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Sightings - Monday 26th March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 21:18
Garganey - 1 Radipole Lake, 1 Winterbourne Herringston
Red Kite - 1 Blandford
Cattle Egret - 1 West Bexington
BONAPARTE'S GULL - 1 Longham Lakes
Sanderling - 54 House Boats Poole Harbour
Purple Sandpiper - 18 Hengistbury Head
Chiffchaff - 11 Hengistbury Head
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Buddleia Loop Radipole Lake
Willow Warbler - 1 Portland Obs
Great Grey Shrike - 2 Morden Bog
Hawfinch - 20 Lower Bryanston, 2 St Mary's churchyard Wareham
Garganey Radipole Lake copyright Edmund Mackrill

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Yellow Horned Moth

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 19:00

Widespread and common early in the year near birch trees.

 

 

Photograph by: Paul Harris 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 Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Twin-spot Quaker

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:57

A common woodland species found early in the year and often in shrubby gardens.

 

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source 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 Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Pale Pinion

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:55

Over winters as an adult and can be found from November through until May or even June

 

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source 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 Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Clouded Drab

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:52

A very common but also very variable species found early in the year.

 

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source 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 Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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Shoulder Stripe

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:45

Prefers scrubby habitat and so occurs in shrubby gardens from March until May

 

 

Photograph by: Internet Open Source 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 Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
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First record of harvest mouse found for Upton Heath Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 16:29

Conservationists and volunteers at Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) were delighted to find the first evidence of harvest mice at the Upton Heath Nature Reserve in Corfe Mullen.

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26 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:52
Pennsylvania Castle Wood, St Andrew's Church, Church Ope Cove, Penn's Weare, The Cuttings and Bumpers Lane.

Another glorious day and my walk today took me through Pennsylvania Castle Wood, St Andrew's Church, Church Ope Cove, along Penn's Weare, doubling back through the Cuttings and home via Bumpers Lane.

A few highlights this afternoon with a Siskin over, 3 Wheatears (a male, 2 females) close to the WWII Pill Box along Penn's Weare, 5 Wall Lizards, several Syrphus torvus hoverflies, a Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina), 3 Wolf Spiders, a Comma butterfly and a Yellow-legged Mining-bee (Andrena flavipes).

Other than that there were lots of House and Blue Bottle Flies, as well as several White-tailed Bumblebees. A came across 1 Honey Bee and a similar looking bee which was slightly smaller. I don't think it was an Ivy Bee, the bands on the thorax didn't look yellow enough.

Here are a few images from today:

A few Wall Lizards out today in the grounds of St Andrew's Church
Here's another.......
.....and a juvenile.
Hopefully I've got this right a Green Shield Bug, Palomena prasina
My first Comma of the year
This is a member of the Mining bee family.........
........and is Yellow-legged Mining-bee (Andrena flavipes)
Yellow-legged Mining-bee (Andrena flavipes)
This is the hoverfly Syrphus torvus, which is one of the early hoverflies to be out in the Spring. More on this hoverfly Here.

There were 3 spiders on here. One ran off bottom right.
The one that ran off.....
.....far left.....
....and top. They are Wolf Spiders of the Pardosa family, though which species is difficult to tie down
This side of the WWII Pill Box were 3 Wheatear.
And before they went their separate ways I managed on group shot.
These 3 Wheatears had me working out their ages and sexes, which is why I slowed the video down a bit. I'm thinking from left to right - 1st Summer male, adult female and adult male.
I'm going with a 1st Summer male.
This is a male........
.....and same bird.
Adult male and female Wheatear.
Birds Recorded: 5 Fulmar, Shag, Cormorant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 8 Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, 3 Wheatear, Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, 1 Siskin and Goldfinch.

Also 5 Wall Lizards, 1 Comma butterfly, 1 Honey Bee, Common Drone Fly, 10+ Syrphus torvus hoverflies, White-tailed Bumblebees, 3 Wolf Spiders, a Green Shield Bug and a Yellow-legged Mining-bee (Andrena flavipes)
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 25-03-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:28
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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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25th March

Portland Bird Observatory - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 22:12
Passage seems to be getting some momentum behind it now with another decent little flourish of arrivals at the Bill; however, the best of the quality came in the form of raptors over the centre of the island from where there were reports of an Osprey over Southwell, a Goshawk over Weston and two apparent migrant Common Buzzards also over Southwell. The day's numbers came largely in the form of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, with both topping 30 at the Bill; the year's first Willow Warbler, together with 7 Redwings, 4 Short-eared Owls, 4 Wheatears, 2 Firecrests, 2 Bramblings and singles of Golden Plover, Blackcap, Siskin and Bullfinch provided some variety there, whilst elsewhere 3 White Wagtails at Reap Lane, the 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat at Southwell, a Black Redstart at Blacknor and 13 Black-necked Grebes in Portland Harbour were nice list-padders.

A party of at least 14 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off East Cliffs at the Bill for much of the day.

Bottle-nosed Dolphins and Brambling at the Bill this afternoon © Martin Adlam:

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Sightings - Sunday 25th Match 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 21:02
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury
Garganey - 1 Winterborne Herrington
Great Northern Diver - 2  Bowleaze Cove Weymouth Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 4 Bowleaze Cove Weymouth Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 13 Portland Harbour
Red Kite - 1 Abbotsbury
Osprey - 1 over Lytchett Bay, 1 over Southwell Portland
Goshawk - 1 over Weston Portland
Black Redstart - 1 Lodmoor, 1 Blacknor Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 2 Morden Bog
Willow Warbler - 1 Portland Obs, 1 Lodmoor, 1 Longham Lakes
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Buddleia Loop Radipole Lake
Hawfinch - 30 Lower Bryanston, 1 St Mary’s churchyard Wareham
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25 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 15:24
Portland Bird Observatory and Culverwell

News came in this morning that a Willow Warbler had been ringed at the obs. So after a quick visit to Ferrybridge to sort out the Summer moorings for our boat, it was off to the obs to see if the Willow Warbler was still around.

Unfortunately it and another had moved on, but a Firecrest was a good bird to spot in the garden as well as a female Goldcrest which Peter Morgan (PBO Chairman) showed me and others up really close.
I left the obs and headed up to Culverwell Here to see if there were any Summer visitors, in fact I had the complete opposite and instead of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps, I had a female Brambling (my first this year), 4 Redwings, a Firecrest and a Siskin overhead (also a first for the year).
On the way back to the obs I noticed a few Bottle-nosed Dolphins just off the coast. There appeared to be around 14 dolphins in two pods. A great way to finish off an afternoon walk.
Here are a few images and videos:
Thank you to Peter Morgan for showing me this female Goldcrest up close.
In the Crown Estate Fields a Buzzard looks for prey.
Just a fleeting glance of a Firecrest in Culverwell.
Also in Culverwell this beautiful Brambling.
She posed very well......
...and allowed me to get quite close.
My first Brambling this year and in fact my first since arriving on the island in May last year.
Out to sea Bottle-nosed Dolphins which apart from playing in front of the fishing boat.........
....also took to leaping......
.....out.........
......and back into the water time after time.
These Bottle-nosed Dolphins were having fun with this fishing boat as it made its way up the coast.
Birds Recorded: 6 Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Blackbird, 4 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, Great Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, 1 Brambling, Chaffinch, Linnet, 1 Siskin and Goldfinch.

Wakeham

Early this morning 2 Long-tailed Tits visited the feeders along with Great Tit and a pair of House Sparrows.

Two Long-tailed Tits and a female House Sparrow.

Early morning and 2 Long-tailed Tits and a female House Sparrow on the suet pellets.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 24-03-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 08:18
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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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24th March

Portland Bird Observatory - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 22:00
By Portland standards an arrival of 30 Chiffchaffs at the Bill would hardly qualify for a fanfare but such have been the numbers thus far this spring that it seemed like a fall worthy of attention. Sadly, it looked as though little else had been overcome by a migratory urge and, bar a handful of incoming Meadow Pipits and alba wagtails, 3 Wheatears were the only other arrivals of note at the Bill; 5 Purple Sandpipers, 4 Firecrests, 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Black Redstarts and a Water Rail there were all lingerers or winterers. Restricted visibility hampered seawatching there and the only reports were of 30 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Terns and a Red-throated Diver through. Elsewhere, the 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat remained at Southwell and there were 2 Blackcaps at Wakeham and 2 Black Redstarts at Blacknor.

We can't imagine today's freshly arrived Chiffchaffs were enamoured of prospects in a miserably dank, chilly and leafless Obs garden...


...but there were sustaining rewards out there if you stuck with it © Martin Cade:



And finally, for something a bit different, a nice old and new comparison. Deborah Tessier kindly popped us through a scan of a postcard she'd come across featuring what we're guessing must be a 1950s view of the Bill; as evidenced by our same view from yesterday there's plenty enough hasn't changed in 70 or so years:


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