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  • Sightings for the current month

    September 4th

    After a year–long delay, it was fantastic to be able to open the new hide on Hengistbury Head – which will be available for everyone visiting the head to enjoy - Paul Turton
    Bar–tailed Godwit – Alan Hayden
    ...and a very good candidate for blue-headed wagtail, which roosted with around 35 Yellow Wagtail by the HHC last night – Kevin Sayer

    Those who attended the guided walk ahead of the opening of the new hide enjoyed a Whinchat on the Long Field, while during the ringing demonstration at least 5 Grey Wagtail overflew and there were frequent calls of Yellow Wagtail – but only two could be seen against the, then, blue sky. Also, a steady movement of Swallow, along with a few Sand Martin to the east. The rest of the news comes from Stanpit, however, where a Garganey was with 4 Shoveler and 48 Wigeon were counted. A Wood Sandpiper may have come down on to Priory Marsh, but more amenable were: 2 Avocet, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Knot, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 7 Black-tailed Godwit. To round up, at least 20 Yellow Wagtail and 9 Wheatear were decked on the marsh. 

    September 3rd

    Little Stint – Joy Aubin

    The three white egrets were all seen this morning. In addition to the resident ‘littles’, a Cattle Egret passed east and a Great White Egret headed north. Earlier, just after first light, 3 Tree Pipit, 44 Yellow Wagtail and 6 Grey Wagtail were overhead, while 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart and 8 Willow Warbler were on Hengistbury, and 3 Yellow Wagtail and 15 Wheatear fed at Stanpit. At least 2 Green Sandpiper moved other, but singles of Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper – the latter cohorting with Lapwing at the northern end of Stanpit Creek – were more settled; as were 6 Knot, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Black-tailed Godwit. The good showing of Dunlin and Ringed Plover went uncounted, however. To finish: a Nuthatch was again in the Nursery; a Common Gull, an adult, and 2 Mediterranean Gull, an adult and a juvenile, were logged; and a Shoveler, 35 Wigeon and 30 Teal were around. 

    September 2nd

    Yellow Wagtail on the sandspit – Gary Foyle

    Let’s start today’s post with waders – all at Stanpit, but viewed from both Fisherman’s Bank and around Stanpit Bight: a Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Knot, 6 Greenshank, 4 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone and 4 Snipe; plus uncounted Ringed Plover and Dunlin. Moving to passerines, at least 22 Yellow Wagtail were returned from Stanpit, including some settled birds around Crouch Hill; while the sandspit also held some, but no numbers mentioned. Elsewhere, a Redstart was on the Batters, a Spotted Flycatcher was in the North Scrubs, a Whinchat was on the Barn Field and over 16 Wheatear were spread about. To finish; an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted on East Marsh; a Shoveler, 44 Wigeon and 18 Teal were on site; and a Great Crested Grebe was around Blackberry Point. 

    September 1st

    Curlew Sandpiper with sleeping Dunlin (upper) and with Sanderling – Chris Chapleo
    Adult (upper) and juvenile Ringed Plover – Alan Crockard

    After over ten days of easterly wind, a Balearic Shearwater off Hengistbury this morning was a major surprise; with two eastbound Common Scoter and 16 Gannet also being logged at sea. A minimum of 3 Spotted Flycatcher were in the North Scrubs, a Garden Warbler was on Wick and a Lesser Whitethroat was on Hengistbury; while around 30 Willow Warbler, 22 Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat and 6 Wheatear were across the site. Moving to waders: early morning on the sandspit saw a Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Sanderling, 122 Ringed Plover, 165 Dunlin and 5 Turnstone; then the afternoon at Stanpit added a Little Stint, 4 Greenshank, a very smart Grey Plover, 4 Knot, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit and 7 Black-tailed Godwit; plus a Common Sandpiper in Barn Bight. After a couple of blank days, the distinctively tailed Osprey visited morning and afternoon, and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was at Mudeford Quay in the early evening. 

    August 31st

    Sanderling (upper), Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Turnstone – all enjoying the sanctuary at the end of Mudeford sandspit – Gary Foyle

    Presumably it’s the over-a-week-long spell of easterlies which continue to bring Pied Flycatcher to the area – another today in the No Dogs Field. Also, a Redstart there with 10 Willow Warbler and 6 Chiffchaff. Meanwhile, a Whinchat and half-a-dozen Wheatear were west of the Barn Field, towards Whitepits; a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and 2 Wheatear were at Stanpit, mostly in the North Scrubs; and a remarkable 16 Yellow Wagtail and 11 Wheatear were in the fenced area at the end of the sandspit. Not just waders benefitting from that project! Speaking of waders, the best was a Green Sandpiper over Wick in the afternoon, while Stanpit held: a Curlew Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, at least 3 Sanderling, a Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 110 Ringed Plover and 150+ Dunlin. For those planning to attend the ringing demonstration on Saturday, please note below the change of venue. 

    August 30th

    Snipe – Clinton Whale
    Ruff – Scott Usher
    Kingfisher – Clinton Whale

    For the area, the most notable record of the day was certainly a doubling of Nuthatch – to two birds – in the Nursery; while a Garden Warbler was on the adjacent Long Field, 7 Wheatear were about and 5 Yellow Wagtail passed over. The pick of the waders was a juvenile Ruff that appeared at Stanpit late in the afternoon; where, earlier, 3 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Grey Plover and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit were logged. Meanwhile, the returning wildfowl came to: a Shoveler, 10 Wigeon and 12 Teal. 

    August 29th

    Whinchat – Alan Hayden
    Stonechat – Alan Hayden
    Reed Bunting – Alan Hayden
    Sedge Warbler – Alan Hayden

    The Osprey's two visits today were at 11:30 and 15:40 with a successful catch at the earlier visit.  Reasonable numbers of migrants were logged, mainly this morning, including 200 Swallow north-east over Hengistbury plus site totals of 18 Willow Warbler,16 Whitethroat, 15 Sedge Warbler, 9 Wheatear, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat and a Redstart; also a Nuthatch in the Nursery.  With so much exposed mud in the harbour the waders were difficult to count accurately but amongst the birds present were 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe and singles of Greenshank, Grey Plover, Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit.  The Tufted Duck was still around together with 22 Wigeon, 7 Teal and 2 Shoveler; also a Kingfisher was on Stanpit.

    August 28th

    Osprey with attendant Lapwing – Roger Tidball
    The 3 Curlew Sandpiper with a Redshank – Alan Hayden
    Adult Grey Plover – Alan Hayden
    ...and a juvenile Black–tailed Godwit - Alan Hayden

    Save for a few Yellow Wagtail and Willow Warbler, passerines were few and far between; wader variety, however, made for a reasonably decent day. This morning, three juvenile Curlew Sandpiper appeared in Stanpit Bight and during the afternoon the Little Stint was again on Blackberry Point. In addition, there and on the Flats, a Ruff, 2 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, a Grey Plover, 5 Sanderling, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, 85 Ringed Plover and 90 Dunlin were all logged. The Osprey visited around 10:30 and 15:30, both times successfully, a Peregrine hunted and 45 Sandwich Tern loafed. 

    August 27th

    Grasshopper Warbler – Leo Pyke
    One of at least Yellow Wagtail that roosted last night – Kevin Sayer

    In addition to the pictured Grasshopper Warbler by the HHC, there were 3 Pied Flycatcher and a Lesser Whitethroat briefly at Stanpit this morning; while; more settled, across Wick and Hengistbury, as far as the Nursery, were: 5 Redstart, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat and a Garden Warbler; plus around thirty each of Willow Warbler and Whitethroat; with ten or so Wheatear spread across the site. Overhead, singles of Tree Pipit and Grey Wagtail passed, as well as 40 Yellow Wagtail – a further twelve of the latter grounded at by Mother Siller’s Channel in the evening. An adult Little Stint was on Blackberry Point during the afternoon, with other waders in and around Stanpit Bight coming to: 3 Greenshank, 4 Sanderling, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Ringed Plover, 83 Dunlin and 2 Turnstone. There were three Osprey moments – around 9:30, 14:30 and 15:30 – the latter definitely resulting in a catch. On that occasion, the bird left so low over the Recreation Ground that it was possible to hear its wingbeats. Common Gull are now creeping back – adults seen passing to the west and one loafing on South Marsh. The same can be said of wildfowl – a Pintail, a Wigeon and 13 Teal all returned today; along with the drake Tufted Duck. To finish, a Peregrine was about. 

    August 26th

    A couple of Little Stint, a Curlew Sandpiper and an over-flying Little Ringed Plover were at Stanpit this morning, along with: 3 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 2 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 15 Turnstone; the latter a notable, in-harbour number. Passerine-wise, there was a brief Grasshopper Warbler at Stanpit, but two each of Whinchat and Redstart were more amenable, as were up to 10 Wheatear. Meanwhile, on the other side of the area, a Spotted Flycatcher was on the Long Field, a Lesser Whitethroat was by the HHC, and twos of Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit passed over. Early on, a Great White Egret was about the marsh, as were two juvenile Mediterranean Gull – a species that is a bit scarce this late-summer – as well as a Tufted Duck. To finish, this evening, between 6:30 and 7:30, at least 22 Yellow Wagtail headed towards the harbour over the Two Riversmeet football pitches. 

    August 25th

    Reed Bunting – Clinton Whale

    There was another nice selection of passerine migrants today, including: 2 Pied Flycatcher in the North Scrubs; 3 Whinchat on the Barn Field; a Lesser Whitethroat on Roebury Lane; Redstart on Wick and Crouch Hill; and at least 6 Wheatear, 25 Willow Warbler and 10 Whitethroat. A single Tree Pipit and 3 Yellow Wagtail went over this morning; but by the late afternoon, calls of the latter were pretty constant on South Marsh – with perhaps twenty birds settled. Back to the morning, when a Black Tern passed through with some Common Tern and the Osprey failed to catch either side of 10:00. The best of the waders were a couple of Green Sandpiper, with 3 Greenshank, over Wick; while Stanpit held a further 2 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Sanderling, four juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit and a 200-strong mix of Ringed Plover and Dunlin. Wrapping up, single juveniles of Peregrine and Mediterranean Gull were turned in. 

    August 24th

    Avocet – Alan Hayden

    In a continuing easterly breeze, passerine variety notched up again slightly. Pied Flycatcher were in the Nursery and the No Dogs Field; 3 Spotted Flycatcher were in the Long Field, with a further in the North Scrubs; that field also held a Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler, while the scrubs held another; a couple of Whinchat were on the Barn Field, plus one at Stanpit; of 3 Redstart, two were in the No Dogs Field; at least 10 Wheatear were about and the Willow Warbler came to around thirty. Meanwhile, moving over, were 2 Yellow Wagtail, 17 Sand Martin and 50 Swallow. The Osprey performed at 08:50 and a male Marsh Harrier in moult was logged. Amongst the waders, Avocet were a feature – two birds settled and seven eastbound, high over the harbour. Also lingering, 2 Knot, a Greenshank, 2 Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. No other small waders were reported, however. To round up: 4 Common Tern and two juvenile Mediterranean Gull were loafing around Stanpit Bight, where 4 Shoveler, the 3 Wigeon and 21 Teal were also present. 

    August 23rd

    There was a variety of passerine migrants around this morning. A Pied Flycatcher was in the Old Council Depot site; a Spotted Flycatcher was in the North Scrubs, along with a Redstart; a further Redstart was in the Nursery; a Garden Warbler was in the No Dogs Field; 13 Tree Pipit and 12 Yellow Wagtail passed over; with others coming to: 10 Wheatear, 25 Willow Warbler, 20+ Whitethroat and similar number of Chiffchaff. The best of the waders – singles of Curlew Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and Avocet – were all brief affairs, but a Knot, a Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, a Sanderling, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Turnstone were more settled at Stanpit. Meanwhile, it was nice to hear of a Knot, 75 Ringed Plover and 30 Dunlin roosting in the CHOG-BCP fenced area on the sandspit. The Osprey visited this morning, when a Peregrine was about, and the first Wigeon of the ‘winter’ – three birds – were in Stanpit Bight. 

    August 22nd

    Osprey –Scott Usher
    Wheatear – Alan Crockard

    This morning, Ashtree Meadow held a Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher, as well as a few Willow Warbler, and 7 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill; while 2 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Swift overflew. The Osprey came at around 10:00 and caught on the first plunge, with a Peregrine and Buzzard also being logged. To finish the bird news, a light day of wader reports – just a Knot, 2 Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel to mention. Of odonata interest, there were still 2 Small Red-eyed Damselfly around. 

    August 21st

    This morning, a Garganey was with 4 Teal at Stanpit, while 3 Arctic Skua passed over high to the west. Also westbound through the area, 3 Little Tern and 20 Common Tern. Meanwhile, 3 Tree Pipit headed south, 9 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill and 7 Willow Warbler were returned from Wick. This afternoon, around 15:15, the regular Osprey – a tail feather missing – visited, again caught successfully and took it back to the Avon Valley. To conclude, the Stanpit waders, which included: 3 Knot, a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit – nine of those not stopping, 70 Ringed Plover, 80 Dunlin and two each of Snipe and Turnstone. 

    August 20th

    On another grey day, a flock of 9 Knot – two adults and seven birds of the year – arrived at Stanpit late in the afternoon; when earlier there had been 2 Ruff, a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Sanderling, 5 Whimbrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Turnstone; plus uncounted Ringed Plover and Dunlin. The Osprey came and went around 15:45, while, early on, 3 Swift passed through. The only passerines to mention are 5 Wheatear on Crouch Hill and a sprinkling of Willow Warbler in the North Scrubs. To finish, the wildfowl: still the single, juvenile Shelduck remains; and as somebody took the trouble to count them there is a moral duty to pass the news on – 227 Canada Goose and 7 Greylag Goose. Please note, the weather forecast has scuppered the ringing session of the meet at Durlston tomorrow, but the guided walk is still planned to start at 9:00am. 

    August 19th

    Starting at the end of the day, when a seawatch from Hengistbury saw two juvenile Arctic Tern and a mixture of 21 Common Tern pass west. Back to the morning and a Spotted Flycatcher was in the North Scrubs, along with several Willow Warbler – some of them singing – while 3 Tree Pipit and the same number of Swift went over. The Wheatear on Crouch Hill peaked at five this afternoon. Moving to the waders at Stanpit, there were 3 Knot, one of them an adult still showing red, as well as 3 Whimbrel, a Sanderling, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, a Turnstone and a Snipe. To finish, the Osprey was around between 10:30 and 10:45, when it left with a fish. 

    August 18th

    It was a grey and breezy day that ended up feeling more like October! The Osprey visit came at 09:00 and didn’t last too long – a couple of circuits of Stanpit Creek and back again with fish. Around midday, a Red Kite circled over Wick, while a westerly hirundine passage was estimated at 100+ Sand Martin and around 60 Swallow. The day’s wader counts, all from Stanpit Bight, peaked at: 2 Knot, a Common Sandpiper, a Grey Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Sanderling, 150 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin and a Turnstone. A Tree Pipit was decked on Wick and one went over Stanpit, where there was a Spotted Flycatcher in Ashtree Meadow and 2 Wheatear on Crouch Hill. To round up, single juveniles of Common Gull and Mediterranean Gull headed west and was settled at Stanpit respectively. 

    August 17th

    Osprey with the afternoon catch – Alan Hayden
    After there being three male Small Red–eyed Damselfly yesterday, a female arrived today - Simon Coupe
    Painted Lady – Jackie Smith

    The same Osprey visited twice today – around 09:15 and 15:30 – each time successfully catching a fish and taking them back to wherever in the Avon Valley. Earlier, a Great White Egret had headed the same way over Wick Fields. The waders, mostly at Stanpit, were headed by a very brief Little Stint, at least 2 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 2 Sanderling, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 81 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin, 22 Snipe, the bulk of them seen to arrive in varying sized wisps, and a notable count of 117 Redshank. Passerines were again sparse, but did include a Redstart and a Yellow Wagtail from Ashtree Meadows, plus 7 Willow Warbler around Wick. The gull interest came from two juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 2 Common Gull – an adult and a juvenile – all passing through west, with a settled adult of the latter; also at least 3 Common Tern about the place. After yesterday’s Teal, there was a doubling, along with 5 Shoveler, and, to finish, singles of Peregrine and Kingfisher were returned. 

    August 16th

    Linnet – Clinton Whale
    Wheatear on the Rusty Boat – Jackie Smith
    Small Red-eyed Damselfly
    Small Red–eyed Damselfly - Barrie Taylor

    The first, two juvenile Knot of the season were at Stanpit today, along with a Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, over 40 Ringed Plover, 20 Dunlin and 2 Snipe. The only other bird news involves up to 10 Wheatear settled across the site and an adult, male Marsh Harrier, in a heavy state-of-moult, over this afternoon. Of odonata interest, the newly created nature pond on Riversmeet Meadow hosted the area’s first Small Red-eyed Damselfly – three males. 

    August 15th

    An Osprey visited briefly around 1:50 this afternoon, before leaving to the north with a catch. Earlier in the day, there was an excellent record of Wood Warbler at Wick – a species that is very rare here on the return passage. Also 4 Willow Warbler on the fields there, with a Spotted Redshank circling the nearby farm meadows before heading west. Meanwhile, the waders at Stanpit included: a Greenshank, at least 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 35 Ringed Plover, 17 Dunlin and 10 Snipe. To finish, a couple of Wheatear were on their favoured spot of Crouch Hill and 5 Swift passed over. From this date onwards, all records of the latter are welcome. 

    August 14th

    Willow Warbler – Scott Usher
    Greenshank – Alan Crockard

    The best from a day of fine weather was a Hobby heading over Stanpit, towards Hengistbury, early; when up to 10 Willow Warbler and a few Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler were spread about, as well as at least 4 Wheatear on Crouch Hill. The morning low water carries all the wader news, with 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 63 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin and up to 6 Snipe being logged; nearly all at Stanpit. To finish, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was also there late in the afternoon. 

    August 13th

    Wheatear – Clinton Whale
    Jersey Tiger – Jackie Smith
    Adder – Jackie Smith

    The day saw at least 3 Greenshank at Stanpit, as well as a Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 57 Ringed Plover, around 35 Dunlin, a Turnstone and 3 Snipe; the latter all on the new scrape by Crouch Hill. Meanwhile, 5 Wheatear spent the day on Crouch Hill and a Great Crested Grebe was inside the harbour. 

    August 12th

    Dunlin – Paul Turton

    There is not much to report for the day – a Grey Plover and 2 Whimbrel were at Stanpit; while up to 13 Black-tailed Godwit were about the area. To finish, 5 Willow Warbler were on Wick and 2 Wheatear hung around Crouch Hill. 

    August 11th

    Sandwich Tern – Roger Tidball

    A female Redstart was on the Long Field this morning, while 2 Wheatear spent the day on Crouch Hill and a Yellow Wagtail passed. At least 2 Greenshank were around, that number being in Holloway’s Dock with another logged at Stanpit; as were a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and over 100 Ringed Plover. 

    August 10th

    A drop in the wind saw an arrival of warblers – at least 100 Sedge Warbler and up to the same number of Willow Warbler from the sites which were visited, but coverage wasn’t comprehensive so there were certainly more across the area. Also settled, a Wheatear on Crouch Hill, while a Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail overflew. The waders totals include: 2 Greenshank in Holloway’s Dock, plus 5 Common Sandpiper, 9 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Ringed Plover and 30 Dunlin at Stanpit; where a juvenile Mediterranean Gull was present. 

    August 9th

    The good number of Sandwich Tern currently using the area has brought a couple of colour–ringing recoveries - this one from north-east Scotland and another from mid-Wales - Scott Usher
    Wall butterfly – Joy Aubin

    Today’s Osprey visit came just after 16:00, when the bird spent over thirty minutes attempting to fish, again unsuccessfully. During the time it was there, only two splashes were made – presumably, the wind-rippled water was making fish difficult to pick out? Then, just after 17:00, a siege of 9 Cattle Egret appeared from the east and settled on South Marsh; looking less than comfortable in their new surroundings, however. To finish the highlights, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was literally on Fisherman’s Bank for a brief period this morning. Wader-wise, the pick were: a Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 21 Ringed Plover, around 30 Dunlin, 3 Turnstone and 8 Snipe; a total of 14 Common Tern make the list; and a Willow Warbler was in the North Scrubs. 

    August 8th

    Osprey – Alan Hayden (upper) & Scott Usher

    There was another, high-tide Osprey visit today, around 14:00, when a bird unsuccessfully fished before heading north again. Also about Stanpit at that time, 3 Whimbrel, 37 Dunlin, a big increase of Ringed Plover to twenty-seven and 3 Snipe. To finish with the marsh, there were 2 Mediterranean Gull and over 100 Sandwich Tern resting. Moving to the sea, where a further 160 Sandwich Tern were present offshore, as well a 3 Common Tern, at least 2 Fulmar and around 65 Gannet. 

    August 7th

    Willow Warbler – Matthew Barfield
    Dunlin – Matthew Barfield
    The feeding–flock off the sandspit - Matthew Barfield
    Snipe – Carla Peach

    There were 2 Osprey seen at Stanpit this morning; one from Fisherman’s Bank that hunted unsuccessfully and headed off to the north; the other passing over in a south-westerly direction. Also briefly on the marsh, a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Spotted Redshank; while 9 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin and 8 Snipe were more settled. Sticking with the waders, and from the sandspit, where 2 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin and 2 Turnstone make the list. Moving to the sea, and there was again a large feeding-flock offshore – estimates from that being 115 Sandwich Tern, 87 Gannet and 220 gulls. Meanwhile, a Common Scoter passed west and a further 130 Sandwich Tern rested inside the harbour. To finish, the passerines, which today included: a Tree Pipit over, 2 Garden Warbler in Ashtree Meadow, a Willow Warbler on Roebury Lane and around 50 Sedge Warbler in the northern part of Stanpit. 

    August 6th

    This colour–flagged and -ringed Redshank was seen at Stanpit during the week, where it remains. We have learnt it was ringed as an adult in the Avon Valley this Spring, when it successfully raised a brood - one of them having since been seen in South Wales - Alan Hayden
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    This Black–headed Gull, also an adult, was at Stanpit today. Although confirmation is being sought, it seems it may be of Polish origin - Scott Usher

    In a south-westerly blast, Mudeford Quay got the best of the seabirds. This morning a Great Skua and an adult Little Gull moved west past there, while an Arctic Tern and 2 Manx Shearwater did likewise this evening. Other counts for the day, mostly from the Beach Huts, came from: 330 Sandwich Tern lingering offshore, plus forty-seven in Holloway’s Dock, 11 Common Tern west and around a hundred drifting Gannet. During the morning, a couple of Greenshank were also in Holloway’s Dock, but the later selection of waders at Stanpit was a little underwhelming – a Common Sandpiper, at least 5 Whimbrel and around 45 Dunlin being the best of it. To finish, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull put in a very brief appearance on South Marsh. 

    August 5th

    Cattle Egret and Sandwich Tern – David Faulkner
    Ruff – Alan Hayden
    Sedge Warbler – Alan Crockard

    Three Cattle Egret spent some time on East Marsh this morning, when a Spotted Redshank was heard passing by. Also early on, a single Wood Sandpiper and 4 Green Sandpiper travelled through; while a Ruff, a Knot and 6 Common Sandpiper were more settled at Stanpit. In addition to a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, there were 5 Mediterranean Gull returned; and a Yellow Wagtail passed over. 

    August 4th

    At the northern end of Stanpit/Priory Marsh this morning a Quail was heard but only three or four times; also a Wood Sandpiper passed over there with another bird around South Marsh.  A Spotted Redshank arrived from the east and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit travelled west.  More settled waders included 32 Dunlin, 2 Ruff and a Common Sandpiper.  North Scrubs held a Lesser Whitethroat and a Treecreeper while overhead were 20 Swift and a Yellow Wagtail.  To round up a Peregrine moved south and 65 Sandwich Tern were around the harbour.

    August 3rd

    The first Osprey of the 'autumn' put in an appearance this afternoon at 3pm and stayed for around fifteen minutes.  Earlier the 3 Wood Sandpiper were still on South Marsh where they remained for most of the day, also present were singles of Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel and 25 Dunlin.  There was a Greenshank in Holloway's Dock and 2 Willow Warbler in the North Scrubs plus 35 Sandwich tern and 5 Mediterranean Gull around the harbour.

    August 2nd

    Wood Sandpiper – Alan Hayden

    The morning saw 5 Wood Sandpiper at Stanpit, when three were settled on South Marsh two had already departed west. Also passing in that direction, a Spotted Redshank. Other waders there, throughout the day, included: a Knot, a Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Whimbrel, a Ringed Plover and 47 Dunlin. To finish with the water birds, 2 Common Tern, a Shoveler and the still, nine-strong Shelduck family were logged. To conclude the post, a Grasshopper Warbler was at Stanpit and 6 Willow Warbler were on Wick. 

    August 1st

    Wood Sandpiper – Scott Usher

    The best for the day was a flighty Wood Sandpiper at Stanpit late in the afternoon, when a Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin, 2 Snipe and a Turnstone were all present. Otherwise, it’s just 2 Willow Warbler along Roebury Lane to mention. 

    July 31st

    A Great White Egret dropped into Stanpit Creek for a few minutes around 13:00 this afternoon; while, earlier, 3 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Whimbrel, a Snipe and the first Common Gull of the Autumn had been logged from the adjoining Fisherman’s Bank. Earlier again, and on the ebbing tide around Stanpit Bight, there was a further Common Sanpiper, 26 Dunlin and a Mediterranean Gull. The only news from the other side of the area is from Wick, where a Willow Warbler was present and a couple of westbound Whimbrel overflew. 

    July 30th

    The south-westerly blast brought a Balearic Shearwater close to the Beach Huts early this morning, with 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 2 Common Tern and a lone, unidentified auk, all west past there. Also during the morning, a look from Fisherman’s Bank produced: a Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit and at least 20 Dunlin at Stanpit. 

    July 29th

    The wind had largely, and thankfully, dropped away overnight; but looks set to return with some vengeance tomorrow. In addition to a Wheatear on Whitepits, there were 2 Willow Warbler and 4 Common Tern around the greater part of Hengistbury. Meanwhile, 7 Whimbrel and 12 Dunlin were the best from Stanpit. 

    July 28th

    The only news from a day of quite unpleasant wind, is of 7 Whimbrel at Stanpit.

    July 27th

    Wheatear – David Faulkner

    It was a day of showers and some sunshine, when a Wheatear spent much of it on Crouch Hill and 8 Reed Warbler were on Wick; as well as a Bullfinch there. The only attempt to see waders at Stanpit coincided with a high tide, so it’s just four each of Whimbrel and Dunlin in that respect. There was a scruffy, adult Mediterranean Gull, however, and the bizarre sight of an adult Moorhen flying, at some height, around East and South Marshes. A shape that definitely caught the eye!

    July 26th

    The only news for the day is of a Treecreeper in the North Scrubs and a couple of Common Tern, reported by kayakers, sat on buoys in the middle of the harbour. 

    July 25th

    Red Admiral – Clinton Whale

    The first ringing session of the Autumn confirmed the passage of acrocephalus warblers is underway – 28 Sedge Warbler and 15 Reed Warbler caught this morning. Meanwhile, a Garden Warbler was in the Nursery and a Yellow Wagtail passed over Hengistbury. The best of the waders was a Greenshank in Barn Bight, but at least 6 Whimbrel and 16 Dunlin at Stanpit; where a Peregrine passed over. 

    July 24th

    Raven – Matthew Barfield

    There was a hint of the start of the upcoming passerine return migration this morning, in the form of a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Willow Warbler in the North Scrubs, Stanpit; where a pair of Raven was also present.

    July 23rd

    The recent fine weather has seen Purple Hairstreak on the wing – Roderick Jenkins

    Despite yet another day of glorious weather, there are no reports for the day. 

    July 22nd

    It was nice to see some more positive butterfly activity again today. Gatekeeper – Clinton Whale

    The day saw a clear influx of Mediterranean Gull: although of the total of fifty-three, thirty-one of them juveniles, it’s not clear whether they were settled or moving through. Definitely on the move, however, were hirundines, with 78 Sand Martin, 46 Swallow and 8 House Martin travelling east. Sticking with this family, and in tune with the last couple of posts, there was an apparent pair close to the new classroom along Roebury Lane. Other than a Kingfisher by the Wooden Bridge on Wick and a Yellow Wagtail at Stanpit, the remainder of the news comes from waders on the marsh, which included: a Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel and 37 Dunlin. 

    July 21st

    At Stanpit this morning, there were: a Common Sandpiper, singles of Whimbrel, Ringed Plover and Dunlin, and at least a dozen Mediterranean Gull. After yesterday’s comment about Swallow, it was interesting to hear of two in the roof space of the newly constructed class room on Roebury Lane. Perhaps some habitat creation? Meanwhile, a Common Seal was in the Run at both ends of the day. 

    July 20th

    On another blistering day, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was at Stanpit this morning, as were: 34 Mediterranean Gull – four of those also juveniles – a Greenshank and 62 Dunlin. Later, a Swallow, a species that now has just passage-migrant status in the area, passed east through the marsh. 

    July 19th

    Juvenile Black–headed Gull - Clinton Whale
    Plenty of Small Heath are again on the wing about the area – Clinton Whale

    Early this morning, a Spoonbill passed over the area and a Grasshopper Warbler was by the Rusty Boat. Slightly later, 20 Dunlin, including one juvenile, and two adult Mediterranean Gull were on South Marsh. Of mammal interest, a Common Seal was by the Black House. 

    July 18th

    The smart-looking Bar-tailed Godwit was again at Stanpit, along with a dozen or so Black-tailed Godwit. Also there, a Whimbrel and 2 Dunlin – one of the latter being a juvenile, the first in the area of the season. 

    July 17th

    All the news comes from an hour at Fisherman’s Bank this morning, when a breeding-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit was present, along with 7 Whimbrel, 54 Curlew and 21 Dunlin; as well as the seven Shelducklings and their parents.  

    July 16th

    Great White Egret emerging from its roost – Martin Lewis

    After being seen going to roost last night, the Great White Egret emerged at 5:15 and then eventually relocated to the Hengistbury side of the area. Meanwhile, from Fisherman’s Bank: 6 Whimbrel, 39 Curlew, a couple of Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin were logged; as well as a Little Tern. 

    July 15th

    Spoonbill – Ann Parramore
    The new pond on Riversmeet Meadow was only planted this week, but already odonata are ovipositing there, including this Emperor Dragonfly with an attendant blue damselfly – Jackie Smith

    It was a day of big, white, heron-type birds. A Spoonbill was giving itself an early morning wash-and-brush-up in Holloway’s Dock at 05:20, but had left within forty minutes; but a Great White Egret stayed in Stanpit Creek from at least 14:30 onwards. The rest of the news also comes from Stanpit, where: 2 Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Dunlin were present; as were, the 3 Little Tern along with 4 Mediterranean Gull. 

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