Sightings for the current month
The only news from today of two adult Mediterranean Gull west and 15 Black-tailed Godwit over the Barn Field. Some later news from a couple of nights ago, when 2 Tawny Owl were heard in the Wood - always something of an enigma in the recording area.
Firstly, on the hottest day of the year by a country mile, some late news from yesterday; when 2 Tawny Owl were calling in the Wood after dark. Moving to today, a Red Kite was over Priory Marsh and at least 22 Mediterranean Gull were about, as were 6 Common Tern. The long-distance-migrant waders included a Knot, a Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper, while 5 Redshank had probably made a shorter journey. Rounding up, a family of Stonechat on Crouch Hill comprised of three young.
A couple of Little Ringed Plover tucked away in Stanpit Bight were a nice record for the month, as was a Brent Goose seen from Mudeford Quay. Meanwhile, from Fishermans Bank, a Knot and a Common Sandpiper were notable, while 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank and 10 Curlew were perhaps slightly more expected. A Fulmar moved west past the quay, 6 Common Tern headed in the opposite direction, a further bird fed in Barn Bight and 6 Mediterranean Gull were settled. Of breeding interest, around 75 Sand Martin by the Ironstone Quarry suggests a recent fledge; but more significantly, the female Oystercatcher is still sitting and the male is driving away gulls. Could it happen!
Two of yesterday's Avocet Caroline Herbert
It was a fabulously hot day, but, unfortunately, no reports have been received.
There were 4 Avocet in Holloways Dock early this morning, when 4 Mediterranean Gull passed west and a Peregrine hunted over Hengistbury. Slightly later, from Mudeford Quay, the years first juvenile Black-headed Gull two birds were on site, along with 4 Common Tern, a Fulmar, a Whimbrel and 12 Curlew; plus 35 eastbound Swift.
Oystercatcher have not bred in the recording area for as long as anyone can remember, so this bird sitting on two eggs on the Sandspit is quite a revelation. Many thanks to BCP Council for acting so promptly and fencing off the area Alan Hayden
Other than the surprise breeding interest, the event of the day was a first-summer Common Tern inside the harbour. This age of bird rarely ventures so far north. Also at Stanpit, all seen from Fishermans Bank in the morning, were: singles of Avocet, Knot and Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 10 Curlew and a further six Common Tern. Some recent, nocturnal visits to Hengistbury suggest a possible three churring Nightjar.
Despite the warm weather, there is no news from the harbour today. The field trip to the New Forest was a success, however, with honey buzzard being seen on three occasions. Thanks to Nick Whitehouse for organising the event.
Juvenile Goldfinch Robert Gray
On a day of fine weather, the first juvenile Mediterranean Gull to visit the area thirteen of them, all but one over were logged, as well as two returning Whimbrel and 10 Curlew. A Cuckoo was either remaining or also on its way back, while a male Bullfinch, presumably a breeder, was on Wick.
Skylark Leo Pyke
The year's longest day, certainly doesn't mean the year's longest post! A total of 16 Black-tailed Godwit and at least 2 Redshank were around Barn Bight, and a Common Tern left the harbour over there. The only other news, however, is of a Lesser Whitethroat on Wick and a juvenile Dartford Warbler on the Long Field.
Again, there is little news; save for 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a female Bullfinch on Wick.
Kestrel Roger Tidball
Common Tern Jackie Smith
There was a reasonable selection of birds to be seen from Mudeford Quay this morning, including2 Little Tern, 18 Common Tern, a couple of Eider and 8 Common Scoter. Meanwhile, a Hobby passed over Wick Hams and four fledged Lesser Whitethroat were on Wick. Otherwise, its just 8 Mediterranean Gull four west and four roosting plus singles of Lapwing and Curlew to remark upon.
A couple of Knot heading west over the Barn Field were quite a record for the date, but the only other news involves a Kingfisher on Wick and a close-in Fulmar.
The best from a quiet day was a Hobby hunting Whitepits in the morning, while 20 Lapwing and at least 2 Curlew are back in the area. Of breeding interest, two of the five Kestrel chicks on Hengistbury have now fledged.
The only records for today were of 19 Common Scoter at sea; as well as 4 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew and a Guillemot, all heading west.
With the wind continuing much as yesterday, the sea again received the focus; but with the exception of 25 Manx Shearwater west, all in a 10-minute spell of a 3.5-hour watch, it was rather quiet. In addition to the Manxies, which were seen from the Beach Huts, there were also: 2 Common Tern, 15 Sandwich Tern, a Great Crested Grebe, 5 Fulmar and a Razorbill, all west, plus 2 Common Scoter east. A further 2 Great Crested Grebe were inside the harbour, where there was a total of 10 Mediterranean Gull as well as two passing east - a Dunlin and a Curlew; while a Cuckoo and a Kingfisher were returned from Wick. The traditional, mid-summer herd of moulting Mute Swan is starting to breed a count 261 being made yesterday.
The days conditions encouraged a fair degree of seawatching from Mudeford Quay, which produced 2 Little Tern, 4 Common Tern, 25 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Scoter, a Razorbill, a Guillemot, 12 Fulmar and around 30 Gannet, all heading into the stiff south-westerly breeze. During the afternoon, 3 Ringed Plover rested on the sandspit, while a Dunlin, a Curlew, a Redshank and around 20 Lapwing were inside the harbour. Rounding up, a Hobby patrolled the northern fringe of the recording area around lunchtime and a Kingfisher at Stanpit was a fine record for the month.
Longtailed Tit - Leo Pyke
The day was, once again, dominated by rain the only real news being an apparently, new-in Reed Warbler singing at Whitepits, which is nowhere near any reeds; and a total of around 20 Mediterranean, mostly east.
The best from a largely wet day is a Cuckoo at Stanpit, a total of 6 Mediterranean Gull and a Lapwing. There is plenty of action going on with our Barn Owl camera, so if you haven't had a look....
Reed Bunting - Alan Crockard
Reed Warbler now have fledged young to feed - Jackie Smith
Wick provides the only news for the day, with confirmed breeding of Lesser Whitethroat and a couple of Mediterranean Gull east.
Skylark Robert Gray
From Fishermans Bank this morning, there were singles of Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Curlew, while 5 Gadwall were also about the marsh.
As expected for the combination of wind strength and direction, plus the date, there were Storm Petrel in Christchurch Bay. Between 8:00 and 10:30, odd birds were near-constantly visible from the Beach Huts the maximum seen at one time was three, but there were almost certainly more involved with a single bird being seen on a couple of occasions from Mudeford Quay. Slightly later, there was some shearwater activity watched from the quay, comprising: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Manx Shearwater and seven unidentified individuals. To complement this, there were up to ten lingering Gannet, five or so Fulmar and a first-summer Mediterranean Gull.
Other than a bright couple of hours in the early afternoon, it was a day of constant rain. During the dry spell, however, a Common Scoter was seen inside the harbour never a common occurrence here five adult Mediterranean Gull moved over Hengistbury and a Reed Warbler was singing from a new location on Wick, so may be a late arriver. Moving away from birds, the years first Hairy Dragonfly was by the Wooden Bridge.
The news from today is all from Stanpit, where there was a Hobby, a Cuckoo, 2 Dunlin and a Bar-tailed Godwit.
A rather dark, juvenile Grey Heron Jackie Smith
Eastbound Mediterranean Gull continue to be a feature, with perhaps as many 23 passing through today. Otherwise, its just a single Dunlin and 2 Curlew at Stanpit to mention.
As we move into the birding abyss that is June, there is very little to show for some commendable field efforts this morning. A Cuckoo was feeding on caterpillars at Whitepits, 4 Mediterranean Gull travelled east and a further rested at Stanpit. Meanwhile, the only waders on the marsh were singles of Bar-tailed Godwit and Dunlin. Rounding up the birds for today, a Little Grebe was on the Ironstone Quarry and, you can tell how bad it is, a total of 31 Canada Goose was observed. Some news from the last week or so, however, is of at least 2 Nightjar now on territory at Hengistbury. Of odonata interest, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Large Red Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly were all on the wing today.
The only news from a day of very fine weather is of a Cuckoo on Wick Fields and 4 Mediterranean Gull passing east.
There were three waders still making their way north at Stanpit this morning a Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Dunlin while singles of Redshank and Curlew have both presumably given up for the season, and are on the return. At sea, 20 Common Scoter and 2 Gannet headed into the Solent off Mudeford Quay; with the remainder of the interest coming from breeding Shelduck, which now have 22 offspring from a presumed three sets of parents.