Sightings for the current month.

December 31st

Kestrel Robert Gray

On the final day of the decade, the Long-tailed Duck was still on-site again, best viewed from Fishermans Bank. The other news, all from Stanpit, involves: a Water Pipit, a Goosander, a Pintail and 2 Shoveler. 

December 30th

Water Rail Jackie Smith

The only news from a really great day of weather is of the Long-tailed Duck in Stanpit Creek again. 

December 29th

It was another mild day with very little breeze and just-into-double-figure temperatures. The Long-tailed Duck was off the Argyle Road slip at 8:15 this morning, when a half-hour look at the sea from Mudeford Quay produced: a drake Goosander east, 7 Common Scoter west and a settled Great Crested Grebe.

December 28th

A Black-throated Diver and a Goosander headed west off Mudeford Quay this morning, while 4 Common Scoter moved towards the Solent. From Fishermans Bank, the Spotted Redshank could be seen, along with 4 Ringed Plover, 110 Dunlin, 59 Brent Goose and 2 Shelduck. On Crouch Hill, the Dartford Warbler was again present; a couple of Treecreeper were in the North Scrubs; and 4 Great Crested Grebe were inside the harbour. 

December 27th

Kingfisher Scott Usher

It was a mild and windless day, which prompted some birds into early song Song Thrush and Cettis Warbler, to name a couple. The Long-tailed Duck was again off Strides Boatyard for some of the day, with other birds at Stanpit including: the Spotted Redshank, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, a Tufted Duck and a couple of Pintail. A modicum of passerine interest was provided by: a Dartford Warbler on Crouch Hill always a good bird at Stanpit; a Firecrest by the Viewing Platform on Wick; and a Bullfinch, also on Wick. Kingfisher were returned from both Stanpit and Wick. 

December 26th

In addition to the Long-tailed Duck off Fishermans Bank, a bird passed west at sea seen from Mudeford Quay. Also from the quay, a Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Scoter west and a couple of Purple Sandpiper. 

December 25th

Longtailed Duck Scott Usher (upper two) and Jackie Smith

Firstly, a very Happy Christmas to all!
As the photographs suggest, on an absolutely glorious, mid-winters day clear skies and barely a hint of a breeze the Long-tailed Duck showed very well from Fishermans Bank, before it moved further down the harbour towards the hotel. The calm waters also allowed another good total of in-harbour Great Crested Grebe to be amassed six birds. At sea, from Hengistbury, a Red-throated Diver passed east and 4 Common Scoter were settled; while the Wood held a single Firecrest. Todays Black-tailed Godwit came to just 19 birds, along with 85 Dunlin, 62 Brent Goose and 4 Shelduck the latter are always scarce during this period, so its good to have some coming back. To round of the post, at least 2 Kingfisher were about, but in all likelihood there are more. 

December 24th

Chiffchaff Robert Gray
Dunlin Scott Usher

The Long-tailed Duck was again in Stanpit Creek. Although it had been to the northern extreme, it seemed to favour the waters off Strides Boatyard. Otherwise, there is little to mention save for: the Spotted Redshank close to the entrance to Stanpit; a Chiffchaff was also on the marsh; as were a couple of Kingfisher those by the Bailey Bridge. 

December 23rd

Great Crested Grebe Joy Aubin
Knot Jackie Smith

A Long-tailed Duck was off Fishermans Bank this morning, until 11:15 at least, but couldnt be found a little later. Also on the water inside the harbour, a total of 5 Great Crested Grebe the best in-harbour figure for over four years. Moving to waders: the tame Knot continues to show well by The Pod, while the Spotted Redshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover and 33 Dunlin were also at Stanpit; as were 75 Brent Goose, 3 Pintail and the Emperor Goose the latter amongst trash presumably struggling to find grazing in the currently inundated Avon Valley. A couple of Kingfisher were again about and a Reed Bunting was on Crouch Hill. 

December 22nd

One of two thirdwinter Lesser Black-backed Gull which have been hanging around Mudeford Quay all winter - Jackie Smith

A relatively warm and clear winters day saw a Spoonbill cruise west past the Beach Huts this morning, with six, settled Common Scoter off there. A couple of Firecrest were in the Wood, while a wisp of 15 Snipe flew around Holloways Dock. To finish, there were perhaps as many as four Kingfisher on site today. 

December 21st

Tufted Duck Scott Usher
Pintail Scott Usher

The news for the years shortest day involves: a male Marsh Harrier hunting either side of the river this morning; a drake Tufted Duck and at least 2 Pintail at Stanpit; a good estimate of 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin and 3 Turnstone inside the harbour; and a Kingfisher. 

December 20th

There is, unfortunately, no news to report for today. 

December 19th

All the news for the day comes from Stanpit, where 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Dunlin and 94 Brent Goose were counted. 

December 18th

Great Crested Grebe Robert Gray

The first news of the post comes from Stanpit, where the best was a Water Pipit, a female-type Marsh Harrier and Knot; along with 2 Ringed Plover, 28 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Pintail. The second phase is centred around a Hengistbury seawatch that produced: 14 Red-throated Diver ten east, including a flock of seven, plus four coming out of the Solent which landed on the sea; 3 Great Northern Diver two west, one east; a couple of unidentified divers; two auks; and the c15 Common Scoter on the sea, as well as two west. To conclude, 3 Treecreeper were on-site two in the Wood and one in the North Scrubs a potential day-record; the Wood also held 2 Firecrest; while Barn Bight hosted 2 Great Crested Grebe and 5 Little Grebe.

December 17th

Other than a quite exceptional, mid-winter count of 25 Linnet at Stanpit, the most-unexpected bird of a largely, damp day was a female Tufted Duck in Stanpit Creek, where a couple of Shoveler were also logged; while 2 Great Crested Grebe were further out in the harbour. To complete the wildfowl interest, the Pintail total rose to a dozen. Moving to waders, all at Stanpit, which included: a single Knot, 2 Grey Plover, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover and 170 Dunlin. Finishing off, there were 2 Water Pipit about the marsh, along with 14 Rock Pipit, presumed Scandinavian, and a reasonable total of 22 Pied Wagtail. 

December 16th

The only news for today is of a Firecrest near the Wick Ferry on the southern bank of the Stour. 

December 15th

High winds and an extremely high tide meant todays WeBS figures probably dont truly reflect the number of birds more regularly using the harbour. As always, when the Avon Valley floods the Black-tailed Godwit numbers rise 260 at Stanpit today along with 175 Dunlin and 6 Snipe; but no other waders of interest could be seen contrast that with some previous posts of this week. Meanwhile, the best of the wildfowl was 2 Pintail, 66 Brent Goose, 446 Wigeon and 63 Teal; but only 77 Coot where had they gone? Just one Kingfisher was returned. 

December 14th

The brisk westerly wind made it uncomfortable today, when only an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the roof of the Haven House Inn, late in the afternoon, and a Knot at Stanpit make the post.  

December 13th

Kingfisher Robert Gray

Although the wind came from the west, it was bitingly cold. Early on, two each of Marsh Harrier and Peregrine were over the harbour; while a couple of Red-breasted Merganser passed west at sea. From Fishermans Bank, an Avocet, the Spotted Redshank, a Knot, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 175 Dunlin and 12 Snipe make the post. To finish, a Bullfinch was on Wick and at least 2 Kingfisher were in that area. 

December 12th

The only news comes from Mudeford Quay and involves 2 Kittiwake and a Fulmar west, plus a Red-throated Diver east. 

December 11th

Knot Jackie Smith
Blue Tit & Goldfinch Jackie Smith

A couple of Water Pipit were at Stanpit this morning by the Rusty Boat while four presumed, littoralis Rock Pipit were by the Pod. A Jack Snipe was in the North Scrubs, with other waders about the marsh including: the Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, the now-solitary Bar-tailed Godwit and over 125 Black-tailed Godwit. Finishing for that part of the recording area, there were also three each of Pintail and Shoveler. Over at the Beach Huts, a Red-throated Diver moved west and the c15 Common Scoter were again settled. A total of 7 Redwing passed over the Wood, a Chiffchaff was by the HHC and 7 Little Grebe were in Barn Bight. 

December 10th

Pintail x Mallard Hybrid
 As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, here is the presumed Pintail x Mallard hybrid that has been at Stanpit - Dave Green

The only reports for today come from a stormy seawatch at Beach Huts, where a Fulmar - always a good winter bird - 5 Red-breasted Merganser - two, one and two - and 8 Gannet passed to the west. The 15 or so Common Scoter remained settled, while singles of Sanderling and Purple Sandpiper were on the sand and groynes respectively. 

December 9th

Teal Robert Gray

Despite the fine weather, there is very little news to report. A male Bullfinch was along the Central Path on Wick, with at least 5 Goldcrest also about the fields. A Kingfisher was logged, as well as a good count of 18 Curlew in the recently-improved-by-BCP meadows. 

December 8th

Another day of extremely thin pickings, with a Water Rail on Wick being the only notable report.

December 7th

The only news comes from Wick and involves just a couple of Goldcrest a 3 Snipe by the Wooden Bridge. 

December 6th

Despite a strong south-westerly wind, the sea was a real disappointment this morning, when just singles of adult Mediterranean Gull and Black-tailed Godwit passed west by the Beach Huts, and around 15 Common Scoter all female-types were settled. Meanwhile, at least 2 Chiffchaff were on Wick and a Treecreeper, 5 Redwing and a Kingfisher were returned from Hengistbury.

December 5th

Blacktailed Godwit - Robert Gray
Grey Plover Ray Scott

At Stanpit today, there were: the Spotted Redshank, a Knot, 12 Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Ringed Plover and 230 Dunlin; as well as a low number of Brent Goose just 19 birds 4 Pintail and a Mediterranean Gull. On Hengistbury, there were 23 Lapwing on the Barn Field, perhaps birds displaced from elsewhere by the recent frosts, and 15 Common Scoter were on the sea. To finish this short post, a couple of Kingfisher were logged.

December 4th

Lapwing Robert Gray

The only news for today comes from an afternoon visit to Stanpit, where a pair of Goosander looked as if they may have been drifting to roost in Barn Bight. Another roost-time piece of interest was the male Marsh Harrier heading off high to the east, presumably to join the Keyhaven dormitory. Before moving to the routine, a drake Tufted Duck is worthy of note. Waders, however, seem to have dropped dramatically since some recently notable high counts; for example, 8 Grey Plover, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover and 186 Dunlin. The remaining snippets are courtesy of 4 Little Grebe and a Kingfisher. 

December 3rd

Goldcrest Jackie Smith
Treecreeper Jackie Smith
... and Chiffchaff; all in the North Scrubs today Jackie Smith

Despite another day of fantastic weather, other than the photographed birds there is nothing else to report. 

December 2nd

Greenshank Alan Crockard
Redshank Robert Gray

It was a glorious, winters day early frost, clear skies and a mild wind. This evening, a medium-sized grebe was with 7 Great Crested Grebe on the sea, just east of Mudeford Quay. Earlier, at Stanpit, there had been a Greenshank, 2 Knot and 6 Grey Plover, plus ten grounded Skylark, 3 Pintail, 5 Shoveler and 12 Shelduck. In addition, there was a drake Pintail-Mallard hybrid and its hoped permission will follow for a photo to be posted. 

December 1st

A very unusual record for the date was of a White Wagtail a male with 7 Pied Wagtail at Stanpit. Wick held the more-expected: namely, a Marsh Harrier an all-brown bird with no cream colours showing at all as well as a couple of Chiffchaff. 

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