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The news headlines for recent days. Click on the link for a day to see the complete reports list together with maps and charts to aid interpretation;

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31/08/2019

First cattle egret of the season back at the Swannery and large movements of shearwater off of the Bill whilst a good variety of birds of prey continue to be seen

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30/08/2019

 A birds of prey day with honey buzzard, hen harrier, marsh harrier and hobby reported along with several sightings of osprey around Poole harbour

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29/08/2019

Spotted crake, curlew sandpipers, little gull, dipper and another wryneck are the headliners today

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28/08/2019

Much quieter today - the change in the weather? More wryneck sightings though and Montague's harrier reported

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27/08/2019

Huge numbers of passerines and hirundines passing through Portland, Purbeck and Hengistbury now especially pied and spotted flycatchers

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26/08/2019

A bumper 158 reports today with melodious warbler and four wryneck the stand out birds but lots else too

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25/08/2019

Autumn migration really hotting up now with two wryneck and a tawny pipit reported today amongst many more of the more usual species on the move

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24/08/2019

A flock of over twenty white stork moving west through the county was a surprise! An ortolan bunting at St Aldhelm's head the other notable record.

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23/08/2019

Lots more migration activity today but the ospreys continue to dominate the news; at least five in Poole Harbour now

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22/08/2019

Improving weather brought a number of interesting insect records today including painted ladies still in evidence in good numbers

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21/08/2019

 Amongst all of the migrational reports the activities of several osprey in the area attracted the most interest

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20/08/2019

Wader numbers and variety beginning to build and lots of warblers and other passerines on the move with lots of grasshopper warblers being ringed today

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19/08/2019

Much autumn migration in evidence from the reports today with the ospreys continuing to be the stars although the black-necked grebe in Poole Harbour was a surprise

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18/08/2019

Busy in Poole Harbour today with several osprey sightings, spoonbill, lots of waders and the black tern still around Brands Bay

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17/08/2019

The weather much quieter today and the birding remained quiet too. Only a black tern in the Brands Bay area to get the pulse racing a little bit

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16/08/2019

Another absolutely dire day for August, rain and strong winds. Not much wildlife watching going on so not much to report.

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15/08/2019

An improvement in the weather so more signs of autumn passerine migration was evident in the reports

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14/08/2019

A miserable day of wind and rain so not much birdwatching done by anyone so not much news to report!

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13/08/2019

Little news today other than to report the grey phalarope was predated by a kestrel this evening.

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12/08/2019

The Ferrybridge grey phalarope looking better today. Lots of osprey activity around Poole Harbour.

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11/08/2019

Weather calming down today. A grey phalarope has appeared at Ferrybridge but its condition is causing concern

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10/08/2019

50mph plus winds today so birders' eyes turned to the sea again with gannets, skuas, shearwaters, gulls and terns seen in good numbers

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09/08/2019

A wild, windy day but good numbers of waders in more sheltered spots and some good seabirds close in off shore

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08/08/2019

Another quiet day for records but various ringing sessions report a good number of passerines migrating south

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07/08/2019

A fairly quite day for bird news the highlight being the return of the Osprey known as 'Beaky' to Middlebere after a couple of months absence

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06/08/2019

A very quiet day with few reports but the painted lady butterfly invasion seems to be still going strong.

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05/08/2019

Many odonata being reported at the moment with black darter, ruddy darter, southern hawker, blue-tailed damselfly and more about now

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04/08/2019

A quiet day but early migration continues with a dark-bellied brent goose turning up at Ferrybridge being a bit of a surprise

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03/08/2019

Autumn migration really getting underway with lots of reports of wheatear and willow warbler on the move

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02/08/2019

Another influx of painted ladies under way it seems - several reports from elsewhere plus 2 in our Wareham garden

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01/08/2019

Honey buzzard, hobby and osprey over Wareham

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