Sightings for January 2019

December 31st

Dunlin Alan Hayden
Redshank Alan Hayden

The Dunlin at Stanpit today reached an incredible 420+, which for modern-day recording a tremendous number. The calm conditions made it ideal to look for crests in the Wood, where 2 Firecrest and 12 Goldcrest were seen. Elsewhere, the male Marsh Harrier hunting the Wick reeds and a pair of Bullfinch were on Roebury Lane. 

December 30th

Brent Goose Alan Hayden

The recent good numbers of Dunlin, by contemporary measures that is, continued 210 birds estimated at Stanpit where 5 Grey Plover, 44 Black-tailed Godwit, 31 Ringed Plover and 4 Turnstone were also present. Other than 4 Brent Goose, geese of all types were conspicuous by their absence, while 3 Pintail and a Shoveler were on the marsh. The Eider remains off Mudeford Quay, from where 2 Sandwich Tern were logged and a Marsh Harrier arrived. 

December 29th

Skylark Scott Usher
Grey Plover Scott Usher

A Great Skua was amongst a distant feeding flock of gulls off Mudeford Quay this morning; when a Red-throated Diver and a Pintail headed west, and 6 Common Scoter and 2 Great Crested Grebe were settled. A Spotted Redshank was seen from Fishermans Bank, with other wader counts from there comprising: 5 Grey Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Ringed Plover and 185 Dunlin. Meanwhile, an adult Peregrine sat on South Marsh and occasionally hassled the male Marsh Harrier as it overflew. The pick of the wildfowl was a pair of Goosander that headed straight north, but also 6 Pintail and 4 Brent Goose about the marsh.

December 28th

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull Scott Usher

There was at least one Mediterranean Gull, an adult, at Stanpit today, while the male Marsh Harrier again hunted Wick Hams. Close by, on Wick Fields, a couple of Chiffchaff and 5 Bullfinch were present. A comment sent in yesterday, but overlooked by the author of the posts, told of numbers of Canada Goose and Greylag Goose back on site, but no Brent Goose at all. 

December 27th

Marsh Harrier with a Peregrine, before hunting more peacefully David Faulkner

All the news is from Stanpit, where the best bird was a redhead Red-breasted Merganser always a premium bird in the area, particularly inside the harbour. Next best was a Water Pipit, otherwise its just 6 Pintail and 4 Shelduck to report upon. 

December 26th

It was another still and grey day, during which an Eider spent most of it just offshore from Mudeford Quay out towards Clarendons Rocks while in the morning a Black-throated Diver was off Avon Beach. Also from the quay, a couple of Red-throated Diver east and 2 Gadwall west. Mediterranean Gull are premium birds in winter here, so three adults west over the Barn Field is of note for the month. More expected nowadays is Marsh Harrier and the male didnt disappoint hunting Stanpit at 08:10 when a Peregrine was also trying its luck with the many Black-tailed Godwit on site. Meanwhile, all the Wick regulars were present and correct; namely, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch and a Kingfisher. 

December 25th

Robin Robert Gray (upper) & Jackie Smith

There was a welcome return of Brent Goose at Stanpit this morning - with at least 50 birds present. 

December 24th

Pintail & Shoveler
Pintail and Shoveler Tina Scott
Bullfinch Jackie Smith

At least 10 Red-throated Diver passed west today, along with a single Great Northern Diver and a couple of Eider; while four unidentified divers and 5 Brent Goose headed in the opposite direction. On Wick, there were at least 6 Bullfinch possibly even seven which could represent a harbour record flock, as well as a minimum of 2 Chiffchaff. Nearby, a cream-crowned Marsh Harrier hunted Wick Hams and a Firecrest was in the Wood. Moving to Stanpit, there were seven pairs of Shoveler, which is a good local number; plus 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Ringed Plover and 40 Dunlin; but just 7 Brent Goose. Once again, the Viewing Platform on Wick proved very reliable for prolonged views of Kingfisher. 

December 23rd

Cormorant Jackie Smith
Skylark Scott Usher
Chiffchaff Jackie Smith

The only news for the day is of a Chiffchaff by the Viewing Platform on Wick and a Kingfisher around Barn Bight. 

December 22nd

Blacktailed Godwit - Ray Scott
Kingfisher Jackie Smith

The adult male Marsh Harrier was hunting about the area again this morning, while a Chiffchaff was calling from close to the Viewing Platform on Wick, where a Kingfisher gave prolonged views. Todays estimate for Black-tailed Godwit was of over 200 birds, but just 8 Brent Goose and 2 Shelduck were present. 

December 21st

The male Marsh Harrier was hunting Wick at 8:25, while a Chiffchaff was on the central path through Wick Fields. The only other news for the day is of at least 500 Black-tailed Godwit resting at Stanpit early in the afternoon. 

December 20th

There are, unfortunately, no reports for today. 

December 19th

A cream-crowned Marsh Harrier was around Wick water meadows around 9:30 this morning, while a couple of Chiffchaff and 2 Bullfinch were about the adjacent fields.

December 18th

The only news for today is of 2 Firecrest in the Wood on Hengistbury.

December 17th

Goosander Martin Lewis

There was a major, in-harbour rarity today in the form of a Black-necked Grebe close to Blackberry Point. The species is very scarce on the sea around the area, but inside the harbour it is rare indeed. Not quite as noteworthy, but still a very decent local bird a redhead Goosander was also inside the harbour, just off Holloways Dock. Meanwhile, at Stanpit, there was a Water Pipit, a Jack Snipe, 6 Grey Plover and 22 Pintail, but just one Brent Goose. Elsewhere, a Kingfisher was in Brewers Creek. To round-up a short post, some housekeeping: the late-year eBulletin today went out to members. If you are a paid-up member and did not receive it, please email us...

December 16th

Peregrine Scott Usher
Kingfisher Ray Scott

The morning guided walk on Hengistbury, which saw just on 60 species in total, was highlighted by a Black-throated Diver on the sea off the end of the head and at least 2 Red-throated Diver east past there, while 2 Firecrest were in the Wood. It was also WeBS day and the best from that were 2 Jack Snipe on the Salt Hurns. Other water birds on site included: 14 Grey Plover, 177 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover, a Tufted Duck, 7 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 127 Teal and 638 Wigeon. Before moving on to other things, its again interesting to note there were just 54 Greylag Goose and 19 Canada Goose on site, which is something of a relief. Conversely, however, the Brent Goose were a paltry eight! A total o f3 Kingfisher was reckoned and a Peregrine was around Stanpit during the morning. 

December 15th

The only news from a truly atrocious day is from Mudeford Quay, where a Red-throated Diver west and 4 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Pintail, those east, are the news. Of mammal interest, a Grey Seal is being frequently seen in the Run. 

December 14th

Teal Tina Scott

In a cold, easterly breeze, the hour from 10:30 saw 19 Red-throated Diver move west past Mudeford Quay, while an Arctic Skua was settled on the water. Also, on the sea a total of 4 Shag and 22 Gannet headed towards the Solent. There were probably two Marsh Harrier again, seen from Stanpit, where 2 Grey Plover, 6 Shoveler, 3 Pintail and a Kingfisher were returned; but just one Brent Goose! Its also worth noting now that the recent scourge of Greylag Goose and Canada Goose has lessened noticeably in the last few days. Over on Wick, there was a Chiffchaff by the Wooden Bridge, 3 Redwing and 4 Bullfinch. 

December 13th

Both a female and a non-adult male Marsh Harrier were around today, with the two being seen together at Stanpit for most of the afternoon. Snipe were conspicuous eight on Central Marsh, five on East Marsh and five on Wick probably being the upper part of an iceberg, however. Strangely, there were only 10 or Brent Goose on offer this afternoon, while a pair of Bullfinch were along the riverside path at Wick just ahead of dusk. Thanks to Tony Davies for a very interesting, if not sobering, talk on the seemingly terminal decline of Wood Warbler in the New Forest last evening. 

December 12th

There were two records of Marsh Harrier today a female over Wick and then north at 7:30, then a non-adult male hunting Wick Hams just over an hour later. Otherwise, its just 3 Fieldfare above Wick to mention. 

December 11th

This Kestrel with a damaged eye has been around the North Scrubs for a few days at least. Despite its impairment, it is successfully catching prey  Martin Lewis

The male Marsh Harrier hunted Wick Hams during the morning, when a Brambling and 2 Redpoll were in the Wood. Nearby, there were 48 Dunlin in Holloways Dock, while the water meadow on Wick hosted a Grey Wagtail.  

December 10th

Kingfisher Martin Lewis

It was a wonderful crisp day, with only a northerly breeze to remind one of December. All the news comes from Stanpit, where during the morning: a Marsh Harrier hunted, there were 4 Pintail, a few Ringed Plover were amongst the 100 or so Dunlin, and a Kingfisher was about. Later in the day, a good-looking candidate for Scandinavian Rock Pipit was on South Marsh and the Brent Goose were counted at 67. 

December 9th

There are no bird reports for today, but an Otter was seen around Parky Meade Rail, Stanpit, in the afternoon. 

December 8th

A male Marsh Harrier was Stanpit this morning, along with a single Chiffchaff. Wader returns from there included: 5 Grey Plover, 80+ Black-tailed Godwit, 150+ Dunlin and 13 Snipe, while the wildfowl highlight came from 9 Pintail. Over on Hengistbury, a couple of Firecrest were in the Wood and, once again, there were 2 Bar-headed Goose on site, as well as a single Black Swan. 

December 7th

Great Crested Grebe Leo Pyke

An early afternoon seawatch from the Beach Huts produced a couple of Red-throated Diver one settled and one west 25 Common Scoter on the water and at least one Razorbill. On the way to the huts, the Wood gave up 3 Firecrest, while a Great Crested Grebe was in Barn Bight. The White-fronted Goose put in another appearance at Stanpit, amongst the hordes of greylags, plus5 Shoveler and 6 Pintail there. 

December 6th

On a grey and breezy day, a total of 4 Red-throated Diver were seen moving west past Mudeford Quay, as well as a couple of Guillemot. Elsewhere, a Firecrest was in the Wood and the male Marsh Harrier was about Wick Hams at 10:15. 

December 5th

Grey Wagtail Robert Gray

There was a good selection of wildfowl at Stanpit this morning; headed by a pale-bellied Brent Goose, a Goldeneye, a Pochard and 3 Tufted Duck, but also 12 Shoveler, 14 Pintail and 3 Gadwall. Meanwhile, a Bar-headed Goose, the Emperor Goose and a Black Swan were also there. Waders were also plentiful and included: 12 Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 210 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Ringed Plover, 175 Dunlin and 25 Snipe. A Marsh Harrier hunted Central Marsh and Dartford Warbler was a good record from that side of the harbour. The only news from the southern portion concerns 7 Redwing over Wick. 

December 3rd

Another breezy day saw a Great Skua go west past the Beach Huts, with other pieces at sea including 3 Kittiwake east and 25 Common Scoter settled. The Wood once again held 2 Firecrest, while singles of Fieldfare and Redwing were both on the Barn Field. 

December 2nd

There are reports from most areas for the day. Prior to 10:15 this morning, an Arctic Skua was seen from Mudeford Quay, all with a settled Red-throated Diver and 4 Common Scoter, while a couple of Red-breasted Merganser travelled west. At Stanpit, a Marsh Harrier was very active and a single Grey Wagtail was in the North Scrubs. A male Bullfinch was the best from Wick, but also 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and 2 Kingfisher there. 

December 1st

Conditions this morning were nothing short of torrential, although things did improve throughout the afternoon. The only reports come from Mudeford Quay, where a Marsh Harrier arrived, a Fulmar went west and there was a small grebe offshore. 

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