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Sightings for Month: June 2024

June 22nd

Overnight rain ceased well before dawn and early cloud soon gave way to a mainly sunny day, with a moderate westerly breeze. It was slim pickings again today, with just a Cuckoo singing at Wick, where a Curlew flew over west. Otherwise, at Stanpit, there was a single Bar-tailed Godwit and a Common Tern moved through.

June 21st

Male Kestrel – Alan Crockard

The only news for the day is of a Black-tailed Godwit, a Dunlin and 6 Lapwing, all at Stanpit.

June 20th

Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly – Peter Boardman

Lapwing – David Faulkner

In addition to the photographed Lapwing, there was also a Curlew about Stanpit. Some breeding updates: the remaining Ringed Plover chick is now almost able to fly, so hopes are high that will be a success; while, the Ironstone Quarry hosts three, days-old Little Grebe chicks.

June 19th

The only news is of an Arctic Skua west over the harbour during the morning.

June 18th

The incumbent Lesser Whitethroat made themselves conspicuous today – a male in song on Wick and two juveniles at Stanpit; where there were also 2 Shoveler, a Curlew and a Fox cub. To finish a short post, back to Wick, where there were 3 Bullfinch along the riverside path.

June 17th

A pair of Small Heath butterfly – Robin Harley

Despite the sun, the seemingly incessant wind is making it feel, temperature wise, far from mid-June. A couple of surprises this morning came from a Spotted Flycatcher in the North Scrubs and a Spoonbill over Hengistbury. Meanwhile, singles of Cuckoo and Lesser Whitethroat were returned from Stanpit.

June 16th

Herring Gull and Manx Shearwater – Scott Usher

Manx Shearwater – Scott Usher

Little Grebe – Alan Crockard

There was a much-reduced feeding-flock off the Long Groyne today, but it did include a settled Manx Shearwater, plus: 10 Common Tern, 32 Sandwich Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Fulmar and 10 Gannet.

June 15th

Between the sites of Mudeford Quay and the eastern end of Hengistbury, the sea came up with: a dark-morph Arctic Skua, a Balearic Shearwater, 11 Manx Shearwater, 9 Little Tern, the same number of Common Tern, around 60 Sandwich Tern, 4 Fulmar and 6 Common Scoter; all during the morning.

June 14th

It’s been several seasons since Swallow last bred in the recording area, so a report of a nesting pair in the Discovery Den education facility on Wick was nice to receive. As suggested yesterday, the offshore feeding flock was given a grilling and produced: at least 16 Little Tern – four of those actually from Mudeford Quay – 30 Common Tern, 50 Sandwich Tern, a Fulmar, 12 Gannet and an auk, amongst the hundreds of gulls. Meanwhile, a Hobby hunting over the Salt Hurns was a good bit of quality; with a Cattle Egret and three adult Dunlin completing the bird news. Moving to mammals, and it was interesting that a seal, species not determined, rested for a few hours on the beach that is currently fenced off around the Long Groyne.

June 13th

It’s great to be able to report Shelduck breed in the area for another year – four ducklings at Stanpit, this afternoon. Otherwise, the best was easily 3 Little Tern, which lingered off Mudeford Quay from much of the day; while a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch and a juvenile Peregrine over, all from Wick, make up most of the rest of the post. There was, however, a significant feeding flock out from the Long Groyne – that, given the strength of the southerly wind, could well be worth checking in detail.

June 12th

A day of little news – just a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Curlew at Stanpit, where a clattering of adult and just-fledged Jackdaw descended onto the North Scrubs.

June 11th

Male Beautiful Demoiselle at Hengistbury – thought to be only the fifth record for the area.

…and male Banded Demoiselle, also at Hengistbury, where they are seldom seen. Both found by Paul Morrison. Photos – Peter Boardman

Juvenile Dartford Warbler – as ever, photo taken from a public path – Dave Miller

The only non-photo news for the day is of around 20 Swift north and Cuckoo, from Wick.

June 10th

The morning saw a significant arrival of Swift – 765 counted incoming over Stanpit! The majority between 08:30 and 11:00, but still small parties arriving when the observers left. Keeping with late arrivers, a Wheatear was on Crouch Hill, with singles of Grey Plover and Ringed Plover, plus 6 Dunlin, passing through. Presumably, on their way back, however, were 5 Lapwing and 3 Mediterranean Gull. To round up: all three egrets were logged – singles of Great White Egret and Cattle Egret, along with the regular ‘littles’; the Osprey visited early on and then again around 13:30, when, what we think is a young he, quickly caught a fish; and a Cuckoo is still around.

June 9th

Muntjac tracks – Anne Parramore

The male Peregrine, VA, having a think about things – Alan Crockard

In terms of breeding birds, it feels as if there may be times ahead – an Osprey visited twice, late morning and at the same point in the afternoon, while 2 Cattle Egret were on Wick. The other news involves a Cuckoo about Wick and three, incoming Swallow.

June 8th

Osprey – Scott Usher

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, a recently added resident to the area – Barrie Taylor

Starting in time order – a Muntjac on the Salt Hurns, at 05:30. Then, news of a Wheatear and the two Ringed Plover chicks in the fenced area on the sandspit – now flapping their wings and attempting lift-off; a breeding-plumaged Cattle Egret about Wick; and, around 11:00, the Osprey leaving with brunch.

June 7th

Skylark – photo taken during formal survey work

It’s quite an in-between date to get both Whimbrel and Curlew in the same post, but singles of each achieved that this morning on Wick. Meanwhile, as late as the former in that comment, was a male Wheatear by the Coastguards. This evening, an Osprey that now seems reasonably settled in the Avon Valley visited to fish, with a 3cy Mediterranean Gull also being around. Catching up on the breeding Ringed Plover, the two chicks are still safe and sound.

June 6th

Wasp Beetle – Robin Harley

An or two Osprey were logged this morning – one drifting north at 07:40 and one leaving with a fish at just after 10:00. Also seen overhead, a northerly movement of around 75 Swift. Of breeding interest, a Cuckoo continues to sing about the area and there are three, or four, Grey Heron chicks still in a nest in the Nursery.

Christchurch Priory – Peregrine Day

Saturday 29th June: 10:30am to 3:30pm

The Priory Peregrines are now in their third breeding season and the four chicks are out and about around the Priory. CHOG will be present with information and telescopes to offer close-up views of the birds – please come along and see us.

June 5th

Cream-spot Tiger moth – not often seen during daylight around the area – Peter Boardman

After thinking we were down to one Ringed Plover chick, it was nice to see there are still two – Roger Edwards

Other than news in the photo captions, it’s just two-to-three passing Ringed Plover to mention.

June 4th

All four Peregrine young – Adrian Simmons

Firstly, some nocturnal updates from Hengistbury, where it’s confirmed there are three Tawny Owlets out and about, plus two, possibly three, churring Nightjar. For today, however, the only news is of a Lesser Whitethroat showing itself on Crouch Hill.

June 3rd

Locally speaking – on a date typical of post-breeding dispersal – bird of the day was a Nuthatch in Stanpit Scrubs. Meanwhile, on what has been a really poor wader passage, numbers of 14 Ringed Plover and 22 Dunlin in Stanpit Bight were almost ‘significant’; with both Greenshank and Whimbrel again being heard there. To finish, a grey Cuckoo was about the marsh.

June 2nd

Tying in with yesterday’s willow warbler, there were some late-passing or -arriving birds logged today. Stanpit heard both Greenshank and Whimbrel, with two singing Whitethroat, outside of the territories, there being interesting, while a Wheatear was on the sandspit; where, unfortunately, it’s looking increasingly likely that only one Ringed Plover chick is present. There were also five, unexpected Mediterranean Gull – three adults and two 2cys.

June 1st

A worn-out-looking, adult Great Tit with two young – Alan Crockard

Four-spotted Chaser – Simon Coupe

Adult Little Grebe – Simon Coupe

Other than the photographed Little Grebe, on the Ironstone Quarry, the only other news for the day is of a Willow Warbler by the No Dogs Field.

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