Sightings for September 2019

September 30th

HighTide
The spring high at Wick Meadows Colin Raymond

There seemed to be a small influx of Whinchat today, with four between Whitepits and the Long Field this morning. Meanwhile, 2 Firecrest were in the Wood, a Spotted Flycatcher was in the North Scrubs and 35 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat and 22 Stonechat were about the western portion of Hengistbury. Swallow and House Martin moved over throughout day, save for the periods of rain a 90-minute sample producing 550 of the former, while the latter were in much smaller numbers. Also over, a single Yellow Wagtail. From Mudeford Quay early on, a total of 3 Red-throated Diver passed west, as did a couple of Mediterranean Gull. Later in the day, there was a further med, an adult, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Shelduck and 27 Sandwich Tern; again all west. The Brent Goose at Stanpit came to eleven; another adult Mediterranean Gull loafed; and a Kingfisher was around Wick Hams. The only wader news is of the Grey Phalarope at Stanpit and a Bar-tailed Godwit on Wick Meadows. 

September 29th

Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buffbreasted Sandpiper - Alan Hayden
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope Clinton Whale (upper) & Alan Hayden

By a long chalk, waders head the bill today. Just after midday, CHOGs second-ever Buff-breasted Sandpiper was discovered at Stanpit, where it spent a couple of hours on East Marsh before seeming to leave over the Black House. The previous occurrence was of very short-staying bird in September 1996. The reason todays bird was found was due to the presence of a first-winter Grey Phalarope on North Marsh that performed pretty well. Earlier, there was a brief sighting of a much darker bird, but it was all too quick to make a firm identification. As surprising as the sandpiper, was a westerly movement of Golden Plover. This is a species we normally get in ones or twos during early November or in larger numbers during extreme winter weather; so three flocks at sea of four, fifteen and twelve, plus a single over Stanpit, were a real exception. Rounding up on the waders, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, an Avocet, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit and 65 Black-tailed Godwit were at Stanpit; 27 Knot went straight through to the west; and 5 Sanderling and around 25 Dunlin were about the sandspit. In addition to an adult Arctic Tern that lingered off the Beach Huts and one of the same inside the harbour, there were up to 12 Common Tern around and a significant increase in the numbers of Sandwich Tern 55 individuals were at Stanpit, while an estimated 80 either moved west or fed off Hengistbury. Also off the head, all west: an Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 16 Common Scoter, a Guillemot, an auk and 33 Gannet; hundreds of Swallow and a few House Martin grazed the waves; and at least 11 Shag were on the water. A further 4 Mediterranean Gull were at Stanpit, where Crouch Hill hosted a Whinchat, 7 Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail. Finishing off, a Peregrine and Kingfisher were logged. 

September 28th

A modest feeding-flock of gulls off the Beach Huts, which contained an adult Common Gull, several Gannet of varying ages, around 15 Sandwich Tern and at least 3 Common Tern, attracted an adult Roseate Tern for much of the morning; when 3 Bottlenose Dolphin were present throughout. Bird-wise, 4 Common Scoter and Peregrine were also logged from the huts. On the other side of the area, a Jack Snipe came up off Stanpit, where a flock of 7 Greenshank was on Central Marsh, and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 26 Black-tailed Godwit were present. Crouch Hill once again hosted Yellow Wagtail two birds as well as a Whinchat, 13 Wheatear and over 120 Meadow Pipit. By this evening, another larger but more distant feeding-flock had formed off the head and there was an increase to around 30 Sandwich Tern. Finally, a Kingfisher grabbed supper in Barn Bight. 

September 27th

It was again largely quiet at sea, save for some isolated highlights. A Long-tailed Skua and a Sabines Gull, both with unreported ages, went west past Mudeford Quay and the Beach Huts respectively; while a Grey Phalarope also went west past the huts and a dark-phase Arctic Skua went through the harbour itself. Otherwise though, there were just: a single Gannet, 6 Common Tern, 22 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Scoter and an auk. Passerine-wise, there was a Firecrest in the Wood, plus a Spotted Flycatcher and 12 Chiffchaff in Stanpit Scrubs, and 2 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 3 Yellow Wagtil, 140 Meadow Pipit and 60 Linnet on Crouch Hill. An Arctic Tern lingered inside the harbour this morning, where there were also: a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Ringed Plover and 45 Dunlin. To finish, its wildfowl, which included: 8 Brent Goose, 3 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 25 Teal and 100 Wigeon. 

September 26th

Given the conditions showers and a strong south-westerly wind there was a quite unexpected, southerly movement of Meadow Pipit throughout the morning. The spectacle, on a broad front across the entire area and way out into Christchurch Bay, was estimated at several thousands of birds. Swallow were doing the same thing, but probably in the order of hundreds. Before moving on, its probably worth comparing information from sites around 10 miles either side of us. Milford-on-Sea, to the east, whom we were in contact with due to the sea conditions experienced almost no movement at all; whereas Durlston Head, to the west, had a record count of 9250 birds. Milford, however, scored with commic terns and skuas, when we had none! In fact, the sea got no better than two very distant shearwaters, a Guillemot, an unidentified auk, 5 Common Scoter and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull. Also over the water, a Merlin accompanied the pipits. Over at Stanpit, Crouch Hill again hosted a good number of grounded birds, including: 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 6 Skylark, 220 Meadow Pipit, 60 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting. A further 2 Yellow Wagtail were on Wick, as were 14 Chiffchaff and 8 Blackcap. The post concludes with waders, all from Stanpit, where 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit and 12 Black-tailed Godwit were present. 

September 25th

There were Firecrest around today the peak being three birds in the Nursery; while Crouch Hill again hosted a good number of passerines including 5 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 14 Wheatear, a Rock Pipit, 120 Meadow Pipit, 8 Stonechat and 60 Linnet. Elsewhere, there was a further Yellow Wagtail, two settled Grey Wagtail, a Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap and 7 Chiffchaff. There was perhaps a reduction in wader interest the best being 8 Knot, 2 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit and 12 Black-tailed Godwit. Ringed Plover and Dunlin were present, but not counted. Rounding up, there were 8 Brent Goose at Stanpit, a Kingfisher on the Salt Hurns and a Great Skua off Hengistbury. 

September 24th

BlacktailedGodwit
Juvenile Blacktailed Godwit - Jackie Smith
MigrantHawker
Migrant Hawker Jackie Smith

There was more rain this morning, leading to local flood warnings being issued. Nevertheless, Wick was paid a visit and turned up a Spotted Flycactcher, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap. 

September 23rd

It was another damp day with, once more, a good wader spread at Stanpit. The best were a Little Stint and a Spotted Redshank, but also 30 Knot, 4 Greenshank, 12 Sanderling, a Whimbrel, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Ringed Plover and 30 Dunlin. Meanwhile, a Redstart was on Wick, and at least six each of Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear were about the area. Other passerines were sparse, however just a single Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap and 6 Chiffchaff on Wick, for example. A couple of Pintail were present and the incoming Wigeon are now at 110.

September 22nd

Most of the days news involves waders the best being a Curlew Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank and a Ruff; but also a good total of 34 Knot, plus 12 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Black-tailed Godwit. The former were at Stanpit, while about the sandspit there were 7 Sanderling and 6 Turnstone. The Brent Goose crept up to nine, with 2 Pintail also inside the harbour; a Common Scoter passed at sea and a lone Wigeon was watched arriving. In, at times, quite grim conditions, the only other return is of a Kingfisher in Barn Bight. 

September 21st

At least 750 Swallow passed over Hengistbury early in the morning, when a Goldcrest was on the Batters and a Yellow Wagtail, 7 Chiffchaff and 10 Blackcap were on Wick Fields. Meanwhile, waders seen at Stanpit included: a Curlew Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 12 Knot, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling, 110 Ringed Plover and 108 Dunlin; with 4 Black-tailed Godwit turned in from the other side of the river. This evening, on Crouch Hill, there were 10 Yellow Wagtail amongst twenty or so Meadow Pipit, 40 Linnet and a juvenile Skylark. Stanpit Bight held six dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Pintail and up to 90 Wigeon. Finishing up, there were 2 Kingfisher from Fishermans Bank. 

September 20th

MeadowPipit
Meadow Pipit Jackie Smith
YellowWagtail
Yellow Wagtail Jackie Smith

At one point during the day, a total of 4 Yellow Wagtail were with the 8 Wheatear and Meadow Pipit flock on Crouch Hill, while in the early morning a couple passed over Wick. Also from Wick, 11 Chiffchaff and 8 Blackcap. An adult male Marsh Harrier, presumably the bird that has spent the last four winters here, was seen throughout the day. The only wader news is of single Greenshank and Whimbrel, plus 4 Snipe. Early in the morning, over 50 Greylag Goose were in the traditional, late-summer Canada Goose roost. 

September 19th

All the news today comes from Wick, where a Willow Warbler was in song! Also there, a couple of Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap and 15 Chiffchaff. 

September 18th

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff Robert Gray

A decent selection of waders at Stanpit included: a Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a couple of Avocet that were seen to arrive, an impressive 54 Knot, an equally impressive 27 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, a Grey Plover, a Sanderling, a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper and lots of Ringed Plover and Dunlin. Meanwhile, a White Wagtail and a Whinchat were on Crouch Hill, as were over 45 Meadow Pipit, with upwards of 13 Wheatear around the marsh. Elsewhere, a minimum of 20 Chiffchaff were turned in, a Grey Wagtail went over Wick and the in-harbour Wigeon total is now sixty-four. 

September 17th

Despite the keen northerly wind there was a little movement this morning with 125 Meadow Pipit west and 35 House Martin over Wick Fields. Across the site there were 12 Wheatear, 12 Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat, just singles of Yellow Wagtail and Willow Warbler plus 2 Whinchat on the Barn Field and 2 Spotted Flycatcher in North Scrubs. Waders on Stanpit were 6o Dunlin, 40 Ringed Plover, 24 Knot, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Greenshank. To round up a Peregrine was over Stanpit, 2 Kingfisher were seen and the 2 Brent Geese remain.

September 16th

Hirundines were once again on the move this morning; these were mainly House Martin with 950 west before 9am but also 50 Swallow and 25 Sand Martin. Wick Fields held 3 Spotted Flycatcher together with 35 Blackcap, 30 Chiffchaff and 7 Whitethroat while on Crouch Hill there were 4 Wheatear and a single Yellow Wagtail. A Spoonbill visited Stanpit where the Spotted Redshank was seen. Wader counts included 25 Knot, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 2 Sanderling and 2 Common Sandpiper. The male Marsh Harrier was over Wick Fields soon after dawn and 5 Kingfisher were seen. A count of 12 Water Rail was made between Parky Meade Rail and Mother Siller's Channel while in Stanpit Bight there were 46 Wigeon and the 2 Brent Geese.

September 15th

On another glorious morning the highlight was an Ortolan Bunting at Hengistbury; the bird was in the golf course hedge before being spooked by a walker and not seen again. Hirundines were still moving though in good numbers today but no figures are available. There were 14 Wheatear on Crouch Hill with just one on Hengistbury and 2 Redstart on the old pitch & putt course plus, mainly on Wick, 45 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Whitethroat. The first Wetland Bird Survey of the 2019/20 season found a Curlew Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and 7 Greenshank plus 142 Ringed Plover, 137 Dunlin, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Knot, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel. The two Brent Geese were still on Stanpit and 5 Kingfisher were around the harbour. Later a Peregrine terrorised the birds on the marsh and two Buzzard were soaring to the north.

September 14th

In near perfect conditions there was a huge movement of birds this morning including the largest hirundine and pipit movements of the autumn so far plus a major fall of Blackcap. Two groups of Grey Heron, fifteen and eleven, arrived high from the east and circled briefly before heading off south-west. A flock of seven Avocet moved in the same direction. The numbers were 7,700 Swallow, 1,400 Meadow Pipit, 800 House Martin, 45 Yellow Wagtail, 17 Grey Wagtail and 11 Tree Pipit overhead while harbour totals for grounded migrants were 230 Blackcap, 75 Chiffchaff, 38 Wheatear, 22 Whitethroat, 3 Whinchat and 3 Lesser Whitethroat plus singles of Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher, also a Grasshopper Warbler was trapped and ringed at first light. Waders today included 4 Knot arriving from the east, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 airborne Snipe, 2 Greenshank and a Whimbrel. A female type Merlin flew along the southern harbour shore and a Marsh Harrier was on Stanpit. One item of late news is of c100 Yellow Wagtail in the HHC reedbed roost yesterday evening.

September 13th

More signs of autumn were in evidence this morning with a Yellowhammer north-east over Hengistbury and a couple of Firecrest behind the Nursery plus a group of Pale-bellied Brent Geese that were seen leaving the harbour. Migration also picked up with 22 Wheatear on Crouch Hill and another twenty across Hengistbury. Site wide totals for the regular species were 150 House Martin, 50 Swallow, 29 Chiffchaff, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Blackcap, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, these on Stanpit, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Whinchat. Another twenty to thirty Yellow Wagtail left the HHC reedbed at first light. Raptors today included Peregrine, 2 Hobby and a Merlin, the latter flew east towards the Isle of Wight. On Stanpit there were 32 Knot, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel.

September 12th

A White Stork was seen over the harbour around 10am this morning but although the bird appeared to land there have been no further reports. It is possibly the bird that has been around Poole Harbour for the past week or so. Once again migrants were few today with just 10 Wheatear on Crouch Hill, 2 Lesser Whitethroat in North Scrubs and on Hengistbury, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Wheatear, 15 Chiffchaff and 17 Blackcap. The pick of the waders on Stanpit were two each of Curlew Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank while also present were 130 Dunlin, 101 Ringed Plover, 21 Knot, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling and a Common Sandpiper. Evening update: a juvenile Arctic Tern and a Little Gull were off Fisherman's Bank late afternoon.

September 11th

The strengthening south-westerly wind meant that there was very little in the way of migration this morning, just 13 Wheatear and 35 Meadow Pipit on Crouch Hill, 40 Swallow heading into the wind and 3 Yellow Wagtail over Wick. Sea watching highlights from the beach huts were Black Tern and Great Skua while off Mudeford Quay 22 Gannet were logged plus 13 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Scoter, 2 juvenile Common Tern and an adult Mediterranean Gull.  Waders around the harbour today included 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Knot, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Ruff.  The Wigeon flock has increased to twenty-two and the 2 Brent Geese remain.  To finish off there was a flock of 60 Linnet on Stanpit, also 4 Common Tern resting on the marsh and a Kingfisher was on Wick Hams.

September 10th

After the early morning mist cleared there was plenty to see around the harbour. There were 3 Curlew Sandpiper on Stanpit together with 109 Dunlin, 99 Ringed Plover, 17 Knot, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Sanderling and 3 Greenshank plus singles of Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper. Another Greenshank flew downriver and 8 Snipe moved over Stanpit. It was a good morning for Spotted Flycatcher with ten on Wick and three on Stanpit. Site wide totals for the more common migrants were 33 Chiffchaff, 27 Blackcap, 22 Whitethroat, 21 House Martin, 16 Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit and a Lesser Whitethroat, the latter on Wick. To round up the two Brent Geese were still on Stanpit where 32 Teal, 13 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler and 2 Pintail were present, also a Kingfisher on Wick.

September 9th

Despite this morning's miserable conditions there was a decent fall of common migrants around the harbour plus a good selection of waders at Stanpit. There was also a movement of Marsh Harrier possibly involving five different individuals; initially two birds were watched interacting over Wick Fields shortly after 7am then a couple of hours later a single bird moved east over Wick while two further birds were seen arriving from the east. There were 5 Spotted Flycatcher on Wick and two in North Scrubs where a Garden Warbler was also present. Counts from Wick were 55 Chiffchaff, 35 Blackcap and 11 Whitethroat while 75 Swallow, 20 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Tree Pipit moved overhead. On Stanpit 8 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill and 10 Blackcap were logged. Waders included a Green Sandpiper on Wick and singles of Curlew Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank on Stanpit, also 8 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel. Stanpit also held 6 Pintail, all juveniles, 2 Brent Geese, 9 Wigeon and 2 Teal. Finally a Hobby was hawking insects over Stanpit.

September 8th

SpottedFlycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher Gary Foyle
DartfordWarbler
Dartford Warbler Gary Foyle

Starting with the waders, and all returned from the afternoon low tide at Stanpit. A stint, presumably little, was present, as were: 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 27 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, over 67 Ringed Plover, 96 Dunlin and 4 Turnstone. Earlier, a Great White Egret flew north during the morning; while an Osprey put on a jaw-dropping show around the entire area between 1:30 and 2:30. The early part of the day was not too shabby for passerines, with 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Tree Pipit all but one of the flycatchers on Wick being the pick; with the afternoon contributing a Whinchat and 16 Wheatear on Crouch Hill, as well as 3 Yellow Wagtail over there. The 2 Brent Goose remain inside the harbour; a Shelduck has returned, likewise 7 Wigeon; and 3 Kingfisher were about Wick. The mid-year e-Bulletin has recently been sent out. If you are a paid-up member and haven't received one, please email secretary@CHOG.org.uk

September 7th

Starling
Young Starling and pony Alan Crockard

The Wryneck from yesterday was far more obliging this morning, on the Old Pitch and Putt course after initially being seen on the other side of the entrance road to the HHC. Around 8:00, an Osprey hunted and caught its prey in Mother Sillers Channel before taking it off to the west, and, slightly beforehand, a male Marsh Harrier had patrolled the area. There were a fair number of Blackcap and Chiffchaff around twenty six and nine respectively being figures from Wick along with: a female-type Redstart by the HHC; a couple of Spotted Flycatcher by the Wooden Bridge, plus at least one over the Long Field; a Tree Pipit passed over, as did up to a dozen Yellow Wagtail; and the Wheatear came to three. The only wader news is of a Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit in Barn Bight, although the Osprey frenzy showed there was a lot more in the Stanpit area. So far, the only other news concerns a Hobby over the Barn Field 5 Wigeon inside the harbour. This evening, a redhead Goosander roosted on the HHC slip. 

September 6th

Curlew
Curlew Roger Tidball

Highlights of the day were: a Wryneck seen fleetingly on at least two occasions close the the HHC; a Spoonbill on Stanpit during the morning; and perhaps the first Firecrest of the autumn, on the western edge of the Nursery. The best of the rest were 2 Brent Goose on Stanpit, with waders there including: a Knot, a Greenshank, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sanderling, 80 Ringed Plover and 50 Dunlin. Other bits and pieces came courtesy of: 4 Wheatear on Crouch Hill; 2 Tree Pipit and 5 Yellow Wagtail over the Long Field; 5 Teal and a Kingfisher in Barn Bight; and an estimate of 25 Collared Dove in by the horse paddock on Wick. 

September 5th

Wheatear
A, for the time of year, wellmarked Wheatear - Alan Crockard

Starting in chronological order, a couple of redhead Goosander were at an extreme tip of the recording area where the Stour can be viewed; while a male Marsh Harrier hunted Central Marsh and a Green Sandpiper went over the Wood. Later in the day, however, came the highlight as, at around 12:40, a White Stork drifted high to the south-west over Stanpit. On the marsh at the same time, were: a Curlew Sandpiper, 19 Knot, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, a Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Black-tailed Godwit and a Turnstone; plus similar numbers of Ringed Plover and Dunlin as the previous post. Moving to passerines: a Whinchat and 15 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill; a Tree Pipit went over Wick; and small numbers of common warblers Blackcap, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were about. The closing miscellany comprises a brace of Tufted Duck and a Starling estimate of at least 500. 

September 4th

There was an apparent influx of Blackcap today around thirty noted at Stanpit where a Garden Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Grey Wagtail were also logged. Meanwhile, a Lesser Whitethroat was on Wick. Stanpit also held: 3 Green Sandpiper, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Knot, 3 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Ringed Plover and 90 Dunlin. A male Marsh Harrier was present for some time, as was a Peregrine; a Common Gull was in the South Marsh gull and tern roost; and a total 3 Kingfisher was reckoned. 

September 3rd

Another good mix of waders was headed by a couple of Curlew Sandpiper at Stanpit and a Green Sandpiper on Wick Meadows. Meanwhile, the former site held an excellent count of 27 Bar-tailed Godwit, as well as 6 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Ringed Plover and 20 Dunlin; while 2 Greenshank passed west. Also on the marsh, a Whinchat, 6 Wheatear and two, overhead Yellow Wagtail. Back to Wick, where the most interest amongst a modest number of passerines came from a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail. To finish, a Kingfisher was by the Wooden Bridge.

September 2nd

There were 4 Curlew Sandpiper at Stanpit this morning, as well as a Common Sandpiper, 8 Knot, a Sanderling, a Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 55 Ringed Plover; but seemingly no dunlin! Also on the marsh, a bird-of-the-year Yellow-legged Gull. Overall, it was quiet for passerines the best being a male Redstart on Wick as well as a 6 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail about the area. A drake Tufted Duck in Barn Bight was the best of the wildfowl, which also included 2 Wigeon and 3 Shoveler.

September 1st

Knot
Knot & Dunlin Scott Usher

A an hour or two on the top of Hengistbury for the Members Day produced 14 Yellow Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 7 Tree Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 20 Swallow and 14 Sand Martin on the move; while, on the deck at Wick, there were: a further 3 Yellow Wagtail, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Wheatear, 7 Willow Warbler and 6 Blackcap. Of over 50 birds ringed in the HHC reeds, most were Sedge Warbler - as a field estimate of 100 of those came from Stanpit. Two Green Sandpiper were turned in from Wick and Priory Marsh, so duplication is a possibility, with other waders at Stanpit including: a Little Stint - but no news on where, a Curlew Sandpiper, a total of 82 Knot most moving quickly through, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Sanderling and 102 Ringed Plover. Wrapping up, a couple of Kingfisher were on Wick. 

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