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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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31/10/2019

Another damp and dreary day but a hoopoe in Swanage brightened things up along with several black redstart and yellow-browed warblers from various other locations

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30/10/2019

Yet another dismal day with more to come it seems but the birders were looking out to sea and produced a really good list of interesting sightings for the day

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29/10/2019

A pretty bleak day both for weather and for birds with little of note being reported but black redstart and yellow-browed warbler remain in some places. 

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28/10/2019

Thousands and thousands of wood pigeon seen leaving to the south at various points along the coast today which will come as good news to some people I know that hate them! 

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27/10/2019

Respite from the wind and rain as the sun came out today and with it the reappearance of black redstart in several places along with firecrest, Siberian chiffchaff and yellow-browed warblers amongst many more 

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26/10/2019

On a wild, wet and windy day it seems most birds and most birders sought shelter but one intrepid watcher was rewarded with three separate grey phalarope that had put in for shelter too. 

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25/10/2019

After yesterday's feast of black restart and yellow-browed warbler they were in much shorter supply to day although the abysmal weather may have had something to do with that. 

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24/10/2019

A good number of black redstart seen all along the coast today with yellow-browed warbler and firecrest also prominent. A few ring ouzel still to be seen as well. 

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23/10/2019

A dark, grey day brightened by flashes of red in the tails of some dark, grey birds; a seemingly large influx of black redstart was the highlight of a dull days birding. Lots of firecrest about too.

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22/10/2019

On a generally quiet day reports of passerine and the like migrational movements again dominate the news today with surprisingly very little comment on waders and wildfowl.

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21/10/2019

The mass exodus of thrushes and finches seemed to pick up even more pace today and they were joined by five cranes all flying south: maybe they are fleeing hard weather further north or maybe they are just fleeing a 'hard Brexit'?  

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20/10/2019

Much colder today providing plenty of records of firecrest, ring ouzel and yellow-browed warbler and clear signs finches are joining thrushes in the autumn exodus 

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19/10/2019

It seems Longham Lakes was the place to be today with the American race black tern still present along with gargany, ring-necked duck, scaup and a vagrant emperor dragonfly   

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18/10/2019

The wild weather continues making 'birding' difficult but at least the otters seem to be alive and performing well for their audience on the River Stour at Blandford 

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17/10/2019

Between the heavy, squally showers there was more evidence of thrushes on the move with further ring ouzel seen, a fieldfare and several redwing as well as song thrush and increased blackbird numbers 

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16/10/2019

Autumn migration seems to be entering a new phase now with several reports of ring ouzel on the move and various reports of merlin received. Yellow-browed warblers are now being reported regularly too.  

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15/10/2019

Some respite in the weather meant clear signs that autumn passerine and hirundine autumn migration is still very active. Red-breasted flycatchers on Portland were interesting and the white-rumped sandpiper and American race Black tern were again seen. 

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14/10/2019

More rain all day but at least the wind eased so there was plenty of evidence that autumn migration is still under way. The white-rumped sandpiper was again at Lodmoor and the American race black tern was still at Longham.

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13/10/2019

A miserable morning but a much brighter afternoon brightened still further by a white-rumped sandpiper found at Lodmoor. A few other interesting bits and pieces about too.

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12/10/2019

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  

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11/10/2019

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 

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10/10/2019

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. 

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09/10/2019

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.  

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08/10/2019

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. 

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07/10/2019

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 

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06/10/2019

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! 

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05/10/2019

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. 

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04/10/2019

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 

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03/10/2019

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. 

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02/10/2019

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.

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01/10/2019

A quieter day after early rain and a quieter day for visible migration. A good day, however. for raptors and for seabirds offshore 

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