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Sightings - Saturday 24th March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 20:47
Great White Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Black-throated Diver - 2 past Hengistbury Head
Red-necked Grebe - 4 Weymouth Bay
Purple Sandpiper - 15 Hengistbury Head
Sand Martin - 5 Lodmoor
Black Redstart - 2 Blacknor Portland
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Decoy Pond Morden Bog
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 presumed blythi Reap Lane area Portland
Hawfinch - 95 Lower Bryanston, 20 Leigh
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24 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 12:40
Wakeham

On the feeders this morning both the male and female Blackcaps. Also Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue TitHouse Sparrow and Wood Pigeon.

The female Blackcap on the suet pellets.
First it was a Goldfinch and Great Tit, then......
......a female Chaffinch and a male House Sparrow.
A Wood Pigeon "on" the feeders.
And a bit of synchronised diving between a Chaffinch and Wood Pigeon. A perfect 10/10 I would say, the diving not the photography!!

The female Blackcap was back on the feeders this morning along with a female Chaffinch.


Early afternoon and lots of visitors with Blue Tits, Great Tit and a pair of House Sparrows.
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 23-03-18

Nature of Dorset Records Timeline - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 07:31
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The nature of Dorset in tweets, charts, photos and maps ... 23-03-18

Nature of Dorset Reference Database - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 07:31
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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
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23rd March

Portland Bird Observatory - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 23:12
Passage seems to have been really set back by the cold snaps this month, with remarkably few new arrivals in evidence today. A lone Wheatear was the only long-distance migrant logged at the Bill where further minor interest came in the form of 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 lingering Firecrests and 5 Long-tailed Tits on the land and 19 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Manx Shearwaters and a Sandwich Tern through on the sea; elsewhere, a Grey Heron flew north over Blacknor and 8 Black-necked Grebes and a Common Scoter were still in Portland Harbour.
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Sightings - Friday 23rd March 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 19:44
Garganey - 1 Winterborne Monkton
Great Northern Diver - 3 Poole Harbour
CATTLE EGRET - 1 West Bexington
Red Kite - 1 West Lulworth, 2 Wareham Common
Purple Sandpiper - 24 Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 1 Coombe Keynes
Tree Pipit - 1 Longham Lakes
Great Grey Shrike - 1 south of the Decoy Pond, Morden Bog
Hawfinch - 16 Lower Bryanston including the first Swiss ringed Bird in the UK, 1 Shaftesbury
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Blog Post: March 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Spring Update

RSPB Weymouth Wetlands - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 16:06
After the recent cold snaps, winter is starting to lose its grip and signs of spring are starting to emerge over the reserves. On 13th March a Small Tortoiseshell was seen at Radipole and a Brimstone over at Lodmoor. Great Crested Grebes are starting to show signs of their characteristic courtship dancing.  On 14th March a Spoonbill put in an appearance at Radipole.  A pair of Bitterns, one actually booming were seen over at Lodmoor on 16th March.  On Sunday 18th March saw another snowfall which brought in a variety of birds to the reserves.  At Radipole: over 400 Redwings, 80 Fieldfares, over 250 Meadow Pipits, 80 Golden Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, a Kingfisher and a Stonechat.  Over on Lodmoor: over 300 Redwings, 50 Fieldfares, over 80 Snipe, 18 Black Tailed Godwits and a Bar Tailed Godwit. Down on Weymouth Beach there were over 500 Meadow Pipits, an Iceland Gull and a Sandwich Tern. Photo Credit: Black Tailed Godwits, Peter Clinch, RSPB Roving Volunteer The Spoonbill stayed around the reserves for several days and was joined by another on 21st March at Radipole. A Ruff and Mediterranean Gull were also seen. Marsh Harriers have continued to be sighted over the reserves for the past few weeks. Photo Credit: Spoonbill, Peter Clinch, RSPB Roving Volunteer Among other signs of spring emerging, blackthorn is finally bursting into bloom.  Several Hawthorn trees are greening up with leaves and two trees have flower buds but none flowering yet but it won't be long.  A scattering of Lesser Celandine flowers can be seen along the edge of the river on the way to the Viewing Shelter.  On one of the bridges a lone Hairy Bittercress plant has made its home between the planks by the fence demonstrating how resilient and resourceful nature can be. Winter Management at RSPB Radipole Lake You may have noticed that removed lots of trees, bushes and scrub have been removed from the sides of the paths at Radipole.  This is because the reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated for its freshwater reedbed habitat. If the scrub, bushes and trees are allowed to encroach too much, the reedbed starts to dry out and eventually this valuable habitat and the diverse range of species would be lost.  The scrub is removed on a rotational basis so that during the breeding season there are still plenty of areas for birds  (e.g. Cetti's Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats and many more)  to use the bushes and trees to nest in whilst protecting the reedbed and preventing it from drying out.  An added bonus is that by keeping some of the scrub clear, views of the reedbed together with the ditches and pools are opened up allowing our visitors to get much closer to the wonderful wildlife in our lake. Tern Island Management at Lodmoor The estates team have also been busy over at Lodmoor putting a fence around one of the tern islands.  The aim is to reduce gull predation on the Common Tern chicks this summer. Photo Credit: Lodmoor Tern Islands, Misha Downton, Discovery Centre Intern For all the latest sightings, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre, details below or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available. Telephone : 01305 778313 Email :  Weymouth.reserves@rspb.org.uk Website :  www.rspb.org/radipolelake
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23 Mar 18

Martin Adlam - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 14:26
Wakeham

It was the tun of the female Blackcap today. The past week a male Blackcap has been on the feeders, but this afternoon a female appeared. Also on the feeders Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Great Tit.

An unusual sight a Dunnock on the suet pellets. Normally you will see these birds on the ground feeding.
This Winter and spring the suet pellets have been a great source of food for both male and female Blackcaps.
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