Thursday 14th January 2021

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Dorset Birds

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Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1 Ferrybridge with Dark-bellied Brents
Pink-footed Goose - 1 between Rodden and West Elworth
Cattle Egret - 7 Holwell Farm Nottington
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Longham Lakes 

14th January

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Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

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Weather-wise, a kinder day that we'd thought was supposed to be in the offing but very slow on the bird front: 3 Red-throated Divers passed through off the Bill where 14 Common Scoter were still settled offshore and 198 Dark-bellied (25 of which headed away east) and a Pale-bellied Brent were at Ferrybridge.

Wendesday 13th January 2021

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Dorset Birds

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BLACK BRANT - 1 Ferrybridge
Pink-footed Goose - 1 between Rodden and West Elworth
Ruddy Shelduck - 5 to east in field off Hawthorn Road Burton
Scaup - 4 Poole Harbour from Redhorn Point
Cattle Egret -  1 off Jerry's Point, 6 flew over Nottington 
Black Redstart -  1 Upwey, 1 Peveril Point Swanage
Cirl Bunting - 2 females still in set-aside at West Bexington

13th January

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Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

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Ferrybridge was busy today, with the highlight the first appearance there since November of the Black Brant; a winter peak to date of 190 Dunlin and a good site total of 40 Cormorants were also of note, with a Pale-bellied Brent Goose also of interest amongst a good selection of other regulars. Twelve Red-throated Divers through off the Bill were the best of the bunch there, with the lingering 11 Common Scoter and 2 Eider still present offshore and the 3 Redpolls still about on the land. Elsewhere, 3 Blackcaps were still at Southwell and, bearing in mind their current status, a count of 5 Greenfinches at Reforne was noteworthy (...any records of Greenfinch are worth reporting at the moment - we haven't seen one at the Obs since November!).

Although there have been reports of various extra individuals further up the Fleet, the Black Brant that wanders down to Ferrybridge always seems to be the same individual; today, also as always, it was paired up with a Dark-bellied Brent © Pete Saunders:



Ferrybridge was nice and busy today © Pete Saunders: