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April 9th

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A gloriously warm day produced a couple of Little Ringed
Plover heading over to the north, as well a two singing Reed
Warbler – the first of those for the season. Another debutante
was a Cuckoo – a male around Stanpit during the afternoon. Early
in the day, two each of Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear were logged,
as well as 4 Willow Warbler and in excess of 30 Mediterranean
Gull. The passing of winter saw just 3 Brent Goose and 2 Wigeon
on site, but quite which direction a drake Tufted Duck and a
pair of Gadwall were taking was a little uncertain.

Sightings Reporting and Government

– a Message from the Trustees

It is our intention to continue running daily updates on the
website for sightings which are made within the exercise
guidelines currently in place. We will, however, not publish
news of any sighting that may attract a gathering; but, to
hopefully raise the spirits of those who cannot get out, we will
carry news of expected spring arrivals and trends of commoner
species. The situation will be under constant review, however,
and should things change we will react accordingly.

Please note, all our scheduled face-to-face Meetings are now
cancelled until at least the end of April. We will post further
details later in the month.


With all of us now staying indoors, the CHOG Committee is
reaching out to members through the power of the internet.
We are arranging for the three talks listed below to be relayed
to members in their own homes using a web-conferencing tool.

Wednesday, April 15th, 7.30-8:00pm
Poole Park Greylag Geese – Thomas Weston

Wednesday, May 13th, 7.30-8:00pm
Cameron Bespolka Trust and the Dorset Bird Club Conference –
Alex Chapman

Wednesday, June 10th, 7.30-8:00pm
The Dorset Nightjar Project – Samuel Levy

To attend any of these online presentations, you will need
internet access and a computer or tablet with built-in
audio. There is a limit of 100 participants for each
session, so if you would like to take part in any or all of
You will then receive joining instructions by reply mail.
If there is a high demand, spaces will be allocated on a
first-come, first-served basis.


A reminder these are now due for 2020. Please do join us and
support our conservation work around Christchurch Harbour. Fees
are just £7:00 for single or £10:00 for joint membership. The
easiest way to join is online....

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