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29 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 18:04
Radipole RSPB Reserve

I dropped into the reserve this afternoon to see if the drake Garganey was still about. He was, but apart from a quick stretch of his legs, he remained asleep on the south bank at the North Viewing Screen Here. If memory serves me right this is the first male I have seen, all my others have been females.

Other highlights today were my first Wigeon since moving down here, a Siberian Chiffchaff which was in amongst the other Chiffchaffs along the loop path and 25 Black-tailed Godwits. Just the one Marsh Harrier seen today, a beautifully marked male quartering the reserve to the north.

Here are few images
On the left 2 Teal, foreground a Coot and just stretching his legs the drake Garganey.....
...and here he is sat down again.
In the foreground Black-tailed Godwits with a few just coming into summer plumage. At the back a drake Wigeon (left) and a Shoveler.

A very distant shot of a male Marsh Harrier.
A pair of Mute Swans.
And a magnificient looking adult Great Black-backed Gull.
Not the Siberian sadly but one of many Phylloscopus collybita Chiffchaffs here.
Primroses my first for the year.
A patch of Red Dead-nettles (Lamium purpureum).....
......they really are red up close.
Birds recorded: 2 Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Mallard, Gadwall, 1 Garganey, 3 Wigeon, Teal, 8 Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Coot, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Reed Bunting.

Wakeham

Another very wet start to the day with heavy rain for most of the morning. On the feeders a male Chaffinch along with a pair of House Sparrows, Great Tit, Blue Tits and the female Blackcap again.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 28-03-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:47
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Sightings - Wednesday 28th March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:48
Great White Egret - 1 Avon Causeway, 1 flew over the Piddle Valley towards Arne yesterday
Garganey - 1 Radipole
Red Kite - 1 over Portland
Hen Harrier - 3 ringtails Arne
Greenshank - 2 The Fleet
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor
Purple Sandpiper - 28 Hengistbury Head on sandspit
Sandwich Tern - 3 Lodmoor
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Morden Bog NNR
Ring Ouzel - 1 Portland
Willow Warbler - 1 Lodmoor
Dartford Warbler - 1 Portland
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 presumed blythi, Reap Lane, Portland yesterday

Black-headed Gull © David Wareham                                        
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28th March

Portland Bird Observatory - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 17:04
A day with some nice rewards on the scarcity front but, despite another dose of overnight rain that lasted on into the morning, precious little by way of numbers. The pick of the oddities were a Dartford Warbler on the Slopes at the Bill and a Red Kite over the centre and south of the island; a Ring Ouzel at the Bill was a first for the year, whilst 2 Greenshank on the oysterbeds at Ferrybridge were of note even if they were probably not strictly within the recording area. Six Redwings were amongst the small arrival of new common migrants at the Bill where 2 Purple Sandpipers and singles of Water Rail and Firecrest lingered on and 6 Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater and a Sandwich Tern passed by on the sea.

This Dartford Warbler was a nice find in the 'Spectacled Warbler bushes' on the Slopes at the Bill and it was even more exciting to discover that it was colour-ringed - we believe it was originally marked in Devon but unfortunately the ringer is currently away from his records so we'll have to wait a few more days before discovering the full details © Martin Cade:



As usual, this morning's Red Kite caused consternation amongst the local inhabitants © Martin Adlam:
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28 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 09:39
Wakeham

It was a wet miserable start to the day here on the island and there was an increase in bird activity around the bird feeders including the same/another female Blackcap. Also about Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and a Collared Dove.

At 10:29am there was a real commotion at the front of the cottage with the local Herring Gulls causing a right din. 99 time out of a 100 that can only mean one thing and that is there is a raptor close-by. And so it proved to be with a Red Kite being harassed by a posse of gulls. It didn't hang around long and moved up the mainland pretty sharpish.

A real treat as Red Kite heads north up Wakeham.
I must admit I wasn't expecting to see a Red Kite over Portland. Before I moved here from Swindon, it was pretty usual to see one or two daily over our house in Nythe. So a nice surprise to see one here.

The same or another female Blackcap on the suet pellets this morning
A nice surprise to see a female Blackcap on the feeders. I'm not sure if this is the over-wintering bird or a Spring migrant that has found my feeders as it was heading north.
Still lots of birds on the feeders including this Great Tit, male House Sparrow and.......
.....this Blue Tit which is sporting a leg ring. A bird ringed at the Portland Bird Observatory maybe!!
We have a pair of Collared Doves in the neighbourhood and this one visited the garden this morning.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 27-03-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 07:46
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27th March

Portland Bird Observatory - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:26
With the Obs garden relatively jumping with Chiffchaffs at dawn there were high expectations for today; however, these were ultimately unrealised as the flow of new arrivals dwindling away as the morning wore on. Overnight rain had done the trick and grounded 150 Chiffchaffs and single figure totals of Wheatear, Redwing, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Goldcrest at the Bill, but it was soon apparent as these newcomers filtered away that little else was dropping in and, bar the odd few wagtails and pipits on the move overhead, nothing much else was discovered. Early seawatching at the Bill returned totals of 14 Red-throated Divers, 5 Brent Geese and a Sandwich Tern.

The party of a dozen or more Bottle-nosed Dolphins lingered off the Bill all day.
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Sightings - Tuesday 27th March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:18
Garganey - 1 Radipole Lake
Greater Scaup - 1 Longham Lakes (South Lake)
Black throated Diver - 1 Bowleaze Cove
Bittern - 1 Swineham Gravel Pits heard flying off yesterday evening (east)
Great White Egret - 1 Lytchett Bay and French's Pools, 1 Holton Heath on pools
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Bowleaze Cove
Spoonbill - 3 Stanpit
Red Kite - 1 over Swineham
Marsh Harrier - 1 Stanpit
Spotted Redshank - 2 Stanpit
Avocet - 1 Stanpit
Short-eared Owl - 1yesterday Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest
Sand Martin - 8 Swineham
Water Pipit - 1 Radipole yesterday
Black Redstart - 1 Anvil Point, 2 Portland yesterday
Willow Warbler - 1 Stanpit, 1 Radipole yesterday
Firecrest - 1 Stanpit
Hawfinch - 1 Dorchester by track by A37 bridge off Lubbecke Way, 20 Lower Bryanston

                         
                       Hawfinches and Greenfinches Lower Bryanston copyright Michael Coleman





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Example request for an identification

Nature of Dorset Forum - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 19:01
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Seen in boggy areas of Hartland Moor in July. About 12 inches tall, yellow flowers in spikes, lots of individual plants growing in wet conditions.

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Brimstone Butterfly

Nature of Dorset Forum - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 18:51
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We had our first butterfly of the year, a brimstone, in our Wareham Garden at 13.00 on the 26th March 2018

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27 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 18:01
Obs garden, Helen's Field and Culverwell

A flying visit to the obs to see what Spring migrants had arrived. When I spoke to Peter (The Prof) Morgan, he was telling me that the next Chiffchaff in the mist nets would be number 75 for the day. I think its fair to say there were a lot of Chiffchaffs about, and unsurprisingly 2 male Sparrowhawks working the huts and Observatory garden for an easy meal.

Here are a few images from today:

A juvenile male Sparrowhawk in moult
This juvenile male Sparrowhawk was on the lookout for Spring migrants.
At this time of year it can be a bit confusing as to whether a Chiffchaff is a Willow Warbler or visa versa.
Leg colour used to be a key. Dark legs Chiffchaff, straw coloured Willow Warbler. I'll let you decide on this one. This might help Here.

Birds Recorded: Cormorant, 2 male Sparrowhawk, 3 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, Pheasant, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 10+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Ships Today
This is the bulk cargo carrier, SSI Nemesis flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. It is on its way to Portland Harbour from Santarem, Brazil. This port is on the Amazon River Here. More on this vessel Here.



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Celebrate Dippy at Kingcombe Meadows this Easter

Dorset Wildlife Trust - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 16:24

This Easter, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has some ‘roar-some’ events lined up for families to enjoy in our visitors centres and nature reserves across Dorset.

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A Day on the Levels

Two Owls Birding - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 16:21
Two Owls Birding's visit to the Somerset Levels reserves of Ham Wall, Shapwick and Greylake was arranged for Sunday 25th March, with the aim to hear and see Bittern and of course all the other great species the reserves have to offer.
Jackie and I, joined by Margaret decided we would B&B the night before to give ourselves a chance to do a little scouting around before the Sunday group arrived.  We made our first stop at RSPB Greylake and found lots of waterfowl were still present and loads of Reed Buntings and listened to Bearded Tits "pinging" and a brief sighting.  Then it was on to RSPB Ham Wall for a short walk to confirm the Bitterns were booming which indeed they were and that the Great White Egret were breeding again.  So after our recce we headed off to the B&B then the pub for dinner and an early night as the clocks were going forward.
Quite replete from our full english breakfast we met the group in the Ham Wall car park on what looked like it was going to be a very nice day weather wise and indeed it was.  Birding started in the car park with Chiffchaff and Robin singing, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, a Kingfisher and Bittern flying over and a pair of distant Buzzards.  We all headed out towards the Avalon Hide checking off many of the commoner species on the way.  Jackie spotted one of the early spring flowers thats often overlooked but its one of her favourites as it shows spring has arrived, Coltsfoot at the side of the path.
Coltsfoot - Ham Wall © Nick HullAngie started well with picking up a Lesser Redpoll flying over which briefly stopped in an Alder.  I picked up a Bittern flying along behind the trees and the group called another overhead, bringing our count to three before we had really started.  A little further on we stopped and looked over the Great White Egret nesting area where we could see at least six nest locations and seven birds present. Great White Egret landing at nest Ham Wall © Nick HullWe also heard a few of the groaning calls that they make which is quite different than that of Grey Heron.  Other calls we heard here were the whinnying song of Little Grebe which seemed to accompany us all around the reserve.  Here we also had two Kingfisher one chasing the other that came "peeping" past us a couple of times.
Stopping at the first viewing platform we checked out the pools where I was able to explain about the black bill and about the salmon pink upper tarsus on a summer plumaged Great White.  Also explaining that a yellow billed bird would be a first summer bird and wouldn't breed until next year.  I was  then checking through the waterfowl, Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe and I came to a Gadwall standing with a smaller duck to its right.  It was at roost head tucked but I could just see a pale blue-grey side panel and white supercilium, a male Garganey.  Whilst getting everyone on to the summer visitor a Bittern flew up and away to our right our fourth, then we had a series of 'booming' from three different birds excellent.  Scott picked up a small flock of Lapwing leaving the marsh with a single Black-tailed Godwit heading off east.Great White Egret - Ham Wall © Nick HullWe then made our way on to the Avalon hide we had another look at the Garganey from the screen on the way but though a tad closer it still stayed asleep resting after its long flight.  Reaching the the hide Angie had a brief view of a Bearded Tit a lifer for her whilst the rest of us were watching male and female Marsh Harrier quartering their territories.  We checked out the owl box but none were on show so after a while with little happening we walked back via the second bridge and then on to the car park for a late lunch.  We were happily entertained from our picnic bench by a day flying Pipistrelle bat working its way up and down the tree line, though he disappeared after a short while.
Drake Shoveler flyby Ham Wall © Nick HullAfter lunch we headed out on to the Shapwick reserve, here we repeated most of all the species seen in the morning but Noah Lake was a mass of waterfowl Wigeon by far predominated with Pintail, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Little and Great Crested Grebe, Mute swan, Greylag and Canada Geese in lesser numbers also there was a few Lesser Black-backed Gull present.  From the hide behind that looks over the very large read bed we had our closest views of a male Marsh Harrier of the day, though by the time I got the camera ready it had moved further away.Male Marsh Harrier Shapwick © Nick HullAfter an hour or so on the Shapwick reserve we headed back to the cars and made the short drive to RSPB Greylake, another wetland reserve though more wet meadow and reedbed than reedbed with open water.  Here we watched a multitude of Reed Buntings coming in to the feeding stations in the car park along with Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Blue and Great Tits to name a few.Male Reed Bunting - Greylake © Nick HullWalking out to the hides we had close views of Shoveler and Teal and a distant Great White Egret. Entering the main hide and looking out on to the wet meadow there was large number of Wigeon and Teal and lesser numbers of Pintail, Shoveler and Mallard, a scattering of Lapwing and Snipe.  We also recorded our first Little Egret, Redshank and Dunlin and a large flock of Golden Plover put on an aerial  display when flushed off fields further west, we also had our first Kestrel of the day here. 
All to soon our time was up and we had to walk back to the cars and start our journey home but not quite finished as walking back to the car Martin managed to spot a Bearded Tit.  We said our goodbyes and all went our own ways, however Mick and Angie decided they were going to go for a longer walk around the reserve as they were staying over in Glastonbury.  We were well on our way driving home when we received a call from Angie who excitedly said she had to call as they had just had two common Crane fly over them as the reached the car park after their walk, her second lifer of the day.Wigeon outside the hide Greylake © Nick Hull
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 26-03-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:54
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  • Yesterday's records in graphical form to show the highlights
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26th March

Portland Bird Observatory - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 22:37
Quieter on the numbers front today with the sky too clear to have expected a repeat of the little flurries logged at the weekend. Wheatears were more conspicuous, including 20 at the Bill, but Chiffchaff and Goldcrest both dropped back into low single figure totals there where variety included 3 Redwings, 3 Firecrests, 2 Black Redstarts and singles of Short-eared Owl, White Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Brambling and Bullfinch. Elsewhere, 2 Sand Martins through at Ferrybridge were the first hirundines logged anywhere on the island so far this spring (...has there ever been a year without a hirundine before this date? - we can't remember one). The only other reports were of 12 Red-throated Divers and 6 Common Scoter through off the Bill and a lone Redshank at Ferrybridge.

Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone at the Bill over the weekend © David Sawyer:


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Just messing about

Nature of Dorset Forum - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 21:58
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I have always thought a forum for Dorset's nature enthusiasts to help beginners with identification and general know how would be a good idea, what do you think?

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