Monday, 10 October 2016

Lodmoor Rosy Starling

Started the day off fantastic with some ringing & birding at Durlston 06.30-10.30am. Highlights of the morning include 6 Ring Ouzel, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Firecrest, 40+ each of Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit & Goldcrest. Nice site records of Great spotted Woodpecker, Whinchat and a single male Wheatear.
Overhead passage of 100's of Goldfinch, 27 Siskin, 2 Greenfinch, 50 Chaffinch, 60 Skylark, 134 Meadow Pipit, 15 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird,4  Pied Wagtail, 3 Jay and 8 Swallow.
One of many Chiffchaff seen along the coastline
On route back to Charmouth, I called in to Lodmoor RSPB reserve to have a look for the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING which was frequenting a small hedgerow opposite Southdown Avenue housing estate, with 20+ Starlings. Once I arrived the Rosy Starling was showing very well and feeding on hawthorn berries before fkying to some nearby garden feeders. It showed well slightly concealed in the bushes for most of the time before flying off over the estate at 14.30pm with the flock out of view. My 2nd British Rosy Starling and great to see two this year!! 

Stonebarrow Hill: Charmouth 16.15-18.15pm, 2 Firecrest, 6 Bullfinch, 2 Jay, 3 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Wheatear, 100+ House Martin, 30+ Chiffchaff and decent numbers of Long-tailed Tit & Goldcrest flocks roving near visitor centre.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Yellow-browed Warbler

Found 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER this evening with approx count of 70+ Chiffchaff moving through Hawthorn and Sycamore hedgeline along Public Footpatch near A35 underpass leading into Charmouth Village.

Good Visible Migration today with steady flocks of Redwing, Song Thrush, Blackbird & 2 Mistle Thrish moving through. Lovely site record of Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer also on site here at Wood farm early this morning. Notable numbers of Robins also moving about, estimate count on site 30+ birds with some clear signs of several together with Blackcaps in the brambles, most likely migrants on passage!!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Vis Migration and migrants on the move

5th Oct 2016
Great mornings birding around Seaton & Beer Head.
Vis Mig @ Beer Head 7.30am-8.50am, 178 Meadow Pipit, 126 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 8 Pied Wagtail, 15 Linnet, 27 Goldfinch, 3 Wheatear but No Warblers!! After a look a Seaton Marshes and sewage works produced 2 Spotty Fly, 2 Firecrest, female Redstart, 12 Goldcrest, 5 B'cap, 30+ Chiff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Gropper 10am-12pm.

3rd Oct 2016
Great vis migration around Beer Head and Seaton with Good numbers of Wheatear, 200+ of Meadow Pipit, 15+ Chiffchaff. Other highlights include Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, Garden Warbler, Whitethroats, White Wagtail, Rock Pipit. Constant Swallow passage of 100+ per hour flying southeast towards Portland.

Few pics below from recent birding.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Doing some ringing lately in East Dorset with local ringing group, we trapped & ringed this fantastic Yellow-browed Warbler along with 40+ Chiffchaff,several 3 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Kingfisher and mixture of other common garden species yesterday morning.
So far this autumn Yellow-browed Warblers have been present in massive numbers across the UK (650+ latest count). This year I've seen 3 near Upton Country Park at Poole and at least 2 birds around Charmouth in recent weeks. Hoping for more Yellow-browed Warblers to pass through along the south coast here in the coming days and hopefully bring a nice Pallas's or some other Rarer warblers along with them......Watch this space.......

Friday, 30 September 2016


 Yesterday afternoon at approx 15.15pm I heard a very distinct "chee-wee" type call and looked up towards the Sycamore and Hawthorn scrub to see a GREENISH WARBLER perched right out in the open flycatching and tail flicking. Luckily to have my bins to hand, I had cracking views of the bird which showed down to about 5-7feet from me low to the ground with come Chiffchaff and Blackcaps. I watched the bird for several minutes before it flew towards the fishing pond hedge and out of the view. I relocated the bird again briefly by the fishing ponds in low willow trees before it flew over the hedge out of the park and following the valley hedge down towards Charmouth town and Stonebarrow hill. A cracking find and my 3rd British record!!.

Other sightings include Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, 20 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap and singles of Willow Warbler all recorded by the willow tree line at the ponds at 7am,

Visible Migration counts include 80+ Meadow Pipit, 20+Pied Wagtail and White wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, decent movment of 10 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Greenfinch, 25 Goldfinch and 23 Linnet.

Vis Mig count today 30th Sept: 100+ Meadow Pipit, 30 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 3 Raven, 15 Redpoll, 18 Siskin, 30 Goldfinch, 4 Wheatear and notable high numbers of Robins on site,

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Found 1st Yellow-browed Warbler of the year on the caravan park yesterday evening. Bird was heard calling from stand of poplar and sycamore trees near my flat!! Checking again at first light, I was delighted to refind the same bird (or a new one) near to yesterdays location moving through scrub with Chiff, Goldcrest and a stunning Firecrest.

Later this evening I took a trip to Charmouth and found a showy YBW along the coastal path near the beach huts behind the visitor centre with Chiffs and Willow Warblers. Large numbers of Pied & White Wagtail also present (70+) along with 2 Yellow Wagtail late evening dropping into the car park reedbed. Other sightings of nore include Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Peregrine, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Blackcap and 20 Long-tailed Tit present in same location 17.00-18.00pm

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Rose-coloured Starling and Wryneck

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING (juvenile-Hayland's Estate Portland, Dorset 2016) My 1st for Britain. Smashing close up views of this very smart bird feeding with local common Starlings. This bird should be wintering in India now!!

Also smashing views of this self-found WRYNECK which popped up on some nearby bushes. One of three seen during the day. 8th Wryneck for 2016!!

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Wood Farm caravan Park this evening calling a lot. Last seen 19.30pm in sycamore trees and moving into Holly bushes with Chiffchaff and Goldcrest flocks. 1st of the Autumn and hopefully more to come