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September 17th

White–tailed Eagle – Tim Burdock

A colour–ringed, juvenile Sandwich Tern – Alan Crockard

It’s been a couple of days of large, soaring birds from re-introduction programmes. Today, it was a White-tailed Eagle, which made a low pass at 14:15, making the spectacle. Earlier, 3 Cattle Egret and a Great White Egret were logged from Hengistbury, where a Green Sandpiper was in Brewer’s Creek. The morning also saw a good presence of passerine migrants – the best a Garden Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher on Hengistbury; with site-wide totals coming to: 80 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 40 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler and 2 Wheatear. A Ruff at Stanpit was the pick of the not-already-mentioned waders, but also: 6 Knot, 4 Greenshank, 2 Sanderling, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, 42 Ringed Plover and 112 Common Sandpiper. There were a confirmed 2 Kingfisher about, but perhaps as many as four, while the familiar, drake Tufted Duck was again with Mallard.

September 6th

Spotted Flycatcher with Oak Eggar moth, which should see the bird nicely full of calories for the next leg of its southbound journey – perhaps even as far as South Africa – Alan Hayden

Common Sandpiper on the Crouch Hill scrape – Clinton Whale

Southern Migrant Hawker – a first for the area – Peter Boardman

There was a clear exodus of Swallow and Yellow Wagtail into the southerly breeze throughout the day – pulses of the former were every few minutes, likewise calls of the latter. Meanwhile, a Tree Pipit and a couple of Grey Wagtail also passed over, while settled outbound migrants included: a Pied Flycatcher, 10 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff at Stanpit, all but half the ‘spotflies’ in the North Scrubs; as well as, on the other side of the area, 4 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat and 8 Willow Warbler; with the Wheatear total for the day being a minimum of ten birds. Perhaps also on its way out was a Hobby over the marsh, where the pick of the waders were: a Greenshank, 3 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Sanderling and 7 Bar-tailed Godwit. Rounding-off a half-decent post: a Pintail, four each of Shoveler and Teal, and 2 Shelduck were about; 3 Bullfinch, one from the new hide, were logged; and a Water Rail showed in Stanpit Creek. Of odonata interest, the area received its first record of Southern Migrant Hawker – from the Wooden Bridge on Wick.

September 5th

After two yesterday, the Avocet at Stanpit had increased to four this morning – but then fifteen by this evening. Meanwhile, across the day, the following wader maxima were returned from there: a Spotted Redshank in Stanpit Creek, a juvenile Ruff, 5 Greenshank, 6 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Sanderling and 5 Bar-tailed Godwit. Staying with the marsh, where there was: a getting-late Little Tern; a Pied Flycatcher and up to 10 Willow Warbler in the North Scrubs, plus at least 15 Yellow Wagtail and 9 Wheatear; and a male Marsh Harrier that passed north. Late in the afternoon, Hengistbury and Wick produced 5 Redstart, along with a Lesser Whitethroat on Roebury Lane and a further 4 Wheatear.

September 4th

After a year–long delay, it was fantastic to be able to open the new hide on Hengistbury Head – which will be available for everyone visiting the head to enjoy – Paul Turton

Bar–tailed Godwit – Alan Hayden

…and a very good candidate for blue-headed wagtail, which roosted with around 35 Yellow Wagtail by the HHC last night – Kevin Sayer

Those who attended the guided walk ahead of the opening of the new hide enjoyed a Whinchat on the Long Field, while during the ringing demonstration at least 5 Grey Wagtail overflew and there were frequent calls of Yellow Wagtail – but only two could be seen against the, then, blue sky. Also, a steady movement of Swallow, along with a few Sand Martin to the east. The rest of the news comes from Stanpit, however, where a Garganey was with 4 Shoveler and 48 Wigeon were counted. A Wood Sandpiper may have come down on to Priory Marsh, but more amenable were: 2 Avocet, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Knot, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 7 Black-tailed Godwit. To round up, at least 20 Yellow Wagtail and 9 Wheatear were decked on the marsh.

September 3rd

Little Stint – Joy Aubin

The three white egrets were all seen this morning. In addition to the resident ‘littles’, a Cattle Egret passed east and a Great White Egret headed north. Earlier, just after first light, 3 Tree Pipit, 44 Yellow Wagtail and 6 Grey Wagtail were overhead, while 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart and 8 Willow Warbler were on Hengistbury, and 3 Yellow Wagtail and 15 Wheatear fed at Stanpit. At least 2 Green Sandpiper moved other, but singles of Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper – the latter cohorting with Lapwing at the northern end of Stanpit Creek – were more settled; as were 6 Knot, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Black-tailed Godwit. The good showing of Dunlin and Ringed Plover went uncounted, however. To finish: a Nuthatch was again in the Nursery; a Common Gull, an adult, and 2 Mediterranean Gull, an adult and a juvenile, were logged; and a Shoveler, 35 Wigeon and 30 Teal were around.


We have a number of publications available including the current edition of Birds of Christchurch Harbour

Also, back issues from previous years and other goodies.


We have a number of publications available including the current edition of Birds of Christchurch Harbour

Also, back issues from previous years and other goodies.