Sightings for November 2020

October 31st

A Snow Bunting was found this afternoon around the eastern part of Hengistbury – between the Beach Huts and the Long Groyne – but couldn’t be relocated towards dusk. There is no reason to believe it has left, however. Also in that area, 4 Purple Sandpiper on the Long Groyne. Earlier, there were 2 Little Gull at Stanpit, plus a couple each of Swallow and Chiffchaff about Wick. 

October 30th

Purple Sandpiper – Clinton Whale

The first Purple Sandpiper of the winter were on the sandspit today – four birds on groyne S9; also 6 Black-tailed Godwit and 22 Turnstone around the spit. The on-going wind and rain meant the sea got almost three hours of attention this morning, when it yielded: a close, settled Great Northern Diver in breeding plumage that, in the end, left west; as well as a Red-throated Diver, a Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Common Scoter, 10 Kittiwake, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, six unidentified auks, 45 Gannet, 250 Herring Gull and 20 Great Black-backed Gull; all west. A female-type Merlin also travelled westward over the water, while the adult male Marsh Harrier again hunted at Stanpit. 

October 29th

The only news from another wet, windy day is of a quiet, one-hour seawatch from the Beach Huts this afternoon; when just 10 Gannet were seen. 

October 28th

A Merlin headed south over the area today, while the male Marsh Harrier hunted at Stanpit; where even the low water could have been passed off as a high. This pushed the Spotted Redshank onto North Marsh, with 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Dunlin and 3 Snipe also being logged. Even just ten years ago, a figure of 100 Lapwing would have been considered reasonably insignificant, but that is sadly no longer the case. Rounding up, a couple of Chiffchaff and 5 Goldcrest were on Wick, a 2 Kingfisher were about the marsh. 

October 27th

Peregrine on its regular Priory perch – Clinton Whale

Unfortunately, no reports have been received for today. 

October 26th

Marsh Harrier – Peter Boardman
Juvenile, per the three white chevrons, Brent Goose. Less than six months old and already travelled 3000 miles! – Clinton Whale

The best of the day’s news comes from raptors, namely: the male Marsh Harrier around Stanpit this morning, as well as a female-type Merlin there. Otherwise, news is sparse – a Grey Plover and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit in the uncharacteristic location of North Marsh, a testament to the very high tide; and a single Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher at Wick. 

October 25th

The bulk of the news comes from Stanpit, where a Merlin headed east and the waders included: a Knot, 2 Grey Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 235 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Ringed Plover and 60 Dunlin. Meanwhile, the wildfowl were headed by a Red-breasted Merganser, always a local scarcity; as well as 6 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 97 Brent Goose – fourteen of them juveniles – and 2 Egyptian Goose. Finishing on the marsh, there were 18 Skylark grounded on South Marsh. Early on at Hengistbury, before the rain, a couple of hundred Goldfinch, along with a few Linnet, Siskin and a Redpoll, attempted to travel west. After the precipitation began, however, the only option was the sea, which produced just: a Red-throated Diver east, 2 Sandwich Tern and 2 Mediterranean Gull. 

October 24th

On a quite dreadful day of wind and rain, the only reports come from a 3-hour seawatch this morning, when the best was a flock of 29 Pintail, a sizeable number for the area, heading west. Interestingly, there was not a hint of drake plumage in any of them – so, a group of young bird perhaps? Otherwise, it’s just two juvenile Kittiwake, plus a handful of Mediterranean Gull and Common Gull, a young drake Common Scoter and a constant presence of Gannet to mention. 

October 23rd

Meadow Pipit – Clinton Whale

A Ring Ouzel about Wick Hams and a Water Pipit at Stanpit, both this morning, and 3 Cattle Egret on the marsh late in the afternoon were the day’s highlights. Meanwhile, the water birds at Stanpit included: a Knot, 3 Grey Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 118 Brent Goose, 14 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Kingfisher. To finish up, the more interesting of the passerines – a Wheatear on Crouch Hill and a Mistle Thrush, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest around Wick. 

October 22nd

House Sparrow enjoying the sun on a lobster pot at Mudeford Quay – Clinton Whale

A dawn visit to Hengistbury saw 4 Cattle Egret come out from the Nursery roost, as well as over 200 Jackdaw – the latter a fairly recent species to use that area overnight. At 9:20, an Osprey passed through the harbour west to east, when a good wader selection included: 2 Knot, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Ringed Plover, 85 Dunlin and 12 Turnstone. Meanwhile, a Firecrest was in the Stunted Oaks and a couple of Wheatear were on Crouch Hill. Some selective finch counts from Hengistbury comprise 975 Goldfinch and 155 Chaffinch south, with 32 Mediterranean Gull west and a lingering Little Gull of non-described age. Finishing up, a couple of Dartford Warbler, 4 Pintail and 2 Gadwall were about Stanpit, and a Kingfisher was in Holloway’s Dock. 

October 21st

Of the estimated 90 Brent Goose now at Stanpit, at least eleven are birds hatched this year – the back two in this shot - Alan Crockard

This evening a total of 6 Cattle Egret and 40 Little Egret went to roost in the Nursery; while, slightly earlier, a single Cattle Egret came up from Priory Marsh and headed north and a Water Pipit was about Stanpit Bight.  A late-morning visit to Wick Fields was headed with a Lapland Bunting, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Crossbill and a Redpoll – but all seen briefly. During the afternoon at Stanpit, there were: 4 Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 17 Mediterranean Gull; with a morning look into the harbour from Mudeford Quay producing: a Common Sandpiper, a Great Crested Grebe and a couple of Shelduck. 

October 20th

The four Glossy Ibis at Stanpit this morning – Davd J Faulkner

Stanpit was the place to be this morning with four Glossy Ibis, a Richard's Pipit and a Yellow-browed Warbler. The Ibis were feeding on East Marsh for around an hour mid morning at high tide; earlier single birds had been reported by the information services from various sites to the west including Lytchett Bay and Studland. The Richards Pipit was inadvertently flushed twice before it flew towards East Marsh while the Yellow-browed Warbler was behind the visitor centre. A sea watch from Hengistbury produced an Arctic Skua, 3 Common Gull and 16 Mediterranean Gull, all west. Back to Stanpit where 12 juvenile Brent Geese were present plus 4 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Grey Plover; also another 14 Mediterranean Gull and 4 Common Gull were logged. Passerines were few with 12 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest and a Grey Wagtail at Hengistbury. Later, towards evening, a Marsh Harrier was over Priory Marsh.

October 19th

Little Egret
Little Egret – Peter Boardman
Common Darter
Common Darter – Peter Boardman

The wind direction changed to southerly today, so there were fewer birds on the move but still with a good variety of species.  There were a couple of Ring Ouzel logged, with one at Wick and another on the Salt Hurns at Hengistbury. Six Cattle Egret left the Nursery roost at dawn, presumably five of these were at Wick Farm Meadows an hour later, but the best count was eight at Priory Marsh, Stanpit this evening. Overhead migrants at Hengistbury included 2 Brambling, 340 Linnet, 63 Redpoll, 18 Crossbill, including a flock of 14 birds, 55 Alba Wagtail, 108 Meadow Pipit, 145 Goldfinch, 37 Chaffinch, 22 Skylark, 12 Siskin, 39 Jackdaw and 3 Redwing. Single Merlin and Peregrine were also logged, as were 4 Grey Plover over, and 2 Sandwich Tern flew into the Harbour. Three Firecrest were in the wood at Hengistbury, where Goldcrest increased to 25 with a further five of the latter at Wick. Finally, 1 Wheatear continues to linger at Stanpit, where 2 Rock Pipit were also noted. A late afternoon visit to Mudeford Quay added a Little Gull, 24 Mediterranean Gull and 3 Kittiwake. 

October 18th

It was a busy day on both sides of the harbour, with the monthly WeBS count producing an excellent total of 1,333 Wigeon, which is one of CHOGs best-ever day tallies. Other wildfowl numbers were 243 Coot, 161 Mallard, 3 Pintail, 3 Shoveler and 29 Teal. The Brent Goose flock continues to expand, reaching a total of 101 today and 4 Kingfisher were seen. There was also a good selection of waders, the highlights being singles of Green Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff, 3 Knot, 8 Snipe, 54 Lapwing, 94 Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 71 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover. At Hengistbury, 2 Golden Plover came in off the sea and passerines moving overhead comprised a Woodlark, 9 Crossbill, 9 Brambling, 116 Alba Wagtail, 171 Redpoll, 206 Meadow Pipit, 105 Siskin, 652 Linnet, 393 Goldfinch, 158 Chaffinch, 31 Swallow and 7 Reed Bunting. Elsewhere, 12 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest were at Wick and a male Marsh Harrier was reported from both sides of the Harbour. At sea, 83 Common Scoter and 16 Brent Goose were mostly moving east, while a Red-breasted Merganser went in the opposite direction and a pod of 12 Dolphin were noted offshore.

October 17th

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler – Peter Boardman
Migrant Hawker male – Peter Boardman

The undoubted highlight of the day was a Woodcock seen at Hengistbury early this morning, when 3 Cattle Egret, 370 Jackdaw and 210 Rook left the Nursery roost. The north-easterly winds continued to prevail and produced another good easterly movement of passerines over Hengistbury, including a Woodlark, 2 Brambling, 215 Redpoll, 185 Siskin, 920 Goldfinch, 580 Linnet, 135 Alba Wagtail, 85 Meadow Pipit, 18 Reed Bunting, 170 Swallow and 14 Skylark. Other birds on the move were a Merlin east, a Great Northern Diver west through the harbour, 12 Mediterranean and 14 Common Gulls past Hengistbury and 4 Common Scoter at sea. No counts of waders were received from Stanpit, but tomorrow’s Wetland Bird Survey will, no doubt, provide some current numbers. However, the Crouch Hill area hosted two littoralis-type Rock Pipit and a Wheatear, while the rising spring tide flushed a Jack Snipe and 15 Snipe, with a further seven of the latter being similarly disturbed on the Salt Hurns at Hengistbury. Two Marsh Harriers visited Stanpit today – a female this morning and a male this afternoon. Finally, there was a pre-roost gathering of about 100 Alba Wagtail at the north end of the Marsh this evening.

October 16th

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Two sides of a Yellow–browed Warbler – the right wing showing one obvious wing–bar and a broken second one, and the left showing two clear wing-bars – Leo Pike

Today's highlights were Yellow-browed Warbler, which graced both sides of the Harbour with one in the old depot site at Stanpit and another that spent most of the day in the stunted oaks at Hengistbury, as well as 4 Cattle Egret that flew north-east from Stanpit this morning; presumably it was two of these birds which returned to Parky Meade Rail later this afternoon. The north-easterly winds meant that visible passerine migration continued at Hengistbury with 115 Siskin, 109 Redpoll, 470 Linnet, 530 Goldfinch, 5 Crossbill, 2 Brambling and just over 80 Swallow all moving east, while 2 Redwing flew north over Wick. The Wood at Hengistbury hosted singles of Coal Tit, Siskin, Treecreeper and Firecrest, and 5 Goldcrest were noted at Wick. The Brent Goose flock at Stanpit increased to 67 birds, and passerine interest there came from 2 Bullfinch in North Scrubs, and a Wheatear with 8 Pied Wagtail on Crouch Hill. Kingfisher were seen on both sides of the harbour and Chiffchaff across the area totalled 22, including one possible 'tristis' at Wick which, like yesterday, was not heard to call.

October 15th

Jay – Peter Boardman
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker – Peter Boardman

It was a busy morning at Hengistbury with a very good overhead movement of passerines flying east, including singles of Woodlark, Tree Pipit and Brambling, plus 18 Crossbill, 66 Redpoll, 359 Siskin, 677 Linnet, 207 Chaffinch, 948 Goldfinch, 195 Meadow Pipit, 84 Pied Wagtail, 126 Swallow and 4 House Martin. Also heading east were 4 Brent Goose, a Pintail and 3 Golden Plover, while an Egyptian Goose flew west. Raptors were represented by a Merlin and two Marsh Harriers – a female west this morning and superb adult male at Stanpit this afternoon. The main reports from Stanpit involve 2 Shoveler, a Greenshank, the latter unusually scarce this autumn, and a Kingfisher. The Brent Goose flock has increased to 43. What was probably a second Woodlark flew southwest over Wick, where there was also a ‘tristis-type’ Chiffchaff, which failed to call to confirm its credentials, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Firecrest. Finally, a Great Crested Grebe was in the harbour and a total of 18 Chiffchaff were spread across Wick and Hengistbury.

October 14th

Bullfinch – Alan Crockard
Great Green Bush Cricket – Peter Boardman

A Merlin accompanied a good number of visible, passerine migrants this morning, which totalled: a Brambling, 10 Crossbill, 20 Chaffinch, 41 Redpoll, 93 Siskin, 174 Linnet, 990 Goldfinch, 7 Grey Wagtail, 90 Pied Wagtail, 92 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 70 House Martin and 250 Swallow, all east; as well as 2 Fieldfare and 13 Redwing to the north-west. Later in the day, a Yellow-browed Warbler was between the Solent Meads ‘club house’ and the Driving Range, while the morning produced a Garganey and a Marsh Harrier at Stanpit, plus a couple of Firecrest and 7 Chiffchaff across Wick and up to the Wood. At Stanpit, the first Rock Pipit of the winter was present, along with 2 Wheatear and over fifty-five, grounded Meadow Pipit. A Tufted Duck, 4 Pintail, 3 Shoveler and 29 Brent Goose were also returned; at least 2 Bullfinch were on Wick; and 5 Brent Goose plus 2 Wigeon passed at sea – west and east respectively. 

October 13th

Ring Ouzel – Leo Pyke (upper two) & Chris Chapleo
Speckled Wood – Peter Boardman

A male Ring Ouzel performed well in the hollies at the end of the head for much of the day, while other settled passerines were somewhat sparse – a Wheatear, a Firecrest, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 12 Redpoll and a Siskin making up the rest. Overhead passage was also light, but did include: a Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush and a Grey Wagtail. A Merlin was seen on a couple of occasions in the south of the area, while a male Marsh Harrier seems to have a liking for Wick Hams – perhaps a bird returning for at least its fifth winter? As is customary, it’s time to list the best of the Stanpit waders, namely: the Spotted Redshank, a Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ringed Plover and 111 Dunlin; while a single Mediterranean Gull was briefly on Crouch Hill and a couple of Kingfisher were about. Now the geese and starting with the wild ones – 31 Brent Goose. In addition, there was a new record-high of 643 Canada Goose – the previous being nearly two hundred less than that – 38 Egyptian Goose, 8 Greylag Goose – two of them Poole Park birds – and the Emperor Goose. 

October 12th

There was another Lapland Bunting today – a bird east over the Ironstone Quarry – as well as the vanguard of winter thrushes; around 7 Redwing at Hengistbury, along with an accompanying Ring Ouzel on the Barn Field, and 5 Mistle Thrush. A getting-late Willow Warbler was by the HHC, while Chiffchaff came to at least 45 and 6 Firecrest, one of them singing, were across Hengistbury and Wick, as well as a Blackcap, 30 Redpoll and a Grey Wagtail settled. In addition to the already mentioned bunting, overhead movement came from: 3 Crossbill, 12 Redpoll, 21 Chaffinch, 61 Siskin, 120 Linnet, 210 Goldfinch, 8 Reed Bunting, 17 Pied Wagtail, 115 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark and 80 Swallow. Moving to Stanpit, where the Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, a Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Black-tailed Godwit were the pick of waders; with the best of the wildfowl being a Pochard, as well as 3 Pintail, a Shoveler and a Shelduck. Also logged at the marsh – a couple each of Common Gull and Wheatear; a male Marsh Harrier hunted Wick Hams; 16 Common Scoter were on the sea, but the day-total may be 34 birds; 4 Mediterranean Gull passed east; and a Little Grebe was on the Ironstone Quarry.

Finally, a note about the large numbers of geese currently about the area and some form of explanation as to why they don’t often get a mention. The vast majority are Canada Goose, with a few Greylag Goose and an individual Emperor Goose mixed in. All are essentially classed as feral, i.e.  they are only here as a result of human intervention. In the case of the Canada Goose, the very first introduction to the UK was as long ago as the 17th century, while the Greylag Goose have become more established in the area only during the last ten years. As such, they are not considered truly wild birds, so don’t always get mentioned in day-to-day accounts, but their numbers are entered into the CHOG database. All that said, it is appreciated they make quite a spectacle as they arrive and depart their roost at Stanpit. What is still a bit of a mystery is why their numbers peak at this time of year? For the purists, however, the first genuinely wild geese we get – Brent Goose – are now starting to arrive after the 3000-mile return from their Siberian breeding grounds – thirty-one in the harbour today. 

October 11th

The highlights from a reasonably busy day were: a Lapland Bunting over the HHVC very early on; an Osprey north over the harbour and then following the Stour just after 5:00 this evening; a Great White Egret for a while in the morning; and 16 Crossbill and a Brambling over Hengistbury. Other travelling birds over the head included: 2 Grey Wagtail, 77 Pied Wagtail,42 Meadow Pipit, 16 Redpoll, 32 Siskin, 172 Linnet, 190 Goldfinch and 10 Skylark; while a Mistle Thrush, at least 30 Swallow and a House Martin lingered. Singles of Firecrest were on Wick and in the Wood, with other settled birds across the area coming to: 6 Redpoll, 23 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap. Moving to water birds and firstly waders: the Spotted Redshank, a Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Ringed Plover and 95 Dunlin were the peak wader counts at Stanpit; the Brent Goose now number eleven and 6 Pintail plus 25 Teal were logged; and, to finish, a couple of Little Grebe and a Kingfisher were around. 

October 10th

Grey Plover – Tina Scott

The best from a sparse day of news is a Great White Egret at Stanpit around 9:00 this morning, before it was seen off by a Grey Heron. Otherwise, it’s just 9 Chiffchaff and 5 Blackcap on Wick, plus 5 Skylark and 18 Swallow passing over to the west. 

October 9th

Coal Tit – Leo Pyke

There was good presence of Chiffchaff at Stanpit this morning – around thirty in the North Scrubs – as well as females of Blackcap and Bullfinch. Marsh Harrier came in at a minimum of two, but perhaps one more – a male pitched into Wick Hams, while female-types were seen on a couple of occasions; one of which was coming in-off the sea with 2 Buzzard. Sticking with the water, a dark Arctic Skua headed west and 5 Mediterranean Gull were logged. At least 3 Firecrest were in the Wood and 4 Coal Tit, never a common bird in the area, were at the end of the head; where 5 Snipe were in Holloway’s Dock. 

October 8th

Sandwich Tern don't often rest on the lawn at Mudeford Quay – Jackie Smith

During a westerly blast this morning, a Grey Phalarope spent some time bobbing about in the Run, while a dark Arctic Skua lingered offshore. Also from Mudeford Quay, at least 16 Sandwich Tern and 3 Shag. Late in the afternoon, a visit to Stanpit produced a Yellow Wagtail, a Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, a possible further 10 Sandwich Tern and a Kingfisher. Of mammal interest, a Grey Seal was off the quay in the morning. 

October 7th

Pintail – Alan Hayden
Wigeon – Alan Hayden

Firstly, the sad news that the eagle has not managed to recover and succumbed overnight. CHOG would like to thank those that picked the bird up and the team at the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, but most of all Mike & Carla Meeks. Early in the day, there was reportedly some ‘good vismig’ at Hengistbury, but no further details have been forwarded. Meanwhile:  a Crossbill came out of the Nursery, a Yelllow-browed Warbler was at the end of the head, a Firecrest sang briefly in the Wood, a further 4 Crossbill, a couple of Brambling, 55 Pied Wagtail and 500 Swallow moved over, and a Mistle Thrush was on the Long Field. Also in the morning, at sea, an Arctic Skua and 9 Brent Goose passed west; a Great Northern Diver and 7 Mediterranean Gull were returned; and over 300 Gannet milled in a distant feeding flock. To finish a bit of an anti-climax of a day, 20 Siskin, 14 Chiffchaff and 7 Blackcap were logged; mostly from Wick. 

October 6th

Short-toed Eagle
This Short–toed Eagle was found sodden, but alive, on the beach at Hengistbury Head early yesterday afternoon, after presumably being washed ashore; and is now being looked after in very capable hands. The finders initially believed it be an osprey, but when photographs emerged on social media this afternoon, the true identity quickly came to light. It seems almost certain the bird had benn earlier seen late in the morning from Studland, heading towards Hengistbury, so possibly ditched sometime after that in Poole Bay. Assuming acceptance by the BBRC, this will be only the fourth record for the UK, following birds in Scilly 1999, Jersey 2011 and Wareham, Dorset, 2014; the latter also ranging to Sussex and the New Forest. While it seems the bird will recover, there are question marks over a release. Quite how a migratory raptor that should be well on the way to Africa and is heavily dependent on thermals could be released into the English autumn, with a 75-mile sea crossing ahead of it, needs some thought - no credit Shorttoed
...and how one should really look. Taken in France – Alan Crockard
Sanderling – Clinton Whale
...and a rainbow over the Sandspit – Clinton Whale

After what’s been written above, and no disrespect to the birds and the observers, but this post feels like it’s paled into insignificance. Another good selection of waders, mostly at Stanpit, featured: a Ruff, the Spotted Redshank, a Golden Plover, a Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Black-tailed Godwit and 81 Dunlin. Meanwhile, Crouch Hill held a couple of Whinchat, plus 16 Stonechat and 8 Wheatear; with 3 Redpoll and 6 Mediterranean Gull passing over. Moving to wildfowl, there was a drake Tufted Duck, 7 Pintail, a Shoveler and now 9 Brent Goose; and the final miscellany comes courtesy of a Great Crested Grebe, a Common Gull and 8 Sandwich Tern. 

October 5th

Wheatear – Matthew Barfield
Redshank – Alan Crockard

There was a Yellow-browed Warbler behind the Nursery this morning, while 20 Wheatear were on Stanpit – a further Wheatear was on Hengistbury, with up to 35 Chiffchaff, plus 3 Blackcap, there and on Wick. Meanwhile, birds passing over included: a Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 55 Goldfinch, 25 Linnet, 20 Chaffinch, 13 Redpoll, a few heard-only Siskin, 15 House Martin, 4 Song Thrush and 20 Skylark; all to the west. Waders at Stanpit are reducing in numbers, but there was still a Curlew Sandpiper, along with 2 Ruff, the Spotted Redshank, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit and 12 Black-tailed Godwit. Finally, a juvenile Shag has been seen around Mudeford Quay for the last day or so. 

October 4th

Low–flying House Martin, feeding wherever they could eke out a meal, were a feature across the area today - Jackie Smith

It was another very wet day, but hopefully most of that is now behind us. The pick of some sparse news is 3 Golden Plover west over Wick this afternoon, where previously there had been 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a couple of Goldcrest and 5 Redpoll. In addition to the many House Martin about the recording area, there were 12 Swallow. This evening, a skein of 8 Brent Goose arrived and settled just off the sandspit. 

October 3rd

From a wash-out of a day, there are just two items of news. Firstly, during the morning, a Grey Phalarope headed out of the Run, seen from Mudeford Quay; while around the same time, a flock of 6 Greenshank were at Stanpit. The latter notable by their previous complete absence as species for over three weeks. 

October 2nd

Curlew – Tina Scott

The day turned out to be much drier than expected, with likewise a lot more sun. There was a very mobile Grey Phalarope at Stanpit this morning, last seen on the River, but not this afternoon. Meanwhile, other waders about the marsh included: a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, a Grey Plover, 4 Knot, a Common Sandpiper, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 8 Snipe. In addition to 4 Yellow Wagtail passing over, Crouch Hill hosted: a Whinchat, 14 Wheatear, 7 Stonechat and 5 Skylark; while 7 Brent Goose were in the adjacent Stanpit Bight and 2 Great Crested Grebe were in the larger section of the harbour. To finish, a look at the sea came up with a Common Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern and 28 Gannet. 

October 1st

The presumed, local Buzzard at Stanpit – Jeremy Mcclements
Water Rail – Pennhill Man
..and Goldfinch feeding on some recent, wildlife–friendly planting – Tina Scott

There was a clear influx of Firecrest at Hengistbury today – four in the Wood and four at the end of the head, where there was also a Nuthatch. A flock of 11 Redpoll was on the Barn Field, along with singles of  Siskin and Mistle Thrush. Meanwhile, a Grey Wagtail, 8 alba Wagtail, a latish Sand Martin, 10 House Martin and 120 Swallow passed over. Again, Crouch Hill was the favoured spot for Wheatear – nine birds there this afternoon – with Wick Hams holding a couple. The best of the waders at Stanpit was: 3 Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff, the Spotted Redshank, a heard-only Grey Plover, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 75 Ringed Plover. The only other bird news is of the drake Common Scoter still settled off the Beach Huts; while, of butterfly interest, a Clouded Yellow was on Hengistbury. 

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