Saturday, 23rd January 2021.

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Dorset Birds

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Ring-necked Duck - 2 Piddle Valley near Buddens Farm.
Woodcock - 4 nr Milborne St Andrew.
Golden Plover - c. 400 in field N of Maiden Castle.
Green Sandpiper - 1 Bere Regis.
Glossy Ibis - 1 still Christchurch Harbour.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Hen Harrier - 1 nr Milborne St Andrew.
Goshawk - 1 nr Milborne St Andrew.
Black Redstart - 1 Dorchester (Louds Mill works), 1 Fortuneswell, 1 Peveril Point.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Dorchester (Louds Mill works).

Little Egret, Merley, 22nd Jan © Roger Peart

















Moorhen, Merley, 22nd Jan © Roger Peart














Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodville © John Bishop

23rd January

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Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

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Another lovely day to be out and about but still very quiet on the bird front: the Purple Sandpipers at the Bill reached a season's peak of 12, 5 Red-throated Divers passed by on the sea and the 3 Redpolls and Chiffchaff were also still at the Bill; elsewhere, a Black Redstart was on the Verne Common Estate.

Friday, 22nd January 2021.

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White-fronted Goose - 6 Silverlake (view only from public rights of way).
Scaup - 4 Poole Harbour (Brands Bay).
Long-tailed Duck - 4 Poole Harbour (Furzey Island), 1 Silverlake (view only from public rights of way).
Velvet Scoter - 1 reported Brands Bay.
Black-necked Grebe - 5 Poole Harbour (from Jerry's Point).
Slavonian Grebe - 4 Poole Harbour (from Jerry's Point).
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 3+ Merley, 1+ Sturminster Newton.
Great Northern Diver - 3 Poole Harbour (from Jerry's Point).
Purple Sandpiper - 5 Portland Bill, 1 Sandbanks.
Common Sandpiper - 1 NE Holes Bay.
Great White Egret - 1 north-east over Blacknor (Portland).
Cattle Egret - 2 Sturminster Newton.
Glossy Ibis - 1 still Christchurch Harbour.
Rose-coloured Starling - 1 on rooftops in Channel View Road (Portland).
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor (Portland), 1 Durlston CP, 1 Peveril Point, 1 Portesham.
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head, 1 Upton CP.

Kestrel, Stanpit Marsh © Clinton Whale



Reed Bunting © Janice Grove





Iceland Gull © Janice Grove


22nd January

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Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

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Under a clear sky it was a lovely day to get out birding even if, as is more often than not the case at this time of year, it was largely uneventful. Sadly, the one event that was more than worthwhile - a fly-over Great White Egret at Blacknor - required being in just the right spot at the right moment for; otherwise it was a day for tapping into a few of the regulars: 5 Purple Sandpipers, 3 Redpolls, a Merlin and a Chiffchaff at the Bill, 6 Long-tailed Tits and 3 Blackcaps at Southwell, the 3 Rooks at Barleycrates Lane, the Rosy Starling at Easton and a Black Redstart at Blacknor.

It's a hard life being a Purple Sandpiper © Pete Saunders: