbler - 5 Hengistbury Hd, 1 Easton Portland, 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 Longham Lakes
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland Bill
Black Redstart - 1 Two Riversmeet Sport Centre, 1 Lulworth Cove
Wheatear - 1 Crouch Hill Stanpit, 1 fem Sunnyside Farm
Brambling - 1 RSPB Arne
Hawfinch - 25 Lower Bryanston, 3 North Bestwall Wareham

Little Gull - RSPB Radipole Lake © Edmund Mackrill

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2 Apr 18

Martin Adlam - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:54
Wakeham

Having not seen any Blackcaps yesterday I was really surprised to see both the male and female on the feeders this morning. These two have been over-wintering on and off in the back garden since the end of January and despite it being Spring, don't seem to be in any hurry to move onto their breeding grounds. Maybe they plan on staying in Wakeham for the Summer!

Other birds on the feeders were 2 pairs of House Sparrows, 2 Great Tits and a Blue Tit. Also recorded were a pair of Carrion Crows in the Sycamore at the back of the neighbours garden, Goldfinches, Wood Pigeons, several Meadow Pipits moving north and a Pied Wagtail calling from the building site at the rear of the garden. Well it will be when Betterment's start work there tomorrow.

The over-wintering female Blackcap comes into land...........
.....and shows no......
........signs of moving on ....

......or this male despite it being milder......


...... and well into Spring.

A new arrival a second female, that's a pair of House Sparrows now.
A Great Tit on the sunflower seeds.
and another on the suet pellets.
A Carrion Crow looks quite imposing from the neighbour's Sycamore tree.....
...and his mate (or is that the other way round).....
.....and here's probably why they are on the look out as a new cat arrives on the block!!!
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The nature of Dorset: a summary of the week ending ... 01-04-18

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 08:15

The nature of Dorset last week compiled from wildlife enthusiasts that post on Twitter. Everything on one page:

- The twenty most interesting species recorded
- The twenty species generating the most tweets
- The ten sites generating the most tweets
- The five contributors generating the most tweets
- The pick of the weeks photographs

You can also look at the individual tweets for each day of the week and you can page back through previous weeks too. Its all here on the weekly summary page!

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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 01-04-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 08:11
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  • 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
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1st April

Portland Bird Observatory - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 22:28
April hardly got off to a rip-roaring start with pitifully low numbers of most routine migrants - but at least the sun was out for a fair portion of the day. One of yesterday's Ring Ouzels remained at Barleycrates Lane and another passed through at Blacknor, whilst an Osprey over the Bill during the afternoon provided an additional glimmer of quality; also of note were the first dozen Swallows and 2 House Martins of the season amongst a minor flurry of passing hirundines. With phylloscs, Blackcaps and Goldcrests reduced to single figure totals at the Bill it was left to the 60 or so Wheatears to provide the bulk of the numbers on the ground there; a Short-eared Owl remained there and 2 Firecrests at Barleycrates Lane the only addition to the list from elsewhere. Sea passage perked up a little during the afternoon as the wind switched into the east ahead of approaching rain, with 66 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Divers and 2 Sandwich Terns through off the Bill.

The Bottle-nosed Dolphins remained off the Bill all morning.

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Sightings - Sunday 1st April 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 20:15
Egyptian Goose - 3 Christchurch Hbr, 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Scaup - 1 female Abbotsbury Swannery
Common Scoter - 19E Portland Bill
Goosander - 2 Coward's Marsh, 1 East Holme
Red-throated Diver - 3 Portland Bill
Great White Egret - 1 Coward's Marsh, 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 1 RSPB Lodmoor, 1 Stanpit Marsh
Hen Harrier - 2 RSPB Arne
Osprey - 1 1NW over Portland Bill, 1 Arne
Purple Sandpiper - 18+ Hengistbury Hd.
Spotted Redshank - 1 Stanpit Marsh
Sandwich Tern - 2 Ferrybridge
Little Gull - 1 Coward's Marsh
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog NNR
Sand Martin - 7 N West Cliff Portland, 2 Coward's Marsh
Swallow - 2 Barleycrates Portland, 1 Culverwell, 1 Ferrybridge, 1 RSPB Lodmoor, 1 Stoborough
House Martin - 2 West Cliff Portland
Firecrest - 2 Barleycrates Lane Portland
Willow Warbler - 3+ Lodmoor, 2 Longham Lakes
Ring Ouzel - 1 Barleycrates Lane Portland
Wheatear - 6+ Portland Bill, 4+ Barleycrates, 2 Ferrybridge, 2 Hengistbury Hd.
Brambling - 2 RSPB Arne
Hawfinch - 3 North Bestwell Wareham, 1 Stoborough

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1 Apr 18

Martin Adlam - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 11:07
Wakeham

A dry start to the day and my first Large White butterfly of the year flying around the back garden. No sign of the female Blackcap, but on the feeders this morning 1 female and 2 male House Sparrows, a female Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tits, 3 Great Tits including the pale individual from a couple of days ago.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 31-03-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 08:35
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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
  • A map of sites where yesterdays records came from - what was seen near you?
  • 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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