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Reports of interest, Monday 17th December 2018.

Dorset Bird Club - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 22:10
Goosander - 1 in Christchurch Harbour is unusual in the harbour.
QUAIL - 1 again Milborne St Andrew.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Baiter, 2 Poole Bay, 1 Portland Harbour.
Black-Throated Diver - 1 Poole Bay.
Black-Necked Grebe - 1 in Christchurch Harbour (very rare inside the harbour); 3 Portland Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Parkstone Lake.
Red-Necked Grebe - 1 Baiter.
Red Kite - 1 Minterne.
Hen Harrier - 1 Milborne St Andrew.
Grey Plover - 6 Stanpit.
Jack Snipe - 1 Stanpit.
Water Pipit - 1 Stanpit.
Black Redstart - 1 Parkstone Lake.
PENDULINE TIT - 1 Radipole Lake.

Brent Geese on Lytchett Bay © Trevor Wilkinson
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Reports of interest, Sunday 16th December 2018.

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 23:20
Whooper Swan - 1 Hampreston.
Bar-Headed Goose - 1 Hampreston.
Brent Goose - 88 Lytchett Bay RSPB equals the best count there.
Great Northern Diver - 2 Poole Harbour mouth.
Red-Throated Diver - 2+ Hengistbury Head.
Black-Throated Diver - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Black-Necked Grebe - 1 Poole Harbour mouth.
Red-Necked Grebe - 1 Poole Harbour mouth.
Great White Egret - 1 Lodmoor, 4 Longham Lakes.
Spoonbill - 6 Lytchett Bay RSPB including two ringed birds.
Avocet - 1 bird of 235 in Lytchett Bay RSPB had been ringed in Yorkshire.
Grey Plover - 14 Christchurch Harbour, 35 Poole Harbour mouth.
Bar-Tailed Godwit - 1 Lytchett Bay RSPB is unusual in the winter.
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor.
Jack Snipe - 2 Christchurch Hbr Salt Hurns.
Greenshank - 2 (1 ringed) Lytchett Bay RSPB. 
Knot - 2 Holes Bay.
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head.
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Reports of interest, Saturday 15th December 2018.

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 21:41
Red-Throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay.
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Reports of interest, Friday 14th December 2018.

Dorset Bird Club - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 21:22
Egyptian Goose - 2 Longham Lakes.
Red-Throated Diver - 19 past Mudeford Quay in an hour.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Brands Bay.
Black-Necked Grebe - 3 Brands Bay, 18+ Studland Bay.
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes.
Cattle Egret - 18 Holme Lane (Frome Valley), 3 Longham Lakes.
Marsh Harrier - 1-2 Stanpit.
Merlin - 1 Upton Heath.
Grey Plover -  31 Brands Bay, 2 Stanpit.
Greenshank -  1 Brands Bay.
Knot -  3 Brands Bay.
Arctic Skua - 1 settled off Mudeford Quay.
Short-Eared Owl - 1+ Bowleaze Cove.
Firecrest - 1 Durlston NR.
PENDULINE TIT - 1 reported Radipole Lake.




Cattle Egret with Little Egrets at Longham Lakes © Lorne Bissell
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Sightings - Thursday 13th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:31
Black Brant - 1 The Fleet (from Moonfleet)
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 5+ Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 30+ Arne RSPB, 8 Lytchett Bay
Greenshank - 2 Lytchett Bay
Little Gull - 1 Sturminster Marshall GPs
Short-eared Owl - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Dusky Warbler - 2 now at East Fleet Farm but elusive (please keep to public rights of way)
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor (Portland), 1 Blandford Camp
Dipper - 1 Abbotsbury
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Reports of interest, Wednesday 12th December 2018.

Dorset Bird Club - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 22:16
White-Fronted Goose - 1 Arne Moors.
QUAIL - 1 Milborne St Andrew.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Weymouth Bay.
Cattle Egret - 2 Buckland Ripers, 17 Holme Lane (Frome Valley).
Marsh Harrier - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 Swineham.
Black Redstart - 1 Chorch Ope Cove (Portland).
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Sightings - Tuesday 11th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:36
Whooper Swan - 1 juv Hampreston Meadows
Black Brant - 1 Lytchett Bay
White-fronted Goose - 1 Swineham GPs
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Scaup - 3 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 3 Poole Harbour, 2 Brand's Bay
Cattle Egret - 15 East Holme, 3 Longham Lakes, 2 Fiddleford Mill, 2 Radipole RSPB, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Studland Heath NNR
Spoonbill - 24 Poole Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Brand's Bay, 2 Poole Harbour, 1 Studland Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Poole Harbour
Merlin - 1 Ferrybridge
Jack Snipe - 1 Longham Lakes
Golden Plover - c400 West Compton
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Short-eared Owl - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Dusky Warbler - 1 East Fleet
Dipper - 1 Abbotsbury
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Little Bunting - 1 still at Chiswell, Portland

Egrets at Longham Lakes © Lorne BissellBlack Brant in Lytchett Bay © Shaun Robson



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Sightings - Monday 10th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 18:00
Scaup - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 1 The Fleet at Wyke Regis
Cattle Egret - 22 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 2 Lodmoor RSPB
Black-necked Grebe - 10 Portland Harbour
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Hen Harrier - 1 over West Moors
Short-eared Owl -  2 or 3 near Preston, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Ring Ouzel - 1 fem with other thrushes at Coombe Valley (nr Preston)
Dipper - 1 Abbotsbury
Black Redstart - 2 Chesil Cove, 2 Blacknor (Portland), 1 Durlston CP
Little Bunting - 1 Chiswell, Portland

Little Bunting at Chiswell, Portland © Mike Gibbons
Black Redstart at Chiswell, Portland © Mike Gibbons
Little Bunting at Chiswell, Portland © Mike Gibbons
Long-tailed Tit at Colehill © Brian Smith
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Sightings - Sunday 9th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:46
White-fronted Goose - 1juv. Swineham GP.
Scaup - 6 Abbotsbury Swannery
Ring-necked Duck - 1 1st/W Radipole Lake RSPB
Eider - 6 Poole Hbr
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-throated Diver - 2 past Durlston CP.
Great Northern Diver - 2 off Bincleaves, 1 off Portland Castle
Cattle Egret - 18+ East Holme, 16 Abbotsbury Swannery, 3+ Waddock Cross, 1 Radipole lake RSPB
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 35 Arne RSPB
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Poole Hbr.
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Wyke Down
Little Gull - 1 Winkton
Short-eared Owl - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Merlin - 1 Wyke Down
Firecrest - 2 Durlston CP.
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove, 1 Chesil Cove, 1 Poole Old Town, 1 Durlston CP.
Brambling - 1 Durlston CP.
Little Bunting - 1 Chiswell Portland

Avocet - Brownsea Is. © Lorne Bissell

Spotted Redshank - Brownsea Is. © Lorne Bissell

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In Search of Little Bunting

Two Owls Birding - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 16:19
Jackie and I had a 'twitch' today after the Little Bunting that was found at Chiswell, Portland yesterday.  The only trouble was that my car was in the garage and Jackie's turbo doesn't seem to be working properly, but as it's a county tick and it's been a slight bogey bird in Dorset for us to catch-up with, we made the decision to go for it even if we had to get the breakdown truck out to get home. 
After an hour we arrived and parked up and meeting friends Liz and Terry who had already seen the bird and pointed us in the right direction, which in fact was about four metres away from where we were stood.  So I joined a few photographers to see if I could manage a few memory shots and a little video of the bird.
Little Bunting - Chiswell, Portland © Nick HullThe above shot was taken just to the rear of a parked car at the edge of the drive to the rear of the buildings.  The one below was taken when it was disturbed by a delivery van and it moved to sit and preen in some dried scrub on the Chesil bank.  I have to say of all the Little Buntings I've seen this was the most confiding Little Bunting - Chiswell, Portland © Nick HullAnd the good news is we made it back home without use of a tow truck.
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Sightings - Saturday 8th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 22:29
White-fronted Goose - 1juv Bestwall/Swineham meadows
Common Scoter - 1 Poole Hbr. off Brownsea Is.
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Arne RSPB, 1 off Brownsea Is.
Cattle Egret - 38 Abbottsbury Swannery,18 East Holme, 6 Fiddleford
Spoonbill - 25 Arne RSPB
Black-necked Grebe - 3 off Arne RSPB, 1 off Brownsea Is.
Hen Harrier - 2 ringtails Milborne St. Andrew
Spotted Redshank - 1 Brownsea Is.
Firecrest - 1 Hengistbbury Hd. 1 Arne RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 Chiswell Portland
LITTLE BUNTING - 1 Chiswell Portland

Little Bunting - Chiswell Portland © Phyl England

















Ringtail Hen Harrier - Milborne St. Andrew © Michael Coleman















Cattle Egret - East Holme © Clive Hargrave
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Sightings - Friday 7th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:32
Whooper Swan - 1 juv. Hampreston Fields
Great Northern Diver - 1 off Shipstal Arne RSPB
Cattle Egret - 8 East Holme, 2 between Nottington & Buckland Ripers
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 25 Arne RSPB, 11 Lytchett Bay
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 pos Trent sewage works
Black Redstart 1 Durlston CP by Tilly Whim.

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Sightings - Thursday 6th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 22:15
Egyptian Goose - 2 Longham Lakes
Scaup - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery
Long-tailed Duck - 1 juv Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 2 Arne RSPB
Cattle Egret - 37 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Sturminster Marshall GP.
Spoonbill - 27 Arne RSPB
Black-necked Grebe - 7 Brand's Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 ad/fem Lytchett Bay
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Water Pipit - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB

Goldeneye - Poole Park © David Wareham
Red-breasted Merganser - Poole Park © David Wareham
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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Sightings - September 2018

Swannery Steve - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:44


Highlights...
This month’s best sighting was undoubtedly the Swannery's first ever Lesser Yellowlegs but  the first Dipper for 36 years came a close second! Also of note were multiple sightings of GarganeyCattle Egrets and Grey Phalaropes, along with singles of Osprey, Hen HarrierCurlew Sandpiper, Black TernShort-eared Owl and 'Blue-headed Wagtail'.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell
Garganey (juv.), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Steve Groves
Cattle Egret, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell
Osprey, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Steve GrovesGrey Phalarope, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Steve Groves
The Month's Bird News In Full...More details of the above highlights and the rest of this month's sightings...
Canada Goose... Present throughout with 337 counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th.
Barnacle Goose... Two were present for much of the month.
Greylag Goose... One was present all month.
Black Swan… Four were present for much of the month.

Black Swans, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Steve Groves
Mute Swan... Present throughout with 585 counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th.
Whooper Swan... The released rehabilitated second calendar year was present all month.
(Common) Shelduck... Seen regularly with five counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th. In addition the two Shelduck x Eider hybrids were present throughout.
Garganey... Three were present on the 3rd, whilst singles were seen on the 6th, 22nd and 26th.


Above two images... Garganey (juv.), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 
© Steve Groves

Northern Shoveler… Present throughout with peaks of 50 on the 7th and 19th.
Gadwall... One on the 4th only.
(Eurasian) Wigeon... Present throughout with a peak of 50 on the 3rd.

Mallard... Present throughout with 524 counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th.
(Northern) Pintail... Present throughout with 66 counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th.
(Eurasian) Teal... Present throughout with a peak of 500 on several dates.
(Common) Pochard... Seen regularly with eight counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th.
Tufted Duck... Present throughout with 85 counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th.

(Common) Pheasant... Present throughout.
(Northern) Fulmar... One briefly on the 9th. 
Little Grebe... Present throughout with a peak of 24 on the 18th.
Great Crested Grebe... Present throughout with a peak of at least 50 on the 3rd.

(Western) Cattle Egret... Five arrived on the 14th and there were then regular sightings with a peak of 19 on the 27th.



Above two images... Cattle Egret, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 
© Steve Groves
Grey Heron... Seen regularly.

Grey Heron (juv.), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 
© Charlie Wheeler
Little Egret... Present throughout with a peak of at least 22 on the 18th.
(Great) Cormorant... Present throughout with 45 in the roost on the 13th.                                                            
(Western) Osprey... Singles were seen on six dates from the 1st to the 28th inclusive.

Above two images... Osprey, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell

(Eurasian) Sparrowhawk... Singles were seen regularly.
(Western) Marsh Harrier... Singles were seen regularly.

Hen Harrier... An adult male was seen briefly on the 29th... The first sighting of this species since December 2017 and the first adult male since January 2011.
(Common) Buzzard... Present throughout.
Water Rail... Seen or at least heard regularly.
(Common) Moorhen... Present throughout. 
(Eurasian) Coot... Present throughout with 250 counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th.

(Northern) Lapwing... Up to 15 were seen regularly.

Lapwing, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Steve Groves
(European) Golden Plover... Two on the 1st were the first since March.
Grey Plover... Two on the 7th.
(Common) Ringed Plover... Seen regularly with a peaks of at least five on several dates. 
Whimbrel... Singles were seen fairly regularly.
(Eurasian) Curlew... Singles were seen fairly regularly.

Bar-tailed Godwit... One on the 27th.
Black-tailed Godwit... Seen regularly with a peak of eight on the 1st.
(Red) Knot... Seen regularly with a peak of 14 on the 1st.
Ruff... One on the 7th.

Curlew Sandpiper… One on the 8th.


Curlew Sandpiper (juv.), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell

Dunlin... Seen regularly with a peak of over 15 on the 23rd.

Dunlin (juv.), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Steve Groves
(Common) Snipe... Seen seen regularly, with a peak of nine on the 15th.

Snipe, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Charlie WheelerSnipe, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Steve Groves
Grey Phalarope… Three were present on the 20th/21st, five on the 22nd and two on the 23rd, with at least one then lingering to the 25th.

Grey Phalarope, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Steve GrovesGrey Phalaropes (& Coots), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell
Common Sandpiper… Seen regularly, with a peak of 14 on the 6th.

Green Sandpiper… Singles were present on the 2nd/3rd, 8th and 22nd.

Lesser Yellowlegs... The first for The Swannery (and 3rd for The Fleet) lingered briefly on the 23rd (before being relocated at nearby Lodmoor RSPB).


Above two images... Lesser Yellowlegs, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 
© Joe Stockwell
(Common) Redshank... Up to three were seen regularly.
(Common) Greenshank… One on the 5th.
Black-headed Gull... Present throughout with 22 counted during the Wetland Bird Survey on the 9th.
Mediterranean Gull... Seen regularly with a peak of at least 100 on the 9th.
Common Gull... Seen regularly, with a peak of eight on the 23rd.
Great Black-backed Gull... Present throughout with a peak of at least 100 present on the 18th.
(European) Herring Gull... Present throughout.
Yellow-legged Gull... One first calendar year was present on the 19th/20th.
Lesser Black-backed Gull... Single figures were seen regularly.
Sandwich Tern... Singles were seen on the 16th and 24th.

Common Tern... At least eight were still present to the 7th but none were seen subsequently.

Arctic Tern... A juvenile was seen on the 20th.


Arctic Tern (juv.), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell

Black Tern... A juvenile was present on the 5th.


Black Tern (juv.), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell
‘Feral Pigeon’... Present throughout.
Stock Dove... Single figures were seen regularly.
(Common) Wood Pigeon... Present throughout.
(Eurasian) Collared Dove... Present throughout.

(Western) Barn Owl... One on the 21st.
Tawny Owl... Seen or at least heard regularly.

Short-eared Owl... One was seen on the 5th.
(Common) Kingfisher... Up to two were seen regularly.


Kingfisher, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell
Great Spotted Woodpecker... Seen regularly.

(European) Green Woodpecker... Seen regularly.

(Common) Kestrel... Single figures were seen regularly.

Kestrel, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Charlie Wheeler
(Eurasian) Hobby... 
Singles on the 2nd and 4th.
Peregrine Falcon... Singles were seen regularly.
(Eurasian) Jay... One seen on the 10th was the first since March. Subsequently one was heard on the 27th.

(Eurasian) Magpie... Present throughout.
(Western) Jackdaw... Present throughout.
Rook... Present throughout.
Carrion Crow... Present throughout.
(Northern) Raven... Seen regularly.
Coal Tit... Present throughout.
(Eurasian) Blue Tit... Present throughout.
Great Tit... Present throughout.
(Eurasian) Skylark... Present throughout.
Sand Martin... Single figures were seen regularly to the 12th but none were seen subsequently.
(Barn) Swallow... Present throughout, with  a peak of over 500 on the 4th.

(Common) House Martin... Seen regularly, with a peak of over 500 on the 4th.

Cetti's Warbler... Present throughout.
Long-tailed Tit... Present throughout.
Willow Warbler... Up to ten were seen regularly to the 13th but none were seen subsequently.
(Common) Chiffchaff... Present throughout, with a peak of at least 200 on the 13th.
Sedge Warbler... Present throughout, with a peak of at least 20 on the 6th.
(Eurasian) Reed Warbler... Seen regularly, with a peak of at least 10 on the 3rd.
(Common) Grasshopper Warbler... Two were seen on the 13th and singles were present on the 17th and 21st.
(Eurasian) Blackcap... Present throughout, with a peak of over 200 on the 13th.
Garden Warbler... One was seen on the 8th.

Lesser Whitethroat... One was seen on the 25th.
(Common) Whitethroat... Seen regularly, with at least 10 present on the 13th.
Goldcrest... Present throughout.
(Eurasian) Wren... Present throughout.
(Eurasian) Nuthatch... At least one was heard regularly.
(Eurasian) Treecreeper... Present throughout.
(Common) Starling... Seen regularly with a peak of at least 25 on the 27th.
(Common) Blackbird... Present throughout.
Song Thrush... Present throughout.

Mistle Thrush... One on the 13th was surprisingly the only record.
Spotted Flycatcher... One on the 7th was surprisingly the only record.

(European) Robin... Present throughout.
(Common) Redstart... Two were present on the 13th.
Whinchat... Seen regularly with a peak of 10 on the 1st.


Whinchat, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Joe Stockwell
(European) Stonechat... At least three were seen regularly.
(Northern) Wheatear... Seen regularly with at least 15 present on the 5th.

(White-throated) Dipper... The first at The Swannery since 1982 was seen on the 25th.

House Sparrow... Present throughout.
Dunnock... Present throughout.
(Western) Yellow Wagtail... 
‘British Yellow Wagtail’... Seen regularly with a peak count of at least 430 in the roost on the 1st. 
‘Blue-headed Wagtail’... One was seen briefly on the 1st. 


Yellow Wagtails (juv. & ad.), Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Kev Butler.
Grey Wagtail... Seen regularly with a peak of 12 on the 6th.
White Wagtail... 
'British Pied Wagtail’... Present throughout, with at least 100 present in the roost on the 28th.  
‘European White Wagtail’... One was seen on the 5th and two were trapped, ringed and released on the 24th.
Meadow Pipit... Seen regularly with at least 1,500 over on the 22nd.
Tree Pipit... Seen regularly in the first half of the month, with a peak of at least 10 over on the 5th but none were seen after the 15th.

(Eurasian) Rock Pipit... The first since April was seen on the 23rd and again on the 25th.
(Common) Chaffinch... Present throughout.
(European) Greenfinch... One or two were seen regularly.
(Common) Linnet... Present throughout.
(European) Goldfinch... Present throughout.
(Eurasian) Siskin... Single figures were seen regularly from the 13th.
(Common) Reed Bunting... Present throughout.


... And that's it for this month except to say thanks to my work colleagues and volunteers for additional sightings and additional images, particularly Joe Stockwell and Charlie Wheeler but also Alan Barrett, Kev Butler, Phil Jenks, Richard Philips, Nick Urch and Jonny White. 

Southern Hawker, Abbotsbury Swannery, September 2018 © Charlie Wheeler
October’s sightings to follow shortly.
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Sightings - Wednesday 5th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:33
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Brent Goose - 7 pale-bellied Ferrybridge, 1 pale-bellied Stanpit
Scaup - 7 Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 1 juv Abbotsbury
Goosander - 1 Portland Harbour yesterday
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes (on south lake)
Cattle Egret - 37+ Abbotsbury
Marsh Harrier - 1 Stanpit
Black Redstart - 1 Old Harry
Firecrest - 1 Penns Wood
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Sightings - Tuesday 4th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 23:25
Black Brant - 1 Ferrybridge
Scaup - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 2 from Bird Boat
Slavonian Grebe - 1 from Bird Boat
Black-necked Grebe - 23 Studland Bay, 6 Brands Bay, 6 from Bird Boat, 5 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 seen from Sandbanks entering Poole Harbour
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes (on South Lake), 1 Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pits
Cattle Egret - 30+ Abbotsbury, 6 Fiddleford Mill
Spoonbill - 32 from Bird Boat
Marsh Harrier - 1 male Wick
Short-eared Owl - 3 Abbotsbury, 2 Bowleaze Cove
Dipper - 1 Rampisham in nearby stream
Black Redstart - 1 Bridport in private garden, 1 Old Harry
Reed Warbler - 1 Lytchett Bay



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Sightings - Monday 3rd December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 21:02
Whooper Swan - 1 juvenile Hampreston Fields
Brent Goose - 5 pale-bellied on the Fleet
Scaup - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery
Egyptian Goose - 120 Avon Valley area
Black-necked Grebe - 6 off of Billy Winters, Weymouth
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes, 1 Poole Park, then flew towards Holes Bay
Cattle Egret - 32+ Abbotsbury around Clayhanger Farm
Marsh Harrier - 1 Holton Lee
Short-eared Owl - 2 Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth

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Sightings - Sunday 2nd December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 20:34
Scaup - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery
Eider - 5 from houseboats Studland
Goosander - 2 West Bexington
Red-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford Quay
Cattle Egret - c20 Abbotsbury Swannery, 6 Fiddleford Mill
Great White Egret - 2 Longham Lakes, 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Black-necked Grebe - 11+ Studland Bay, 2 Portland Harbour, 1 Poole Harbour entrance
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor RSPB
Arctic Skua - 1 Mudeford Quay
Little Gull - 2 West Bexington
Firecrest - 3 West Bexington
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1  Hillbourne Copse (Broadstone)
Dipper - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black Redstart - 1 Chesil Cove

Ruff at Lodmoor RSPB © David Wareham
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Sightings - Saturday 1st December 2018.

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:24
Brent Goose - 2 pale-bellied Ferrybridge.
Scaup - 6 Abbotsbury Swannery.
Long-tailed Duck - 1 juvenile off Shipmoor Point.
Black-necked Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour.
Cattle Egret - 30+ Clayhanger Farm area, 6 in meadows N of Fiddleford Mill.
Red Kite - 1 over Cerne Abbas.
Merlin - 1 m Hartland Moor.
Black Redstart 1 Chesil Cove.
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