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31st March

Portland Bird Observatory - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 22:37
A largely dry day was very welcome indeed even if it did remain pretty comprehensively dreary throughout. The improvement brought with it a slight response on the migrant front that included the spring's best arrival to date of Wheatears and a couple of visible Ring Ouzels. The Wheatear tally at the Bill was a minimum of 200, with 25 each of Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 5 each of Willow Warbler and Goldcrest, and a single Reed Bunting making up the rest of the migrant totals; a lighter scatter of the same variety elsewhere did come with the bonus of the 2 Ring Ouzels at Barleycrates Lane. With the breeze in an unhelpful northwesterly direction seawatching at the Bill came up with just 19 Common Scoter, 10 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Red-throated Divers and 2 Sandwich Terns.

A party of at least 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off the Bill for the best part of the day.

The Barleycrates Ring Ouzels were at times quite good performers © Roger Hewitt:

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Sightings - Saturday 31st March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 20:37
Egyptian Goose - 1 RSPB Lytchett Field
Gargarney - 1 Lodmoor
Red-throated Diver - 3 past West Bexington
Cattle Egret - 1 West Bexington
Spoonbill - 2 Middlebere
Red-necked Grebe - 2 Weymouth Bay off Bowleaze
Red Kite - 1 Gossage All Saints
Hen Harrier - 3 still Poole Hbr
Little Ringed Plover - 1 over Abbotsbury Swannery
Whimbrel - 1 RSPB Lytchett Fields
Ruff - 1 RSPB Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper - 4+ Lyme Regis on 'The Cobb'
Sandwich Tern - 9 West Bexington
Caspian Gull - 1 1st/W Lodmoor
Swallow - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Firecrest - 1 Peverel Point
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 RSPB Radipole Lake, 1 PC World Drain (Ringed bird)
Willow Warbler - 1 Ballard Studland
Ringed Ouzel - 2 Barleycrates Lane Portland
Wheatear - 10 Losmoor, 3 Avelanche Rd, 1 Badbury Rings
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31 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 17:32
Barleycrates Lane, Weston Quarry, Reap Lane and Avalanche Road

There had been a report of 2 Ring Ouzels at Barleycrates Lane this morning , so after working on the boat at Ferrybridge (where incidentally I had my first Sandwich Tern of the year), I headed off back to the island to have a look.

As normal when I got there, there was no sign of them so I carried on past Weston Quarry to the cliff top where there were a pair of Ravens, a Kestrel and a Peregrine.

I headed south and after 400 metres or so I walked back towards Reap Lane where there a couple of Meadow Pipits in the horse paddock.

Along Avalanche Road I crossed over and in the horse paddocks there were 3 Wheatears.

Here are a few images from this afternoon:
A Peregrine folds its wing and then seconds later goes into a dive along the west cliffs.
Meanwhile a Kestrel hovers for its meal.
Most of the fields are flooded on the island and these Herring Gulls make the most of one for a good wash-up.
A rare sight in most of the UK, especially London, but the House Sparrows on Portland are doing very well.
A Hedge Sparrow or more commonly know as a Dunnock. Not a member of the Sparrow family but an accentor.
One of the 3 Wheatears in the paddocks along Avalanche Road. This is a male, the other two were females.
Birds recorded: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, Pheasant, 30 Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Dunnock, 3 Wheatear, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 40+ Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch.
Wakeham
The female Blackcap was back on the feeders this morning.

Ships Today
This the Portuguese general cargo vessel the Breb Courageous on its way into Portland Harbour from Casablanca, Morocco. More on this vessel Here.
This the Maltese roll-on roll-off cargo vessel the Opaline on its from Rozenburg, Holland to Dublin. More on this ship Here.
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Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 07:37
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30th March

Portland Bird Observatory - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 22:30
A shocker of a day to start the bank holiday weekend with steady if never actually very heavy rain from before dawn until not long before dark. The sea came up with the only numbers, with 93 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Divers, 5 Sandwich Terns, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Goosander through off the Bill. There were new arrivals about on the land but they weren't easy to get amongst and there didn't look to be much variety at the Bill beyond a few grounded Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Goldcrests, a lone Brambling and a single passing Sand Martin; lingerers there included 3 Short-eared Owls and 2 Firecrests, whilst another Short-eared Owl was at Ferrybridge.
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Glaucous Gull - River Axe at Coronation Corner 30th March 2018

Charmouth Birding - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 20:20
A very wet day today was brightened for me when I heard at 15:44 via Ian Mc. that he had found yet another "white winger" Gull on the River Axe at Coronation Corner - a Glaucous Gull. This was too good to miss and if I could get there before it departed would be my 2nd local Glaucous of the winter. My first was the bird I self-found at Lyme Regis on 6th February. Jumping into the car I made the journey from Charmouth to Axmouth within 25 minutes and on arrival saw a single bedraggled figure huddled in the downpour on the viewing platform (local birder Tim White!).
Scanning the river, I quickly picked out the bird settled with some other large gulls between Coronation Corner and Tower hide on the east bank. And what a superb bird! I managed a couple of quick photos with the P900 in pouring rain before retreating to the shelter of the car. And at 16:40 it was away. It was huge and in flight looked even bigger than when it was settled on the river. I followed it in the binoculars until it was out of sight as it flew up and over towards Tower hide and then to the north and west. Wonderful. Thanks again to the finder.





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Sightings - Friday 30th March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 20:10
Great White Egret - 1 Cowards Marsh
Cattle Egret - 1 West Bexington
Greater Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Short-eared Owl - 1 Ferrybridge
Tree Sparrow - 1 Durlston Country Park
Hawfinch - 50 Lower Bryanston, 48 Leigh Churchyard


Cattle Egret - West Bexington © Trevor Wilkinson                       


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Mediterranean Gull, Lyme Regis, 6th March, 2018

Charmouth Birding - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:39
2 Mediterranean Gulls were off the Cobb this morning, this distant possibly 2nd winter bird:

The second bird was an adult Mediterranean Gull coming in to full Summer plumage:


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30 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:52
Wakeham

The past 3 mornings have been wet and this morning was no exception, as heavy rain arrived around dawn. At least it didn't put the birds off from visiting the feeders and it was great to see the female Blackcap back again along with the House Sparrows, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Chaffinch.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 29-03-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:55
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  • 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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Sightings - Thursday 29th March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:56
Red-throated Diver - 2 south, Chesil Cove
Manx Shearwater - 27 south, Chesil Cove
Garganey - 1 drake Radipole Lake
Greater Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Common Scoter - 2 south, Chesil Cove
Velvet Scoter - 1 Middle Beach, Studland
Purple Sandpiper - 11 Hengistbury Head
Spotted Redshank - 2 Middlebere
Greenshank - 1 Brands Bay
Willow Warbler - A total of 3 yesterday at Lodmoor
Hawfinch - 40 Lower Bryanston

                          2 male Hawfinches at Lower Bryanston copyright Michael Coleman


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29th March

Portland Bird Observatory - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:07
The decidedly unsettled conditions of recent weeks turned particularly unpleasant today with it feeling chilly throughout as frequent heavy showers rolled in off the Channel. Passerine passage was reduced to a handful of new Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests on the land and a trickle of Meadow Pipits and alba wagtails through overhead. A blustery afternoon saw Manx Shearwaters get moving in small numbers - including 83 through off the Bill - whilst earlier 28 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Divers, 3 Arctic Skuas and singles of Great Skua, Yellow-legged Gull and Sandwich Tern had passed by there between the showers; elsewhere, lower numbers of the same seabird selection passed through off Chesil and a Kittiwake headed through at Ferrybridge.

One of this morning's Red-throated Divers passing the Bill © Martin Cade:

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