Having seen several Dusky Warblers in the UK, including one just last year and one in the NW region before too this wasn't a priority but would be nice to see. So this morning I waited on news and then when it was reported I headed off on the 50ml journey to try to see it. With typical clear Sunday ro I was on site in well under 50mins and parked up as directed, ing another couple of birders I know to walk on to try to locate where the bird was being seen. Then the hard bit! We wandered into the dunes trying to make sense of directions given, especially as this mornings report was in a different area to where the bird was yesterday!
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Wildfowl today included the arrival of 9 Teal, 3 Pintail east and a couple of Gadwall with the Mweting. A sea watch from the Beach Huts produced 3 Balearic Shearwater, a juvenile Arctic Tern and 5 Kittiwake on the move; plus around 50 Gannet in a distant feeding flock.
Archives View the full archive of photographswhich now contains over species. Other highlights came from: a Cattle Egret leaving the heron roost early on and 2 Spotted Redshank, never an easy wader in the area, at Stanpit, plus 2 Curlew Sandpiper there.
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Thanks to BCP and all others who were involved with that project back at the start of the year. There were 5 Curlew Sandpiper in the harbour, including the bird above in Holloway's Dock and four on Stanpit while the bulk of the small waders were on the sandspit in a mixed flock of one hundred and fifty birds. This evening, there were at least 6 Yellow Wagtail with the ponies on Crouch Hill, along with a Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear and up to 12 Chiffchaff around the marsh.
Martins were only recorded in single figures, however. September 17th Another fine morning, with a moderate easterly breeze, saw a decent movement of birds over the eastern end of the Head. A minute seawatch was relatively quiet, although a dark, juvenile Arctic Skua and a similarly-aged Yellow-legged Gull are not to be sniffed at.
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Finishing up, the Brent Goose remains, a Peregrine again hunted and the Sandwich Tern peaked at forty-five. Moving to passerines and an impressive 20 Wheatear on Crouch Hill this morning, while 6 Yellow Wagtail were also settled at Stanpit. The Brent Goose doubled overnight to six and there was the same atternoon Pintail, as well a 2 Gadwall.
September 26th Red Eome Alan Crockard Sparrowhawk Peter Boardman The cold wind continued and there are few reports received for the day, which from experiences elsewhere suggested many, many house martins must have passed through the area. Once again there were good s of hirundines, wagtails, pipits and Siskin on the move plus 8 Redpoll.
All Meetinf birders we met were leaving with news of no sightings, they even doubted the first report as it was a brief heard-only single person report. Meanwhile, on the other side of the area, a Redstart was in the Stunted Oaks and 13 Chiffchaff, plus a couple of Blackcap, were on Wick.
A female Pochard was at Stanpit, 2 Pintail arrived and a group of 23 Wigeon headed west at sea. The only other field records for the post are a Kingfisher on the Salt Hurns and a Buzzard again low over the head, where its thought it may be roosting.
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 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.
Kingfisher were seen on Fishermans Bank and by the Wooden Bridge. Stop press: there are now 5 Curlew Sandpiper at Stanpit. 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 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.
The only wader news comes from Hengistbury where a Grey Plover was circuiting the harbour, 22 Dunlin and a Black-tailed Godwit were in Barn Bight and this afternoon Dunlin and 30 Ringed Plover were on the sandspit.
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Meanwhile, the Siskin passage continues around seventy west over Hengistbury toay around 20 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail. September 18th The wind had strengthened somewhat this morning but was still primarily from the east. Elsewhere in the harbour 4 Curlew Sandpiper were logged, two on the sandspit, one in Holloway's Dock and one in Stanpit Creek. There were few passerines on the ground, save for a Whinchat near the Hiker Caf, 5 Wheatear, a Whitethroat and 20 Chiffchaff one of them in song; although at least 19 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 31 Meadow Pipit, a Redpoll and 41 Siskin moved over.
Other birds on the move included 46 Pintail west, 43 Teal and 19 Snipe that arrived over Hengistbury.
Flushed by birders arriving to look for the Dusky, not their fault as they had no idea it was there. Meanwhile, on the deck, there were a 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear and a handful of Chiffchaff; all about the marsh. Hengistbury added a further 4 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Grey Wagtail, while at least Siskin moved over the area. I'd now seen it but would have liked a better view really!
Still I'd come all this way so may as well stick at it. Medting andfrom a single spot on Hengistbury, were estimated all heading south; a little later were milling around over Barn Bight; and a later observation from Mudeford Quay said lots were still moving south-west.
Also from the marsh, 3 Pintail, 4 Shoveler and at least 2 Kingfisher. Rounding up, a couple of adult Mediterranean Gull were at Stanpit this evening, as was a Kingfisher.
Then after showing for around 5mins in the open it called and flew again, to another bush. September 27th A couple of Kingfisher were using the newly created Meetong on Central Marsh Paul Turton Once again, there isnt too much to report the best perhaps a Merlin over Stanpit in the morning.
September 16th Buzzard Penhill Man Chiffchaff Alan Crockard 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 Meetihg be relocated.