Sightings for the current month
Shortly after 10am this morning an Osprey arrived over Wick Fields and continued north over Stanpit. Earlier soon after first light 'first of the year' Redstart and Sedge Warbler moved off the head past the HHC, also c50 'phylloscs' split 60:40 in favour of Willow Warbler. On the ground, mainly on Wick, were 35 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap and 5 Willow Warbler plus a minimum of 25 Wheatear on the Barn Field; another three of these were on Crouch Hill. Waders at Stanpit were 130 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover and singles of Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit. A couple of Brambling passed over Stanpit with two Raven there, while 28 Mediterranean Gull moved west over the harbour and a Buzzard, seen from Wick, headed north.
There was clearly an arrival of Wheatear this morning but oddly only on the Barn Field where fifteen birds were present. Elsewhere there were 35 Chiffchaff and 10 Blackcap, mainly on Wick plus 5 Sand Martin and 2 Swallow. Mediterranean Gull were also on the move with seventeen counted over Hengistbury.
The whole of the harbour was blanketed in an early morning mist that fortunately cleared by 8am. Stanpit had the pick of the birds with a female Garganey in Mother Siller's Channel and an early Whitethroat on the golf course bank. Other migrant totals from across the area were 7 Swallow, 6 Wheatear, 4 Sand Marin, 3 Sandwich Tern and 2 Blackcap, also 3 Mediterranean Gull on the move. The sandspit still held 5 Purple Sandpiper plus 11 Turnstone, also 12 Snipe were logged on Hengistbury while on Stanpit there were 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover and 2 Shoveler.
Migrants today included the first Black Redstart of the year, by the beach huts at Hengistbury, plus, on Wick, a Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 15 Chiffchaff, also a Swallow and 2 Sand Martin over Stanpit this afternoon. There was an Avocet on Stanpit where just 10 Dunlin were present while a flock of 180 Black-tailed Godwit commuted between Stanpit Creek and Barn Bight. A single Sandwich Tern was logged and 6 Mediterranean Gull passed over. For late March a count of 56 Teal on Stanpit was noteworthy.
The only reports received for today were from the Hengistbury side of the harbour where 2 Wheatear were on the Barn Field and 3 singing Blackcap together with a couple of male Bullfinch were on Wick.
On another glorious spring morning migrants were once again few with just 3 Sand Martin, a couple of singing Blackcap on Wick and 8 Chiffchaff. On Stanpit there were 141 Black-tailed Godwit, another 65 of these were in Barn Bight, 30 Brent Geese, 28 Dunlin, 17 Ringed Plover, the red-head Goosander and 260 Wigeon. To round up just 4 Purple Sandpiper were on the sandspit today, a Grey Wagtail was on Wick Water Meadows and 2 Mediterranean Gull were over Stanpit.
Despite a keen northerly wind the first Tree Pipit of the spring was recorded at Stanpit this morning; CHOG has only had three earlier first of the year records, in 1988, 1990 and 2004. Otherwise there was just a single Sand Martin at Hengistbury, a few Chiffchaff and a singing Blackcap on Wick and half a dozen Wheatear across the area. A single Bar-tailed Godwit headed west over Double Dykes followed, a few minutes later, by a flock of 80 Black-tailed Godwit also moving west. A Red Kite was over Stanpit where, later in the day, there was a red-head Goosander and a pair of Shoveler. There were two pairs of Bullfinch today, one by the Lily Pond and one on Roebury Lane.
Purple Sandpiper Clinton Whale
Dartford Warbler Clinton Whale
On a fine day, the first Willow Warbler of the year arrived with us a bird by the HHC gates. Also, a maximum of 8 Wheatear on the Barn Field and at least 15 Chiffchaff on Wick, where there was also a Redwing and a Bullfinch. A total of 10 Mediterranean Gull passed over, while 8 Purple Sandpiper were again on the sandspit and a Buzzard visited the Stanpit airspace.
A total of 9 Wheatear was reckoned across the area, while at least 20 Chiffchaff were present some of them possibly birds now on territory and 6 Sand Martin headed through. Meanwihile, in what felt like ideal conditions for a Meadow Pipit arrival, barely a handful came in over Hengistbury. Finishing up: a minimum of 8 Mediterranean Gull passed to the east, a Firecrest was in the Wood, 8 Purple Sandpiper were on the sandspit and a Peregrine hunted offshore.
Stonechat Leo Pyke
At least 4 Spoonbill overflew today a flock of that number was seen over the harbour, then 15 minutes later a single bird headed west. Also overhead, a Little Ringed Plover, a Sand Martin and 8 Mediterranean Gull from Hengistbury. There was less on the ground than the previous couple of days just 4 Wheatear and 9 Chiffchaff but a flock of 38 Common Scoter moved into the Solent. Finishing with the news from the southern part of the area, a male Marsh Harrier was around Wick Hams, while a Buzzard and a singing Treecreeper were in the Wood. Over on Stanpit, there was a single Avocet and 102 Brent Goose.
Based on nothing more scientific than an ageing memory, it already feels as if there are more Wheatear coming through this season than last an estimated 17+ in the recording area today as well as 14 Chiffchaff, all on Wick, and a singing Blackcap there. Sticking with incoming birds, a party of 3 Sand Martin came in-off over Coastguards and a White Wagtail was again on Priory Marsh. Meanwhile, in contrast, an increase of the Water Pipit on Stanpit to four and a Redwing in the No Dogs Field were signs of winter visitors starting to depart these shores. A sub-adult, male Marsh Harrier was on the marsh throughout the day, as was an Egyptian Goose, while 8 Black-tailed Godwit moved through to the west.
Wheatear at Stanpit Clinton Whale
The day saw a clear influx of Wheatear and Chiffchaff, with at least eleven and thirty of each respectively across the area. Meanwhile, a Water Pipit was with a dozen or so Pied Wagtail on Stanpit, and 12 Mediterranean Gull passed over there. Rounding up, 3 Bullfinch were logged two on Wick and one in the Wood.
Cetti's Warbler Jackie Smith
There was a single Wheatear at Stanpit today, while 7 Chiffchaff were returned from the other side of the river. In Holloway's Dock, the Black-tailed Godwit numbered 117.
Lesser Blackbacked Gull - Clinton Whale
On a fine day, the Wheatear continued to trickle in a couple on the Barn Field this morning while around 35 Meadow Pipit came-in-off-the-sea and 3 Chiffchaff were singing on Wick. The resident Dartford Warbler were also vocal a total of three males in song. A Peregrine and a Buzzard both visited the area, and two male Bullfinch were on Wick. This evening, a pair of Goosander arrived and settled to roost in Mother Sillers Channel.
Linnet are now returning to their breeding territories Clinton Whale
It was a fine day, but with very few reports returned. There were, however, 3 Wheatear on the Barn Field and 4 Chiffchaff on Wick.
The day was dominated by a westerly gale, which made birding very difficult indeed. A couple of hours at the Beach Huts this morning produced, all west: 5 Kittiwake two of those adults 3 Fulmar, 58 Gannet and 2 Grey Plover. In addition, a Peregrine grazed the shoreline. Elsewhere on Hengistbury, a Firecrest was in the Wood and 39 Black-tailed Godwit were in Holloways Dock.
Collared Dove Alan Crockard
Hen Pheasant going to roost Tina Scott
Despite it being a blustery and grey day, there was a small number of newly-arrived birds. A couple of Wheatear were on the Barn Field, Stanpit hosted three each of Sand Martin and Blackcap, up to a dozen Chiffchaff were across the area and, this afternoon, a handful of Meadow Pipit were noted making land over the sandspit. Meanwhile, a Firecrest was in song on Hengistbury and a Water Pipit was amongst 21 Pied Wagtail on Priory Marsh. The Black-tailed Godwit total for the post is 45, some of them coming into very nice plumage indeed. Of mammal interest, an Otter was in Parky Meade Rail during the late morning.
Todays news is headed by a dark-phase Arctic Skua that came in from the west, off the Beach Huts, milled around a little and then headed back from whence it came. Otherwise, there were just a couple of Gannet out at sea. To complete a short post, there were 86 Black-tailed Godwit in Holloways Dock.
Peregrine Ray Scott
Shelduck Clinton Whale
The first Wheatear of the Spring 2 birds were on the Barn Field for a short time this morning, while a single Blackcap and 20 Chiffchaff at Stanpit were also new-in birds. A further half-a-dozen chiffs were spread about the area and at least 3 Bullfinch remain on Wick, where a Mediterranean Gull passed over. This evening, a Marsh Harrier was at Stanpit and 24 Brent Goose were counted there. In addition, a single Great Crested Grebe and 23 Black-tailed Godwit were in Barn Bight.
The only news is from Stanpit, where a Peregrine and 90 Black-tailed Godwit were present.
Blacktailed Godwit, stating to acquire breeding plumage - Clinton Whale
A Firecrest near the Wooden Bridge on Wick this morning was, due to location, an almost certain migrant, while 3 Chiffchaff were about the nearby fields. A Marsh Harrier was at Stanpit early on, where the Shelduck numbered eighteen. Later in the day, there were two adult Mediterranean Gull at Stanpit, as well as 2 Pintail and 61 Brent Goose.
Linnet in song at Stanpit Alan Crockard
The best from a blustery day is a Water Pipit at Stanpit, where Cettis Warbler and Linnet were both in song. A Firecrest was again in the Wood and 3 Chiffchaff were on Wick Fields. Peregrine, presumably the same individual, was reported from a few locations.
Greenfinch Clinton Whale
There was more evidence of arriving Chiffchaff today four on Hengistbury and five at Stanpit some of them enjoying the emerging flies. As expected, a Firecrest was in the Wood, while the Holloways Dock Black-tailed Godwit increased to 124 and a Pintail headed north through the harbour.
A sub-adult (fourth-calendar year) Marsh Harrier was again hunting Stanpit this morning, before leaving to the north-east at 08:25. A large, young Peregrine was present with it, meaning total panic amongst the 90 Black-tailed Godwit and 70 Redshank on Wick Hams. Meanwhile, there were 3 Chiffchaff on Wick Fields, as well as the customary Bullfinch two today along the riverside path.
Curlew Alan Crockard
On a largely wet day, there were once again 2 Firecrest in the Wood, as well as increase of Chiffchaff to 3 birds.
Waders on Hengistbury today Ringed Plover (upper), Dunlin & Blacktailed Godwit (lower) - Clinton Whale
Its the usual stuff to report on from Hengistbury and Wick namely: a couple of Firecrest and a Chiffchaff in the Nursery, 3 Bullfinch on Wick and 106 Black-tailed Godwit in Holloways Dock. Meanwhile, there were signs of spring at Stanpit with three interacting Great Spotted Woodpecker and Golldfinch collecting nest materials. A Water Rail was also showing well on the path bordering the now-closed golf course.
There were a few interesting bits and pieces today. An early Arctic Skua, a pale-phase bird, was seen in the afternoon from Mudeford Quay as it came in from the west before settling on the sea. Also, 6 Purple Sandpiper from there. At Stanpit, a Water Pipit was along the southern edge of Parky Meade Rail and a fourth-calendar-year, male Marsh Harrier spent some time hunting the area. Over on Wick, a couple of Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Bullfinch were about the fields.
Spotted Redshank on Stanpit yesterday Scott Usher
It was a day of quite horrendous weather, which made the WeBS count nothing short of a wash-out. From that exercise, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Shoveler, 49 Teal, 370 Wigeon and 111 Brent Goose are the most notable. Remarkably, a Chiffchaff was in song on Wick and a Marsh Harrier was seen at Stanpit. Once again, a couple of Bullfinch were by the Wick Viewing Platform.
Goldfinch Jackie Smith
The pick of a weather-wise, variable day was 3 Spoonbill heading west at sea. Elsewhere, a Jack Snipe came up from Wick Hams and headed to Stanpit, a Firecrest was in the Wood and three male Bullfinch were on Wick Fields. The wader news involves the Spotted Redshank off Fishermans Bank and around 80 Black-tailed Godwit in Holloways Dock. With respect to tomorrow's outdoor meeting, it is intended to meet as arranged but make a decision based on actual weather conditions.
This morning, Priory Marsh held a Water Pipit, a White Wagtail and 26 Pied Wagtail, while a couple of Scandinavian Rock Pipit, one of them starting to flush pink, were on Grimmery Bank. Elsewhere on the marsh, there were two more of the pipits and 4 Shoveler. A total of 4 Chiffchaff on Wick Fields tends to back-up yesterdays suggestion of arriving birds, while the Mediterranean Gull passage is also picking up at least a dozen east through the area today. Meanwhile, a Firecrest was in the Wood and 78 Black-tailed Godwit were in Holloways Dock.