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Sightings for the current month

September 4th

Osprey, morning and afternoon – Chris Chapleo (upper two) and Clinton Whale
Two of four Ruff at Stanpit last night – Alan Hayden

Osprey sightings are normally over in a matter of minutes, but thanks to a dead tree stranded in the harbour since last winter things were different today. The bird was initially seen attempting to catch a fish around 7:25, but was lost to view; then at 8:15 all the waterbirds in the harbour took to the air and it was clear the ‘mullet hawk’ was again active, but it took several observers at least 10 minutes to realise it was perched on the aforementioned tree, rather than amongst the airborne mass. After that, the bird remained in-situ for a further couple of hours and was again in location mid-afternoon before leaving with a caravan of crows. The perch is best viewed from the Barn Bight shore and should be in comfortable range of long lenses. Further interest during the morning came from a Wryneck, seen on several occasions, in the bramble clump in the non-fenced section of the Long Field, and a Little Stint at Stanpit. The more routine on Hengistbury included: a Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Reed Warbler, also on the Long Field; as well a 5 Tree Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, 35 Whitethroat, 24 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warbler more widely spread. Up to 13 Sanderling were on the sandspit, while a Shoveler and 8 Teal were logged. 

Members' Day - 6th September
All the usual and popular activities - ringing demonstration, guided walk and moths. More details...

Tides September 5th: H02:00 | H05:30 | L09:35 | H14:15 | H17:50 | L22:05

September 3rd

Greenshank – Alan Hayden
Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose at Stanpit last night – Alan Hayden
Wheatear in the low sun – Chris Chapleo
...and an illustration of the bill of Shoveler – Alan Hayden

The picks of a reasonable day were an Osprey fishing the harbour at ten past three this afternoon and a Hobby over the HHC in the morning. Also over early on were 25 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and 25 Siskin, while 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Blackcap, 14 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler and 5 Wheatear were settled, in the main on the Hengistbury and Wick fields. In addition, the North Scrubs held a Bullfinch enjoying the rowan berries. There are currently few waders reports, save for 4 Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover from Stanpit, and 5 Snipe at Wick. A coil of 5 Teal arrived and Kingfisher were seen at Wick and from Fisherman’s Bank. 

Wader update: Stanpit this evening can add 4 Ruff, 2 Knot, a Whimbrel and 18 Dunlin.

Tides September 4th: H01:10 | H04:30 | L08:40 | H13:55 |  H17:00 | L21:05

September 2nd

There was a decent number of Wheatear around the area today – Clinton Whale

A presence of Wheatear was the theme of the day. Between 7:30 and 8:30 thirty-nine were present, largely around the eastern end of Hengistbury, while 14 were on Solent Meads golf course and a dozen were at Stanpit. During the afternoon, over twenty were at the eastern extreme of the head and an extra two were on the marsh. From this, an aggregate of just under 90 birds would seem reasonable. Also on Hengistbury and Wick, 2 Whinchat, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Lesser Whitethroat and modest numbers of Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff; while Garden Warbler were at Stanpit. Finches were a feature, with a Crossbill over Stanpit, a total of 16 Siskin over both sides of the area and 2 Bullfinch in the North Scrubs. To finish with the passerines, 31 Yellow Wagtail were about Wick water meadows and a further twelve went over there, as did 3 Tree Pipit. This morning, a Spotted Redshank was in Barn Bight - hopes are high it could be ‘the’ bird back for another winter - then later on 4 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin were around Stanpit Bight; as were 4 Wigeon. Towards dusk, the arriving Canada Goose brought 13 Egyptian Goose with them, but as Coward’s Marsh has recently hosted as many as 63 birds then more could be using the harbour as an overnight stop. Today’s Kingfisher action was at the Wick water meadows, a Peregrine makes the post, 2 Common Scoter passed east at sea and 41 Collared Dove were counted in the oaks around the Wick horse paddock.

Cattle Egret update: we have just heard from the Isle of Wight, where a flock of around 25 egrets passed Brighstone at 9:00 on Sunday morning, an hour before it all kicked off here. It would seem the flock had made land at St. Catherine’s Point and then coasted along the south-western aspect of the island before crossing the Solent.

September 1st

Little Egret
Little Egret – Alan Crockard
Redshank – Alan Crockard

The 2 Cattle Egret that were yesterday in the Lower Avon Valley were this morning on South Marsh, Stanpit, - perhaps suggesting they may have roosted in the Nursery. Also at Stanpit, a couple of Garganey, a Nightingale on the golf course embankment, a Redstart and 3 Garden Warbler. The southern side of the area saw an arrival of Wheatear, a round total of fifty coming in from various sites, as well as a Whinchat, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler, a Reed Warbler and of 35 phylloscs those identified were all Chiffchaff. A total of 22 Yellow Wagtail was returned, fourteen of them settled about the Wick meadows and adjacent horse paddock, and a Tree Pipit moved over the fields. A Ruff was also on the meadows and 12 Black-tailed Godwit moved west over there, while a Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel and 3 Snipe were on the Salt Hurns. Barn Bight held 2 Tufted Duck, a Wigeon and 6 Teal; a Treecreeper and a Coal Tit were in the Wood; the recently-fledged 2 Goldcrest and their parents were behind the Nursery; a Kingfisher was in Wick Hams; and a juvenile Peregrine was seen at Stanpit.

News just in from Stanpit at dusk: waders included a Knot, a Greenshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ringed Plover and 19 Dunlin; duck were represented by 6 Wigeon and 2 Shoveler; a further Whinchat and 2 Wheatear were present; and a second-summer Mediterranean Gull was noted. Earlier in the day, a Clouded Yellow butterfly had been around the Rusty Boat.

August 31st

Sanderling – Clinton Whale
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit – Alan Hayden

Despite the morning being dominated by rain, some attempts were made to bird it. A Wood Sandpiper was seen twice over the Bobolink Field, before perhaps coming down onto Priory Marsh. Meanwhile, there was a decent presence of terns off the quay, seemingly coming and going through the Run - a total of 8 Arctic Tern amongst an estimated 150 Common Tern. Also from the quay, a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, 8 Common Scoter, 10 Sanderling, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 50 Ringed Plover heading into the Solent, 2 Turnstone and a Ringed Plover; while a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was inside the harbour and 32 Ringed Plover flew west over Hengistbury. Moving Swallow, all westbound, were a feature - 400 passing Mudeford Quay in 10 minutes as an example - with pulses of birds all morning at least suggesting thousands were travelling. In addition, just a day shy of September, 3 Swift were logged. More routine numbers were provided by: 25 Yellow Wagtail, thirteen under the cattle in the Long Field, 2 Tree Pipit, a Spotted Flycatcher by the Wooden Bridge and 4 Wheatear; plus small numbers of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap. Wader-wise, the best were 3 Ruff at Stanpit, but also 4 Black-tailed Godwit there; along with 17 Shoveler, 35 Teal and a Peregrine over. 

Lower Avon Valley egret update: yesterday evening, the 22 Cattle Egret passed north over Harbridge, Hants, about 15km upstream from Coward’s Marsh. Late this morning, however, there were 2 Cattle Egret at Coward’s Marsh, at least one remaining until the afternoon, but it’s suspected these birds may have been the two seen moving east over Normandy Marsh, Lymington, at 8:55. Then to complete the trio, a Great White Egret, which was un-ringed so not the regular Blashford bird, spent 4 minutes at Coward’s just before lunch. With respect to photographs, we have one showing 20 birds but if there are any out there showing all twenty-two, regardless of quality we would appreciate receiving them. Please email here.

August 30th

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Some of the 22 Cattle Egret that were over
Christchurch Harbour this morning – Chris Dresh
Sparrowhawk – Clinton Whale

There was an almost unbelievable Cattle Egret experience over the area around 10:00 this morning, when a flock of egrets seen over Central Marsh was found to contain at least 6 Cattle Egret and one Little Egret. In the ensuing flurry of phone and radio messages, no more detail other than the party contained 23 birds in total could be determined, although it was very strongly suspected there were far more than six interesting individuals. With the flock eventually seen to descend somewhere north of the Priory, however, a search of the Lower Avon Valley was scrambled. It wasn’t long before the birds were relocated amongst a herd of cows in long grass at Coward’s Marsh, where a total of 22 Cattle Egret was ultimately confirmed - a figure that may well be a UK record. Before all of this, a Wryneck was found along the eastern edge of the Bobolink Field and was seen on a couple of subsequent occasions. Further highlights came courtesy of a Spoonbill that headed high west, but returned eastbound a few minutes later, above Wick; and a Wood Sandpiper, 7 Ruff, 11 Avocet and 3 Garganey around Stanpit. Also overhead, Tree Pipit topped 30 birds at Wick, while 32 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Siskin and 5 Snipe were noted. Meanwhile, hirundines were streaming through for most of the morning, with an estimate from an hour or so on Crouch Hill coming to 1000 Swallow and 130 Sand Martin. In the bushes, there was a Pied Flycatcher in the North Scrubs, 4 Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat in the same area, and a Whinchat, 30 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 20 Whitethroat and 20 Blackcap on Wick. In addition to 3 Knot and a Common Sandpiper, in Holloway’s Dock, Stanpit held a Greenshank, a couple of Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover and 11 Dunlin. Remaining interest from a good day in the field came from: a Little Grebe, 6 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 2 Kingfisher and a Peregrine. 

Additional news: an Arctic Tern was off Mudeford Quay, while Stanpit actually held 3 Greenshank as well as 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, a revised total of 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper and 8 Snipe. 

August 29th

Whinchat – Leo Pyke
Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler – Jean Southworth
Kingfisher – Alan Hayden (upper) & Alan Crockard

The day started to a light southerly breeze and relatively clear skies, but drizzle had set in by mid-afternoon. Around 8:00, a Bee-eater was heard faintly, but certainly, calling above the Barn Field at presumably some height given the volume of the calls, so making it impossible to pick out against the blue sky. This is only CHOG’s third record for the species, but the year’s second. A little later, a Garganey circuited the harbour in the company of 2 Wigeon. Moving to the afternoon, when at least one Osprey used the area: firstly, a bird was seen hunting the river just north of the HHC; then around half an hour later every bird in the harbour went up, a sure sign of mullet-hawk, but nothing could be seen - however, after a further 30 minutes, a bird flew low over Stanpit Creek carrying a fish and departed north. Back to before lunch and mention of a Marsh Harrier heading west over Whitepits. Meanwhile, Hengistbury and Wick, experienced: 55 Yellow Wagtail, included twenty-six around Wick water meadows, 9 Tree Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, a constant but uncounted presence of Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin in that order of quantity, 4 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 30 Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warbler. The Salt Hurns continues to hold waders, with 6 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper and 2 Whimbrel there, while Stanpit hosted 6 Knot, 40 or so Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 6 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover. A throng of mainly large gulls feeding in the Run on the afternoon low tide held two juvenile-to-first-winter Mediterranean Gull, a couple of Teal were in Barn Bight and recently-fledged, second-brooded Goldcrest and Dunnock were on Hengistbury.

August 28th

Common Sandpiper
It's not easy to see, let alone photograph, the underwing of a Common Sandpiper
– Alan Crockard
Common Sandpiper & Reshank
...and a couple more with a Redshank - Alan Crockard
Dartford Warbler
Juvenile Dartford Warbler – Clinton Whale

There is more than enough to write about tonight, with all areas of the harbour covered. Early on, a couple of Marsh Harrier were seen together from the HHC and, a little later, what was presumed to be one of them left high to the south. It may be shaping up to be a decent season for Tree Pipit - twenty-six at Hengistbury and one over Stanpit - as well as 21 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 400 Swallow, 55 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin and 11 Siskin south-west over both sites. On the deck, there were: a Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, a Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, over 40 Blackcap and a Sedge Warbler at Wick and Hengistbury; while Stanpit contributed a Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 3 Wheatear and a Sedge Warbler. Waders coming and going about Hengistbury included: a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, a Grey Plover, 31 Black-tailed Godwit and 18 Ringed Plover; but the Salt Hurns hosted a good number of settled Greenshank and Common Sandpiper, five and seven respectively. Meanwhile, 3 Knot, a Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit were at Stanpit. Although Raven now feature on an almost daily basis, a figure of 19 birds is quite exceptional, all west and including an unkindness of ten. Finally, two each of Peregrine and Kingfisher were logged.

August 27th

Greenshank – Alan Crockard
Knot at Stanpit yesterday – Alan Hayden
...and Wheatear – Alan Hayden

It was actually quite dry for most of the morning, so giving rise to a few more passerine records than of late. At Stanpit, in Ashtree Meadow and the North Scrubs, there were: a Nightingale, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 5 Garden Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff; while 3 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Tree Pipit went over, 3 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill and 12 Sedge Warbler were in non-reed habitat. Elsewhere, a Grey Wagtail moved above the HHC and 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Whitethroat and 6 Willow Warbler were in Wick Ditch. Other than a Greenshank on the Salt Hurns and 9 Snipe over the marsh, all the wader numbers come from Stanpit Bight, where 3 Knot, 4 Whimbrel, a breeding-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin were logged; as well as 3 Wigeon in that area.

August 26th

The opening sentence of yesterday’s post can be applied again today, which was all about terns. From the Beach Huts, during an hour’s spell around mid-morning, a Roseate Tern, a Black Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 3 Little Tern, 156 Common Tern and 230 Sandwich Tern passed west; while at lunchtime an Arctic Tern and 22 Common Tern, along with a Little Gull, were seen resting from Fisherman’s Bank; then later on, a juvenile Arctic Tern moved through the harbour with 2 Common Tern. Back to the sea, where a Balearic Shearwater sat on the water off the huts before moving into Poole Bay; as well as 2 Arctic Skua 5 Common Scoter, 11 Fulmar, a Common Gull and 45 Gannet, all moving west save for two of the scoter. The best of the waders were Ruff - two coming off the Salt Hurns with 7 Greenshank and one at Stanpit - but also about the marsh were: 8 Knot, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Ringed Plover and 18 Dunlin. Meanwhile, birds along the sandspit included: 4 Common Sandpiper, 10 Sanderling, 6 Knot and 7 Turnstone. Passerines were few and far between - just 5 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail, that on the tip of the sandspit, to report upon. To round up, a total of 3 Mediterranean Gull was logged, 2 Raven were around the quay, and Stanpit held 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler and 8 Teal.

August 25th

Juvenile Kittiwake inside the harbour – Alan Hayden
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit – Alan Hayden
...and Teal – Alan Hayden

It was another pretty awful day with the wind swirling between forty-five degrees either side of south, although the rain was limited to the early afternoon. A few seawatches were undertaken, but the most productive was between 1:00 and 1:30 when 2 Black Tern moved west past Mudeford Quay. The combined totals from the others were: a juvenile Kittiwake into the harbour, 4 Fulmar, 26 Common Tern and a Wigeon, plus fairly unremarkable numbers of Gannet and Sandwich Tern. This afternoon, presumably the same Kittiwake was inside the harbour, but soon pushed off, while waders throughout the day on Stanpit and in Holloway’s Dock included: a Ruff, at least one Knot, a Sanderling, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, a Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, three juvenile birds and an adult still in plumage, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 11 Dunlin; also of interest were 21 Curlew which upped and left to the east late in the day. There were, however, after yesterday’s decent count, no ringed plover. The morning saw a few passerines on or over Wick and Whitepits, the best being a Whinchat, 2 Tree Pipit and 2 Yellow Wagtail, and 15 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap and 4 Willow Warbler were concentrated at the eastern end of Roebury Lane. A Wigeon was on Wick Hams, 3 Shoveler and 12 Teal were inside the harbour, and a Kingfisher was at Stanpit.

August 24th

It was a truly atrocious day, the rain starting around 7:00 and still going strong almost twelve hours later. On Hengistbury this morning, three men and a dog got a right soaking as they scoured an almost birdless sea from the scant shelter available when the wind is north-east. The best for the more-than-damp efforts were: 19 Common Tern and 4 Common Scoter east, an impressive flock of 40 Sanderling flying offshore, 7 Common Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone and 2 Dunlin; as well as 3 Yellow Wagtail over the Barn Field before the downpour set in. The obvious watchpoint for the conditions was Mudeford Quay, but that mustered just 2 Swift over the Christchurch Harbour Hotel and 35 Sandwich Tern on the mud by the dinghy park. Amazingly, and I’m still to get to the bottom of how this was managed, a couple spent two hours on Stanpit this afternoon when they amassed some decent contributions for the day’s post. In terms of waders, there were: 5 Knot, 2 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, around 10 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, the season’s best count of Ringed Plover - 86 birds - and 15 Dunlin; while wildfowl comprised 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal and the drake Tufted Duck; and miscellany came from 3 Common Tern, 5 Wheatear and 4 House Martin. Slightly later, a Green Sandpiper was heard close to the Argyle Road slip and, around 4:30, there was a sizeable pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphin off Mudeford Quay, some of the animals breaching clear of the water.

August 23rd

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern enjoying an afternoon snack in Holloway's Dock – Clinton Whale

This morning was a complete and utter washout, Mudeford Quay being the only option. From there, 3 Black Tern were seen moving west, although a further bird was inside the harbour and enjoyed from the shelter of a beach hut, as well as a juvenile Arctic Tern, 7 Little Tern, over 20 Common Tern and a Fulmar. A Grey Wagtail was decked on the quay, while a Common Sandpiper and 7 Turnstone were also logged. The weather improved significantly around noon and allowed a couple of visits to Hengistbury, where at least 35 Common Tern passed west, 6 Swift moved over, and a Whimbrel and 4 Ringed Plover were in Holloway’s Dock. 

August 22nd

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting are now well dispersed from reedbeds - this one by the Barn Field
– Clinton Whale

On a fine morning with an optimistic north-easterly wind, Hengistbury was by far the poor relation as Stanpit and Mudeford Quay produced the best haul of birds. For example, a Little Stint and 4 Avocet were seen from Fisherman’s Bank, while 2 Arctic Tern were off the quay. In addition, the marsh came up with: 2 Greenshank, 10 Whimbrel, a Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Dunlin; along with 2 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 6 Gadwall and a(the) Tufted Duck. Meanwhile, the North Scrubs outdid other areas for passerines, with a Redstart, 4 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff. On the opposite side of the water, Whitethroat was the dominant bird - at least thirty on the unfenced portion of the Long Field, one a striking leucistic individual and a couple in song, as was briefly a Reed Warbler, plus a Whinchat there. Wick held more phylloscopus warbler - 12 Willow Warbler and 14 Chiffchaff - and 2 Tree Pipit passed over the fields. Back to waders and there were singles of Greenshank on Wick meadows and the Salt Hurns, from where 2 Snipe came up, Holloway’s Dock hosted a juvenile Knot, a Turnstone was on the sandspit and 6 Ringed Plover were seen to leave. To mop up, a couple of Common Tern fished in Stanpit Creek, Kingfisher loitered around Barn Bight and the bridge over the channel to the aforementioned dock, and a Peregrine was over Wick. 

August 21st

Greenshank on Holloway's Dock – Clinton Whale
Stonechat – Clinton Whale

Yesterday’s medley of small gulls and terns was faithful to the waters between Mudeford Quay and the sandspit this morning, when the juveniles of Black Tern and Little Gull were present, as well as two adult Arctic Tern. Slightly later, a young Little Gull headed west over the Barn Field and was likely that particular bird leaving, but the Black Tern remained all day and two juvenile Arctic Tern were seen during the afternoon, along with an adult. Freshwater waders were also well represented, with 2 Wood Sandpiper calling over Parky Meade Rail and then heading north, while a Green Sandpiper was settled on Wick water meadows. Other waders included: 2 Greenshank, a Knot and a Whimbrel in Holloway’s Dock; a Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper in Barn Bight; and 2 Knot, plus three over, 2 Common Sandpiper and a Ringed Plover at Stanpit. It was quiet in terms of small migrants - 2 Whinchat, 14 Whitethroat and 5 Blackcap being the only reports from Hengistbury, with Stanpit contributing a Spotted Flycatcher, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Yellow Wagtail. There was, however, a Bullfinch in the North Scrubs, but with the damsons coming into fruit there that should be no surprise. The female-type Mandarin seems to have taken up residence on the Avon between Priory Marsh and Waterloo Bridge, a Kingfisher and a Teal were on the meadows at Wick, 6 Bearded Tit were logged in the Great Spires and a couple of Raven were by the Coastguards. 

Additional news: a Greylag Goose u-turned over the sandspit, where a Clouded Yellow was present.

Yesterday’s post was something of a disaster, in that several decent records were omitted out of sheer carelessness by yours truly. Please do check back for to the appended version, particularly for a new CHOG record count.

August 20th

There is a CHOG member currently holidaying with his family in a beach hut and he had quite a good day. Firstly, an Osprey moved over the sandspit at 8:25 this morning, while a juvenile Black Tern spent most of the afternoon offshore, as did a juvenile Little Gull and an adult Arctic Tern. Also at sea, but earlier on, and a decent record for the date was a Fulmar. Holloway’s Dock again hosted the 2 Knot as well as a Greenshank, a Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper, while a further ‘common sand’ was on the adjacent beach. Overhead, a couple of Yellow Wagtail passed, 16 Ringed Plover headed east and a Peregrine was around.

Omission: a Little Ringed Plover flew over the Barn Field towards Stanpit, while a Garden Warbler was in Wick Ditch, 14 Whitethroat were scatteredand a Kingfisher was on Wick Hams. 

Further omission: a Garganey was in Parky Meade Rail, while a Golden Plover, 2 Greenshank, 22 Whimbrel and 4 Black-tailed Godwit were also about the marsh. By 7:00 in the morning, over 425 Canada Goose had left their seasonal roost at Stanpit, a new but rather ominous record. At sea, a total of 67 Common Tern and 47 Sandwich Tern were counted heading west a distance out from the Long Groyne.

August 19th

Since the construction of a fence, Holloway’s Dock continues to shake off its reputation as a wader desert, with the 2 Knot again present today along with a Greenshank. Elsewhere, a Green Sandpiper lifted up from Wick water meadows and headed off towards Priory Marsh. Passerine numbers were far from spectacular, but did include 12 Tree Pipit and 8 Yellow Wagtail over Hengistbury, as well as a Swift, while a Grasshopper Warbler was by the HHC and 2 Whinchat, a Wheatear, 20 Whitethroat and 28 Willow Warbler were spread across the head. A juvenile Peregrine was around, and singles of Mediterranean Gull and Common Scoter were logged.

Sightings for earlier months can be found in our Sightings Archive.