Sightings for November 2020

November 30th

Kingfisher
Kingfisher at Wick Hams – Peter Boardman
Peregrine
Peregrine
Peregrine
There were 2 Peregrine on the Priory today, one of them the familiar, colour–ringed male - Clinton Whale

After a misty start, a late-moving Woodlark passed west over Stanpit mid-morning, when a Jack Snipe was on the newly created scrape. Meanwhile, Stanpit Bight held: 5 Grey Plover, a Knot, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Black-tailed Godwit and 125 Dunlin; and the Glossy Ibis was around again, as were 4 Pintail. The male Marsh Harrier was seen on a number of occasions across the area, a Chiffchaff was in the North Scrubs and 2 Bullfinch, plus the photographed Kingfisher, were on Wick. 

November 29th

Goosander
A single Goosander has been roosting in the harbour recently – Penhill Man
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A late Green–veined White was on Wick today - Peter Boardman

It was another glorious day, with very little wind. This morning, a Merlin unsuccessfully hunted Meadow Pipit on the old golf course, now known as Riversmeet Meadow, at Stanpit, while the male Marsh Harrier was seen from various spots. The Glossy Ibis was again at Stanpit all day and, late in the afternoon, the 9 Cattle Egret settled on East Marsh before going to roost. Over on Hengistbury, two each of Firecrest and Chiffchaff, along with 3 Coal Tit, were in the Wood; with Wick hosting the same number of Chiffchaff, a Fieldfare and 2 Redwing. Moving back to the marsh, where 11 Grey Plover, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin, a Turnstone and Snipe were logged, along with 3 Pintail, 6 Common Gull and a presumed mediterranean gull x black-headed gull hybrid. To finish, a further 11 Snipe were on the Salt Hurns and 2 Kingfisher were about. 

November 28th

Curlew
Curlew – Peter Boardman

The dawn roost detail is the Glossy Ibis and 9 Cattle Egret, as well as a couple of Tawny Owl calling and, later in the area, at least 3 Firecrest. On a fine, winter's day, a seawatch came up with a Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver and two each of Common Scoter, Pintail and Gadwall. There was also a brief, surreal moment when 3 Brent Goose landed by the tables outside The Hiker café. 

November 27th

Cormorant
Cormorant at dawn – Chris Chapleo
Kestrel
Kestrel – Clinton Whale

The presumed Siberian Chiffchaff was seen during the morning; while in the afternoon there was a conventional bird on show, although some tristis-sounding calls were heard from further into the vegetation. Earlier, the Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine were around Wick, as were a couple of Bullfinch. The unexpected, good showing of Mediterranean Gull continues – fourteen at Stanpit, a mix of adults and second-calendar-year birds – with 4 Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, a single Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Pintail and 48 Brent Goose also there. To finish, there was also a lone, juvenile Brent Goose on Solent Meads golf course. 

November 26th

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Cattle Egret leaving roost - Jeremy Mcclements
GlossyIbis
...and Glossy Ibis going to roost - Jackie Smith

There has been a recent influx of Chiffchaff to the trees between the Civic Offices and Little Avon – five birds in total – four of them standard-looking individuals, but the other looking good for Siberian Chiffchaff. The remainder of the posts involves the usual suspects – the Glossy Ibis followed its normal routine, 9 Cattle Egret went and came, and the male Marsh Harrier headed from Wick to Stanpit. Of mammal interest, a Weasel was seen by the Hengistbury Head Visitors Centre. 

November 25th

Despite never having revealed itself to people on the sandspit itself, the Snow Bunting again could be seen looking across the Run from Mudeford Quay – perching on fence posts. This was over at least couple of hours this morning. The Glossy Ibis was again at Stanpit, before leaving for the roost around 16:25, while the male Marsh Harrier was again about. To finish a short post, a Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher were returned from Wick. 

November 24th

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff – Jackie Smith
Fox
Fox – Roger Tidball

The Glossy Ibis was at Stanpit for the day and returned to its roost at around 16:30, with 9 Cattle Egret coming in around 15 minutes later and a total of 12 Little Egret. Early on, the regular Marsh Harrier was seen at Hengistbury, along with a couple of Firecrest, while 3 Chiffchaff were in the North Scrubs. The sea was looked at from Mudeford Quay and the Beach Huts, producing: 2 Great Northern Diver, a Kittiwake, 11 Mediterranean Gull, a single Gannet, 6 Common Scoter, a Razorbill and a Guillemot, the latter already in breeding plumage. The remaining, more notable returns, all from Stanpit, were: 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Dunlin and a Turnstone; a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull and 9 Common Gull; at least 4 Pintail; a Kingfisher; and the Emperor Goose. 

November 23rd

CommonScoter
As is often the case, the wintering Common Scoter are almost entirely female–type birds - Penhill Man
Jay
Jay – Clinton Whale

All three white egrets were recorded today. A Great White Egret headed west over Wick in the morning, while the roost exodus came up with 9 Cattle Egret and 10 Little Egret, as well as the Glossy Ibis; with the reverse this evening producing ten, fourteen and ‘the’ respectively. A couple of seawatches aggregated: 4 Red-throated Diver, a Sandwich Tern, 12 Pintail and 5 Shelduck, west; 2 Great Northern Diver and 5 Great Crested Grebe, east; plus 6 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Common Scoter and 2 Razorbill lingering. Meanwhile, a late-season, overhead ‘trickle’ comprised: a Brambling, 36 Chaffinch, 7 Redpoll, 8 Siskin, 63 Goldfinch, 42 Linnet and 12 Mediterranean Gull. Early on, at least 5 Redwing left the Wood, where 3 Firecrest and 2 Treecreeper were looking at home for the winter. A Kingfisher was again by the ferry jetty on the sandspit and 93 Great Black-backed Gull loafed inside the harbour. 

November 22nd

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Black Redstart – Alan Crockard
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Rock Pipit – Matthew Barfield
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Black–tailed Godwit – Tina Scott

There were a couple of Black Redstart around this morning – the photographed bird on buildings at Mudeford Quay and one in Stride’s boatyard, Fisherman’s Bank. Meanwhile, the Glossy Ibis, 2 Cattle Egret, the male Marsh Harrier and a Kittiwake were all at Stanpit; as were 12 Fieldfare by the Purewell Stream early on. Later, the ibis went to roost at 16:24. After being postponed last week, the monthly WeBS count took place, with the notables being: 12 Mediterranean Gull – a really good number for the time of year here – 8 Common Gull, 8 Grey Plover, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Ringed Plover, 63 Dunlin, 6 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 498 Wigeon, 52 Brent Goose and 2 Great Crested Grebe – all at Stanpit – plus 25 Lapwing on the Barn Field. Admittedly, they are mobile but as many as 4 Kingfisher may have been around, seen at: Wick Hams, Holloway’s Dock, the ferry jetty on the sandspit, Goldeneye Point and various spots at Stanpit. 

November 21st

It does look as if a Snow Bunting, reckoned to be a first-winter female, in in residence at the end of the sandspit – perhaps taking advantage of the newly fenced area? Although not reported from the spit itself, it was seen on a couple of occasions from Mudeford Quay. The pick of the rest is: a Merlin north over the Long Field; 9 Cattle Egret leaving the roost; a Little Gull; and the male Marsh Harrier hunting Wick Hams. There were no reports received for the ibis, however; but social media hasn’t been checked. Looking out to sea produced: a Red-throated Diver and 8 Brent Goose east, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, at least 11 Common Scoter, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a settled Razorbill – the latter always a good winter bird here. A Grey Plover and 14 Turnstone were on the sandspit, as was a Kingfisher; with a further of those in the favoured spot of the fenceposts around Wick Hams. 

November 20th

There was a Scaup on the sea off Mudeford Quay this morning, from where a Red-breasted Merganser, 16 Common Scoter, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Mediterranean Gull and 12 Common Gull were also logged. Meanwhile, looking out from Hengistbury produced: a Great Northern Diver settled by the Long Groyne, as well as 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Brent Goose, 2 Grey Plover and a steady movement of large gull – all to the west. Moving back to the quay and a Black Redstart plus 9 Purple Sandpiper seen on the sandspit, along with a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull on the inner shore. The male Marsh Harrier and 3 Firecrest were around the southern side of the area, as were 2 Fieldfare and 3 Redpoll; with a couple of Chiffchaff about and 60 Brent Goose at Stanpit. To conclude, the roost news: the Glossy Ibis and 15 Cattle Egret came out; and the ibis and 21 Little Egret were seen going in. 

November 19th

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Glossy Ibis and fish – Roger Tidball

A chilly, north-westerly wind put an edge to an otherwise, mainly sunny day – which the Glossy Ibis again spent at Stanpit. Also, a Bullfinch at on the marsh, while 2 Redwing and a Mistle Thrush were on Wick, and at least 3 Chiffchaff were across the area. An almost-four-hour seawatch, starting at 8:00, produced a distant harrier moving west, too far to be sure, but most likely a hen; as well as: 30 Kittiwake west, 10 Mediterranean Gull, a Common Scoter, 25 auks – all thought to be Guillemot – and a feeding flock of 1100 Herring Gull. At dawn, 7 Cattle Egret were counted leaving the roost and, of odonata interest, a Hawker spp. was seen at Stanpit near The Pod. 

November 18th

GlossyIbis
The Glossy Ibis this morning, moments after leaving the roost and just before it crossed the harbour – Chris Chapleo

A Snow Bunting was seen from Mudeford Quay this morning, perched on fenceposts at the end of the sandspit. Elsewhere on the spit, a female-type Black Redstart was around the Beach House café; while a Pomarine Skua and at least one Red-throated Diver passed by, as did 15 Common Scoter, plus one settled, and an unidentified auk. Earlier, the Glossy Ibis and 11 Cattle Egret had been watched leaving the roost. There is no news from Stanpit, but Wick played host to 2 Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher, the latter by the Wooden Bridge. 

November 17th

GreatCrestedGrebe
Great Crested Grebe – Clinton Whale

Although it was an incredibly mild day, it was still a surprise to get 3 Swallow over Wick water meadows this morning. The Hengistbury roost was checked again at dawn, when, in a 7-minute spell, the Glossy Ibis and 13 Cattle Egret departed. A couple of hours looking at the sea, from the Beach Huts, came up with: a Red-throated Diver that settled on the water for a few minutes, a Great Northern Diver, 7 Kittiwake, 150 Herring Gull, 5 Common Scoter, around 30 Gannet and a Great Crested Grebe, nearly all west; as well as 170 lingering Herring Gull. Later on, a Velvet Scoter was on the sea with a ‘few Common Scoter.’ To wrap up: 4 Fieldfare and 25 Black-tailed Godwit passed over the head; an adult Mediterranean Gull went over Wick; a Purple Sandpiper was on the sandspit; a Great Crested Grebe was inside the harbour; and Kingfisher was by the Wooden Bridge. 

November 16th

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Glossy Ibis – Matthew Barfield (upper) & Clinton Whale
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Marsh Harrier – Adrian Simmons

The Hengistbury roost was checked at a tad before 7:00 this morning, but save for 2 Cattle Egret all had already departed. The Glossy Ibis did show well all day at Stanpit, however; as did the adult male Marsh Harrier during the morning. Moving back to dawn and a Goosander appeared to have over-nighted in Barn Barn, while a couple of Redpoll and a Peregrine moved over. Wick held some interest, namely: a Mistle Thrush and a Chiffchaff; with the flooded meadows hosting an unseasonable Whimbrel and over 100 Lapwing – the latter sadly a good contemporary count. 

November 15th

Snipe
Snipe – Derek Hopkins
PiedWagtail
Pied Wagtail – Alan Crockard
FloodedStanpit
...and an inundated Central Marsh, Stanpit – Clinton Whale

Once again, the highlights came at the end of the day, when probably 2 Glossy Ibis roosted, as well as 13 Cattle Egret – these as a flock of twelve and then a single accompanying a Little Egret, which themselves totalled fifteen. The slight uncertainty about the ibis(es) is that birds were seen coming in ten minutes apart and, albeit very unlikely, the possibility of there being just the one can’t be ruled out. What was certain, however, is that the regular bird spent the day at Stanpit, mainly on North Marsh, which escaped the worst of the flooding. Although there was plenty of wind and rain, there was also some sunshine – mainly during the morning, when Wick returned: a Bearded Tit on the farm meadows, as well as 11 Snipe there, a Bullfinch and a hunting Peregrine. Meanwhile, over a 90-minute period, the sea produced: 30 Gannet, 6 Guillemot, 5 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Common Gull and around 200 Herring Gull – the general theme being westbound. Also on the sandspit, 9 Purple Sandpiper; with in-harbour waders coming to a Bar-tailed Godwit and at least 70 Black-tailed Godwit. Finally, 4 Pintail were on the marsh and 3 Gadwall overflew. 

November 14th

Not surprisingly, given the dawn-to-dusk rain and blasting southerly wind, there are no reports for today.

November 13th

At 16:25 tonight, the Glossy Ibis and 12 Cattle Egret came into roost – this after the ibis had been on Stanpit, mainly around the Rusty Boat, for the day. The egrets meanwhile, eight of them at least, spend their day a couple of miles to the north – with the dairy herds around Bockhampton. The morning at Wick saw a Firecrest and 4 Chiffchaff, plus a couple of Bullfinch. The only other news concerns Kingfisher by the Wooden Bridge and in the dinghy park on Mudeford Quay. 

November 12th

Firecrest
Firecrest – Alan Crockard

A Siberian Chiffchaff was again on Wick and again heard to call – as well as two Chiffchaff there. Meanwhile, a Bearded Tit showed well in Wick Hams and at least 4 Firecrest were in the Wood. The Glossy Ibis was at Stanpit all day, other than a brief excursion to Barn Bight after it was harried by a Sparrowhawk! To round up, a Marsh Harrier was about and a Kingfisher was on around Wick Hams. 

November 11th

BlackRedstart
Male Black Redstart – Adrian Simmons
Kestrel
Kestrel – Ray Scott

The Black Redstart we get in Autumn tend to be drab, female-type birds; so a fine-looking male that spent some time in the yard of the HHVC, before being seen-off by a typically aggressive Robin, was very welcome. Earlier, as is seemingly becoming the norm, 9 Cattle Egret and the Glossy Ibis left the roost at 07:05 – the latter then spending the day at Stanpit. A couple of hours looking at the sea was less rewarding than hoped, but did include: 17 Kittiwake, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 200 Herring Gull, a Razorbill, 29 Guillemot and a Great Crested Grebe. The only other news is of a Redwing settled in the Wood, where it fed on holly berries. 

November 10th

GlossyIbis
The Glossy Ibis, looking very intent – Roger Tidball
MeadowPipit
Meadow Pipit – Tina Scott
Kestrel
Kestrel – Roger Tidball

A Siberian Chiffchaff was on Wick this morning – seen on a few occasions and heard to call on at least two. This was amongst an obvious arrival of Firecrest – five on Wick and four in the Wood; as well as 5 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap around the fields. Bearded Tit may also have been on the move, as a flock of twelve was seen over the reedbed by the HHC; with other airborne migrants over the southern side of the area comprising 2 Brambling, 16 Redpoll, 5 Redwing and a Golden Plover. The Glossy Ibis was at Stanpit again for the day – after leaving the Hengistbury roost, which also disgorged 7 Cattle Egret and 26 Little Egret. Sticking to the head, a Great Northern Diver and a Guillemot were on the sea. Moving back to Stanpit and firstly the waders, headed by: 6 Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Ringed Plover and 135 Dunlin; with other interest coming from 3 Pintail, 22 Brent Goose, 9 Mediterranean Gull and 6 Common Gull. Rounding up, a couple of Bullfinch were on Wick, a Grey Wagtail was on Fisherman’s Bank, a Great Crested Grebe was inside the harbour and at least one Kingfisher was about. Of butterfly interest, a Wall Brown was on the cliffs by the Long Groyne. 

November 9th

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Glossy Ibis – Clinton Whale

A first-winter Caspian Gull was watched from the inner side of Mudeford Quay this morning at 10:40 by the mouth of the River Mude. Meanwhile, the Glossy Ibis was at Stanpit all day and a Water Pipit was around the south-west corner of Grimmery Marsh early in the morning. The bulk of the waders were logged from Fisherman’s Bank and included: a Knot, 7 Grey Plover, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Ringed Plover, 120 Dunlin and 12 Turnstone. In addition, a Tufted Duck, 5 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 5 Brent Goose, 23 Common Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 96 Great Black-backed Gull were about the marsh. Hengistbury saw a real mixture of birds, a summary being: a Fieldfare in-off the sea, with what was considered to be an increase in Blackbird numbers; likewise, Goldcrest were more numerous – around 25 – plus a couple of Chiffchaff; a Brambling and small numbers of Redpoll, Siskin, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch and Skylark travelled east; a juvenile Great Northern Diver was on the sea by the Long Groyne; and 3 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Tern, an adult Mediterranean Gull and an unidentified auk passed by.

November 8th

Spoonbill
Spoonbill – Jackie Smith

It was something of a collector’s item of a day, in that the wind barely rose above force zero for the entirety of the daylight hours. The Glossy Ibis was again present throughout and, keeping with heron-like birds, four adult Spoonbill dropped out of the mist into Stanpit Bight this morning; presumably encouraged to do so by the constant calls of Grey Plover, of which there were nine – two of them seeming to be in display. Other waders at that point included 2 Knot, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 55 Black-tailed Godwit and over 100 Dunlin. The male Marsh Harrier again visited the area during the morning – seen from Wick – likewise a Brambling and 9 Redwing. Continuing yesterday’s diving-duck theme, a male Pochard was inside the harbour, as were 3 Shoveler, 8 Pintail, 2 Shelduck and 16 Brent Goose. Of mammal interest, a Grey Seal was in the river, off Grimmery Bank, this evening. 

November 7th

Pochard
Pochard – Scott Usher
TuftedDuck
Tufted Duck – Scott Usher

Aythya ducks have traditionally been scarce around the area, so a single Pochard and 5 Tufted Duck at Stanpit this morning perhaps suggests an arrival of them into the UK in general? Keeping with waterfowl, a Long-tailed Duck was off Mudeford Quay this morning, when a Great Northern Diver, a minimum of 2 Red-throated Diver, an unidentified diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, a Common Scoter, 5 Pintail, 9 Brent Goose and a Great Crested Grebe passed by at sea; and a redhead Goosander seemed to go to roost in Barn Bight this evening. Rewinding to the start of the day and the departure from the Hengistbury roost, which included: a Woodcock, 4 Cattle Egret and a Buzzard; as well as the Glossy Ibis that spent the day at Stanpit – being occasionally harangued by photographers – before turning-in at 16:34, along with the same number of Cattle Egret, 17 Little Egret and 160 Jackdaw. With Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Grey Heron, Carrion Crow and Rook, at least, all using the same small area; is this one of the most eclectic overnight-stays in the region? Moving to Stanpit, where 3 Bearded Tit were again seen – by the Rusty Boat – and the male Marsh Harrier entertained. Meanwhile the waders there were headed by: 4 Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 24 Black-tailed Godwit and 39 Dulin; there were also 5 Pintail, but a shockingly low number of Brent Goose, just five, as well as 4 Redpoll loitering in the North Scrubs. The best-of-the-rest is: a Firecrest in the Wood; 3 Purple Sandpiper on the sandspit; a Mediterranean Gull and 4 Guillemot east; a Brambling, 3 Redpoll and 14 Siskin east; 12 Chiffchaff and 4 Redwing across the site; and a couple of Kingfisher. Once more, a Grey Phalarope on the sea very close to promenade between Mudeford Quay and Avon Beach car park, may have been visible from the within the recording area. 

November 6th

MarshHarrier
Adult male Marsh Harrier – Mazz Blehs
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Dartford Warbler – Clinton Whale

A cold, easterly breeze could not deter a good amount of recreation and, as a result, there is another fine selection to write about. A Red-necked Grebe was on the sea around 500m west of the Long Groyne this morning, while a Grey Phalarope was equally settled off the Beach Huts; that ending-up just outside the recording area, off Avon Beach, during the afternoon. A Ring Ouzel was on Hengistbury early on, with a Brambling settled in the Double Dykes there; as well as a couple more of those and 12 Redpoll moving amongst the other, non-reported finch numbers. In the afternoon, a female-type Black Redstart spent some time in the work compound in the car park at the western edge of Whitepits; and the Glossy Ibis was present throughout – being seen to leave the roost with 4 Cattle Egret, before frequenting Stanpit all day, and then returning for the night at around 16:45. Another highlight at Stanpit was 3 Bearded Tit, which moved from Parky Meade Rail to Central Marsh, calling as they did so, just before 8:00 this morning; with the adult male Marsh Harrier being seen on a number of occasions. There was an early flurry of Wood Pigeon – around 11000 west in 45 minutes – but it soon petered out; while the remaining news concerns 3 Purple Sandpiper on groyne S9, plus 4 Chiffchaff, 12 Siskin and a male Bullfinch at Wick. 

November 5th

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Glossy Ibis – Pennhill Man
Redshank
Redshank – Jackie Smith

The Glossy Ibis was at Stanpit all day – favouring an area stretching from the Rusty Boat to North Marsh. It was, however, one at least one occasion, very carelessly flushed by a photographer. Please do afford the bird the respect it deserves – the image above shows what can be achieved without disturbing . Elsewhere on the marsh, there were: a passing Merlin; a Ruff, 2 Knot, 5 Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Ringed Plover and 85 Dunlin; 8 Pintail, plus 8 Shoveler; and four considered-to-be, littoralis (‘Scandinavian’) Rock Pipit. Meanwhile, a Firecrest was on Hengistbury, along with 2 Chiffchaff; as well as a Fieldfare and 2 Redwing returned from there. 

November 4th

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Great Grey Shrike – Alan Hayden
GlossyIbis
Glossy Ibis – Alan Crockard
CloudedYellow
Clouded Yellow – Peter Boardman

Only the fourth and certainly the most accommodating Great Grey Shrike for the area spent the day at Hengistbury, mostly around the Barn Field but then seeming to head towards the Batters towards dusk. Meanwhile, a Glossy Ibis spent the day at Stanpit, mainly around Central Marsh and possibly then going to roost in the Nursery; with other ‘heron’ interest coming from 8 Cattle Egret leaving the roost at dawn and two separate Great White Egret coming in-off the sea. There were additional highlights: a Hawfinch came out of the Nursery at first light; a Yellow-browed Warbler and 7 Firecrest were at the end of the head; and at least one, but possibly two, Yellowhammer was about Hengistbury. Now the Wood Pigeon and, despite the final total being in the order of 39000 birds, it was something of a disappointment in that more were expected and the line of travel was actually quite far inland. Perhaps the six-figure days of only a few years ago are now a thing of the past? Birds moving directly overhead were mixed and included: 9 Brambling, 70 Redpoll, 80 Chaffinch, 70 Meadow Pipit, 45 Skylark, a Swallow and a Fieldfare; as well as a flock of 20 Knot, 2 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover and 40 Snipe, initially in one wisp, all heading west. All in all, not a bad day.

November 3rd

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff – Jackie Smith
Goldcrest
Goldcrest – Jackie Smith

There were a couple of birds vying for the ‘of the day’ title. Firstly, a November Curlew Sandpiper; and, secondly, a redhead Goldeneye – these were once a winter constant in the harbour, but as waters around continental Europe are now less prone to freezing, fewer and fewer cross the North Sea. The other news from Stanpit involves: a Water Pipit and six migrant, presumed littoralis, Rock Pipit; 2 Grey Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit,135 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover and 55 Dunlin; a Firecrest, several Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff; as well as a Pintail and 2 Common Gull. On the other side of the area, the best was: a Great Northern Diver in breeding plumage and a Brambling; plus 5000 westbound Wood Pigeon. On that topic, tomorrow could deliver a big number – the combination of date, clear skies and a light northerly is a classic – tens of thousands are possible over the area during the first couple of daylight hours. Off mammal interest, a Grey Seal was off the head. 

November 2nd

Curlew
Curlew – Clinton Whale
PurpleSandpiper
... and a Purple Sandpiper on the sandspit today – Mark Taylor

After a night of fierce wind, a morning seawatch was given a go – but was not particularly well rewarded. The best was another Merlin coming in-off over the sandspit, as well as a Red-throated Diver, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Common Scoter, 4 Guillemot, 18 Gannet, 850 Herring Gull and 20 Great Black-backed Gull; all west or in the case of the gulls some perhaps lingering. Meanwhile, a couple of Swallow battled the elements and it’s understood there was a reasonable passage of Goldfinch and Linnet. Also during the morning, a Marsh Harrier was about the area; while, this evening, a male Peregrine was seen devouring a Black-headed Gull on North Marsh with 2 Carrion Crow in close attendance. 

November 1st

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Black–tailed Godwit - Roger Tidball

On another largely wet day, the only news comes from a morning weather-window on Hengistbury, which produced 2 Brambling and around 250 Goldfinch moving west; plus a Firecrest and a male Peregrine. 

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