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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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30/11/2019

Although a fine but cold Saturday there were very few records to be found today with much of the usual winter fare on display 

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29/11/2019

One swallow may not make a summer but it certainly makes a winter's day in Weymouth! 

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28/11/2019

A good selection of wintering birds about in Dorset now but a little bunting trapped and ringed at the eastern end of the Fleet was really noteworthy 

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27/11/2019

--- Due to technical difficulties with Twitter I was unable to collate any records today --- 

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26/11/2019

Another day with little to commend it in terms of weather or birds reports

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25/11/2019

Blustery winds and early rain seemed to put the birdwers off today with very few reports coming in and not much of interest seen  

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24/11/2019

A much brighter day led to a host of records but mainly standard winter fare and not much worthy of special mention

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23/11/2019

Whilst the dreary weather meant records in general were few those who went on the Birds of Poole Harbour low-tide bird boat were treated to a wonderful array of birds 

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22/11/2019

Another grim day seemingly keeping all but the most hardy indoors; probably the lowest number of reports in the three years I have been monitoring them! 

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21/11/2019

A dark, dreary, dismal, and later, damp day with few nature records and little of real note  

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20/11/2019

A Pallas's warbler has joined the eastern lesser whitethroat in the Wakeham area of Portland and the two whooper swans are together at Abbotsbury, I hope their friendship lasts! 

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19/11/2019

A lesser whitethroat on Portland is arousing interest as to its origins whilst the lone white-fronted goose remains at Swineham and a Caspian Gull was seen in Christchurch Harbour 

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18/11/2019

Highlight of the day seemed to be the Lodmoor whooper swan arriving at the Swannery; it was hoped it would team up with the resident whooper but it seems that may not have hit it off!  

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17/11/2019

A crisp, clear day brought numerous interesting records with white-fronted goose, whooper swan and a ruddy (as in colour!) duck being the most unusual birds seen 

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16/11/2019

A fine but cold day, ideal for watching the many wintering wildfowl and waders around the Dorset harbours 

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15/11/2019

A brighter morning revealed that there is still some autumn outward migration taking place but I am not sure the two surprise great bustard on Hengistbury was part of this! 

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14/11/2019

Perhaps as birding is currently a bit quiet Ian Ballam turned his attention to the Blandford otters today; he was rewarded with great views and he produced some lovely photos 

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13/11/2019

A bright start before the rain came revealed signs that autumn migration is not completely over yet and a long-eared owl at Swineham was something of surprise 

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12/11/2019

Several observers report things as quiet now so records are focusing on wintering waders, wildfowl, grebes, divers and gulls 

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11/11/2019

The wryneck and the little bunting on Portland are reluctant to leave and seem "part of the furniture" now whilst birds of prey are frequently being reported from a number of locations

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10/11/2019

For a fine Sunday there were surprisingly few records today with no real items of note other than a few signs that the autumn exodus of birds continues 

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09/11/2019

Not much of a day for birding with the highlights seemingly 'plastics' (ie: feral!) at Longham Lakes; two Egyptian geese and a ruddy shelduck, ruddy in colouring that is! 

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08/11/2019

A calm day and quiet birdwise with not much out of the ordinary other than the little bunting still around a garden on Portland 

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07/11/2019

A much calmer day, although showery, revealed that autumn migration seems far from over with even swallows still being seen; meanwhile the Caspian gull and little bunting remain on Portland 

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06/11/2019

Whilst tens of thousands of southward-bound wood pigeons provided the spectacle of the day it was two buntings, a little bunting on Portland and a snow bunting on Hengistbury, that provided the most interest 

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05/11/2019

Caspian gull, Richard's pipit and serin at the Bill the top picks today but black redstart and yellow-browed warbler seen in good numbers to add to an interesting days tally 

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04/11/2019

Portland Bird Observatory was the place to be yesterday with a long-eared owl in the garden, a Richard's pipit flying over and a Caspian gull up the road at Culverwell  

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03/11/2019

A much calmer day revealed that the autumn migration exodus is far from over even though we are in to November but the increasing sight of great northern, red-throated and black-throated divers was a reminder that winter draws on 

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02/11/2019

Just when you think the weather cannot get much worse you get yesterday! Despite appalling conditions an interesting list of varied species was compiled from intrepid observers 

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01/11/2019

No surprise to wake to another wet and windy day but Pallas's warbler on Portland and a great bustard over Ballard Down were surprises; black redstart and yellow-browed warbler continue in good numbers

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