1. September 8th

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    Starting with waders, there were 4 Curlew Sandpiper at Stanpit today – a moulting adult and three juveniles – as well as: a Green Sandpiper, the Spotted Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 12 Sanderling, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Snipe. Elsewhere, a couple of Greenshank went over Wick and a further 5 Sanderling were on the sandspit. Moving to passerines and Hengistbury, where a male Redstart, a Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, a Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 15 Whitethroat and 8 Blackcap were returned. Meanwhile, Wick produced 8 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Wheatear, with Stanpit contributing a Redstart, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a Whinchat and 6 Wheatear. After their recent glut, the Siskin total was just 27 birds, mostly over but a few settled. Finishing up, the Brent Goose remains, a Peregrine again hunted and the Sandwich Tern peaked at forty-five. Of mammal interest, the Grey Seal was close offshore the Sandspit, before beaching outside of the area at Friar’s Cliff.



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  2. September 7th

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    There was another good selection of departing, passerine migrants today. Stanpit held a Grasshopper Warbler, a Redstart and 8 Wheatear, all on Crouch Hill, and a Garden Warbler on the old golf course bank. Meanwhile, a further 2 Redstart, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and a Lesser Whitethroat were across Hengistbury and Wick. Overhead, at least 450 Swallow, 30 Sand Martin and 20 House Martin passed through, as did a couple of Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and around 50 Siskin. Moving to waders, a flock of 15 Knot were at Stanpit in the afternoon, when there had only been three during the morning; with other counts across the day coming to 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 26 Dunlin. A Garganey was again present, this time with Wigeon in Stanpit Bight; a Common Tern and 48 Sandwich Tern rested this afternoon; a Peregrine hunted; and a couple of Kingfisher were about Wick Hams.



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  3. September 5th

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    After a one-day pause, the Osprey action resumed, with a bird fishing the harbour around 09:20 before leaving, with catch, north. Meanwhile, the Siskin passage continues – around seventy west over Hengistbury – with around 20 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail. Settled birds included: a Redstart and 6 Wheatear on the Barn Field; and a Lesser Whitethroat, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat and up to 15 Wheatear at Stanpit. A Wood Sandpiper was heard over Wick, while the waders at Stanpit included: a very confiding Golden Plover, the Spotted Redshank and four each of Sanderling, Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit. This evening, the regular Peregrine hunted at Stanpit.



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  4. September 4th

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    A White Stork overflew the Beach Huts this afternoon, at around 14:00, but although seeming to lose height was not re-found in or around the area. The North Scrubs at Stanpit held a Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat throughout the day, while 2 Whinchat and 8 Wheatear were on Crouch Hill, and 4 Yellow Wagtail looked to settle this evening; a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat and 15 Wheatear were on Hengistbury; with 14 Grey Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Tree Pipit and 145 Siskin over. A Green Sandpiper was on Wick Farm Meadows and a Ruff, a Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 4 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Turnstone and Snipe, plus uncounted Ringed Plover and Dunlin, were at Stanpit. Also on the marsh, a couple of Common Tern, the probably-never-went-to-Siberia-this-year Brent Goose and 44 Wigeon. Kingfisher were seen on Fisherman’s Bank and by the Wooden Bridge.



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  5. September 30th

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    The expected finch migration got underway today – as accompanied by a Merlin and a Lapland Bunting – 520 Linnet, 185 Goldfinch, 148 Siskin 73 Redpoll and sixteen early Chaffinch moved over Hengistbury; as did 6 Yellow Wagtail, 97 alba Wagtail, 195 Meadow Pipit, 630 Swallow and 56 House Martin; while 2 Wheatear, 20 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap were settled there, and a further 6 Wheatear and a significant 32 Stonechat were around Crouch Hill. A Great Northern Diver was on the sea, before what was presumably the same bird headed south over the HHC; with other returns from the water being: a Little Gull, these are scarce birds nowadays, an Arctic Skua, 28 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 73 Sandwich Tern and 4 Common Scoter; a drake of the latter settled. The wader variety at Stanpit continues – the pick being: 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff, the Spotted Redshank, a Golden Plover, a Knot, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Black-tailed Godwit. Meanwhile, 6 Sanderling were on the sandspit. A couple of first-calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull were also inside the harbour, along with 9 Brent Goose and 4 Pintail; a Buzzard again looked at home in the Nursery and a Peregrine hunted over Wick.

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  6. September 2nd

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    The day’s Osprey visit came at 11:25, while the male Marsh Harrier much earlier visited the area. Again, passerines were varied but not particularly numerous – the site-wide totals being: 4 Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 15 Whitethroat, 2 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, the same number of Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and up to 30 phylloscs – most of them now seeming to be Chiffchaff; as well as 2 Firecrest, those in the Wood. Overhead, a Grey Wagtail 3 Yellow Wagtail and 16 Siskin were logged. The tide/sunlight cycle is currently no longer optimal for wader counting, although a Green Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper were noted airborne. The Wigeon continue to build: twenty-four settled, twenty-two west and four east; plus 5 Teal and the incumbent Brent Goose. To finish, a juvenile Bullfinch was in the North Scrubs and a Kingfisher was along Fisherman’s Bank.



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  7. September 29th

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    There was another fine cluster of birds around Crouch Hill throughout the day, including: 5 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 55 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail and a Dartford Warbler. Meanwhile, Wick held 17 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap; with a Mistle Thrush, 2 Redpoll, a Grey Wagtail and a Mediterranean Gull heading south over there. The day’s best Curlew Sandpiper return was three birds, along with a Ruff, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin and 6 Snipe, two of those on the new scrape, at Stanpit; while 6 Turnstone were about Mudeford Quay. The Brent Goose doubled overnight to six and there was the same number of Pintail, as well a 2 Gadwall. Sandwich Tern are still present – at least four around today.

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    There are now three Virtual Meetings planned – the first one in a couple of weeks. Details here….

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    It was hoped we may be able to resume some events this month, September. However, due to the worsening Covid-19 situation, those plans are now on hold. We will keep you updated on this forum.



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