Tuesday 26th January 2021

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Dorset Birds

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Green-winged Teal - 1 Longham Lakes
Iceland Gull - 1 Weymouth seen near Weymouth college
Red Throated Diver - 5 Charmouth (in flight off shore)
Black Redstart - 1 Portland Castle
Water Pipit - 1 Holton Lee (Currently closed to the public)


Redwing, Wick Fields (c) Clinton Whale 




26th January

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Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

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Just as forecast, today was indeed a shocker and only the most conscientious ventured out into the continuous drizzle and freshening wind. A Redwing was at the Obs, a Black Redstart at Portland Castle and 160 Dunlin and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits at Ferrybridge.

Despite the miserable conditions the Black Redstart was showing nicely at Portland Castle © Pete Saunders:


Monday, 25th January 2021

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Dorset Birds

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Golden Plover - 85 Milborne St Andrew.
Grey Plover - 5 Stanpit.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 Merley.
Red-throated Diver - 3+ past Hengistbury.
Black-throated Diver - 1 past Hengistbury.
Cattle Egret - 1 Hengistbury Head.
Glossy Ibis - 1 still Christchurch Harbour.
Marsh Harrier - 2 Christchurch Harbour.
Ring-necked Parakeet - 2 Studland village.

25th January

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Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

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Another lovely bright, sunny day saw a fair bit of fieldwork as folk got out before the arrival of grottier conditions forecast for the rest of the week. Two Redwings were new in at the Bill where 10 Red-throated Divers passed by on the sea, the 2 Eider were settled offshore and 12 Purple Sandpipers, a Merlin and a Chiffchaff were found on the land; the first Greenfinch of the year was also of minor interest at the Obs. Three Blackcaps remained at Southwell, singles of Black Redstart and Chiffchaff were at Weston and the Rosy Starling remained in situ at Easton. Three Bar-tailed Godwits and a Knot were back at Ferrybridge, where 60 Dunlin, 2 Curlews and a Great Northern Diver were also about.

Diver numbers seemed to dropped right away in Portland Harbour but this Great Northern Diver is still hanging about at Ferrybridge or a little further up the Fleet © Pete Saunders: