Sightings for September 2020

September 30th

Great Northern Diver over the HHC Peter Boardman
Grey Seal in the Stour off Wick! Peter Boardman

The expected finch migration got underway today as accompanied by a Merlin and a Lapland Bunting 520 Linnet, 185 Goldfinch, 148 Siskin 73 Redpoll and sixteen early Chaffinch moved over Hengistbury; as did 6 Yellow Wagtail, 97 alba Wagtail, 195 Meadow Pipit, 630 Swallow and 56 House Martin; while 2 Wheatear, 20 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap were settled there, and a further 6 Wheatear and a significant 32 Stonechat were around Crouch Hill. A Great Northern Diver was on the sea, before what was presumably the same bird headed south over the HHC; with other returns from the water being: a Little Gull, these are scarce birds nowadays, an Arctic Skua, 28 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 73 Sandwich Tern and 4 Common Scoter; a drake of the latter settled. The wader variety at Stanpit continues the pick being: 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff, the Spotted Redshank, a Golden Plover, a Knot, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Black-tailed Godwit. Meanwhile, 6 Sanderling were on the sandspit. A couple of first-calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull were also inside the harbour, along with 9 Brent Goose and 4 Pintail; a Buzzard again looked at home in the Nursery and a Peregrine hunted over Wick. 

September 29th

There was another fine cluster of birds around Crouch Hill throughout the day, including: 5 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 55 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail and a Dartford Warbler. Meanwhile, Wick held 17 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap; with a Mistle Thrush, 2 Redpoll, a Grey Wagtail and a Mediterranean Gull heading south over there. The days best Curlew Sandpiper return was three birds, along with a Ruff, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin and 6 Snipe, two of those on the new scrape, at Stanpit; while 6 Turnstone were about Mudeford Quay. The Brent Goose doubled overnight to six and there was the same number of Pintail, as well a 2 Gadwall. Sandwich Tern are still present at least four around today. 

September 28th

Redstart Penhill Man
Whinchat Leo Pyke

Crouch Hill held a really nice selection of passerines throughout the day namely: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 10 Stonechat, 6 Pied Wagtail, 25 Meadow Pipit and 8 Skylark; as well as a Yellow Wagtail over. Meanwhile, on the other side of the area, a Redstart was in the Stunted Oaks and 13 Chiffchaff, plus a couple of Blackcap, were on Wick. During the afternoon, a female Merlin circuited the area, when, the first returning Brent Goose, three dark-bellied birds, up to 60 Teal and 3 Pintail were also present. Finishing with waders, all at Stanpit, and including: 4 Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff, the Spotted Redshank, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin and 9 Snipe. 

September 27th

A couple of Kingfisher were using the newly created scrape on Central Marsh Paul Turton

Once again, there isnt too much to report the best perhaps a Merlin over Stanpit in the morning. Meanwhile, a Spotted Flycatcher was in the Stunted Oaks on Hengistbury, with Chiffchaff and Blackcap across the head and Wick coming to around 30 and 20 respectively. Early on, a Green Sandpiper lifted off the Wick meadows, with singles of Grey Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Black-tailed Godwit being the only wader reports from Stanpit. Also from the marsh, 3 Pintail, 4 Shoveler and at least 2 Kingfisher. 

September 26th

Red Admiral Alan Crockard
Sparrowhawk Peter Boardman

The cold wind continued and there are few reports received for the day, which from experiences elsewhere suggested many, many house martins must have passed through the area. However, there was a Cattle Egret on Wick Hams, before it located to Central Marsh, Stanpit. The only other news is of 2 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap on Wick; plus a Kingfisher by the Bailey Bridge. 

September 25th

Wigeon Alan Crockard
Clouded Yellow Colin Raymond

A cold, north-westerly wind gave the area a very Autumnal feel today. Starting with the waders, mainly from Fishermans Bank and including: 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, the Spotted Redshank, a Grey Plover, a Knot, 3 Sanderling, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Black-tailed Godwit. Moving to passerines and an impressive 20 Wheatear on Crouch Hill this morning, while 6 Yellow Wagtail were also settled at Stanpit. Meanwhile, Hengistbury hosted a Redstart, a further Wheatear, 25 Blackcap and 18 Chiffchaff. Birds were also moving over, with 5 Redpoll, 35 Siskin, a Grey Wagtail, 22 alba Wagtail, 150 Meadow Pipit, 80 House Martin and 75 Swallow being returned from both sides of the river. In addition to the ever-increasing Wigeon, there were 6 Pintail, 3 Shoveler and 4 Gadwall about; 3 Common Gull were in Stanpit Bight; and a Kingfisher was in Parky Meade Rail. 

September 24th

Cattle Egret Peter Boardman
Sanderling Clinton Whale

A Cattle Egret spent some time on Wick this morning, before flying over towards Stanpit. Earlier, a Tree Sparrow landed for a brief moment on the roof of the Barn. A sea watch from the Beach Huts produced 3 Balearic Shearwater, a juvenile Arctic Tern and 5 Kittiwake on the move; plus around 50 Gannet in a distant feeding flock. Travelling passerines included: 8 Yellow Wagtail, a Redpoll and 40 Siskin over Stanpit, the latter visiting the North Scrubs for while, and 170 Meadow Pipit over Hengistbury. Meanwhile, on the deck, there were a 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear and a handful of Chiffchaff; all about the marsh. An unaged Arctic Tern was returned from South Marsh, as well as 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, the Spotted Redshank, a Grey Plover, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Sanderling, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Ringed Plover and 30 Dunlin inside the harbour; with around one-hundred small waders a mix of Ringed Plover and Dunlin on the sandspit. The remaining news concerns a Peregrine unsuccessfully hunting the area during the morning

September 23rd

Grey Heron Roger Tidball
Yellow Wagtail Jackie Smith
Work has started this week on the creation of a scrape on Central Marsh, Stanpit, as well as increasing the size of the pool on East Marsh adjacent to the Pod. These initiatives, which are jointly funded between CHOG, BCP and FoSM, will provide some greatly improved feeding areas for birds. 

Stanpit hosted an impressive 11 Curlew Sandpiper this morning, along with a Common Sandpiper, the Spotted Redshank, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Sanderling. This evening, there were at least 6 Yellow Wagtail with the ponies on Crouch Hill, along with a Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear and up to 12 Chiffchaff around the marsh. Earlier, a getting-late Willow Warbler was on Wick, while a further 2 Wheatear were on the Barn Field; with a Grey Wagtail and 50 Swallow moving over to the east. The sea was quiet, although a Great Skua did pass west, as did 20 Sandwich Tern and 15 Gannet. To finish, there were 3 Treecreeper in the Wood. 

September 22nd

Curlew Sandpiper in Holloway's Dock Clinton Whale

After a week or so of easterlies the wind moved round to the south-west this morning.  Migrants were few with just 40 Meadow Pipit and 5 Chiffchaff settled on Wick and a Redpoll overhead.  There were 5 Curlew Sandpiper in the harbour, including the bird above in Holloway's Dock and four on Stanpit while the bulk of the small waders were on the sandspit in a mixed flock of one hundred and fifty birds.  The Spotted Redshank was in Stanpit Creek together with 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Knot and a Grey Plover, also a Snipe over Wick.

September 21st

Fewer birds were on the move this morning in a much lighter easterly wind.  The numbers were 580 Swallow, 260 Meadow Pipit, 240 Siskin, 150 House Martin, 38 Goldfinch, 23 alba Wagtail, 11 Chaffinch, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redpoll, 5 Grey Wagtail and 4 Sand Martin.  On the ground were 40 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, two each side of the harbour, 3 Grey Wagtail by the visitor centre on Stanpit and 2 Wheatear opposite The Hiker.  The only wader news comes from Hengistbury where a Grey Plover was circuiting the harbour, 22 Dunlin and a Black-tailed Godwit were in Barn Bight and this afternoon 100 Dunlin and 30 Ringed Plover were on the sandspit.  Wildfowl today included the arrival of 9 Teal, 3 Pintail east and a couple of Gadwall with the Mallard.  To round up a Treecreeper was in the wood, a Bullfinch was in the North Scrubs, a Kingfisher was on the Salt Hurns and 5 Mediterranean Gull were logged.

September 20th

There was another good overhead movement this morning with males of both Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier heading south; also logged were a Lapland Bunting, 4 Tree Pipit, 12 Redpoll, 21 Yellow Wagtail, 1120 Siskin, 1200 Meadow Pipit, 4200 House Martin and 5100 Swallow.  Other birds on the move included 46 Pintail west, 43 Teal and 19 Snipe that arrived over Hengistbury.  The only grounded migrants were the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn, on the Salt Hurns, and 22 Chiffchaff on WickToday saw the first Wetland Bird Survey of the autumn/winter season.  Highlights included 3 Spoonbill briefly at Stanpit, a count of 54 Little Egret and seventeen species of wader amongst which were 2 Curlew Sandpiper and singles of Little Stint, Spotted Redshank and Avocet.  Selected totals were 149 Dunlin, 27 Turnstone, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Ringed Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 2 Greenshank, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Snipe.  As we approach the end of September wildfowl numbers continue to build with 308 Wigeon, 24 Teal and 10 Pintail. 

September 19th

Although the wind had eased a little this morning it was still from the east and there was less sunshine hence it felt much cooler.  Once again there were good numbers of hirundines, wagtails, pipits and Siskin on the move plus 8 Redpoll.  A flock of 7 Curlew Sandpiper moved east followed by a single bird while another was feeding in Holloway's Dock.  Both Peregrine and Merlin were logged while a Buzzard went north.  Grounded Migrants across the site were 2 Whinchat, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Wheatear, 8 Blackcap and 27 Chiffchaff.  Waders on Stanpit included an Avocet, a Ruff, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 40 Dunlin plus, this afternoon, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and the Spotted Redshank.  A female Pochard was at Stanpit, 2 Pintail arrived and a group of 23 Wigeon headed west at sea.

September 18th

The wind had strengthened somewhat this morning but was still primarily from the east.  Plenty of birds were on the move but the numbers didn't quite match those of yesterday.  With the exception of a male Marsh Harrier that moved south and 67 Cormorant and 38 Mediterranean Gull that headed west birds travelled into the wind.  The totals were 570 Swallow, 435 Siskin, 350 House Martin, 315 Meadow Pipit, 46 Yellow Wagtail, 36 alba Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pintail and 2 Tree Pipit.  Elsewhere in the harbour 4 Curlew Sandpiper were logged, two on the sandspit, one in Holloway's Dock and one in Stanpit Creek.  From Fisherman's Bank there were 24 Dunlin, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot and singles of Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel and Ringed Plover.  A Grey Wagtail was on the slipway at Argyle Road and 7 Wheatear were noted while a Peregrine paid an afternoon visit to Stanpit.

September 17th

Another fine morning, with a moderate easterly breeze, saw a decent movement of birds over the eastern end of the Head.  The totals were 4500 House Martin, 700 Swallow, 600 Siskin, 380 Meadow Pipit, 60 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Sand Martin, 12 Grey Wagtail, 9 Tree Pipit and 5 Redpoll; also logged were singles of Garganey, Shoveler, Peregrine and Merlin while 2 Brent Geese headed west.  Grounded migrants included another 22 Yellow Wagtail on Wick Farm meadows,15 Chiffchaff and 6 Wheatear.  The only wader news today comes from Holloway's Dock where there was a Curlew Sandpiper with 40 Dunlin and from the sandspit, which held 9 Sanderling.

September 16th

Buzzard Penhill Man
Chiffchaff Alan Crockard

There were some clear highlights today, not least 2 Black-winged Stilt which arrived from the west over Hengistbury and appeared to come down on Stanpit; but couldnt be relocated. Also, a couple of Lapland Bunting east over the head and a Great White Egret on East Marsh for a while. There was apparently lots of visible-migration, but relatively few numbers actually submitted. What weve got to work with, however, are: 15 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redpoll, 7 Siskin and around 500 House Martin. Meanwhile, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, around 55 Chiffchaff and 50 Blackcap were settled on the western side of the area; with Stanpit hosting a further 4 Wheatear and a handful of Chiffchaff. Moving to waders, which included: a Ruff, an Avocet, the Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Stanpit; plus a Sanderling, 74 Ringed Plover and 155 Dunlin on the sandspit, many of which roosted securely in the newly fenced area, and 17 Turnstone; in addition, 8 Knot and 3 Black-tailed Godwit passed over. At least 7 Mediterranean Gull also travelled through to the west, likewise 3 Common Gull. The only other field records for the post are a Kingfisher on the Salt Hurns and a Buzzard again low over the head, where its thought it may be roosting. Finally, some ringing details the days migrant totals being: 16 Sedge Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Blackcap. 

September 15th

Stonechat Matthew Barfield

The event of the morning, as is often the case in mid-September, was a House Martin gathering over Hengistbury this involving 2-3000 birds; as well as 200 Swallow and 15 Sand Martin. Later in the day, a Red Kite moved east over the harbour, while 4 Curlew Sandpiper were settled around Stanpit Bight. The evening rising tide also produced: a Whimbrel, the first of those for a while, 2 Knot, the Spotted Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover, 126 Dunlin, a Turnstone and 9 Snipe. The settled Wigeon now exceed 100, but a Pintail, 4 Shoveler and 7 Teal looked to be resting-up for an onward journey. There were few passerines on the ground, save for a Whinchat near the Hiker Caf, 5 Wheatear, a Whitethroat and 20 Chiffchaff one of them in song; although at least 19 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 31 Meadow Pipit, a Redpoll and 41 Siskin moved over. Rounding up, a couple of adult Mediterranean Gull were at Stanpit this evening, as was a Kingfisher. 

September 14th

Dartford Warbler on Hengistbury today Clinton Whale
Rock Pipit Gary Foyle

This evening, there were four, juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Stanpit, along with 3 Knot, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Sanderling, a Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover. Earlier, it was particularly pleasing to hear the small waders had been roosting out the high tide in the newly fenced area at the tip of Mudeford sandspit. Thanks to BCP and all others who were involved with that project back at the start of the year. Also at Stanpit, a first-winter Mediterranean Gull actually there were three yesterday, omitted from the post in error, which were the first for at least a fortnight an adult, male Peregrine and a young Bullfinch. 

September 13th

Rock Pipit Clinton Whale
Pied Wagtail Clinton Whale

It was a glorious, Indian-summer's day that produced a nice selection of birds. During the morning, a Pied Flycatcher was in the Bobolink Field on Wick, while a Redpoll passed over there, and 3 Garden Warbler were logged. In addition, at least 10 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and 3 Whitethroat were about. The first migrant Goldcrest of the season were on Hengistbury, as was a Firecrest, in a mixed-tit flock in the Wood. This afternoon, a couple of juvenile Curlew Sandpiper cohorted with the Redshank off East Marsh, with other waders during the day including: the Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit and, again, around 130 Dunlin. To conclude, the Brent Goose was still with the Wigeon flock and a Kingfisher was on Wick. 

Stop press: there are now 5 Curlew Sandpiper at Stanpit. 

September 12th

There was a Pied Flycatcher in the Stunted Oaks this morning, but other migrant passerines seemed sparse. Just 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 21 Siskin and 26 Swallow over; plus 9 Wheatear, 8 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff and 6 Blackcap decked. Meanwhile, some shorter-distance wanderers included a couple of Bullfinch again the North Scrubs and a Treecreeper in Ashtree Meadows. After a few, relatively barren days, Dunlin turned in a good number around 130 in Stanpit Bight on the low tide along with a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, the Spotted Redshank, 7 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Black-tailed Godwit there. Tern number continue to dwindle, only 20 Sandwich Tern for this post, and the lone Brent Goose still awaits the arrival of those whom went to Siberia for the summer. 

September 11th

Ringed Plover Clinton Whale

Bird of the day was undoubtedly a Corn Bunting, heard to sing twice, somewhere out towards Spellers Point at Stanpit. Other highlights came from: a Cattle Egret leaving the heron roost early on and 2 Spotted Redshank, never an easy wader in the area, at Stanpit, plus 2 Curlew Sandpiper there. Sticking with waders, a Green Sandpiper went over Wick Fields; while 7 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Ringed Plover and 33 Dunlin were settled. Airborne Siskin were again a feature, with constant calls over Hengistbury early on but the only visuals were a flock of fifty lifting out of Redpoll Alley and then twenty-one in ones or twos. Also travelling over, up to 80 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Grey Wagtail; but far, far fewer hirundines than of the last two days. Passerines on the ground, across the entire area, included: 5 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 46 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 28 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler and a Grey Wagtail. Early-morning, low-flying Buzzard are becoming regular, leading to talk of perhaps a roosting bird; 4 Shoveler were inside the harbour; and singles of Common Scoter and Great Crested Grebe moved west at sea.

September 10th

Once again, Swallow were shipping-out in big numbers. Between 7:30 and 8:30, from a single spot on Hengistbury, 12500 were estimated all heading south; a little later 3-4000 were milling around over Barn Bight; and a later observation from Mudeford Quay said lots were still moving south-west. In addition, 25 House Martin were seen over Wick, with at least 60 Siskin, a Tree Pipit, 50 Meadow Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail passing elsewhere. A further 3 Yellow Wagtail were settled on Wick, while 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap and 2 Whitethroat also make the numbers. A Wood Sandpiper was about East Marsh, but other than 2 Little Ringed Plover over Hengistbury, the wader totals were a little disappointing just the Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Ringed Plover, 19 Dunlin and 2 Snipe. A party of 3 Buzzard interacting over Wick is far from usual; Bullfinch were calling from the North Scrubs this evening; and a Kingfisher was along Fishermans Bank. Of mammal interest, the Grey Seal was again on the beach by Double Dykes early in the day. 

September 9th

Turnstone Gary Foyle
Grey Seal Paul Turton

The main feature of the day was departing Swallow although slow until mid-morning, by 6:00 tonight they were moving through in their thousands, but mainly high. The chatter was constant above Stanpit and attempting any form of estimate would have been folly with an accuracy way outside the bounds of experimental error. Martins were only recorded in single figures, however. Many heard-only Siskin were also on their travels, as well as a couple of Redpoll the latter a nice early-September record. This evening, there were 17 Yellow Wagtail with the ponies on Crouch Hill, along with a Whinchat and 8 Wheatear. Earlier, Hengistbury returned 3 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear and 6 Chiffchaff, plus a Hobby west at sea and 3 Grey Wagtail over. There were a couple of new-in, juvenile Black-tailed Godwit at Stanpit, along with at least 2 Common Sandpiper, while a Bar-tailed Godwit was on the HHC mudbar. Early on, a male Marsh Harrier was over Wick, a couple of Bullfinch were in the North Scrubs and, of mammal interest, the Grey Seal was again beached by the Double Dykes. 

September 8th

Dunlin Clinton Whale
Sanderling - Clinton Whale

Starting with waders, there were 4 Curlew Sandpiper at Stanpit today a moulting adult and three juveniles as well as: a Green Sandpiper, the Spotted Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 12 Sanderling, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Snipe. Elsewhere, a couple of Greenshank went over Wick and a further 5 Sanderling were on the sandspit. Moving to passerines and Hengistbury, where a male Redstart, a Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, a Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 15 Whitethroat and 8 Blackcap were returned. Meanwhile, Wick produced 8 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Wheatear, with Stanpit contributing a Redstart, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a Whinchat and 6 Wheatear. After their recent glut, the Siskin total was just 27 birds, mostly over but a few settled. Finishing up, the Brent Goose remains, a Peregrine again hunted and the Sandwich Tern peaked at forty-five. Of mammal interest, the Grey Seal was close offshore the Sandspit, before beaching outside of the area at Friars Cliff. 

September 7th

Redstart Alan Hayden
This colourringed Peregrine that is frequenting the area was ringed as a chick in May 2018 at Bournemouth College, Lansdowne Matthew Barfield (upper two) & Clinton Whale 

There was another good selection of departing, passerine migrants today. Stanpit held a Grasshopper Warbler, a Redstart and 8 Wheatear, all on Crouch Hill, and a Garden Warbler on the old golf course bank. Meanwhile, a further 2 Redstart, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and a Lesser Whitethroat were across Hengistbury and Wick. Overhead, at least 450 Swallow, 30 Sand Martin and 20 House Martin passed through, as did a couple of Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and around 50 Siskin. Moving to waders, a flock of 15 Knot were at Stanpit in the afternoon, when there had only been three during the morning; with other counts across the day coming to 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 26 Dunlin. A Garganey was again present, this time with Wigeon in Stanpit Bight; a Common Tern and 48 Sandwich Tern rested this afternoon; a Peregrine hunted; and a couple of Kingfisher were about Wick Hams. 

September 6th

Golden Plover Matthew Barfield
Wheatear Paul Turton

The early morning saw a nice movement of Yellow Wagtail over Stanpit 82 birds as well as a Grey Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 16 Meadow Pipit, 30 Sand Martin and 270 Swallow. Hengistbury added a further 4 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Grey Wagtail, while at least 220 Siskin moved over the area. There were fewer settled birds than yesterday the best being a Spotted Flycatcher in the Stunted Oaks and a Garden Warbler by the Purewell Stream, as well as site-wide totals of 7 Wheatear, 10 Blackcap and 35 Chiffchaff; plus a handful of Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Whitethroat. A Garganey was seen in Barn Bight and Parky Meade Rail, with the incoming Wigeon now exceeding fifty and, of course, the lone Brent Goose. After looking rather sorry for itself yesterday, it was nice to see the Golden Plover move onto the mud to feed and then eventually leave high to the west. Meanwhile, four more of the same headed north and the other settled waders at Stanpit included: a Curlew Sandpiper, a Knot, 8 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Snipe. The only Dunlin count, however, comes from Holloways Dock, where there were forty-eight. An Arctic Tern was inside the harbour; an Osprey hunted unsuccessfully for ten minutes around 09:45 and a Kingfisher was around Holloways Dock. 

September 5th

Golden Plover Alan Hayden (upper) & Penhill Man
Peregrine Alan Hayden

After a one-day pause, the Osprey action resumed, with a bird fishing the harbour around 09:20 before leaving, with catch, north. Meanwhile, the Siskin passage continues around seventy west over Hengistbury with around 20 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail. Settled birds included: a Redstart and 6 Wheatear on the Barn Field; and a Lesser Whitethroat, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat and up to 15 Wheatear at Stanpit. A Wood Sandpiper was heard over Wick, while the waders at Stanpit included: a very confiding Golden Plover, the Spotted Redshank and four each of Sanderling, Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit. This evening, the regular Peregrine hunted at Stanpit. 

September 4th

Spotted Flycatcher Penhill Man

A White Stork overflew the Beach Huts this afternoon, at around 14:00, but although seeming to lose height was not re-found in or around the area. The North Scrubs at Stanpit held a Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat throughout the day, while 2 Whinchat and 8 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill, and 4 Yellow Wagtail looked to settle this evening; a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat and 15 Wheatear were on Hengistbury; with 14 Grey Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Tree Pipit and 145 Siskin over. A Green Sandpiper was on Wick Farm Meadows and a Ruff, a Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 4 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Turnstone and Snipe, plus uncounted Ringed Plover and Dunlin, were at Stanpit. Also on the marsh, a couple of Common Tern, the probably-never-went-to-Siberia-this-year Brent Goose and 44 Wigeon. Kingfisher were seen on Fishermans Bank and by the Wooden Bridge. 

September 3rd

Starting with wildfowl for a change, a Garganey, 4 Shoveler, 35 Wigeon and 4 Gadwall were inside the harbour; while an Egyptian Goose overflew.  A 90-minute seawatch was relatively quiet, although a dark, juvenile Arctic Skua and a similarly-aged Yellow-legged Gull are not to be sniffed at. A Cuckoo at Hengistbury was the best of the departing birds, but also a Spotted Flycatcher, a Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and 5 Wheatear logged. The only wader news is the three juvenile Knot, which seem to now have a liking for Holloways Dock, as well as a Common Sandpiper, 28 Dunlin and 3 Turnstone there; meanwhile, 4 Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel were at Stanpit. The only Osprey news is from early on the day 07:00 when a Treecreeper weas in the Stunted Oaks. 

September 2nd

Spotted Flycatcher Leo Pyke
Ruff and Spotted Redshank at Stanpit yesterday Alan Hayden
...and Cormorant Alexa Pereira

The days Osprey visit came at 11:25, while the male Marsh Harrier much earlier visited the area. Again, passerines were varied but not particularly numerous the site-wide totals being: 4 Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 15 Whitethroat, 2 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, the same number of Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and up to 30 phylloscs most of them now seeming to be Chiffchaff; as well as 2 Firecrest, those in the Wood. Overhead, a Grey Wagtail 3 Yellow Wagtail and 16 Siskin were logged. The tide/sunlight cycle is currently no longer optimal for wader counting, although a Green Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper were noted airborne. The Wigeon continue to build: twenty-four settled, twenty-two west and four east; plus 5 Teal and the incumbent Brent Goose. To finish, a juvenile Bullfinch was in the North Scrubs and a Kingfisher was along Fishermans Bank. 

September 1st

Blacktailed Godwit only the third juvenile of the season Clinton Whale
Peter Clarke (upper) & Roger Tidball
Whinchat Peter Clarke

White, heron-type birds were a feature of the morning, when a flock of 13 Cattle Egret was seen over Fishermans Bank and moving east at sea off the Double Dykes, before heading north over Wick all this around 7:45 while a Spoonbill headed east a couple of hours later. Meanwhile, an Osprey came around 10:00 and a male Marsh Harrier was again about. At least 4 Spotted Flycatcher were in the North Scrubs, with a further on Hengistbury, 2 Whinchat were at Stanpit and 9 Yellow Wagtail were settled on Wick Farm Meadows. The best of the wildfowl and something of a present-day scarcity was 3 Pochard in Stanpit Bight, also 23 Wigeon and 11 Teal returned. Peregrine were seen on a couple of occasions and Kingfisher once. Of mammal interest, the Grey Seal was on the beach at Hengistbury this morning and off it this evening. If you go to see the animal, please do keep a respectful distance.

Additional news: waders at Stanpit included a Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, 6 Sanderling, a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, a Turnstone and 2 Snipe; 3 Knot and a Black-tailed Godwit were in Holloways Dock; and a Pintail was inside the harbour.

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