Sightings for the current month

February 18th

Spoonbill – Ray Scott

The Stilt Sandpiper was off Fisherman’s Bank this morning and the Spoonbill flitted between South and North Marshes. Almost as rare nowadays, however, are Goldeneye – so a drake off its namesake point was good value. It was WeBS count day, but before those numbers mention of 2 Bullfinch on Wick. Moving to the figures, there were: 425 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Ringed Plover, 168 Dunlin, 14 Pintail, 61 Teal, 644 Wigeon, 72 Brent Goose, 14 Shelduck and a Kingfisher. 

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Records and Photos – 2017

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Tides February 19th: H03:25 | L07:10 | H12:00 | H15:35 | L19:30

February 17th

Dunlin – Alan Crockard
Shelduck – Clinton Whale

The information services again reported the Stilt Sandpiper from Fisherman’s Bank, while direct returns from Stanpit included the Spoonbill and a Water Pipit. A Firecrest was again in the Wood, as was a Treecreeper and two pairs of Great Spotted Woodpecker. There are a decent number of birds using the harbour right now, such as 420 Black-tailed Godwit, at least four of those colour-ringed, and 120 Dunlin. In addition, a Grey Plover, 17 Pintail and 73 Brent Goose were counted, and a Water Rail was around Crouch Hill. 

February 16th

Some of the 300 or so Black–tailed Godwit currently in the harbour - Clinton Whale
Lapwing, aka green plover – Clinton Whale

On a gloriously, clear and blue day, there were again 2 Firecrest by the Double Bends in the Wood, while 6 Bullfinch were logged on Wick. The only other news, however, concerns 60 Dunlin and 6 Shelduck at Stanpit, plus a couple of Little Grebe in Barn Bight. 

February 15th

It was all a bit drier today, which saw the Spoonbill on Wick Hams, a male Merlin head north over Wick water meadows and a Water Pipit at Stanpit. In addition, a couple of Firecrest were in the Wood by the Double Bends and a Bullfinch was by the Wooden Bridge. At Stanpit, the Black-tailed Godwit numbered 370, while a Grey Plover, 90 Dunlin, 19 Pintail and 49 Brent Goose were on site. 

February 14th

With the forecast rain arriving on schedule, around 9:00, and staying with us for the whole day, there is very little to report.  The Spoonbill was on Wick Hams, a Grey Wagtail was by the Wooden Bridge and 2 Bullfinch were in the No Dogs Field.

February 13th

Tonight's sunset – Clinton Whale

Much of the day was blighted by strong winds and heavy rain, but we did received news of the Spoonbill and a Spotted Redshank off Fisherman's Bank. 

February 12th

Sparrowhawk – Paul Turton
The Black–headed Gull are starting to acquire their breeding plumage - Clinton Whale

Although the wind had lessened, the air temperature still made things pretty chilly. The Spoonbill was on Wick Hams, while a Jack Snipe fed in Brewer’s Creek, a Spotted Redshank was on the Salt Hurns and a Water Rail was on the fringes of Barn Bight. Over in Stanpit Creek, there were 30 Ringed Plover, 125 Dunlin, ‘lots of’ Black-tailed Godwit and the information services reported the Stilt Sandpiper. Rounding off, a total of 58 Brent Goose was on site. 

February 11th

Kestrel – Clinton Whale
Blue Tit – Alan Crockard

Despite clear, blue skies, a north-westerly wind ensured it was bitterly cold today. Nevertheless, there was a decent bit of field activity. For the first time in a while, there is some news from the sea; namely, 2 Red-throated Diver, a first-winter Mediterranean Gull and a Great Crested Grebe. At the end of the head, there were 4 Redpoll and 3 Bullfinch – a further six of the latter on Wick meaning there are at least nine birds currently using the area. At Stanpit, the Stilt Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 260 Black-tailed Godwit and 45 Dunlin were off Fisherman’s Bank at midday. Raven haven’t been getting a mention for some time, but as many as eight breaks that convention.

Additional news: there were 12 Grey Plover at Stanpit.

February 10th

There was a whole load more rain today, from around 9:30 until dark. Despite the conditions, there was an excellent local record of a Hawfinch – flying east over Roebury Lane towards Hengistbury, while 5 Bullfinch were around the adjacent Wick Fields. Elsewhere, the Stilt Sandpiper was off Fisherman's Bank early on, while a first-winter Shag, something of an onshore rarity, posed on the groyne at the northern end of Mudeford Quay. 

February 9th

In addition to the small, wintering flock at Stanpit, there were 5 Linnet on the Barn Field which may be birds returning to breed – Clinton Whale
Wigeon – Trevor Wilkinson

As well as the Stilt Sandpiper, there were 2 Spotted Redshank off Fisherman’s Bank today, plus a Bar-tailed Godwit, 217 Black-tailed Godwit and 35 Dunlin. Meanwhile, the Spoonbill remains on the marsh and a Rook overflew. 

February 8th

Long–tailed Tit - Robert Gray
Rock Pipit – Alan Crockard
Dunnock – Tina Scott

The Stilt Sandpiper was again present and correct off Fisherman's Bank, but the only other news involves 7 Bullfinch on Wick and a Water Rail seen a couple of times at Stanpit.

February 7th

Lesser Black–backed Gull – Alan Crockard

More of the same weather-wise, i.e. blue skies and a north-east breeze = cold! The Stilt Sandpiper was in Stanpit Creek during the morning, as were 170 Black-tailed Godwit and 31 Dunlin. Despite the chill, many birds were in song, including Greenfinch. 

February 6th

Mallard of all variations are starting to get amorous – Alan Crockard

Another cold day, but there is a lot more to report. The Stilt Sandpiper was in Mother Siller’s Channel mid-morning, while a couple of Water Pipit were on Central Marsh. Also about Stanpit: 3 Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 91 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Ringed Plover and around 180 Dunlin, plus 19 Pintail and 37 Brent Goose; with passerine interest coming in the form of 7 Linnet and 6 Skylark. On the other side of the river, the Bullfinch glut continues – two pairs in the Nursery and a pair on Roebury Lane – with a Firecrest also in the former site. As yesterday, a Sandwich Tern fed off Mudeford Quay and remaining interest comes from a Water Rail by the Viewing Platform and a Cetti’s Warbler in song on Stanpit. 

February 5th

There remains little to report, which is probably more down to coverage than lack of birds. The Stilt Sandpiper was seen, however; showing well off Fisherman's Bank on the morning's low tide, where it's now understood it was yesterday as well. Otherwise, it's just 5 Redpoll on the eastern Batters, a Water Rail by the Viewing Platform and a Kingfisher in Holloway's Dock to remark upon.

Additional news: a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was by Mudeford Quay.

February 4th

Chaffinch – Robert Gray
Great Spotted Woodpecker – Robert Gray

The chill of a gradually, strengthening north-east wind was tempered a little by bright sunshine throughout. A group of 3 Sandwich Tern fished all over the harbour, while 5 Bullfinch were around Wick – a pair on Roebury Lane and three females by the Wooden Bridge – and a single Great Crested Grebe was off the Black House. 

February 3rd

Goldcrest – Alan Crockard
Brent Goose – Tina Scott

On a mainly wet day, the only news is of the Spoonbill at Stanpit, 3 Bullfinch on Wick and 2 Great Crested Grebe inside the harbour.

February 2nd

This Water Rail was pushed out of the reeds by the Bailey Bridge on the rising tide, when it appeared to be quite happy out in the open, even chasing off a Moorhen – Dale Vile

Still little to report. A Treecreeper was in the Wood on Hengistbury, as were a pair of Bullfinch. At Stanpit, the small flock of Linnet – 10 birds – was in the North Scrubs and a Peregrine teared across the area. Birds in song this morning included: Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Song Thrush and Greenfinch; plus a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker by the Pod, Stanpit. 

February 1st

Kingfisher by the Viewing Platform – Paul Turton
Meadow Pipit – Robert Gray
Turnstone – Roger Tidball

Another day of thin pickings. A couple of female Bullfinch were on Roebury Lane, while singles of Kingfisher, perhaps one of the same, were about the Wick reeds and a siege of 7 Grey Heron loitered around Barn Bight. 

Sightings for earlier months can be found in our Sightings Archive.