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 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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  6. September 1st

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    White, heron-type birds were a feature of the morning, when a flock of 13 Cattle Egret was seen over Fisherman’s Bank and moving east at sea off the Double Dykes, before heading north over Wick – all this around 7:45 – while a Spoonbill headed east a couple of hours later. Meanwhile, an Osprey came around 10:00 and a male Marsh Harrier was again about. At least 4 Spotted Flycatcher were in the North Scrubs, with a further on Hengistbury, 2 Whinchat were at Stanpit and 9 Yellow Wagtail were settled on Wick Farm Meadows. The best of the wildfowl and something of a present-day scarcity was 3 Pochard in Stanpit Bight, with 6 Wigeon and 11 Teal also returned. Peregrine were seen on a couple of occasions and Kingfisher once. Of mamma interest, the Grey Seal was on the beach at Hengistbury this morning and off it this evening. If you go to see the animal, please do keep a respectful distance.



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  7. September 16th

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    There were some clear highlights today, not least 2 Black-winged Stilt which arrived from the west over Hengistbury and appeared to come down on Stanpit; but couldn’t be relocated. Also, a couple of Lapland Bunting east over the head and a Great White Egret on East Marsh for a while. There was apparently lots of visible-migration, but relatively few numbers actually submitted. What we’ve got to work with, however, are: 15 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redpoll, 7 Siskin and around 500 House Martin. Meanwhile, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, around 55 Chiffchaff and 50 Blackcap were settled on the western side of the area; with Stanpit hosting a further 4 Wheatear and a handful of Chiffchaff. Moving to waders, which included: a Ruff, an Avocet, the Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Stanpit; plus a Sanderling, 74 Ringed Plover and 155 Dunlin on the sandspit, many of which roosted securely in the newly fenced area, and 17 Turnstone; in addition, 8 Knot and 3 Black-tailed Godwit passed over. At least 7 Mediterranean Gull also travelled through to the west, likewise 3 Common Gull. The only other field records for the post are a Kingfisher on the Salt Hurns and a Buzzard again low over the head, where it’s thought it may be roosting. Finally, some ringing details – the day’s migrant totals being: 16 Sedge Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Blackcap.



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