Sightings for the current month
One of a dozen or so Chiffchaff on Grimmery Bank – a favoured spot for newly arrived birds - Clinton Whale
Glossy Ibis – Clinton Whale
Chiffchaff continue to arrive – up to fifteen across the site today – with other passerine interest coming from a Firecrest and a Bullfinch in the Wood. The rest of the news comes from Stanpit, where the Glossy Ibis remains and the wader peaks were: 6 Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Black-tailed Godwit – one or two of those already looking very handsome – 3 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin and 9 Turnstone. Meanwhile, the wildfowl included 4 Shelduck and a 194 Brent Goose, and the gull highlights were at least 7 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Common Gull.
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Tides March 9th: L03:25 | H08:25 | H12:00 | L15:50 | H20:50 |
Redwing – Clinton Whale
Grey Plover – Peter Boardman
The only news from a day of late-winter sunshine is of 3 Redwing at Stanpit, one of them in song – a seldom-heard pleasure in these parts – as well as the male Blackcap and a couple of Kestrel getting amorous there; as well as a single Grey Plover. Wick provides the rest of the post, namely: 4 Chiffchaff, a male Bullfinch and 6 Mediterranean Gull to the west.
There was a definite influx of Chiffchaff and Mediterranean Gull today. A total of fifteen of the former were on Wick this morning; while later, as the light faded, at least thirty of the latter pre-roosted on East Marsh and a further 30+ went straight on through to the east. Otherwise, it’s just the Glossy Ibis going to roost at 15:45 and a couple of male Bullfinch at Wick to report upon.
Rock Pipit at Stanpit – Alan Hayden
Skylark at Hengistbury – Clinton Whale
Bar–tailed Godwit - Alan Hayden
It was a little quieter today, although 2 Firecrest and 6 Redwing were in the Wood, while 4 Chiffchaff and a Bullfinch were on Wick. All of this was the morning, but later at Stanpit, the following were returned: the Glossy Ibis, a Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Dunlin, 6 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 192 Brent Goose and 2 Shelduck. To finish, a drake Tufted Duck was on the Ironstone Quarry.
Tides March 6th: L00:50 | H06:05 | H09:00 | L13:20 | H18:45 | H21:55
Grey Seal in Clay Pool – Alan Crockard
There is quite a bit to sort through today, but let’s start with the Spring arrivals. The first Wheatear of the season made it, arriving over Mudeford Quay; a total of 6 Sand Martin was around Parky Meade Rail; the Chiffchaff number across the site totalled at least eleven; the Blackcap remained in the North Scrubs; and 34 Mediterranean Gull rested on the HHC mudbar and/or headed east. Yesterday’s Green Sandpiper put in another show – this time in flight at Stanpit, where more out-of-the-ordinary wader interest came from a minimum of 5 Golden Plover heading east, some of them mixed in with passing Grey Plover; while 53 Black-tailed Godwit, the biggest number for weeks, were logged. Meanwhile, another surprise – 8 Barnacle Goose – passed through eastbound. In addition to those already mentioned, the more notable passerines for the day were: 2 Firecrest were in the Wood; 5 Redwing in the North Scrubs; and 3 Bullfinch on Wick. Offshore, a Red-throated Diver and 7 Great Crested Grebe were the pick; with the only other mention for the post going to a Peregrine.
Drake Shoveler – Jackie Smith
Collared Dove – Alan Crockard
Although it was nowhere near as sunny as yesterday, it felt more Spring-like as a Sand Martin at Stanpit this morning was a very welcome sight. Outside of the late-Summer to Autumn, Green Sandpiper are very unusual in the area; so one on Fisherman’s Bank briefly today was a real surprise. A total of 3 Chiffchaff on Wick suggested a small influx, while signs of Winter persisted with 3 Redwing at Stanpit. Also on the marsh, 3 Shoveler – two drakes and a duck – and a Kingfisher. Elsewhere, a Great Crested Grebe was off Mudeford Quay.
Two Hengistbury breeding species:
Dartford Warbler – Clinton Whale & Grey Heron - Roger Tidball
Although it was arguably even nicer weather today, there is still little to report. The best was a male Merlin briefly in Ashtree Meadows, while the Blackcap was again by the Purewell Stream and at least 2 Chiffchaff were across the site. The Glossy Ibis was seen on North and Central Marshes, with 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, around 20 Dunlin and 4 Pintail about Stanpit Bight. Over at Wick, a Siskin and 3 Mediterranean Gull passed through, the only Bullfinch return was a single female and a Kingfisher was seen from the Viewing Platform.
Moorhen – Jackie Smith
Great Crested Grebe – Jackie Smith
It was another 100%-sunshine day; but again a breeze, this time from the south-east, chilled things a little. A Blackcap by the Purewell Stream, Stanpit, was the first in that area since last Autumn, so possibly our first Spring arrival? Meanwhile, other bits and pieces around the marsh included: the Glossy Ibis; 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Dunlin; 2 Pintail and over 200 Brent Goose; 2 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Common Gull; and one or two nicely colouring-up Rock Pipit. A sea described as hazy was quiet – a Red-throated Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a Peregrine being the best over the water – but 8 Purple Sandpiper were on the sandspit. Finishing on or around Wick, there was a total of 3 Bullfinch and a Great Crested Grebe was in Barn Bight.
Skylark on the Barn Field – Mark Taylor
The warmth of the sun was tempered a little by the northerly breeze, but it was overall a very nice experience to be outside. Bird news is a little light, however - just: a Firecrest, a Chiffchaff and a Mediterranean on Wick; a further Firecrest in the Wood; and a couple breeze-blown Buzzard soaring slightly too far south over Stanpit and attracting plenty of gull and corvid activity, as well as temporarily alarming the Brent Goose gathering.
One of 3 Bullfinch by the Viewing Platform, Wick, today – Alan Crockard
It was another glorious day, when 3 Avocet were seen heading east over the sandspit and 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Great Crested Grebe were at sea; along with 10 Purple Sandpiper on the spit. Signs of Spring came from several vocal Mediterranean Gull and an over-flying Grey Wagtail, plus singing males of Chiffchaff and Cetti’s Warbler. Early on, a Golden Plover and a Marsh Harrier passed over the Barn Field, while at least 240 Brent Goose arrived from their Poole Harbour roost.
Unringed Peregrine – Alan Hayden
Glossy Ibis – Paul Boult
Cetti's Warbler – Alan Crockard
Other than a nice total of 27 Purple Sandpiper on the sandspit, close to the Beach House, it was a low-key day. The remaining news being just: the Glossy Ibis at Stanpit, a Chiffchaff on Wick and a Peregrine on the Priory.
A nice comparison of pale–bellied and dark-bellied Brent Goose - Alan Hayden
Lesser Black–backed Gull - Alan Cherry
Other than a slight, northerly wind and a touch of early drizzle, it was a Spring-like day; but perhaps a little quiet on bird news. The Glossy Ibis was at Stanpit, where there were also 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, a couple of Redwing and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. Over on the other side of the area, there were 2 Firecrest and a Bullfinch in the Wood; while 3 Great Crested Grebe and around 150 Wigeon were on the sea. To finish, a single Peregrine was on the Priory and there was the strange sight of Buzzard, plus attendant corvids, on the ground by the HHC slip.
A pale-Bellied Brent Goose, which was first seen on Sunday, was with 224 dark-bellied Brent Goose at Stanpit today; where, of 14 Rock Pipit, once was a nailed-on ‘Scandinavian’ – the bird showing signs of pink on the its breast. Also about the marsh: a Grey Plover, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, 18 Pintail and a single Mediterranean Gull. Of at least 2 Chiffchaff on Wick, one was in song, while a pair of Bullfinch were by the Viewing Platform. Also currently in voice, is a Firecrest in the Wood, where 3 Redpoll were logged. The sea saw something of an eastbound gull movement – over 16 Mediterranean Gull and 65 Common Gull – as well as 5 Red-throated Diver, a Razorbill, 3 Common Scoter, 5 Pintail and a Great Crested Grebe. Meanwhile, the were a further three ‘great-crests’ inside the harbour, a Grey Wagtail passed over Hengistbury and a Peregrine hunted this afternoon.
Mediterranean Gull at Mudeford Quay – Jackie Smith
Some of the Bar–tailed Godwit at Stanpit - Clinton Whale
...and the Glossy Ibis this morning – Jackie Smith
A Cattle Egret and the Glossy Ibis emerged from the roost this morning, while the latter, after spending the day at Stanpit, headed back that way at 17:36 tonight. The sea saw quite a mixture of birds, including: a Fulmar; 3 Kittiwake and 14 Wigeon east; and 2 Red-throated Diver, 14 Mediterranean Gull and 12 Common Gull west. The best at Stanpit was a flock of 10 Bar-tailed Godwit; a male Bullfinch was on Wick; a single Peregrine was on the Priory; and two finely attired Great Crested Grebe were in Barn Bight.
Dunlin, one already showing some breeding plumage – Clinton Whale
Marsh Harrier – Peter Boardman
Purple Sandpiper – Clinton Whale
House Sparrow – Paul Boult
The day’s highlights were: a Water Pipit and the Glossy Ibis at Stanpit; a final total of 12 Purple Sandpiper on the sandspit; the adult male Marsh Harrier hunting Wick Hams; and at least 20 Mediterranean Gull, some vocal, including an eastbound flock of twelve. Moving around the three areas of the site: the sea off Hengistbury saw a Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, a Peregrine, a Curlew and 2 Common Gull passing, plus around 350 Wigeon on it; Stanpit yielded 4 Grey Plover, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Dunlin, 6 Pintail, a pair of Gadwall and 238 Brent Goose; while Wick returned 5 Bullfinch, a Chiffchaff and a Redwing. To finish, the warmer weather encouraged 2 Skylark into some delightful song.
Goldcrest – Alan Crockard
Sheldrake (rear) and Shelduck – Clinton Whale
The Mudeford Quay Black Redstart made a welcome return today, being seen at 12:10 by the RNLI slip, while 6 Purple Sandpiper were at the northern end of the Run. Earlier, the Glossy Ibis was returned from North Marsh, with others at Stanpit including: 4 Grey Plover, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Pintail, 3 Shoveler and 3 Shelduck. Elsewhere, a few Siskin were on Hengistbury and two pairs of Bullfinch were on Wick. To round-up, sounds of Spring came from a Meadow Pipit in full song, with some display to boot, and around half a dozen vocal, adult Mediterranean Gull – some of these now getting some nice head feathering.
Glossy Ibis – Mike Gibbons
Male Sparrowhawk – John Fletcher
The Glossy Ibis left its roost at dawn, when a Brambling and Grey Wagtail also went over Hengistbury, and then spent the day at Stanpit. The best at sea was an adult Little Gull east, along with a couple each of Kittiwake and Red-throated Diver doing the same, while a Sandwich Tern lingered. From Fisherman’s Bank, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit and six of the currently, uncharacteristically scarce Black-tailed Godwit were counted, along with 4 Mediterranean Gull, a good tally of 33 Pintail and 275 Brent Goose.
It’s another day that is light on news, although a female Merlin over the Barn Field and then east this afternoon, when 20 Purple Sandpiper were on the sandspit, was a nice record. The only other report, however, is of 200+ Brent Goose at Stanpit.
Purple Sandpiper – Alan Cherry
A good candidate for 'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit – Jackie Smith
The only reports for today are of the Glossy Ibis at Stanpit and 8 Purple Sandpiper about Mudeford Quay.
All the day’s news comes from Mudeford Quay, where 24 Purple Sandpiper were seen traversing the Run, a Sandwich Tern was offshore and a calling Mediterranean Gull was a welcome sound – the latter almost exclusively mute outside of the Spring and Summer months.
Sinenis–race, ('Continental') Cormorant, in breeding plumage - Peter Boardman
Pintail – Jackie Smith
Redwing – Jackie Smith
The temperatures took another, very welcome, notch up the scale again today; when, at dawn, a single Cattle Egret left the roost. Later, at least 3 Bullfinch were on Wick – a pair that showed exceptionally well along Roebury Lane and into the No Dogs Field, plus a singing bird by the Wooden Bridge. Elsewhere, a Redwing and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit were at Stanpit, while 3 Sandwich Tern lingered off Mudeford Quay.
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