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Nature of Dorset Reposts - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 21:06
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Sightings - Sunday 16th September 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 20:46
Cattle Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Nottington, 2 Portesham  
Great White Egret - 2 over Holes Bay, Poole Harbour
Spoonbill - 20 Arne RSPB
Osprey - 1 Rodden Hive, Chesil Beach
Curlew Sandpiper - 1 Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch
Pied Flycatcher - 1 Golf Course Embankment, Christchurch


Ringed Plover  - Hengistbury Head © Clinton Whale
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16 Sep 18

Martin Adlam - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 20:42
Portland Bird Observatory, PBO Quarry, Crown Estate Fields and Hut Fields.

A bit disappointing really with just a handful of migrants which included 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps in and around the Obs. In the Crown Estate Fields there were 2 Stock Doves and 3 Kestrels.

In the Quarry just the one Chiffchaff and a family of Great Tits.

Main highlight really was sifting through Martin Cade's moth trappings from last night and raising my hopes with a pair of Ruddy Darters, which turned out to be an adult and immature male Common Darters.

There were a couple of firsts for my Portland Moth List with a Beautiful Gothic (Leucochlaena oditis) and a Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra). Other moths I managed to ID were Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa), Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura), L-album Wainscot (Mythimna l-album) and a Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum).

Not too many butterflies about but there was good quality with a Wall Brown in the Obs Quarry and 2 Painted Lady's in the Obs Garden.

Here are a few images from this afternoon:

Anything you can do I can do better. A Carrion Crow "hovers" above a Kestrel in the Crown Estate Fields.
Two Common Darters...................
........an adult male..........
.........and an immature male.
I know its cheating as this is part of Martin Cade's moth trappings from last night. I'm sure Martin will have a comprehensive list of moths trapped, but here are a few for starters. This is a Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa.

This is a Black Rustic, Aporophyla nigra, my first for Portland
Another first was this Beautiful Gothic, Leucochlaena oditis
L-album Wainscot, Mythimna l-album
Smoky Wainscot, Mythimna impura
Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum
Black Bryony, Tamus communis
It is also goes by the names of Lady's-seal and Black Bindweed. And those berries are highly poisonous.
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16th September

Portland Bird Observatory - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 20:41
It was a quieter day at the bill for migrating songbirds with passing totals of 19 alba Wagtails, a single White Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Grey Wagtails and 49 Swallows. The best of the rest were 9 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, a Common Sandpiper, and the first Firecrest of the autumn in the 'fig tree' quarry.
At sea there was slightly more moving with 35 Balearic Shearwaters, single Manx and Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Bonxies, 37 Common Scoters, 2 'commic' Terns and a Sandwich Tern.
Totals from Ferrybridge comprised of 62 Dunlin, 21 Ringed Plovers, an Oystercatcher, a Sanderling, a Turnstone and 2 Skylarks (a sign of things to come?).
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