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Continual rain all day could not dampen the spirits of our birders who managed to find American race black term, cattle egret, great white egret, grey phalarope, pink-footed goose and yellow-browed warbler
Gale force winds and rain meant records were scarce today but conditions led birders to mainly watch the sea with great skua, manx shearwater, storm petrel and lots of gannets amongst the various species seen battling the storm
Strong westerly winds continue to make conditions difficult for birds and birders alike. The American race back tern, the grey phalarope and the ospreys do not seem to be going anywhere in this weather.
Blustery winds show no signs of abating whilst the autumn migration outflow continues apace but ospreys seem reluctant to leave with probably four still around Poole Harbour. The American black tern, the grey phalarope and the wryneck continue to feature.
A blustery day with outward migration still in evidence but little incoming it seems. The American race black tern remains at Longham and grey phalarope at Lodmoor whilst a further wryneck report came from Portland.
A wet, dismal, dreary day for weather and for wildlife reports! The highlights remain the American race black tern at Longham with wryneck, grey phalarope and yellow-browed warbler elsewhere
The black tern that has been at Longham for a couple of days has been confirmed as being of the American race; I understand this is the first record for Dorset!
A mixed bag today from plenty of reports with a Sabine's gull, grey phalarope and goshawk the pick of the bunch. Lots of migrant moths about now too.
On a quiet day for birds it was moths that made the headlines with a pristine oleander hawkmoth in Leigh, north Dorset, and a convolvulus hawkmoth on Portland
A quiet but dull day saw the autumn exodus of passerines and hirundines continue but the pace seems to be dropping now. Raptors, including merlin, were about and another grey phalarope passed through.
An improvement in the weather today brought an improvement in visible migration of passerines and hirundines. A good number of osprey and peregrine sightings across the area too and grey phalarope are on the move south.
A quieter day after early rain and a quieter day for visible migration. A good day, however. for raptors and for seabirds offshore
A brief lull in the weather this morning saw a huge increase in visible migration of hirundines and passerines, especially meadow pipits. The osprey(s) however seem less enthusiastic about leaving Poole harbour.
Another wild day best suited to sea watching but Christchurch Harbour stole the show with a buff-breasted sandpiper and a grey phalarope present on Stanpit
More wind and rain today but there were still some good records to be had with the great reed warbler back at the Portland Observatory and crane, great shearwater, roseate tern, cattle egret and more seen elsewhere
On another wild day telescopes, it seems, were pointed out to sea and rewarded with various skuas, shearwaters, gulls and terns with the most notable observations being a long-tailed skua and a Sabine's gull
Masses of meadow pipit and swallows on the move all along the Dorset coast today and a single Richard's pipit identified amongst them; not much else of note though.
Another dire day of weather and so another dire day of birding it seems. Plenty of raptor activity around Poole Harbour though including osprey still present. It looks as though the long-billed dowitcher has gone west into Devon
Another good day for ducks with heavy rain throughout the morning but wigeon, teal, shoveler, gadwall, shelduck and even mallard featured amongst what reports there were.
A dismal, wet day with activity somewhat damped down by the conditions with just a sooty shearwater off Branksome shore to lift the intrepid birders spirits although the long-billed dowitcher seems quite settled at Lodmoor
Migrant moths rather than migrant birds dominate the records today with the overnight weather being favourable conditions for them. Birds include the long-billed dowitcher and two wryneck.
A seemingly quieter day for migration activity and attention now turns to winter wildfowl and waders including the long-billed dowitcher at Lodmoor.
Obvious signs of migration far fewer today. Osprey and marsh harrier sightings dominate the reports while the long-billed dowitcher remains at Lodmoor but no, the lesser yellow-legs is not back there!
The massive outward flow of passerines and hirundines contines, osprey activity still evident, cattle egret becoming established, the long-billed dowitcher remains and is the lesser yellow-legs really back at Lodmoor again?
Quite a day with great reed warbler, purple heron, long-billed dowitcher, white stork, cattle egret, honey buzzzard and red kite all ruffling the 'birders' feathers
Still a large hirundine and passerine exodus today with a number of hobby in close pursuit! Oddities included a crane in Poole Harbour and a white stork in Lyme Regis whilst the long-billed dowitcher remains at Lodmoor.
Ospreys are still being seen, great white egrets are almost common now, kingfishers are returning to the coast for the winter and only the long-billed dowitcher seems to remain out of the specials; "the times are a-changin".
Autumn migration continues with a degree of urgency but only the now usual 'notables' were seen, long-billed dowitcher, lapland bunting, wryneck and ortolan bunting.
Reports of phenomenal hirundine and passerine migration along the Dorset coast today with seemingly perfect conditions for those setting off across the channel and on to far further destinations.
Mass migration underway today. Conflicting reports of the Sunnyside stork but the long-billed dowitcher, lapland buntings and wrynecks continued to please their fans.