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Sightings - Monday 10th August 2020

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Dorset Birds

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Osprey - 1 over Southwell Portland, 1 Christchurch Harbour
Wood Sandpiper -  1 Lodmoor
Green Sandpiper - 5 Christchurch Harbour
Spotted Redshank  - 1 Lytchett Fields
Great Egret - 1 Arne
Pied Flycatcher - 8 Portland, 2 Durlston CP, 1 Corfe Mullen

Whimbrel
Whimbrel copyright Clinton Whale

Sightings - Sunday 9th August 2020

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Dorset Birds

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 Great White Egret - 1 at Longham Lakes, 1 at Lodmoor
Cattle Egret - 5 Lytchett Fields RSPB 3 Abbotsbury
Eurasian Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island
Red Kite - 1 Powerstock Common
Western Osprey - 1 Holten Lee early evening, 2 Ham Common this morning
Curlew Sandpiper - Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Greenshank - 14 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Green sandpiper - 26 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Common sandpiper - 1 Sturminster Marshall Gravel pits
Whinchat - 2 at Ringstead
Wheatear - 4 Ringstead, 5 Burton Bradstock, 3 St Aldhelms Head
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Ballard Down, 7 Arne, 2 Powerstock Common, feeding young
Pied Flycatcher - 2 Ballard Down
Crossbill - 7 Ringstead

Dartford Warbler, Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

Sightings - Saturday 8th August 2020

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Dorset Birds

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Great White Egret – Longham Lakes

Common Quail – Male calling at Kingdown

Red Kite – Woodville North Dorset

Honey Buzzard – heading West, viewed from East Lulworth and Wareham Channel

Osprey – 3 viewed from Ham Common viewpoint over the Wareham Channel

Northern Wheatear (female) Woodville

Pied Flycatcher – Arne and Rushcombe, Corfe Mullen

3 Spotted Flycatchers – Lamberts Castle

Rose-coloured Starling – Ferrybridge on the roof of the Chesil Beach visitor Centre and at Wyke Regis


Sightings - Friday 7th August 2020

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Dorset Birds

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Balearic Shearwater – Portland 

Osprey – Stanpit Christchurch 

Marsh Harrier – Priory Marsh Christchurch

5 Common Sandpiper – Stanpit Christchurch

Greenshank – Stanpit  Christchurch

Whimbrel – Stanpit Christchurch 

Great Skua (Bonxie )- Portland

3 Little Terns - Stanpit Christchurch

Wryneck– Radipole this morning



10th August

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Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

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Hot news of rather more significant migration events on the East Coast dampened our enjoyment of another small arrival of common migrants even if it did provide some anticipation of a trickle down to look forward to. From being notable absentees Pied Flycatchers were elevated in one fell swoop to being one of the day's most conspicuous arrivals with 6 at the Bill and at least another 3 around the centre of the island; Willow Warbler and Wheatear maintained top spot for numbers, reaching 40 apiece at the Bill, with 2 Spotted Flycatchers the best of the rest on the ground there. Overhead, Tree Pipits totalled 7 at the Bill, with the likes of 2 Kestrels, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Siskin providing additional vis-mig interest there. A Greenshank was the pick of the waders at Ferrybridge.

Sightings Sunday 9th of August

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Dorset Birds

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 Great White Egret - 1 at long ham Lakes, 1 at Lodmoor
Cattle Egret - 5 Lychett Fields, 3 Abbotsbury
Eurasian Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island
Red Kite - 1 Powerstock Common
Western Osprey - 1 Holten Lea early evening, 2 Ham Common this morning
Curlew Sandpiper - Holes Bay
Spotted Redshank - 1 Lychett Fields
Greenshank - 14 Lychett fields
Green sandpiper - 26 Lychett fields
Common sandpiper - 1 Sturminster Marshall Gravel pits
Whinchat - 2 at Ringstead
Wheatear - 4 Ringstead, 5 Burton Breadstick, 3 St Aldhelms Head
Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Ballard Down, 7 Arne, 2 Powerstock Common, feeding young
Pied Flycatcher - 2 Ballard Down
Crossbill - 7 Ringstead

Dartford Warbler, Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

9th August

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It can't be very often that we've reported it so hot as to spoil the enjoyment of being out birding much beyond the first couple of hours of the morning - and to do so for the second day on the trot really takes some beating. Dawn saw the strength of the breeze an issue again but sheltered spots were still busy with Willow Warblers - perhaps getting up towards 50 at the Bill - with the first 2 Redstarts of the autumn also a noteworthy arrival; 25 Wheatears was also a fair total at the Bill. Overhead movement included 3 Tree Pipits, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Curlews and singles of Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Yellow Wagtail and Siskin at the Bill, whilst a very light trickle of Manx Shearwaters accounted for the bulk of the numbers on the sea there. Waders totals - including 78 Ringed Plovers - increased a little at Ferrybridge.

Common Tern through at Ferrybridge this morning © Pete Saunders:


A great time of year for spotting butterflies, moths, dragons and more

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Weather

Very hot today

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A selection of records for this day (go to 'sightings' for all the records):Records Source
wawlee: Took a trip after work to Fontmell down for these tricky little beauties.Silver-spotted Skipper @BC_Dorset Nice t… https://t.co/UmcuKYQ5dCJohn Wall
Hamish14453: The distinctive hoverfly Ferdinandea cuprea photographed on the DWT's Townsend reserve this morning @dorsetwt https://t.co/Tzs6U4ou3OHamish Murray
Lytchettbirder: Well Joined the Jersey Club this morning and Vestal best in the trap . https://t.co/iRY0aWO9WfNick Hull
beardybirder: Another day another migrant Odonate at St Aldhelm's Head! This Small Red-Eyed Damselfly, sheltering in a pathside B… https://t.co/81tA1nzPYRPhil Saunders ---- ---- --
BirdingBrett: Whilst watching the Keeled Skimmer, Daragh and myself saw a male Southern Migrant Hawker fly into the area, catch a… https://t.co/KVpIAQTBnzBrett Birding in Weymouth
beardybirder: Second generation Dingy Skipper & at least 3 Clouded Yellows were just 2 of the 17 butterfly species on the wing at… https://t.co/CzWToM7cOQPhil Saunders ---- ---- --
beardybirder: Don't mess with Wasp Spiders... This absolute unit was munching on an unlucky Keeled Skimmer on Hartland Moor today… https://t.co/2IXFIIsHFSPhil Saunders ---- ---- --
PaulUpwey: Weymouth: Best from the traps were 2 Vestal and a Cream-streaked Ladybird, the latter possibly of note for this are… https://t.co/9hkx3oQAckPaul Harris
beardybirder: A few Southern Damselflies were still wafting about on Hartland Moor today @BDSdragonflies https://t.co/KNPosDUPduPhil Saunders ---- ---- --
alison_copland: There was a Garden Tiger moth in my garden in Lytchett Matravers today. No photo unfortunately, as it was gone by t… https://t.co/yWlb3oMfclAlison Copland
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Autumn lady's tresses
Autumn lady's tresses is a small orchid flowering in late summer on limestone [Photo: Peter Orchrd]