Sightings for September 2020
Osprey Matthew Barfield (uppe) & Jackie Smith
Grey Seal Paul Turton
Painted Lady Jackie Smith
There was a good variety of passerine migrants about the area today, including 7 Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, a Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff and 3 Sedge Warbler; with 7 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Siskin passing over. Waders during the morning, most of them briefly, were highlighted by: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper and 4 Avocet; while the afternoon rising tide at Stanpit added a Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff and a Spotted Redshank. Other totals, again mostly at Stanpit, came to: 7 Common Sandpiper, a Knot, 11 Sanderling, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwit five of which came in from high north, 89 Ringed Plover, 77 Dunlin and 2 Snipe. More wildfowl arrived the best being a Garganey that tagged along with Shoveler; of which there were seventeen, as well as 7 Wigeon and 11 Teal. Before the obligatory, large-raptor news, the days miscellany: a Firecrest was by the Double Bends, a Bullfinch was on Wick, and the Brent Goose, a Common Gull, a Peregrine and a Kingfisher were at Stanpit. So: Osprey were seen at 10:00 and 11:00 this morning different birds and a fine-looking, adult male Marsh Harrier lingered.
Knot Leo Pyke
Goatmoth caterpillar - possibly the first record for Stanpit Jackie Smith
There was, by contemporary standards, a massive fall of Wheatear on Hengistbury this morning over 100 birds around the Barn Field, as well as 17 Whinchat, a Redstart, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat. Meanwhile, a Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat and 10 Wheatear were at Stanpit. Overhead, the two areas produced 54 Yellow Wagtail and 23 Tree Pipit; all but a few of the wagtail from Hengistbury. Just how many Osprey were about today is difficult to fathom, although study of photos confirms at least two. The first instance was at 7:30 this morning, but in the period from noon to 16:00 sightings seemed almost continuous. A Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard were also in the airspace. Other than a Wood Sandpiper from Hengistbury, all the wader news is from Stanpit, where: a Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 36 Ringed Plover and 79 Dunlin were present. Wrapping up, a male Bullfinch was on Wick, 3 Firecrest were in the Wood and there are still two young Little Grebe on the Ironstone Quarry. Of mammal interest, a bull Grey Seal was on the beach at Hengistbury in the morning and then seen off there later in the day.
Whinchat Matthew Barfield
Today's wellseen Osprey - Leo Pyke
Adult Arctic Tern Olly Frampton
...and a real record shot of Roseate Tern Olly Frampton
Early in the day, an Ortolan Bunting was heard and seen over Stanpit, while a Great White Egret went over Wick. Later on, adults of both Roseate Tern and Arctic Tern were around Stanpit Bight. What is thought to be a juvenile Osprey, so certainly not the regular bird, visited around 14:15; but another was seen distantly, out towards the Black House, around three hours later. There were plenty of Wheatear around today as many as thirty-four aggregated from the Barn Field and Crouch Hill with the latter site also hosting 2 Whinchat. An adult Spotted Redshank, so perhaps the bird was at Stanpit, as were: 2 Knot, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Sanderling, a Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 68 Ringed Plover, 71 Dunlin, a Snipe and a Turnstone. As is often the case in a northerly, there is an arrival of duck 6 Shoveler and 15 Teal being a case in point. To finish, for the records, the in-harbour total of Sandwich Tern was fifty-nine.
Kestrel Penhill Man
A Great White Egret flew through the harbour early on, while singles of Roseate Tern and Arctic Tern were logged from Hengistbury and Stanpit respectively doing likewise. Sticking with terns, there was also a settled Common Tern on the marsh, as well as 42 Sandwich Tern. Onto passerines the best being a Pied Flycatcher in the No Dogs Field, but also two grounded Tree Pipit, 3 Whinchat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat and 12 Wheatear across the site. This afternoon, just ahead of the thunder, a few-hundred-strong flock of Swallow and martins that moved west included at least 6 Swift. Osprey came and went at around 10:20 and 12:45 initially unsuccessfully, latterly with a payload. It now looks like just one bird, an adult female is responsible for all the excitement. The waders were notable by an influx of Ringed Plover a fine total of 145 birds being returned along with: a Knot, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Sanderling, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 84 Dunlin, a Snipe and a Turnstone; all at Stanpit. Cettis Warbler seemed conspicuous today, two in song with a further showing well by the Viewing Platform, the Brent Goose remains and at least 2 Kingfisher were about. Of mammal interest, a seal was in the harbour during the early morning.
Wood Sandpiper Alan Crockard (upper) & Gary Foyle
Marsh Harrier Dave Miller
Wood Sandpiper Scott Usher (upper) & Matthew Barfield
Osprey Scott Usher
A Wood Sandpiper that was first found in Mother Sillers Channel this morning spent all day in a pool just south of Crouch Hill. Meanwhile, the Stunted Oaks on Hengistbury held a Wood Warbler, 3 Pied Flycatcher and 6 Spotted Flycatcher, with a Redstart on the Long Field. At Stanpit, a Whinchat and 9 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill, a Willow Warbler was in the North Scrubs and 2 Yellow Wagtail passed over. The Osprey fished at 07:30 and again at just after 15:00 on both occasions leaving north with its catch. The pick of the more expected waders was: a Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ringed Plover and 22 Dunlin at Stanpit; along with a female Wigeon and a Kingfisher there. To finish, a Tawny Owl was heard in the Nursery and the increasing Coot presence numbered at least seventy-five.
Lapwing Ray Scott
Brent Goose Ray Scott
A very strong south-westerly wind, often exceeding 60kmh during the afternoon, blew all day. The mornings efforts from the Beach Huts and Mudeford Quay came to: 2 Arctic Skua, a Black Tern, 30 Common Tern, including a flock of twenty-five, 61 Sandwich Tern, at least 6 Fulmar, 10 Gannet and a Common Scoter; all heading west. Later in the day, a storm-petrel spp. was glimpsed from the huts and a couple of shearwater from the quay; while 58 Sandwich Tern, a commic Tern, 9 Fulmar and 2 Mediterranean Gull passed west in a 2.5-hour spell at the former site. Waders also trickled by over the water, comprising: a Grey Plover, 3 Sanderling, 19 Ringed Plover and 13 Dunlin. Inside the harbour, a Common Sandpiper and a Brent Goose were returned from Stanpit.
Grey Heron Livi Almond
An Osprey was around at 11:00 this morning, but poor weather this evening meant a blank was drawn then. There were a few more passerines about early on, with the site-wide totals coming to: 8 Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 24 Blackcap, 26 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 9 Reed Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler and 4 Wheatear. There are no detailed wader reports, but a Green Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover passed over Hengistbury, while 2 Knot, 4 Common Sandpiper, 50 Ringed Plover and a Turstone were at Stanpit, a Snipe was on Wick. Also about, a couple of Teal, a juvenile Peregrine and a Kingfisher; the latter in Parky Meade Rail.
Osprey Paul Turton
Ringed Plover and Dunlin Alan Crockard
...and Cattle Egret at Stanpit yesterday evening Alan Crockard
It another Osprey-packed day, with sightings as follows: 07:00, one circled the harbour and landed on Blackberry Point for a while; 10:00, one successfully fished the harbour, when another flew high south; 17:50, one fished the harbour again successfully. During the early morning, a total of 21 Yellow Wagtail passed over Hengistbury, while eight were settled on the North Paddock on Wick; also airborne, 3 Tree Pipit and 5 Grey Wagtail. A seawatch produced no sea birds, but did see a Wood Sandpiper come in-off in the company of a Common Sandpiper; plus 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a further five Common Sandpiper west. Meanwhile, waders settled at Stanpit included: 5 Knot, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin, a Turnstone and 2 Snipe. Wrapping up, a Peregrine was about.
Dunlin Pennhill Man
A Cattle Egret seemed faithful throughout the day adjacent to the North Scrubs at Stanpit; so one seen in the North Paddock at Wick could have been a further bird. Also a Firecrest on Wick, while an Osprey fished the harbour around 4:00 this afternoon. Otherwise, there is very little to mention: 45 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin and a Turnstone were at Stanpit; 4 Willow Warbler were on Hengistbury; a further three and seven of the aforementioned small waders were on the sandspit; and 6 Shag were on the sea off there.
A south-westerly in excess of 50kmh blasted the area for the entire day. The morning seawatches from the Beach Huts and Mudeford quay had their moments, however, not least: a juvenile Long-tailed Skua drifting east off the sandspit; a Sooty Shearwater that appeared to come out of the Solent and linger for 10 minutes; 2 Balearic Shearwater and three unidentified shearwater west; and a Black Tern passing very close to the quay. Also on the watch: a Kittiwake, 12 Fulmar, 4 Common Tern and 4 Common Scoter west; with waders seen from the huts coming to a Knot, 2 Grey Plover, a Sanerling 7 Ringed Plover and 15 Dunlin. Meanwhile a Greenshank was on the Salt Hurns and a Ruff, a Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and 20 Ringed Plover were at Stanpit; as were a Cattle Egret, an adult Kittiwake and 7 Wheatear. On Hengistbury, it seems there may now only be two young Little Grebe.
Blacktailed Godwit - Alan Crockard
Sparrowhawk Joy Aubin
After a slow start, there was a reasonable total of passerine
migrants across Hengistbury and Wick, including: a Pied
Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, a Garden Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow
Warbler, 20 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap and 2 Wheatear settled, plus 4
Yellow Wagtail and 3 Tree Pipit over. Not intending to travel so
far, if indeed at all, the Wood held 2 Firecrest and a
Treecreeper, while 2 Bullfinch were along Roebury Lane. The only
wader reports from across the site involve 2 Knot, 2 Greenshank
and 7 Black-tailed Godwit; but there was a Cattle Egret -
initially in Barn Bight and then at Stanpit. To finish, a Hobby
and a Peregrine went over, and a Fulmar passed by.
Omission: an Osprey came around 10:00 this morning.
A day of almost constant rain and onshore wind saw 3 Little Gull and a Black Tern at Stanpit; the latter seen coming into the harbour over the Run. At sea, the morning produced a Manx Shearwater from Hengistbury, while the afternoon came up with: a Balearic Shearwater, 15 Kittiwake, and 2 Common Tern; all from Mudeford Quay. The first juvenile Black-tailed Godwit for the year was at Stanpit, as were: 2 Green Sandiper, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank. The remaining news is of a Cattle Egret on the Salt Hurns and a Pied Flycatcher in the Nursery.
Osprey Jackie Smith & Alan Hayden (lower)
After being featured on Radio Solent Dorest this morning, the Osprey news. The first visit came around 8:15 and lasted fifteen minutes before leaving with a first-time-caught fish; the second was around 16:20 and lasted nearly half an hour and involved letting two fish slip from the talons but getting third time lucky. Best viewing is from Crouch Hill when the tide is high. The best wader returns from Stanpit came during the late morning, when a Little Stint, 4 Ruff and a Green Sandpiper were logged. Later, when the tide seemed more favourable, however, the best were: a Knot, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Turnstone, although uncounted Ringed Plover and Dunlin were present. The Wheatear on the marsh probably came to nine and there was a nice Whinchat on Crouch Hill this evening; while 2 Little Tern and up to 20 Sandwich Tern were present. The finishing-up is a bit of a miscellany: a Brent Goose, first present yesterday, was on the marsh; two juvenile Bullfinch were on Wick; the Little Grebe young may now be down to three; a Peregrine went over; and at least 6 Gannet were offshore.
Juvenile and moultingadult Curlew Sandpiper Alan Hayden
Wheatear Jackie Smith
Todays Osprey action came around 10:00 this morning, when a bird successfully fished the harbour. Later on, the afternoon rising tide at Stanpit produced 2 Curlew Sandpiper an adult and a juvenile as well as: a Knot, 5 Common Sandpiper, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit still no juveniles seen here yet, 57 Ringed Plover, 89 Dunlin and a Snipe. Earlier, at least one Greenshank had been on the other side of the River. A Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Garden Warbler were at Stanpit, as were 15 Wheatear, while around ten or so Willow Warbler were across the site. A couple of Little Tern lingered all day, along with 5 Sandwich Tern and a Mediterranean Gull. Rounding up, a Kingfisher was by the Wooden Bridge on Wick.
Osprey Paul Dore (upper) & Jackie Smith
Little Grebe with two of their remaining four young Alan Crockard
...and Pied Flycatcher Jackie Smith
Osprey visited morning and afternoon firstly, around 9:00 and then again at 16:45 and on both occasions caught a fish and returned north. A Pied Flycatcher was at the southern end of the North Scrubs this evening, along with a few Willow Warbler and Blackcap there, plus 5 Wheatear on Crouch Hill. The waders in Stanpit Bight included the juvenile Knot, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 15 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Ringed Plover, 40 Dunlin and 13 Turnstone; while a Shoveler and 2 Teal were also present.
Although there was no further sign of the Kentish Plover today there was still plenty to see despite the damp and murky conditions. There was a Black Tern on Stanpit plus a good selection of waders the pick of which was a Wood Sandpiper; also present were a Green Sandpiper, a Ruff, a Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Knot, 14 Common Sandpiper,and 52 Ringed Plover. A second Greenshank was on Holloway's Dock and 16 Turnstone were on the sandspit. Migrants were few with just a Pied Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler and 3 Willow Warbler in Ashtree Meadows plus a good count of 15 Wheatear on Crouch Hill while Hengistbury/Wick held 11 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, four each of Willow Warbler and Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatear on the sandspit and a Firecrest on the Lower Batters. Back to Stanpit where the 2 Little Tern remained plus 4 Common Tern, also 3 Gadwall present.
A record shot of Kentish Plover Matthew Barfield
A juvenile Kentish Plover the first accepted record since the same month in 2007 was found on the tip of South Marsh this afternoon, where it remained for a couple of hours at least. Also in that general area, a juvenile Knot, the first of the season, 3 Sanderling, two of those also birds of the year, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 40 Ringed Plover, a similar number of Dunlin and two adult Turnstone. Meanwhile, a juvenile Marsh Harrier passed to the east. Earlier in the day, singles of Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher were in the Nursery, when 4 House Martin were over Wick Fields and 4 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill. The only other news from an ever-promising, algae-free harbour, which we are hoping will be a wader magnet over the coming weeks, is of a pair of Gadwall.
The forecast thunder and lightening came just after lunch, and brought some very heavy rain with it. Before all of that, however, there was a Green Sandpiper over East Marsh, while 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, a Knot and a Bar-tailed Godwit both of those in breeding plumage, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 27 Ringed Plover and 44 Dunlin were around Stanpit Bight; plus a Wheatear on a boat! After the downpour, a Whinchat and a further Wheatear were on Hengistbury, while a 10 Whimbrel and 14 Shelduck headed south-west over there. To finish, 3 Shoveler and 5 Teal were on site.
Juvenile Shelduck Alan Crockard
There was another Green Sandpiper this morning, the northern part of Stanpit; while 5 Common Sandpiper, 9 Whimbrel, 10 Ringed Plover, 40 Dunlin and 3 Turnstone were in the bight; as well as 3 Teal. This evening, there were three, getting scarce now, Swift over Hengistbury, where its confirmed there are still five little-grebelings.
These two Wood Sandpiper were photographed at Stanpit yesterday Paul Dore
As the heat continues, the wader interest seems to be rising. A couple of Ruff were at Stanpit this morning, along with: a Greenshank, a Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Ringed Plover and 57 Dunlin. Passerines, however, were again sparse, the site-wide totals being: a Yellow Wagtail over, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear and 10 Willow Warbler. A first-summer Mediterranean Gull passed south and the Little Grebe on Hengistbury may be down to two young.
The first, returningfor-the-winter Wigeon, a drake in eclipse - Jackie Smith
An Osprey again fished the harbour this morning, successfully, between 9:00 and 9:15. There was also a nice selection of passerines scattered across Stanpit, including: 3 Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a couple of Blackcap and 4 Willow Warbler; while Wick held 7 Willow Warbler. As many as 5 Green Sandpiper were about during the morning, when the Bar-tailed Godwit and a Grey Plover both still in breeding plumage 3 Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ringed Plover, 44 Dunlin and 12 Turnstone were also logged. The photographed Wigeon was in Mother Sillers Channel, 7 Teal were present and the two juvenile Shelduck remain. In conclusion, at least three juvenile Mediterranean Gull passed through.
Blackcap Alan Crockard
Adder Tom Crockard
On another incredibly warm day that was only slightly tempered by the light, northerly breeze, passerines were not particularly numerous. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Stanpit, while Wheatear peaked at four late in the day three on the Barn Field and one on Whitepits. Elsewhere Willow Warbler, those numbering at least six, and Reed Warbler could occasionally be heard in sub-song, but a Blackcap, photographed, was in full flow along Roebury Lane. The best wader numbers came on the morning low, with: a Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ringed Plover, 39 Dunlin, a Snipe at 2 Turnstone being returned from Fishermans Bank; where a Shoveler and 4 Teal were also seen. The juvenile Water Rail was again around the Purewell Stream and a Peregrine hunted the marsh.
Greenshank Scott Usher
Shoveler Scott Usher
Despite the scorching temperatures, the birds today suggested otherwise. Incoming or passing for their winter grounds included: a drake Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler and 7 Teal; while over 100 Swallow, seven Swift, 77 Cormorant, 42 Mediterranean Gull and a Little Ringed Plover moved over. More settled, there were: 2 Greenshank, 2 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ringed Plover, 20 Dunlin and 2 Snipe. In addition, there was a return of 9 Water Rail and a Gannet was seen from Avon Beach in the afternoon.
The Little Grebe at Hengistbury have hatched five young Clinton Whale
Turnstone Joy Aubin
On a warm morning, raptors and egrets were the highlight at Stanpit. An Osprey arrived from the north at 9:50 and spent twenty minutes fishing, before returning from whence it came; a Marsh Harrier was about Priory Marsh; and 3 Cattle Egret flew east. At least 5 Common Sandpiper were on-site, as well as a Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover and 50 Dunlin. Three Little Tern were at Stanpit, as were a couple of Common Tern; while a total of 12 Water Rail were around Parky Meade Rail, plus 2 Kingfisher. Of reptile interest, on Hengistbury, two Grass Snake were swimming across the Ironstone Quarry.
Bartailed Godwit - Alan Crockard
Juvenile Great Blackbacked Gull - Nick Whitehouse
This albino House Sparrow has been seen off Rolls Drive Cliff Strong
After a morning of drizzle, the afternoon turned out to be very warm. The best of the news is the waders at Stanpit, which included: 2 Knot, 2 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, a smart-looking Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover and the same number of Dunlin. Meanwhile, 6 Mediterranean Gull passed over. Shifting to passerines, those moving through totalled: 14 Willow Warbler and 10 Whitethroat; but 4 Chiffchaff and 5 Blackcap may have been lingering breeders. To finish, around 2500 Starling came out of a Hengistbury roost.
An early seawatch from Mudeford Quay saw a distant, dark-looking shearwater that will have to go unnamed, as well as two juvenile Kittiwake, a Fulmar and a Mediterranean Gull, all west; plus a couple of Common Scoter east; and an arriving Turnstone. Meanwhile, the waders inside the harbour were largely unchanged, other than an increase of Ringed Plover to eighteen, along with: a Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit and 31 Dunlin. Also at Stanpit, a Common Tern and two settled Mediterranean Gull. This evening at Wick, there were several Willow Warbler; while an adult, male Peregrine narrowly missed a House Sparrow, but which, presumably injured or shaken, fell foul to a Magpie.
Juvenile Water Rail Clinton Whale
...and juvenile Cetti's Warbler Dave Miller
Outbound, returning and perhaps passing wildfowl were the highlights of the morning with a Garganey, 3 Shoveler and 2 Teal, and a Red-breasted Merganser logged respectively. There was again a good presence of Sedge Warbler around Priory Marsh around 100 once more was well as twenty or so Willow Warbler in the North Scrubs. The wader peaks throughout the day included: a Knot that left eventually left east with one of two Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover and 38 Dunlin. Finishing off, at least 4 Mediterranean Gull were about.
Juvenile Sedge Warbler Clinton Whale
Peregrine Jackie Smith
August is the month for Sedge Warbler migration and the reedbeds can be full of birds. This morning, for example, at least one hundred were around Priory Marsh; also a Little Ringed Plover over that area. Meanwhile, a dozen or so Willow Warbler were in the North Scrubs, including a sub-singing bird, and a Wheatear was on Crouch Hill. The settled wader figures came to: a Spotted Redshank heard to call, a Greenshank, 6 Whimbrel two of which departed this evening, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and around 20 Dunlin. Finishing up, a Peregrine was around and a juvenile Water Rail was seen on the Purewell Stream.
A Green Sandpiper was by the Wooden Bridge at Wick this morning, as was a Kingfisher; while a couple of Whimbrel went over and 7 Willow Warbler were in the fields. Around the same time, at Stanpit, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was with over 210 Herring Gull of the same age, but all the wader news from the marsh comes from later in the day. Two Greenshank were in Mother Sillers Channel and 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit and around 30 Dunlin were in Stanpit Bight.
Goldfinch Chris Chapleo
Another warm day was relatively quiet inside the harbour. At Stanpit, a breeding-plumaged Grey Plover passed through without stopping, while 7 Whimbrel, the 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 35 Dunlin were settled. Also, a couple of Mediterranean Gull there a first-summer and a juvenile. The only passerine reports were from Wick, where 5 Willow Warbler and 11 Whitethroat were logged. The two young Shelduck remain on site and a Peregrine soared over the harbour.