Sightings


SIGHTINGS: A list of recent tweets from local wildlife enthusiasts with what they have seen:

  • Filters out the interesting species reports from the other social chat and retweets
  • Arranged most recent first so that it us easy to see what is happening in the wild now
  • Accumulated history of tweets which is searchable by species and location with links to original tweet 

 

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Swinham: 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cattle Egret, 5 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Cettis, 1 Reed Warbler, & 2 Reed Bunting… https://t.co/JTgol3p63f

09-09-20 Purbeckpilgrim

Holes Bay NW. 1073 Blackwit!!! 133 Redshank, at least 6 Knot & 2 Dunlin, multiple sightings of the Kingfisher… https://t.co/kU4CeD7iHN

09-09-20 Martin Adams

Osprey hunting in the Wareham Channel along the Holton shoreline at 10:10. Lost to veiw over entrance to Lytchett B… https://t.co/8BTNZK2bSb

09-09-20 Poole Harbour Ospreys

Kingfisher from the stone bench, Holes Bay. Fantastic views. Seen 4 times, caught at least 2 fish. Watched it whack… https://t.co/2GkVrACJad

09-09-20 Martin Adams

Century up with 107 Wigeon in Holes Bay NE! @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub @DorsetWildlife

09-09-20 Martin Adams

8 Yellow Wagtails Stonebarrow west slopes @DorsetBirdClub

09-09-20 Richard

Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar in the garden. https://t.co/S0gwHagqVZ

09-09-20 Richard

Portland Ribbon Wave from last nights Broadwey trap. https://t.co/UukWFaQP98

09-09-20 wilfred john gifford

Blackcap in the hedgerow alongside the western path at Lodmoor this morning.. https://t.co/V7PRtS3Fvv

09-09-20 Graham Jaggard

Golden plover. 2 wheatear. 100 siskin. 6 greywag. 10 ywag. Littlesea tidmoor. https://t.co/XWXfSmXRXm

09-09-20 freddy alway

Wareham Two Rivers path. Cattle Egret with cows opposite Redcliffe
@harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub https://t.co/ufjXQmbQmT

09-09-20 Purbeckpilgrim

Lodmoor yesterday morning a Spotted Flycatcher finding that butterflies are easy prey.... https://t.co/7GEjYUa4fi

09-09-20 Graham Jaggard
Eider - 1 off Lyme Regis harbour.
Spoonbill - 2+ Middlebere.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Middlebere, 1 Wick, 1 Worgret Heath.
Osprey - 1 Lytchett Bay, 1 Wareham Channel.
Hobby - 1 west over the sea past Hengistbury.
Golden Plover - c15 over East Parley.
Knot - c15 north Holes Bay, 2+ Middlebere.
Dotterel - 1 White Nothe.
Black-Tailed Godwit - 1073 north Holes Bay is a very good count for September.
Ruff - 1 Middlebere.
Greenshank - 1 Longham Lakes.
Spotted Redshank - 2 Middlebere.
Common Sandpiper - 2+ Stanpit.
Kingfisher - 1 Portland Bill was caught and ringed.
Yellow Wagtail - 80+ Wareham Common, 17 Stanpit, 40+ Wimborne Eye Mead
, 27 White Nothe.
Wheatear - 1+ Durlston CP, 3 Hengistbury, 2 Lyme Regis, 8 Stanpit, 10 White Nothe.
Whinchat - 3 Hengistbury, 1 Lytchett Fields, 1 Stanpit.
Swallow - thousands departed south over Hengistbury.
Whitethroat - 1 Wareham Common.
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Wareham Common.

Dotterel at White Nothe © Dave Chown.

Dotterel at White Nothe © Dave Chown.

Wheatear at Lyme Regis © Roger Boswell.

Yellow Wagtails at Wareham Common © Trevor Warrick.

Yellow Wagtails at Wareham Common © Trevor Warrick.


09-09-20 MD

Hobby just carried out a food pass(small bird prey) over Oak Copse #LytchettFields @NarwhalSh @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

09-09-20 ian ballam

A presumed migrant Portland Ribbon Wave & a brace of Anomalous (both new species for me) were the clear highlights… https://t.co/AfJzRI7r31

09-09-20 Phil Saunders ---- ---- --

Yellow wagtails. Robin. Cobweb at Holton Lee today. @LHoltonLee @DorsetWildlife @harbourbirds @wildnature… https://t.co/E0XasSeOaT

09-09-20 Tony Furnell

Not much to add this pm but at least one Osprey did appear a couple of times & I forgot to mention the 4 Cattle Egrets this am.

09-09-20 Steve Groves

Two ospreys circling together over the Holton Shoreline once again at 12:02. One drifted west, other (suspected juv… https://t.co/yZLl1H1oNv

09-09-20 Poole Harbour Ospreys
A day that started with unremarkable numbers of migrants ended with a little flourish to once again prove that packing up the nets early is ill advised in September. The forecasted overnight cloud cover never materialized, therefore the early morning was once again characterized by high-flying migrants that proved increasingly difficult to see. Wagtails stole the show at first with 43 Grey and 50 Yellow, overshadowing the relatively poor showing of 52 Siskin. Ringing was relatively slow with just a smattering of grounded migrants (most of whom avoided the nets with unerring ease), including singles of Spotted and Pied Flycatcher and the first date this season with equal numbers of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs. The afternoon provided the days highlight with only the eleventh Kingfisher trapped in the garden. Elsewhere on the island, a Dartford Warbler was at Nicodemus' Knob.

If we get a Kingfisher at the Bill - and these days that isn't even an annual event - it's usually in late August/early September so one today wasn't a huge surprise; what was much more noteworthy was that today's bird was trapped in the Obs garden - the last time that happened was 18 years ago! This tendency to move towards the coast for the winter generates one of the explanations as to why the German name for Kingfisher is Eisvogel - literally, ice-bird - since the lakes and streams in the mountains freeze and the birds are forced to move towards the coast; a rather more prosaic interpretation is that they are 'ice' coloured or shiny - Eisan - but we like the first explanation better © Martin Cade:


Ferrybridge is always good for generating sightings of colour-ringed waders and we've just received the details back on this Dunlin that's been about there for the last few days. It was first spotted on 2nd September and was still present there yesterday; Tony Cross has kindly let us know that it's one of his birds that was ringed on 24th August at Llanrhystud, just south of Aberystwyth in west Wales. Tony tells us it's likely to be of the race schinzii that breeeds in Scotland, Norway, Iceland and southern Greenland and will be heading for winter quarters in West Africa; after they leave Britain there have been a series of sightings of birds from this project in Spain, Portugal, Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia © Roy Norris:


In the light of the forecast of overcast skies Nick Hopper deployed his nocmig kit at the Bill again last night. Sadly, the sky remained resolutely clear so numbers were on the low side but there was a nice highlight in the form of another Ortolan Bunting:



The night's tally otherwise consisted of just Tree Pipit 14, Robin 8, Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher 3 each and singles of Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail.
09-09-20 martin cade

Just finished counting the Blackwit and anther 200 fly in!! Current total: 308 Holes Bay NW, Low Tide. I wonder if… https://t.co/63HXOtzT1k

09-09-20 Martin Adams

Whinchat in Approach Field #LytchettFields this afternoon

09-09-20 ian ballam

Waders... single Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, 4 Knot, 5 Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin.… https://t.co/w877jY94aJ

09-09-20 Steve Groves

RT @purbecktom: Small numbers but nice selection at Middlebere High tide: dunlin, redshanks, greenshank, a few curlew and blackwit, c.30 Av…

09-09-20 birdsofpooleharbour

Presumably same bird hunting in top of channel at 11:47 and landing on a fence plot at Kensworth at 11:55. Second b… https://t.co/NdW0qpxxDu

09-09-20 Poole Harbour Ospreys

RT @Paul__H: Huge pre-migration gathering of Swallows at Hengistbury Head this evening. @DorsetBirdClub @DorsetWildlife @CHOG_birds https:/…

09-09-20 Dorset WildlifeTrust

Hobby. Chiffchaff. https://t.co/B5FFodcPp8 Holton Lee this morning @DorsetWildlife @harbourbirds @SIBirdClub… https://t.co/anriI38XMg

09-09-20 Tony Furnell

Great find out side of MV trap last night. Thanks to Paul and Ricky with the id . Portland Ribbon Wave first for me… https://t.co/jqUyPDeCy4

09-09-20 Paul Rendell

Ok ish so far with @Joe_stockwell @kbutler1978 & @cwphoto11 ... several flocks of Siskin west. Yellow Wagtails & a… https://t.co/zGyhWRWFui

09-09-20 Steve Groves

Adult dotterel still in ploughed field 400m east of white nothe cottages @DorsetBirdClub

09-09-20 James Lowther

Two osprey circling together over Holton shore at 11:15, 1 flew NE towards Lytchett Bay and lost to view at ~11:20,… https://t.co/vA7D0HnrLQ

09-09-20 Poole Harbour Ospreys