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March 2

  Dipper 31st

  Chew 30th

  Slimbridge 29th

March 1

  Aust 23d

  Giltar Point 16th

  London WWT 15th

  Durham Downs 12th

  Slimbridge 8th

  Great Barrington/Hawling 1st

February 2

  Chipping Sodbury 26th

  Forest of Dean 22nd

  Kent 14th-16th

February 1

  Marshfield Aust 10th

  Marshfield 4th

  Aust 3rd

  Forest of Dean 2nd

  Slimbridge 1st


  Forest Farm 20th

  Chew 19th

  Exe 12th



  Brixham Broadsands 29th

  Portland 27th

  Severn Beach Slimbridge 14th

  Science Park 3rd

  Somerset Levels 2nd


  Chew 18th

  Slimbridge 10th

  Newport Wetlands 9th

  Westonbirt 7th


  Berkeley Blagdon Chew 7th

Bay of Biscay


  Blagdon 28th

  Devon 14th

  Dorset 2nd

August 2

  Slimbridge and Pensile Hill

  Hawk Conservancy 22nd

Bird Fair

August 1

  Slimbridge 11th

  Fontell and Alners Gorse 10th

July 2

  West Yatton Down 28th

  Heddon Valley 21st

  Wales 15th

  Savernake 14th

  Inglestone 13th

July 1

  Inglestone 8th

  Lizard Orchid 2th

  Forest of Dean 1st

Skomer June


  Daneway Banks 30th

  Slimbridge 29th

  Aylesbeare Common 8th

  Slimbridge 3rd



  Chew & Salisbury 23rd

  Slimbridge 20th

  Somerset Levels 15th

  Slimbridge 7th

  Forest of Dean 6th

March 3

  Blagdon Lake 31st

  Marshfield 30th

March 2

  Blagdon Lake


March 1

  Garden Birds

  Portishead 18th

  Slimbridge 11th

  Portishead 4th

  Quedgeley, CWP 3rd

  Forest of Dean 2nd



  Aust 27th

  Cheltenham Diver 10th

  RSPB Criuse, Exe 9th


January 2

  Slimbridge 26th & 27th

  Garden 21st

  Slimbridge 21st

  Yate/Waxwings 19th

  Garden 18th

January 1

  Garden Sparrowhawk 8th

  Portishead & Chew 7th

  Slimbridge 2nd

  Cheltenham & Highnam 1st

Bristol and Avon Bird


Dorset 23rd - 25th February 2013

Dorset Weekend
23rd - 25th February 2013

Weymouth and Portland 23.02.13

We went to Dorset for the weekend as it was Mum’s birthday and started at Radipole Lake to look for the resident Hooded Merganser that has been present for 5 years. He was feeding with a few Tufted Ducks and lots of Black - headed Gulls and one of them landed on its back. We walked to the North Hide which last time was inaccessible due to the floodwater.  There was a Grey Heron in front of the hide and another on the other side of the lake. A Little Egret was also fishing. We saw a pair of Marsh Harriers flying over the reeds. There was a  male Sparrowhawk perched in a tree near the hide. It certainly put all the ducks up when it flew off. A Male Marsh Harrier came and perched on a fence post for a long time. It was nice to see it sitting for a change. We went back to the Visitor Centre via the viewpoint. We saw a couple of Pochards and Tufted Ducks. There were also a few Cormorants and some more Black - headed Gulls. We did hear Bearded Tits calling on the other side of the lake but we didn't see them. Radipole Lake still has a small population of Brown Rats and we saw a few of these mammals around the reserve.

Arne  25.02.13  

Our last day in Dorset and we headed to Arne. In the morning we walked to Shipstal Point, on the way we saw loads of Sika Deer. We saw a Sika Deer get up on it's hind legs and managed to get a big branch. Looking for Dartford Warbler we saw 2 Goldcrest moving through the heather and gorse.  There were also a large herd of Sikas in front of the hide but by the time we got there they'd gone. We saw even more Sika Deer on the way to the beach, these were mainly Stags accompanied by two Hinds. We also saw two Stags practising for the rut. At Shipstal Point there were lots of Mergansers swimming in the sea. A Great Crested Grebe was also fishing off the point. A Bar - tailed Godwit was with a few Oystercatchers for a while before flying off.  We went back to the carpark for lunch. In the afternoon we walked to Middlebere hoping to see a Dartford Warbler there, but it was not to be. At Middlebere Hide there was not much to see. We did see a female Green Woodpecker perched in the trees before it flew across the creek. Walking further along we saw a Female Hen Harrier over the reedbeds very distantly. We made our way home and despite not having seen any Spoonbills, Bearded Tits or Dartford Warblers, it was a pretty good weekend except that it was very cold. Still, its a good excuse to go back to Dorset when its a bit warmer.

Brownsea Island and Studland 24.02.13

We went to Studland to catch the chain ferry to Sandbanks. While we were waiting for the ferry we saw two more Red - breasted Mergansers quite close to the shore. We then had to wait for the boat to take us to Brownsea Island. We saw two Shags swimming and perched on a bouy with it's wings held out to dry. At Brownsea pier we saw a Continental Cormorant on a rock. Along the boardwalk on the way to the first hide we saw two Treecreepers very briefly. In the first hide looking over the Lagoon, there wasn’t loads of birds like in some years. We did see some waders, Redshank, Greenshank and a few Avocets but not in huge numbers like last time.

We went to the Macdonald Hide which had more or less the same birds as the last. We did see a couple of Turnstones on one of the islands and a Peregrine perched on the seawall. We went to have a look for Red Squirrels at the Villa and we had very brief views Squirrels as well. We went for a walk of the island near Rose Cottage where the Rhododendrons provide the right habitat for Golden Pheasant.  We didn't see any but saw two more Brent down below the viewpoint. We went to catch the boat back to Studland and in the bay we saw the Continental Cormorant was fishing by the pier. Waiting for the ferry at Sandbanks we saw a Carrion Crow keep dropping a mussel on the the sliproad and managed to break it open and finish his meal before the cars came off the ferry. When we got back to Studland we looked on the beach for Sanderlings. There were 7 birds all together feeding and walking up and down the beach. They were also quite obliging birds and we had an excellent view.  There were loads of Ringed Plovers on the beach as well foraging for food. We went to Middle Beach where there were 10 Mediterranean Gulls resting before going off to roost.  It was a mixed flock with a couple of Adults still in winter plumage and 3 starting to moult into summer plumage and 2 1st winters. Also on the beach was a big flock of Brent Geese.

We decided to have a look in Ferrybridge to see was there. We saw some Waders in the distance that looked like Sanderlings. When we went to the Visitor Centre we saw that they were Ringed Plovers and also two Brent Geese on the water as well. Suddenly, as we went outside there was a unexpected bonus of seeing a Short - eared Owl flying around the dunes, it landed twice on the ground and was immediately seen off by a pair of Carrion Crows. We also saw more Ringed Plovers a bit closer near the car park and there was also a bit of displaying going on. A Little Egret dropped in to do a bit of fishing and one catch was successful.  We went to look in Portland Harbour to see if any Auks were present. We saw a pair of Red - breasted Mergansers quite close near the harbour car park. We also saw a couple of small Grebes very distant and I thought they were two Black - necked Grebes coming into breeding plumage with a winter plumage Slavonian Grebe. However as they were all swimming together it was very likely that they were all Slavonian Grebes. We made our way to the B&B at Hyde Cottage near Wareham.

Hooded Merganser

Grey Heron

Marsh Harrier [Male on a fence post]

Brown Rat near the  Visitor Centre

Little Egret fishing

Short - eared Owl over the dunes

Greenshank at Brownsea Lagoon

Shag on a Bouy

Continental  Cormorant

Avocet  at Brownsea Lagoon

Brent Geese, Brownsea Island


Contential Cormorant, Brownsea Pier

Shag, Brownsea Pier

Carrion Crow with a mussel

Ringed Plover on Studland Beach

Sanderling on Studland Beach

Sanderlings [4 of the 7 birds on the beach]

Mediterranean Gulls [3 of 10 plus birds]

Brent Geese

Sika Deer Stag

Sika Deer Stag stripping branch down


Sika Deers

Great Crested Grebe

Sika Deer Stag sitting in the bracken

Sika Deer Herd

Green Woodpecker [Female]