Sightings for July 2018

July 31st

Moorhen – Alan Crockard
Sandwich Tern – Jackie Smith

Other than Yellow-legged Gull – two juveniles from Fisherman’s Bank this morning and two at Mudeford Quay in the evening – the day’s news is mainly made up waders. A couple of Greenshank were in Holloway’s Dock and 3 Turnstone were close by, while at Stanpit there were 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Whimbrel, a nice-looking Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 35 Dunlin. A good presence of Sandwich Tern inside the harbour was reckoned to exceed 65 birds and at least 5 Mediterranean Gull were present. 

July 30th

Peregrine in the cloud over Hengistbury – Jackie Smith

The wind had lessened significantly overnight, but a seawatch from the Beach Huts did yield an Arctic Skua, a Fulmar, 18 Common Tern, a Great Crested Grebe and 8 Whimbrel west. In addition, a drake Common Scoter was on the sea just off the end of the head; later on, however, it was seen towards Avon Beach being picked-on by gulls. A modest wader presence at Stanpit was topped by a Curlew Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank, as well as 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Dunlin. On the Hengistbury side, a couple of Greenshank were in Holloway’s Dock. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 5+ Mediterranean Gull were at Stanpit, where 48 Sandwich Tern rested – there were also thirty returned from Holloway’s Dock, which may have been different birds. A juvenile Peregrine spent some time around Hengistbury in the morning and one was over Stanpit in the evening. 

July 29th

The rain first fell on Stanpit at 2:48 this morning and had not stopped at the time of writing, 17:30. To add to the atrocious conditions were southerly winds in excess of 60km/h. The sum totals of efforts from the Beach Huts and Mudeford Quay were: a Manx Shearwater, two unidentified shearwaters, a Fulmar, a juvenile Kittiwake, 5 Gannet and 24 Sandwich Tern; all west. 

July 28th

After the late cloud yesterday had ruined all hopes of seeing the Blood Moon, the early hours saw some incredibly heavy rain and a gathering south-westerly wind. These conditions brought a Storm Petrel to the Long Groyne area this afternoon, while the morning saw three, distant shearwaters move west. Terns off the sandspit included 2 Little Tern, 9 Common Tern and around 50 Sandwich Tern. This flock also attracted several juvenile Mediterranean Gull. The only wader news is from Holloway’s Dock, where 3 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper were present. Having written that, news has just come in from Stanpit, where there was a further Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel and a Bar-tailed Godwit; as well as 8 Mediterranean Gull.

Additional news: couple of Arctic Skua were seen from the Gulley in the evening, while 90 Sandwich Tern and 4 Common Tern headed west. Earlier, a drake Common Scoter was seen on the sea off the Beach Huts and a Fulmar passed west.

July 27th

A Curlew Sandpiper was seen flying around with Dunlin this morning, but it soon flew off after briefly settling on South Marsh. Other waders at Stanpit included a Knot, a Common Sandpiper and 3 Black-tailed Godwit, while a number of 93 was put on the Dunlin and 2 Greenshank were in Holloway’s Dock. Otherwise, it’s just bits and pieces: three adult Little Grebe were on the Ironstone Quarry; 6 Common Tern and 2 Peregrine were logged at Stanpit; around 4 Willow Warbler were on site; and 6 Swift passed over. Of mammal interest, a pod of around 10 Bottlenose Dolphin were off the sandspit.

Additional news: a Spoonbill was on Stanpit and 9 Sanderling were on the sandspit.

July 26th

Although not massive numbers, there was again a good wader selection at Stanpit – the best bring 2 Ruff and 2 Avocet from Fisherman’s Bank this morning. Meanwhile, the supporting cast included: a Knot, a Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 8 Whimbrel, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover and 60 Dunlin. In addition to around 90 Swift moving over Hengistbury, terns also seemed to be on the move with 3 Little Tern and 20 Common Tern passing through the harbour. Passerines were clustered in Ashtree Meadow, which held a Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap and 12 Sedge Warbler, as well as a Treecreeper. On Wick, there was a further Willow Warbler, plus 12 Sedge Warbler and 8 Reed Warbler. Rounding up, the day’s estimate for Mediterranean Gull is 15. 

July 25th

Kestrel with prey – David Faulkner

There was a reasonable selection of waders at Stanpit throughout the afternoon and into the early evening. The pick of the bunch was probably a trio of Knot in breeding plumage, but also a Greenshank that was colour-ringed, at least 20 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 72 Dunlin and the yellow-flagged (JO7?) Curlew. Mediterranean Gull peaked at around 40, of which 25-30% were juveniles, but a series of ant hatches in adjacent areas reduced the figure to just two birds by late afternoon, but 2 Common Tern were present throughout. Over on Wick during the morning, a couple of juvenile Willow Warbler were likely the harbingers of their return migration, plus a Bullfinch there. 

July 24th

This Goosander has been in the northern part of the recording area for a few days now – Gary Foyle

A few obvious Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler around Wick could have been returning migrants. Other than those, however, there is nothing to report. 

July 23rd

There is very little to report today, just a Willow Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat on Wick plus a couple of House Martin overhead

July 22nd

Reed Bunting – Alan Crockard

A Knot was the best of the waders at Stanpit, but also 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel and 65 Dunlin there. A single flock of 20 Mediterranean Gull was part of a total of 35 and at least 6 Common Tern were inside the harbour. 

July 21st

Chiffchaff – Alan Crockard
Green Woodpecker & Stonechat
Green Woodpecker & Stonechat – Gary Foyle

The day’s news comes from Stanpit, where 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 35 Dunlin and c50 Redshank were present. Also, a single Common Tern and 13 Mediterranean Gull there. Overhead movement included 6 Swift and three westbound Grey Heron. 

July 20th

Adult male and juvenile Linnet – Robert Gray
Goldfinch – Jackie Smith

The forecast rain didn’t materialise, although at the time of writing the skies are looking decidedly leaden. Large herons were obviously on the move, as a Great White Egret headed north-east over the sandspit, while a Grey Heron did pretty much the same thing. At Stanpit, a Little Ringed Plover was heard several times over Central Marsh, with the other waders on the marsh including 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Whimbrel, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Dunlin and a yellow-flagged Curlew that has been seen on a few occasions now. Any input on the origin of this bird would be welcome, as CR-Birding describes no such scheme. A total of 11 Common Tern was returned – eight from Mudeford Quay and three in the harbour – of which three were juveniles. Three Mediterranean Gull reports were received, but with a varying mix of youngsters: 40 at Stanpit of which two-thirds were juveniles; 25 from Fisherman’s Bank of which 3 were juveniles; and 22 from Mudeford Quay of which 8 were juveniles.

July 19th

Linnet – Robert Gray
Sandwich Tern – Gary Foyle

There are, so far, no reports received for today.

July 18th

Dartford Warbler – Alan Crockard
Stonechat – Leo Pyke

There was little to be seen on Hengistbury this morning – the best perhaps being 2 Dunlin and nine westbound Mediterranean Gull, which included a family party of four. Amongst the counted 319 Mute Swan, there was a pair of Black Swan.

July 17th

 Adult Mediterranean Gull – Alan Hayden
Juvenile Black–headed Gull - Alan Hayden

The first juvenile Yellow-legged Gull of the season was at Stanpit this morning, with it or another also present in the evening. At least 8 Common Sandpiper and 5 Whimbrel were around, along with 8 Black-tailed Godwit. The Mediterranean Gull roosting on South Marsh nudged twenty, including four each of juvenile and first-summer. The only other birds of note for the day were a juvenile Peregrine and a Little Grebe, the latter on the Ironstone Quarry. 

July 16th

This White–faced Whistling Duck – a species native to Africa and South America - was found wandering around on the sandspit today. No doubt, an escaape from a wildfowl collection - Nikki Hall

A flock of 14 Shoveler at Stanpit is a good record for the month, while the waders there included: 9 Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Black-tailed Godwit. 

July 15th

The first juvenile Common Tern of the season for the area was resting with an adult, presumably one of its parents, in Stanpit Bight late this afternoon, when at least 6 Mediterranean Gull, all adults, were present. Earlier, a further three ‘Meds’ passed north-west. The only small wader in an increasingly-algae-coated harbour was a Common Sandpiper, but there were 4 Whimbrel amongst the 24 Curlew. For the records, the Mute Swan were counted at 278 and the morning gathering of Black-headed Gull, including those around Mudeford Quay, was estimated at 2200. 

July 14th

Juevenile Redshank – Ian Wigley
Mute Swan cygnet – Robert Gray

There were a couple of Little Ringed Plover at Stanpit this morning, a well as a Greenshank, two adult Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel and 22 Dunlin. The Mediterranean Gull encountered were two juveniles, while a Peregrine was about the marsh. 

July 13th

The first returning Willow Warbler was in the area today, on Wick, where there was also 3 House Martin. 

July 12th

Kestrel at Stanpit – Jackie Smith

A flock of 6 Crossbill flew south over the North Scrubs, Stanpit, this morning, when an equally-good record was a Dartford Warbler on Crouch Hill. There was an increase in the commoner waders; for example, around 40 Redshank and 31 Curlew. Meanwhile, 4 Common Sandpiper, a couple of Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 20 Dunlin were also present. The Mediterranean Gull – eighteen adults and seven juveniles – were generally heading south-west and 3 Common Tern were inside the harbour, as were a Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler and 18 Teal. 

July 11th

Small Red Damselfly on Hengistbury Head today – Barrie Taylor

The recent run of Common Sandpiper continues – a dozen at Stanpit today, along with 2 Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin and a Snipe. A mobile Garganey headed the wildfowl list, which also included 7 Shoveler and 4 Teal. A Common Tern was logged, as were 15 Mediterranean Gull, while a couple of recently-fledged Sedge Warbler were by the Wooden Bridge on Wick. 

July 10th

There are no reports received for today, which was again very warm. 

July 9th

The first Green Sandpiper of the ‘autumn passage’ was seen from Fisherman’s Bank, where other returning waders included 9 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel and 33 Dunlin, as well as 2 Black-tailed Godwit. The Mediterranean Gull tally was 31, with only one juvenile, while 2 Common Tern were also inside the harbour. 

July 8th

There were at least 4 Common Sandpiper around Stanpit Bight this evening, while earlier a couple of Whimbrel and 22 Dunlin were also present. Mediterranean Gull were around throughout, perhaps as many as twenty, including four birds of the year. The first juvenile Sandwich Tern were on site, as well as 2 Common Tern. A spring of 4 Teal descended into Central Marsh and, for those who are interested in such things, there seems to have been a sudden increase in Coot numbers – twenty-five flocking together.

July 7th

Barn Owl on Wick last night – Scott Usher

Apologies for the early post, but there’s something else going on later today! It was already very hot by 9:00 this morning, when 4 Common Sandpiper, a Sanderling, 2 Whimbrel and 13 Dunlin were seen from Fisherman’s Bank. A Bullfinch was heard calling around Wick, while 10 Mediterranean Gull, including two juveniles, and a Common Tern were logged. 

July 6th

Linnet – Robert Gray
Kestrel – Roger Tidball

A juvenile Little Ringed Plover was the best of the waders at Stanpit today, along with 2 Whimbrel, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Dunlin. A couple of juvenile Mediterranean Gull were around, as were two adult Common Tern and 2 Raven.

July 5th

Common Darter on Hengistbury – Val Germain

There were no reports received for today. 

July 4th

Linnet – David Faulkner

During the morning, there were a couple of Common Sandpiper at Stanpit, along with 4 Dunlin still in breeding plumage. A total of 3 Mediterranean Gull, all adults, passed over and of 170 Black-headed Gull fifteen were recently-fledged juveniles. To round up, a Peregrine was patrolling the area.  

July 3rd

No need to mention the weather! At Stanpit today, in addition to two each of Greenshank and Whimbrel, there was a juvenile and adult Mediterranean Gull. 

July 2nd

Kestrel – Steve Hogan

The only reports from another sweltering day are of a Common Sandpiper on the end of the sandspit, plus a Black-tailed Godwit and 9 Swift over there. This afternoon, it got so warm that the pine cones on the conifers at Stanpit car park were making a sound like cooking popcorn. 

July 1st

Around mid-morning, the humidity level rose dramatically and made things very sticky indeed. With this, came the first, big ant-hatches of the season. At Stanpit, the best during the early morning were 2 Little Tern, a Common Tern, a Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull and a Whimbrel. An early evening visit to the marsh added: a Common Sandpiper, a Grey Plover, two passing Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Black-tailed Godwit. A pair of Gadwall was also present, along with broods of twelve and two Shelduck. 

June 30th

One of the recently–fledged Kestrel – David Faulkner
Male Stonechat – Alan Crockard

There was some genuine migrant wader activity at Stanpit today, when 4 Greenshank and a Grey Plover were present. Also there, 5 Teal.

June 29th

Sparrowhawk – David Faulkner
Juvenile Lapwing at Stanpit – David Faulkner

More of the same weather-wise and nothing to report bird-wise. Roll-on July and the start of the return migration. 

June 28th

Needless to say, it was very hot again; although a brisk easterly breeze made it tolerable in the more-exposed areas. There was a big increase in common waders at Stanpit, most notably 26 Curlew and 24 Redshank, as well as 9 Dunlin and several Lapwing. Around four of the latter being very young birds indeed. Also turned in from the marsh, the Spoonbill, a Common Tern and five, passing Mediterranean Gull. 

June 27th

Water Rail – Jacky Smith

It’s still hard work at Stanpit and there are now small green patches of algae starting to appear. The pick of the waders were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, but also at least 6 Curlew, 15 Redshank and 25 Lapwing; plus, of course, the Spoonbill. This evening, at least 5 Mediterranean Gull passed through.

June 26th

Kestrel – Robert Gray (upper) & Roger Tidball

On what seemed like an even hotter day, there are no reports to mention. 

June 25th

The only news for today is of the Spoonbill at Stanpit. 

June 24th

Linnet – Gary Foyle
Song Thrush – Gary Foyle

The only news from another very hot day is of 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Curlew at Stanpit. 

June 23rd

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Gary Foyle
Black–tailed Godwit – Jackie Smith

On a very warm day, Stanpit was visited morning and afternoon, with the peak wader totals coming to 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew and 12 Lapwing. Also, the Spoonbill, 5 adult Mediterranean Gull over, 2 Egyptian Goose and two Shelduck families, of 12 and 2 ducklings respectively. In-harbour Sandwich Tern have been thin of late – just one bird again today – but a count of Carrion Crow feeding on mud in Stanpit Bight came to 63!

June 22nd

Kestrel at Stanpit – Jackie Smith

Despite it being a glorious day weather-wise, there is nothing to report upon today.

June 21st

At least 3 Blackcap are still in song about the area – Leo Pyke
Spoonbill – Jackie Smith

The Spoonbill was around for most of day, during which it favoured the tip of South Marsh. Also around that area, the first returning Teal – two pairs – 7 Dunlin, 7 Redshank, a Curlew and 2 Lapwing. Meanwhile, four adult Mediterranean Gull passed over to the east and a tatty, first-summer bird was inside the harbour. Of course, the terns received some real scrutiny, but only a dozen Sandwich Tern off Mudeford Quay and a single bird at Stanpit make the post. 

June 20th

This evening, at Stanpit, there were 5 Mediterranean Gull – three adults and two first-summers – as well as 10 Redshank, 2 Curlew and a Lapwing. Earlier in the day, a brood of four, recently-hatched Reed Bunting was on Wick. 

June 19th

Kestrel chicks – Roger Tidball

Unfortunately, there are no reports for today. 

June 18th

After a day or two of south-westerly wind, there was a petrel – presumably a Storm Petrel – seen off Mudeford Quay this evening; along with a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and a Fulmar. During the morning, a sub-adult male Marsh Harrier hunted Wick Hams, while Cuckoo were encountered in the Wick water meadows and at Whitepits. A Bullfinch carried food along Roebury Lane and a pair passed over the riverside path towards the HHC. Also over, 5 Mediterranean Gull to the south-east. At Stanpit, there were 7 Dunlin, plus the broods of twelve and three Shelduck. 

June 17th

There were at least five returning Curlew and 3 Whimbrel around Stanpit this morning, as well as 6 Dunlin. Meanwhile, the first juvenile Black-headed Gull arrived on the site and an additional Shelduck brood – of two ducklings – was noted. The Spoonbill remains, sleeping out most of the high tide on the tip of South Marsh, and a pair of Gadwall was off Fisherman’s Bank. 

June 16th

Lapwing at Stanpit – Ian Wigley
Common Lizard on Hengistbury – Gary Foyle

Once again, there is nothing of significance to report.

June 15th

There are no reports for today.

June 14th

Almost–ready-to-fledge Grey Heron and a Little Egret - Gary Foyle

With the wind coming from the south-west, the sea was given some attention from Mudeford Quay. In a couple of hours this morning, there were 10 Manx Shearwater – in a variety of directions – an adult Kittiwake, a Common Tern, up to 35 Common Scoter and fifteen, lingering Gannet. Also from there, 2 Whimbrel, a Sanderling, a Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin. Meanwhile, inside the harbour, there was a further Common Tern and the Spoonbill. Unfortunately, the former 13-strong Shelduck brood has reduced by one. 

June 13th

Mute Swan – Alan Crockard

The Spoonbill was seen from Fisherman’s Bank during the day; while an evening visit to Hengistbury produced good views of at least 2 Nightjar, but possibly three.

June 12th

The best for today is a total of 8 Mediterranean Gull – six east and two west – as well as a Peregrine about the area and 5 Common Tern off Mudeford Quay. Even on this late date, there are Swallow arriving – several coming in-off over the quay – where a Grey Seal was loitering.

June 11th

The late-season wader trickle continued this morning, when 2 Bar-tailed Godwit were off Fisherman’s Bank. Meanwhile, with the Spoonbill still being present it does look as if it may summer with us. Elsewhere, three each of Mediterranean Gull and Swift passed over Wick; and a redhead Goosander with five young was on the river by the Civic Offices. 

June 10th

A few waders were around the harbour this morning, including a Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin and 15 or so Black-tailed Godwit. A Kingfisher seen at both the Pod on Stanpit and the Wooden Bridge on Wick was also a bit of a surprise for the date. Meanwhile, it seems there may only be one churring Nightjar on Hengistbury this year and the Kestrel pair there now have four, hatched young.

June 9th

A Whinchat on Hengistbury this morning was a good record for the date; also a Bullfinch, 4 Swift and a Mediterranean Gull over there. Elsewhere, the Spoonbill was in Stanpit Creek on the early low, while 25 Lapwing came and went all day, and 2 Curlew and 2 Redshank were present.

June 8th

A Cuckoo was again conspicuous around Wick, where there was a pair of Bullfinch. At Stanpit, a Grey Plover was most likely a late, northbound bird, while 4 Dunlin could have been going either way; but a Lapwing and a Curlew were probably early returners. Also, 4 Black-tailed Godwit out there. Meanwhile, a couple of Little Tern, a Common Tern, 4 Mediterranean Gull, a Fulmar and 10 Gannet headed east off or over Hengistbury; plus a further two, vocal ‘meds’ moving west.

June 7th

The morning at Hengistbury saw a Cuckoo at Whitepits, as well as a Common Scoter west at sea.

June 6th

This morning, a Common Tern was in Barn Bight and around 30 Swift were over Wick Meadows.

June 5th

Unfortunately, there is once again nothing to report. 

June 4th

Whitethroat on Hengistbury – Brian Wadie
Painted Lady on Stanpit – Jackie Smith

No news reports were received for today. 

June 3rd

Male Kestrel arriving with some food for his mate – Roger Tidball

On another scorcher of a day, all the news comes from Stanpit and involves a Spoonbill, 2 Ringed Plover and 4 Lapwing. Of interest, there has been a mix-up of the Shelduck young – the broods now 14+2 rather than 13+3. 

June 2nd

A fine day produced a reasonable selection of birds. A first-summer Little Gull hawked Wick Hams and Barn Bight, while a Spoonbill headed high to the west over there. A flock of 35 Sanderling on the sandspit was nice, while 4 Bar-tailed Godwit also put in a brief appearance and a late Whimbrel left over Mudeford Quay having previously being in Stanpit Creek. A Fulmar was the best at sea, but also 5 Common Tern and 4 Mediterranean Gull, the latter westbound. A total of 24 Shelduck inside the harbour included the 13+3 ducklings.

June 1st

Wren – Robert Gray

Unfortunately, no reports have been received for today. 

May 31st

Raven – Ian Wigley

Hot on the heels of Sunday’s surprise owl, there was another today; although perhaps slightly less out of the ordinary. At 7:50 this morning, a Short-eared Owl headed high to the north-east over the harbour. Otherwise, it’s just the Lesser Whitethroat and a Bullfinch to mention. 

May 30th

All the day’s wader news comes from Hengistbury, from where the following were logged: 6 Knot over the harbour; 5 Grey Plover arriving over the Barn Field; 7 Bar-tailed Godwit on Stanpit; 16 Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlin. A couple of Stanpit visits returned no waders, instead 3 Mediterranean Gull over and confirmation that all shelducklings as well as cygnets, are still doing well. Feeding Swift were conspicuous during the morning, with the minimum total for the area reckoned at 100 birds, but likely more. In addition to a Little Tern on the tip of South Marsh, a seawatch yielded fly-bys of: 3 Common Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull, a Fulmar, a Grey Plover, a Peregrine and 15 Gannet. The only passerine migrant reported was a Spotted Flycatcher at the eastern end of the Wood. 

May 29th

This evening, there was a quite unexpected flock of 50 Common Tern settled on the sandbar off Mudeford Quay – amongst then, two first-summer individuals – before moving on eastwards. Earlier: four, adult Mediterranean Gull headed west, a total of 5 Swift went through, the Cuckoo was on Wick meadows and a male Bullfinch was in the Wood. 

May 28th

Barn Owl in the recording area is always a major event - particularly in the month of May! This morning one was being chased north along Roebury Lane by Magpies, so was assumed to have left never to be seen again. Around 20 minutes later, however, it reappeared at the HHC end of the No Dogs Field. This is the group’s first record since 2010 and may be linked to a road casualty seen yesterday a mile or two up the Stour at Blackwater Bridge. The only signs of passage were a Reed Warbler singing in the Long Field, plus two each of Swift and House Martin; but a pair of Swallow have now taken up residence in the purpose-built facility on the Barn. A couple of Mediterranean Gull passed over to the east, the Lesser Whitethroat at the HHC is still very vocal and a pair of Greylag Goose was on the sea off Mudeford Quay. 

May 27th

During the morning, an Ashy-headed Wagtail showed well near the Rusty Boat on Stanpit, before being flushed and heading to Priory Marsh. Also around Stanpit: a Little Gull, an Avocet, a Greenshank, a Ringed Plover, a Lapwing, a Redshank, the Brent Goose and a Cuckoo. On Hengistbury, a late Tree Pipit went over the Batters, while a Cuckoo on Wick Hams was likely the same as that just mentioned. A flock of 11 Black-tailed Godwit moved east over Wick and the Lesser Whitethroat was again singing by the HHC. Meanwhile, the 13-strong Shelduck brood was in Stanpit Bight. 

May 26th

A more relaxed moment during this morning's raptor watch in the New Forest – Barrie Taylor

Just before 10:00 this morning, an Alpine Swift was seen heading east over Hengistbury Head. In the period prior to this, a total of 21 Spotted Flycatcher was logged on the head, including a flock of eight coming in-off-the-sea. Meanwhile, 9 Manx Shearwater and 2 Razorbill were also seen offshore. Over at Stanpit, an Avocet was off Fisherman’s Bank, a Bar-tailed Godwit headed south and a couple of Dunlin were about. A Cuckoo was again heard from Wick and a pair of Bullfinch was there, with a further in the Nursery. Now some more-definite breeding bird updates. The initial brood of 13 Shelduck remains intact, while a further set of three, smaller ducklings was seen for the first time. Additionally, the first five cygnets of the season are around – seeming to prefer the Mother Siller’s Channel area.

The New Forest Outdoor Meeting this morning enjoyed close-up views of Redstart, a pair of Hobby seeing-off a Peregrine, a Honey Buzzard and a Red Kite. Our next meeting is only six days away – details below. 

May 25th

Most of the day’s news comes from Stanpit, where the Brent Goose remains for its third day. Also there, a Spotted Redshank and 6 Dunlin, plus a Spotted Flycatcher. Elsewhere, there were 22 Sanderling at Mudeford Quay. 

May 24th

The only news for the day involves a total of 16 Spotted Flycatcher on Hengistbury.

May 23rd

Swallow – Clinton Whale
Medow Pipit – Gary Foyle

A Cuckoo on Wick Field was a nice surprise today, while the wader selection at Stanpit included: a Greenshank, 6 Sanderling, 9 Ringed Plover and 29 Dunlin. Also inside the harbour: a late Brent Goose, the Spoonbill and 3 Common Tern. Equally behind the times as the goose, was a drake Red-breasted Merganser from Mudeford Quay this evening. 

May 22nd

After yesterday's comment about getting close–up views of Ringed Plover, we received this today from Clinton Whale. Still none the wiser regarding tundrae, however. If anyone out there can help, advice would be gratefully received.
Sedge Warbler – Gary Foyle
Sanderling – Clinton Whale

The only news for today concerns migrant waders on the sandspit and Holloway’s Dock, which included 2 Sanderling, 4 Ringed Plover and 19 Dunlin. 

May 21st

Whitethroat – Ray Scott
Skylark – Clinton Whale

The pick of another glorious day was a cracking, male Yellow Wagtail on the deck at Whitepits, plus a Spotted Flycatcher on Wick. Once again, Ringed Plover were inside the harbour – four of them – and on these dates it would be good to be able to get close enough to them to see if they show characteristics of tundrae; also 4 Dunlin and the lame Redshank that has been here a few days. Amongst the summering wildfowl, a drake Shoveler was unexpected, but the Gadwall pair less so; while there were nine adult and thirteen duckling Shelduck. Rounding up, a Common Tern was seen from Fisherman’s Bank, as was the Spoonbill. 

May 20th

An interestingly–plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit, presumably a bright female - Clinton Whale
...and with a Ringed Plover and some Dunlin

Other than a Spotted Flycatcher by the HHC, most of the day’s news comes from waders, which included: a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Sanderling, two stunning Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 8 Ringed Plover, 21 Dunlin, a Turnstone and a Redshank. There were 3 Common Tern at Stanpit, where a few Mediterranean Gull were also present. Finally, a correction to the Shelduck brood – it is actually thirteen. 

May 19th

Common Tern at Stanpit yesterday – Jackie Smith

No doubt due to the thick fog that enveloped the area for most of the morning, there is nothing to report for today. 

May 18th

Grey Plover in Holloway's Dock – Clinton Whale
Fox cub – Clinton Whale

The last day or so have once more experienced the calls of Mediterranean Gull over the area, after an absence of around three weeks. Today, at least seven birds were recorded, but likely more. The poor wader passage was enlivened by the stunning Grey Plover in Holloway’s Dock, while 12 Black-tailed Godwit flew from Stanpit to there and a party of 7 Dunlin were inside the harbour; as was a single Common Tern. The Lesser Whitethroat is still frantic by the HHC, so presumably is still without a mate, but a pair of Bullfinch are getting on with things in the Nursery. On the subject of breeding, potentially anyhow, a pair of Gadwall remain, a Redshank was close to the Salt Hurns and a Willow Warbler was in song on Hengistbury; the latter, of course, could just be a late traveller. More definitely, Shelduck have been successful - twelve ducklings at Stanpit!

May 17th

Some of the birds currently breeding about the area: Meadow Pipit – Tina Scott
Kestrel – Roger Tidball
Stonechat – Colin Raymond
Grey Heron and Little Egret – Robert Gray

The only news for the day involves the Spoonbill at Stanpit and the Lesser Whitethroat by the HHC. 

May 16th

Spoonbill at Stanpit yesterday – Clinton Whale

The only news for today actually relates yesterday, when the Spoonbill was at Stanpit.

May 15th

Whimbrel – Clinton Whale

As the spring passage, which actually never really got going, peters out, the best today were a Garden Warbler in the North Scrubs and a Spotted Flycatcher on Wick. Inside the harbour, there were 4 Whimbrel and 6 Dunlin, while the sandspit hosted 9 Sanderling and further two and one of Whimbrel and Dunlin respectively. 

May 14th

One of 13 Sanderling on the sandspit today – Clinton Whale
The first Green Hairstreak of the season are now on the wing – Clinton Whale

It was another hot day, but made comfortable with a refreshing, northerly breeze. Several Red Kite were seen over Christchurch, with a couple being logged from the confines of the harbour recording area. On Hengistbury, there were 2 Spotted Flycatcher in the stunted oaks just east of the Nursery and a Whinchat was on the Barn Field. The only migrant waders inside the harbour were 5 Greenshank, while 13 Sanderling were on the sandspit. 

May 13th

Sedge Warbler at Stanpit – Scott Usher

The only news comes from Fisherman’s Bank, from where the Spoonbill and 8 Dunlin were logged.

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