Sightings for March 2014

March 31st

Red-breasted Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Red-breasted Goose on East Marsh – Alan Hayden
Stonechat
Stonechat – Clinton Whale

An adult Red-breasted Goose, presumably the individual that was yesterday in Poole Harbour, was found this afternoon at Stanpit. After a short trip to the sandspit, the bird was still present at dusk and is a fine specimen to notch up 150 species for the year. Photographs will follow later this evening or tomorrow. In addition, an Avocet, the Spotted Redshank and a Black-tailed Godwit were inside the harbour. Much earlier, a morning of slight drizzle and a light south-easterly wind produced no arrival of passerines, but did host an impressive eastward, movement of birds at sea. The best were: a Long-tailed Duck, an Arctic Skua, 4 Little Gull, 2 Common Tern, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver and a pale-bellied Brent Goose; but also 33 Mediterranean Gull, 96 Common Gull, 62 Sandwich Tern, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 91 Common Scoter and 146 Brent Goose. Meanwhile, 29 Sand Martin came in-off, a Bar-tailed Godwit headed west, 3 Jackdaw passed over Wick and a Peregrine took an unsuccessful swipe at one of the passing scoter. 

March 30th

Linnet
Linnet - Alan Crockard

There was far less wind today and far fewer birds. In fact, it took until the hour after midday before there was any real interest, when two Red Kite passed separately west over the northern portion of the area and a Water Pipit was on Priory Marsh. Earlier, the sea had produced individual Black-throated Diver and Red-throated Diver, both relatively settled, 25 Black-headed Gull and 4 Mediterranean Gull east, and 2 Greylag Goose west. Only a single Wheatear was on the Barn Field, while a Siskin passed over the Coastguards. A further 6 Mediterranean Gull passed over the inside of the harbour, where 4 Greylag Goose and 3 Gadwall were also logged. Later in the day, Stanpit was given a go and came up with a wader selection that included: a Sanderling, the Spotted Redshank, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin; as well as a further 4 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Sandwich Tern. 

March 29th

Pheasant
Pheasant – Alan Crockard

The easterly wind picked up overnight, but it didn’t feel as cold as its direction suggested it might. In fact, with it came a couple of good March records: firstly, a House Martin in-off by Coastguards and heading directly inland; then, a Common Tern moving east at sea past the Double Dykes. Also from the Coastguards, a drake Garganey was seen heading into The Solent, as were 21 Common Scoter, 6 Fulmar, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 9 Brent Goose, while a Black-throated Diver was watched for some time on the water. The conditions gave rise to a decent arrival of Meadow Pipit, at least 505 birds seen but lots of calls that went unsighted, along with 7 Sand Martin, 30 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch, all incoming. In terms of settled birds, 2 Willow Warbler were by the Wooden Bridge on Wick, 6 Wheatear were on-site and a Blackcap crossed the Barn Field. At least 12 Mediterranean Gull flew through the area and a male Peregrine went out to sea, presumably to hunt some migrants. 

Omission: a Bearded Tit was by Brewer's Creek.

March 28th

A cold south-easterly breeze made it quite uncomfortable this morning and there was little in the form of bird interest to detract from that. A Golden Plover and 5 Grey Plover moved east over Stanpit, while 320 Meadow Pipit headed inland. Otherwise, there were just 2 Wheatear about the site. The came up with a Great Northern Diver, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Sandwich Tern and 2 Greylag Goose, all these from Mudeford Quay, but the only wader report for the day involved an Avocet inside the harbour. Wildfowl interest was headed by a Goosander, as well as 6 Shoveler and 3 Gadwall.  Later in the day, there were 3 Sandwich Tern at Mudeford Quay. 

March 27th

The morning at Hengistbury produced some moments of interest, not least when a drake Garganey was seen over the sea with 5 Common Scoter before peeling away and heading west. In addition, an early Cuckoo came off the top of the head and went north and a Willow Warbler was on the Barn Field. A decent total of Meadow Pipit, 670 birds, was logged overhead, along with 21 alba Wagtail, while 5 Wheatear and 35 Chiffchaff on the deck. By lunchtime, most of the migrants had moved on, but an eastern-type Chiffchaff, this bird showing a faint wingbar so a different individual than of late, was on the Stanpit golf course and further Willow Warbler was in song in the North Scrubs. There were also 2 Blackcap around the golf course, plus a Sand Martin and a lone Wheatear. At least 55 Common Scoter were actually recorded at sea, as well as 2 Red-breasted Merganser, those east, and a couple of Sandwich Tern.

March 26th

A Siberian Chiffchaff was on the golf course embankment at Stanpit, where 4 Blackcap were also present, while up to 35 Chiffchaff were dotted about the entire recording area. Other migrants were once again sparse; for example, 13 Wheatear on Hengistbury, 21 Meadow Pipit in-off and now 9 Sand Martin prospecting the cliffs. Meanwhile, a couple of Bearded Tit were in the Great Spires reeds and 6 Mediterranean Gull passed over the marsh. From Fisherman’s Bank, the Spotted Redshank was seen, along with 10 Ringed Plover, 13 Turnstone, a drake Shoveler and 4 Greylag Goose, with 4 Gadwall also on-site.

March 25th

Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull – Colin Raymond

It was thin pickings again today, although an Iceland Gull was on the sea off Double Dykes mid-morning. Otherwise, however, the best were: a Redpoll over Wick, 3 Tufted Duck at Stanpit, 10 Wheatear on the Barn Field and 7 Sand Martin lingering around the end of the head, plus a few Chiffchaff and the odd Blackcap. A Bar-tailed Godwit at Stanpit was the first in the area for a while and at least 11 Mediterranean Gull passed over. The remaining Brent Goose were counted at 127 birds and the pair of Gadwall are still hanging about. 

Additional news: an Iceland Gull was also on the grass adjacent to The Hiker, where a Magpie took a cheeky nip on its tail.

March 24th

Although a change in wind direction to the south-east made it feel a little warmer this morning, it didn't bring the hoped for 'fall'. A Sand Martin over the Coastguards and 4 Wheatear on the Barn Field were the sum total of a couple of hours' of effort. After not being reported for a few days, the Iceland Gull was off Whitepits today; also 6 Mediterranean Gull were seen, 4 birds headed west over Double Dykes and a couple of adults were on the Wick floods. The Spotted Redshank was again on Stanpit, where a single Black-tailed Godwit was present; also a pair of Gadwall there. Finally, a Peregrine, which came in over the cliffs from the west, headed for Stanpit where it made a nuisance of itself. 

March 23rd

Migrants continued to struggle in today with just 5 Wheatear on the Barn Field, a Sand Martin over Priory Marsh and a dozen or so Chiffchaff on Stanpit, where there were two singing Blackcap. The Spotted Redshank was still present this morning, also a pair of Gadwall in the harbour. To round up, a Peregrine was over Wick Fields, 6 Mediterranean Gull moved west and 4 Greylag Geese circled before moving off north.

March 22nd

A bitter cold wind this morning made it feel more like mid January rather than the second day of spring! Hence, migrants were hard to find with just 7 Wheatear on the Barn Field and one on Priory Marsh, plus a dozen Chiffchaff across Hengistbury and 2 Sand Martin. Only one Siberian Chiffchaff was seen today. To round up, an adult Mediterranean Gull was on Priory Marsh and a Black-tailed Godwit was on Stanpit; while from Hengistbury, 2 Red-breasted Merganser moved west and 2 Common Scoter were on the sea.

March 21st

On a fine but chilly day, a Red Kite passed high over Stanpit heading west around mid-morning, while a little later a Marsh Harrier circled the harbour. Earlier, the 2 Siberian Chiffchaff were on the Stanpit golf course bank. On Hengistbury there were 9 Wheatear on the Barn Field, also one on the sandspit, 5 Sand Martin over the cliffs and a Firecrest in the Wood. A couple of Mediterranean Gull arrived over the quay, where 2 Raven were helping themselves from the litter bins; also 2 Common Scoter passed there.

March 20th

Chiffchaff
Newly-arrived Chiffchaff – Alan Crockard

Although there was next-to-nothing on the move overhead, there had been a clear arrival of warblers and ‘crests overnight. The most numerous were Chiffchaff at 88 birds across Hengistbury, but also 3 Blackcap, 2 Firecrest and 15 Goldcrest. In addition, 4 Wheatear were settled and 2 Redpoll went over. At sea, 2 Great Northern Diver were on the water before moving off west, while a total of 7 Fulmar was logged as well as singles of Sandwich Tern and Gannet. To round up, a single Purple Sandpiper was on the sandspit, a Peregrine toured over the sea and 2 Raven scavenged the bins on Mudeford Quay.

March 19th

Canada Goose
Canada Goose – Alan Crockard
Dunnock
...and singing Dunnock – Lorne Bissell

It remains hard going in terms of incoming migrants, with just a female Wheatear on Crouch Hill and a very small number of overhead pipits to remark upon. That said, there is still interest to be had in the area - a Siberian Chiffchaff is still around Stanpit golf course, an Iceland Gull headed over Stanpit towards Wick at 10:00 and a Water Pipit was on Priory Marsh this afternoon. In addition, around 20 Mediterranean Gull were logged, including a couple of first-winter birds, and a Red-throated Diver passed high over the centre of the harbour. Otherwise, there was a just a single Raven, around 25 Canada Goose that visited late in the day and a pair of Gadwall in Parky Meade Rail. 

March 18th

Hengistbury wasn't covered today, so all the news comes from Stanpit. A first-winter Iceland Gull was loafing on South Marsh this afternoon, when the Spotted Redshank was present amongst 115 Redshank. Priory Marsh is being avidly watched for the small plover and summer visiting duck, but drew another blank on these and seems to be now holding less pipits and wagtails than of the weekend. Elsewhere, two male Blackcap were at the golf course end of the North Scrubs. 

March 17th

Teal
Teal at Stanpit – Clinton Whale

Overall, it was a fairly quiet day in terms of numbers of migrants, but there were more than a few snippets of interest. What would have been the year’s first Swallow were it not for the incredible January record came in off the sea, as did 3 Sand Martin and a Little Ringed Plover. Perhaps of more note, however, were four high incoming Sparrowhawk and likewise 16 Rook, the latter in flocks of nine, three and four respectively. A couple of Spoonbill approached from the west and took a look at Stanpit, but thought better of it and continued on eastward. At sea, the only decent record was a Sandwich Tern, but 4 Wheatear were on Hengistbury, 13 Chiffchaff were spread about and 4 Raven visited.

Additional news: at least one Siberian Chiffchaff was in song on the Stanpit golf course, but a further bird was seen at least. Meanwhile, a Goldcrest sang from the conifers in the car park and the Spotted Redshank was logged, as were 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Sand Martin.

March 16th

Cormorant
Cormorant
For those of you who are interested in such things,
these two Cormorant seem to be of the sinenis race, i.e. of continental origin – Ali Germain

Another stunning day of weather produced the spring’s first Willow Warbler, this on the Stanpit golf course embankment, where 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap were also present; while a White Wagtail was close by on Priory Marsh. At least 12 Chiffchaff were on Wick, most of these now possibly on territory rather than passing through, and a Wheatear was on the Barn Field. There is currently some intrigue about whether Jackdaw may be attempting to nest in the area and 8 birds over Wick this morning certainly added to this. Later in the day, 214 Brent Goose and 18 Shelduck were counted around Stanpit Bight. Finally, around five tonight, an Iceland Gull was seen over The Broadway heading towards the harbour. 

March 15th

The day started with cloud and a westerly wind, which served to subdue things a little. That said, there was an apparent influx of Black Redstart, with a cracking male briefly on Solent Meads golf course and a further bird around Whitepits. However, just a single Wheatear, that on the Barn Field, was the total for the morning; but there were 2 White Wagtail on Priory Marsh in the afternoon, when 3 Sand Martin overflew northbound, and 9 Chiffchaff were on Wick. Amongst a steady incoming of Meadow Pipit, there were 4 Siskin and a single Jackdaw, plus a hint of Carrion Crow and Woodpigeon movement. Of the recent species of interest, an Iceland Gull went over the Barn Field and a Siberian Chiffchaff sang and called on Stanpit golf course. The sea was very quiet; for example, just 2 Red-throated Diver east, a settled Great Crested Grebe and 8 Mediterranean Gull, as well as a Greylag Goose and 2 Canada Goose west. A further eleven of the latter were uncharacteristically settled inside the harbour and 4 Mute Swan went straight through to the east. Finally, a young Raven made a nuisance of itself around the top of Hengistbury. 

March 14th

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
This male Dartford Warbler was particularly vocal on the Long Field today – Chris Chapleo

A morning of thick fog curtailed most activity meaning there is nothing to report other than a welcome update, courtesy of the cameras, on the Grey Heron nests. The five eggs in the one nest are now presumed infertile as the hatching date has passed, but the three laid around the same time in an adjacent tree have all hatched and the chicks are all being well fed by the parents. The third nest contains three eggs, with an expected hatching date of March 25th. 

March 13th

Bird of the day was a Short-eared Owl seen from Stanpit this afternoon and seeming to come down on the Salt Hurns. Earlier, a Siberian Chiffchaff was by Stanpit golf course, while a Firecrest sang there, likewise 15 Chiffchaff across the area, and a Blackcap was sub-singing. Otherwise, in terms of passerines, there were up to 4 Wheatear on the Barn Field, Hengistbury, and a Water Pipit was on Priory Marsh. Small waders were sparse, just 2 Ringed Plover and 16 Dunlin, but a Spotted Redshank was on the marsh, as was a pair of Egyptian Goose.

March 12th

It was a fantastic day of weather, which heard the year’s first Blackcap song about the area – this being around Stanpit golf course, where one Siberian Chiffchaff was present and 4 White Wagtail were on Priory Marsh. Although later in the morning, Meadow Pipit were seemingly quite numerous moving over the greater Christchurch area, there were hardly any detected above Hengistbury early on. Presumably, the clear skies meant that birds were passing over higher than ears and eyes could detect. However, a Sand Martin, a Yellowhammer and a Siskin did move through; while a couple of Wheatear were settled, as were half-a-dozen Chiffchaff, and an Iceland Gull was logged. Later on, a female Blackcap was also on-site, as was a further Wheatear.

March 11th

Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff at Stanpit yesterday – Chris Chapleo

There was an element of winter thrush movement this morning, when 2 Fieldfare and 12 Redwing were on Wick, along with a single Chiffchaff. At Stanpit, a further three ‘chiffies’ were present by RIBS Marine, while a Water Pipit and 22 Pied Wagtail were on Priory Marsh. Waders have not been counted for a few days so today’s numbers from Mudeford Quay and Fisherman’s Bank are welcome, and comprise: the Spotted Redshank, 2 Sanderling, 2 Grey Plover, 5 Ringed Plover and 34 Dunlin; plus 8 Shelduck inside the harbour.

Additional news: a first-winter Iceland Gull was present.

March 10th

Clear skies and a light northerly wind encouraged an arrival of birds over Hengistbury this morning, comprising: 330 Meadow Pipit, 11 alba Wagtail, 5 Siskin and a single Brambling amongst a 100-strong flock of Chaffinch. Meanwhile, at least 5 Wheatear were on the head, while a Redwing and 2 Chiffchaff, these singing, were on Wick. Over at Stanpit, there were 4 Siberian Chiffchaff and these are now calling a lot more, plus 2 Water Pipit on Priory Marsh. In addition to a Red-throated Diver and 2 Mediterranean Gull, a real mixture of wildfowl was on the move, including: a flock of 4 Gadwall that chased each other over the sea for half-an-hour or so before ending uo in Barn Bight, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Greylag Goose and a Mute Swan. To wrap up, the Shelduck numbered around 8 birds inside the harbour, along with a good count of 5 Grey Plover and 344 Brent Goose, a male Peregrine was keeping its eye on the incoming migrants at sea and 2 Buzzard ventured as far south from the Avon Valley as Clay Pool before being turned away by gulls.

March 9th

Firecrest
Firecrest
Firecrest on Wick – Paul Wilkins
Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff at Stanpit – Clinton Whale
Kittiwake
...and a recent shot of one of the seemingly, prospecting Kittiwake – Chris Chapleo

It was a glorious day of weather throughout that hosted a real mixture of winter and spring birds. The year’s first long-distance African migrant, a male Wheatear, was on Warren Hill for most of the morning, while an increase to 8 Chiffchaff at Stanpit represented an influx of those. In addition, a Firecrest on Wick, along the riverside path, may also have been a new bird as the species is rarely seen in that area. Meanwhile, the first-winter Iceland Gull cruised past the Coastguards and there are now 3 Siberian Chiffchaff around the Stanpit golf course, plus 2 White Wagtail and 2 Water Pipit on the adjacent Priory Marsh. The fine weather prompted a good number of species into song on Hengistbury, not least Skylark, Linnet, Rock Pipit and Meadow Pipit. 

Tides March 10th: H02:15 | H05:45 | L12:05 | H16:40 | H19:25

March 8th

Firecrest
Firecrest in the Wood today – Chris Chapleo

The first-winter Iceland Gull moved east over the cliffs just off the Barn Field this morning, then later the information services reported an adult bird off Mudeford Quay at 11am. Staying with gulls, a 4-hour watch from the cliff top produced counts of 165 Herring Gull, 83 Great Black-backed Gull, 43 Common Gull and 4 Mediterranean Gull; also past there were 33 Brent Geese, 10 Common Scoter, 7 Pintail, 3 Curlew, a Tufted Duck and a Red-throated Diver, plus a Fulmar past Mudeford Quay; all these birds east.  One of yesterday's Kittiwake was again prospecting the cliff for most of the morning. Earlier, a group of six geese over the harbour was made up of 2 Egyptian Geese, which headed north up the valley, and 4 Greylag Geese that headed out to the west. A pair of Shoveler was on the sea off the quay, 3 Great Crested Grebe were off Double Dykes and 20 Shelduck were on Stanpit. Finally, a Firecrest was in the Wood.

March 7th

  Skylark
Green Woodpecker
Species already on territory around the harbour Skylark – Clinton Whale
and Green Woodpecker – Alan Crockard

Only one Siberian Chiffchaff was seen today, a bird singing from the golf course bank this afternoon. The only other passerine of note was the Firecrest in the wood although there was just a hint of migration with 105 Meadow Pipit and 2 White Wagtail north over the Coastguards. The sea again saw some movement with a Great Skua, 3 Velvet Scoter, 3 Eider and 15 Common Scoter, all these west.  Of interest, a pair of Kittiwake was sitting on a ledge on the cliff - prospecting? The observer commented that in more than forty years of birding at Hengistbury he had never before seen this! Around lunchtime, there was a female-type Marsh Harrier at Stanpit, where once again there was a good count of 36 Common Gull, also a single Mediterranean Gull and a Grey Plover. Waders on the Mudeford Sandspit were 8 Purple Sandpiper, 13 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and on the harbour shore, 8 Turnstone.  Finally, the information services reported the Iceland Gull on the sea off Hengistbury.

March 6th

Water Pipit
  Water Pipit
A Water Pipit in heavy moult on the marsh yesterday – Alan Hayden

There was something of a gull-fest today starting with the younger of the two Iceland Gull on the beach at Whitepits around 7am.  Shortly afterwards, a Glaucous Gull, probably a first winter, moved east past Hengistbury, also 34 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Little Gull in the same direction, while 98 Common Gull headed west. A further 12 Mediterranean Gull moved through the harbour over Stanpit and this afternoon 29 Common Gull were in the pre-roost there. A Velvet Scoter was seen three times offshore, while 106 Pintail and 7 Shoveler headed high to the south-east. There was a Great Northern Diver on the sea and another one east, also 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Avocet and a Red-breasted Merganser, the latter west.  There was an influx of Stonechat today with eight singing males logged on Hengistbury. The Black Redstart was by the Beach Huts and a Treecreeper was in the Wood, but only one Siberian Chiffchaff was seen on Stanpit. The Brent Goose count was 301, also 16 Shelduck and a pair of Pintail. Stanpit Creek held 2 Spotted Redshank, but elsewhere there was just a handful of small waders, a Black-tailed Godwit and 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, the latter headed off to the west.

March 5th

The two Siberian Chiffchaff were in the usual spot on Stanpit this morning, also 3 Water Pipit on Priory Marsh and a Yellowhammer overhead.  Wader numbers were fairly poor with just 9 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and the Spotted Redshank. On Hengistbury a Black Redstart was by the beach huts and 5 Mediterranean Gull moved over but the sea was again disappointing with just 2 Red-throated Diver west and 5 Great Crested Grebe on the sea, the latter off Double Dykes.

March 4th

Grey Heron
A topical shot of a Grey Heron with nesting material at Hengistbury today – Alan Crockard

The first Yellowhammer of the year moved over Hengistbury this morning, but otherwise there was very little evidence of migration. On Stanpit the two Siberian Chiffchaff had returned to their favoured spot on the golf course bank. The sea was again fairly quiet, although a total of 27 Mediterranean Gull moved east, also a single flock of 44 Brent Geese in the same direction, while singles of Sandwich Tern, Red-throated Diver and Pintail moved west. To round up, 8 Common Scoter were on the sea, 27 Brent Geese were on Wick Meadows and the drake Pintail remained at Stanpit

March 3rd

Just one Iceland Gull was seen today, at Hengistbury, also 2 Fulmar west and 3 Mediterranean Gull overhead. The Firecrest was in the Wood and a Black Redstart was by the Beach Huts with a second bird on the sandspit, where 20 Purple Sandpiper were on groyne 9. The two eastern-type Chiffchaff were by the old bonfire site on the playing field at Stanpit, and finally one was heard to call to confirm its identification as tristis. In addition, five regular Chiffchaff were on the golf course bank, where there was also a Firecrest. A Great Northern Diver was on the sea off Mudeford Quay, while 4 Kittiwake, 2 Common Scoter and 2 Red-breasted Merganser moved west past there. There were two Spotted Redshank today, with the usual bird on East Marsh and a bird on Wick Meadows, also a Grey Wagtail there. Stanpit this afternoon produced a Sandwich Tern on the tip of South Marsh, a Merlin, a Mediterranean Gull and a drake Pintail. Finally, an update on the Grey Heron nests on Hengistbury where a third nest is now occupied with two eggs laid so far.  News of the other two nests is that the one with the three eggs now has its first chick.

March 2nd

Rusty Boat
The Rusty Boat and Central Marsh at today's high water – Clinton Whale
Salt Hurns
...and the Salt Hurns – Colin Raymond

The day’s WeBS count was seriously hindered by a high water that left Stanpit unpassable, even in wellies! Nevertheless, some birds were counted. A first-winter Iceland Gull spent some time around Crouch Hill this morning, while late in the afternoon a first-winter Little Gull fed in the harbour just off the Christchurch Harbour Hotel; also 3 Mediterranean Gull about. In terms of waders, the best were the Spotted Redshank and 11 Purple Sandpiper, the latter on the sandspit, but also a single Grey Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, this only the second record of the year for the species, 28 Turnstone, 19 Ringed Plover and 66 Dunlin. In addition to a Firecrest in the Wood, a Mistle Thrush, which has almost the same value in the recording area, was briefly on Stanpit golf course and a single Raven passed over. At sea, the best was easily a Black-necked Grebe that drifted east on the water, along with westerly fly-bys of 5 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver and a Gannet. A Peregrine was also seen over the waves and the drake Tufted Duck toured the area in the company of a pair of Mallard. The remaining interest comes from the censused wildfowl and includes: 264 Brent Goose, 213 Teal and 193 Wigeon - it’s not often the smaller ducks outnumber the latter.

March 1st

Eastern Chiffchaff
Eastern Chiffchaff
Eastern Chiffchaff
One of the putative Siberian (tristis) Chiffchaff at Stanpit – Alan Hayden

The day started with thick fog, but as that cleared the interest picked up. At least two, but possibly three, 'Eastern' Chiffchaff were along the golf course footpath at Stanpit, as well as four or more standard Chiffchaff. Over on Hengistbury, there had been a clear influx of Stonechat, with as many as 20 birds present today; while 2 Black Redstart were again at the end of the head and 2 Bullfinch, a male and a female, were on Wick Fields. First-winter Iceland Gull were seen in two distinct locations - on the beach just east of Double Dykes and loafing on Priory Marsh on the bank of Clay Pool - and a Black-throated Diver was on the sea off Hengistbury, from where a decent count of 34 Purple Sandpiper was turned in. To finish off: a Spotted Redshank was heard at Stanpit, at least 2 Raven passed over Priory Marsh, a Kingfisher was on-site, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed in the North Scrubs and a Painted Lady butterfly was on the wing.

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