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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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30/09/2019

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. 

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29/09/2019

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 

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28/09/2019

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 

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27/09/2019

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 

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26/09/2019

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.

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25/09/2019

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 

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24/09/2019

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. 

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23/09/2019

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 

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22/09/2019

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. 

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21/09/2019

A seemingly quieter day for migration activity and attention now turns to winter wildfowl and waders including the long-billed dowitcher at Lodmoor. 

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20/09/2019

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! 

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19/09/2019

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? 

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18/09/2019

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

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17/09/2019

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. 

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16/09/2019

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". 

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15/09/2019

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. 

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14/09/2019

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. 

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13/09/2019

Mass migration underway today. Conflicting reports of the Sunnyside stork but the long-billed dowitcher, lapland buntings and wrynecks continued to please their fans. 

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12/09/2019

Long-billed dowitcher confirmed at Lodmoor. No reports of the Sunnyside stork but there was one in Christchurch harbour; was the unconfirmed black-winged stilt in Lytchett Bay the Sunnyside stork on the move eastwards? 

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11/09/2019

Quite a day with blue-headed wagtail, lapland bunting, wryneck, white stork, wood sandpiper, little stint and a possible dowitcher all reported with much more ...

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10/09/2019

Lots of migratory movement today. Lapland bunting and wryneck at the Bill and cattle egret at the Swannery were notable records and the white stork is still stalking the scrape at Sunnyside 

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09/09/2019

Fairly quiet on a dull and wet day but the white stork still saw the Sunnyside. The wryneck remains in the Portland Observatory quarry.

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08/09/2019

The white stork remains at Sunnyside despite the antics of some 'birders' who seem to lack basic manners! A surge in osprey sightings again today too.

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07/09/2019

A change to northerly winds brought a big increase in passerine migration today while the white stork continued to attract the visitors to Sunnyside.

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06/09/2019

A white stork from a Sussex reintroduction programme was the centre of attention today at Sunnyside Farm. Two more wryneck reports today.

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05/09/2019

It seems the ospreys have gone south for the winter now but there are several reports of other raptors about Dorset now. Wryneck also keep cropping up!

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04/09/2019

Autumn passage waders quite evident now with reports of curlew sandpiper, knot, ruff, sanderling, bar-tailed godwit and spotted redshank

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03/09/2019

Following last winter's bumper number of cattle egret it was good to see the first records for this season starting to come in from Poole Harbour and Abbotsbury

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02/09/2019

A quiet day for reports - no birds or no birders? It looks as though the last osprey days are here with several of the regulars having gone south now

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01/09/2019

Passage passerine reports beginning to fall now but incoming wader and wildfowl reports are on the rise; curlew sandpiper the wader of the moment.

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