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Although a fine but cold Saturday there were very few records to be found today with much of the usual winter fare on display
One swallow may not make a summer but it certainly makes a winter's day in Weymouth!
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
--- Due to technical difficulties with Twitter I was unable to collate any records today ---
Another day with little to commend it in terms of weather or birds reports
Blustery winds and early rain seemed to put the birdwers off today with very few reports coming in and not much of interest seen
A much brighter day led to a host of records but mainly standard winter fare and not much worthy of special mention
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
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!
A dark, dreary, dismal, and later, damp day with few nature records and little of real note
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!
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
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!
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
A fine but cold day, ideal for watching the many wintering wildfowl and waders around the Dorset harbours
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!
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
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
Several observers report things as quiet now so records are focusing on wintering waders, wildfowl, grebes, divers and gulls
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
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
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!
A calm day and quiet birdwise with not much out of the ordinary other than the little bunting still around a garden on Portland
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
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
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
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
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
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
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