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This is a digest of items to the Nature of Dorset in the last 24 hours. It includes sightings lists, news and blog entries from conservation organisations where their websites provide RSS feeds and also access to some of the other information I glean from Twitter each day relative to nature in Dorset

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  • Dorset Bird Club's picture
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    Dorset Bird Club
    Great Northern Diver  - 2 Portland Harbour.
    Red-Throated Diver - 26 Portland Bill.
    Manx Shearwater - 5 Portland Bill.
    Cattle Egret - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
    Red Kite - 1 Bradford Peverell, 1 Smedmore.
    Osprey - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
    Merlin - 1 Chesil Cove.
    Little Ringed Plover - 1 Christchurch Harbour, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
    Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB moulting into breeding plumage.
    Greenshank - 3 Lytchett Bay.
    Short-Eared Owl - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
    Wheatear ? 3 Christchurch Harbour, 34 Portland Bill.


    Moorhen at Christchurch © Clinton Whale.

    Jay at Tuckton © Dave Hill.

    Nuthatch near Wimborne © Roger Peart.



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    Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group's picture
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    Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

    The best of the day was a male Pied Flycatcher. This is a very early date, possibly the earliest for the group - the bird shown above being present on the first of the coming month. A Gannet close offshore from Hengistbury was probably not expected in a northerly wind, while at least 4 Mediterranean Gull and a Buzzard were over the airspace. A flock of 34, very smart-looking Black-tailed Godwit were at Stanpit, while a pair of Bullfinch were on Wick. After an apparent poor showing yesterday, the settled Wigeon were around 300, with the Brent Goose numbering twenty-four.

    Sightings Reporting and Government Restrictions
    ? a Message from the Trustees

    It is our intention to continue running daily updates on the website for sightings which are made within the exercise guidelines currently in place. We will, however, not publish news of any sighting that may attract a gathering; but, to hopefully raise the spirits of those who cannot get out, we will carry news of expected spring arrivals and trends of commoner species. The situation will be under constant review, however, and should things change we will react accordingly.

    Please note, all our scheduled Meetings are now cancelled until at least the end of April. We will post further details later in that month.

    MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS
    A reminder these are now due for 2020. Please do join us and support our conservation work around Christchurch Harbour. Fees are just £7:00 for single or £10:00 for joint membership. The easiest way to join is online....



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  • NoD Posters's picture
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    NoD Posters

    Want to know what's hot? This is a list of the thirty species that have generated the most tweets in the last thirty days sorted most first then descending. It makes fascinating reading seeing how it changes as the weeks go by.†

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    Please be aware that we have cancelled all events until the end of May. Please keep an eye on our website for more? https://t.co/ua2raeCiR5
    Tweet Author Name: 
    Dorset WildlifeTrust
    Creation Date: 
    Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 - 12:31
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    Some brillaint wildlife webcams out there to watch in #lockdown. Remember to check out our barn owl one too:? https://t.co/LquUJxlYBo
    Tweet Author Name: 
    Dorset WildlifeTrust
    Creation Date: 
    Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 - 21:02
  • Birds of Poole Harbour's picture
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    Birds of Poole Harbour

    Being in lockdown (hate that phrase) means it?s rather tricky to carry much of our hoped for Osprey nest monitoring to log when different birds arrive back into the harbour. Luckily there are still a few people who are able to get out to local areas for their daily health walks, which resulted in another Lytchett Bay Osprey this evening, the third this spring already! Sadly, once again it didn?t hang around and we still wait for one to drop on to one of our Poole Harbour nest platforms. Luckily, despite the drop in monitoring efforts we still have three trigger cameras set up on three other nest platforms around the harbour, which work via the phone network, so every two hours we get photo updates of what?s been triggering the cameras. To date it?s mostly been wind and Carrion Crows but there?s always that moment of excitement when we get the updates.

    Today the male Peregrine was on the Asda building feeding, but there was no sign of the female. Is she on eggs somewhere or has she given up on a hopeless lover?

    We?re also just about to start updating our Poole Harbour list with additional info (historic and current), providing you with more about the birds you see (or may never see) out around the harbour, so be sure to click on our PH List link over the coming weeks.

    Still images from the other nest cams we?re monitoring



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    Portland Observatory
    The quality of the birding in recent days has been, frankly, abject and today brought no upturn in fortunes for the island residents undertaking constitutional walks that were reported to be almost devoid of migrants, both on the ground and overhead. Chiffchaff just about made a double figure total at the Bill, where 2 Redwings, a Snipe and one of the overwintering Firecrests provided the only high spots amongst the thinnest of migrant tallies; elsewhere, a White Wagtail at Reap Lane was as good as it got. With the stiff breeze remaining firmly in the northeasterly singles of Red-throated Diver and Arctic Skua were the only rewards from the sea at the Bill.

    A Large Tortoiseshell was again on the wing at Church Ope Cove.
  • Dorset Bird Club's picture
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    Dorset Bird Club
    Cattle Egret - 1 Nottington.
    Red Kite - 1 Wimborne.
    Merlin - 1 Durlston CP.
    Black Redstart - 1 Durlston CP.
    Pied Flycatcher - 1 Hengistbury Head is an unusually early migrant.
    Firecrest - 1 Durlston Castle.




    Song Thrush at Christchurch © Clinton Whale.

    Heron at Tuckton © Dave Hill.

    Long-Tailed Tits at Tuckton © Dave Hill.


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