ISLE OF WIGHT (IOW) -Sightings in 2003

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The new RSBP reserve is at "Brading Marsh", (Marshland S. of Bembridge Harbour).
NB. It can only be seen from the perimeter footpaths - these may be linked in future to form a circular path

Yellowhammer
Brading, 27/01/03
Bean Geese, Greylag
Laundry Lane, 27th Jan
Bar-Headed Goose
Laundry Lane, 27th Jan
Grey Wagtail
Brading S.Wks, 25th Jan
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Pale-phase Buzzard
Atherfield, 27th Feb
Bk Necked Grebe
Puckpool 26th Jan
Blackcap (M)
Ryde Garden, 16th Feb
Raven and twig
Gore Cliff, 30th Jan
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2003 Sightings/Reports Archive.

(Underlined birds seen, and rest reported by other birders.)

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DECEMBER
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Wednesday 31/12 (New Years Eve)- Sunny Intervals, cold some mist.
Puckpool to Seaview @08.00
5 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Red Breasted Merganser, (no BN Grebe, Divers or Velvet Scoter today?)

Foreland, (Bembridge) @10.00
3 PURPLE SANDPIPER, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Rock Pipit, 8 Red Breasted Merganser,
1 Guillemot (on rock oiled?), 3 Razorbill (on sea off ledge)
1 Sanderling, 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, c6 Curlew, 6 Heron, 6 Little Egret, 1 Shag, 10+ Cormorant

Ryde Esplanade, 14.10-15.00

1 Black Necked Grebe (W of Pier-off Binstead), 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit,
10+ Oystercatcher, c30 Sanderling, c20 Dunlin, 55 Ringed Plover,

E-Mail Reports;-
Chris M.
Fishbourne Green to Quarr (12:30 -16:00)
1 Common Sandpiper (flew onto wooton creek by Ferry terminal-seen yesterday also), 122 Brent geese (Fishbourne side)
63 Redwing (a flock feeding on a field near Quarr, more in the nearby trees), 2 Mistle Thrush & 9 Little Egret (also in the field)
Off the creek entrance;- 5 Gt. Crested Grebe, 7 Red Breasted Merganser, 2 Diver sp.(Gt. Northern?), 1 BT Diver (came in late)

Caroline D.
Newtown NR (Estuary mouth) 14.30-15.30 (sea very calm)
Black-throated Diver (swam up Clamerkin Lake from estuary mouth as tide came in and fed with Rb Mergs),
4m8f Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goldeneye (1m), 1 Razorbill (feeding on sea), 1 Great-crested Grebe.

Tuesday 30/12- Mainly cloudy and dry.
West High Down, Totland
1 Sparrowhawk, 1f Bullfinch, c8 Long-tailed Tits, 3+ Goldcrest etc.

Yarmouth Estuary and Ponds

c340 Dunlin, c100 Lapwing, 4 Grey Plover, 6 Little Egret, 6m:4f Tufted Duck, 9m:4f Shoveler,
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2f:1m Reed Bunting, 1m Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard (in tree)

Cassy Bridge, (Newtown NR)

1m Pintail, c60 Black Tailed Godwit, c300 Brent Geese, also Wigeon, Teal, Redshank etc.

Sunday 28/12- Sunny Intervals, cold W. Wind.
Appleford Road, 200m W. of Leechmore Cross
c70 Fieldfare, 1+ Redwing, c100 Starling, c300 Lapwing (short stubble field S. of Lane),
15+ Red-legged Partridge (N. side of Lane), 1 Yellowhammer (Chequers Lane)

FP below "Paradise Walk", St. Lawrence

1 Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrest, 2 Jay, also Song Thrush, Blue, Great & LT Tits, GS Woodpecker.

Laundry Lane (Brading Marsh RSPB) 14.30-16.20

1 Barnacle Goose (with Canadas), 4 Shoveler, 8 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 30+ Teal,
2 Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2+ Goldcrest, 1 Gt Sp, 1 Green Woodpecker.

Reported;- poss "Ringtail" Hen Harrier.

E-Mail Reports;-
Graham S.
Whale Chine (set-aside strip to the NW)
2 Water Pipits (with Meadow Pipits) ,a covey of 14 Grey Partridge, 1 Corn Bunting, 12 Song Thrushes and 40 Skylark,
1fem/imm Merlin and a pair of Peregrines hunting in the area

Chris M.
Seaview (high tide) from 14:00 to 14:45
1 BN Grebe (came in close, as it fed, and drifted from Seagrove Bay towards Seaview yacht club)
1M Velvet Scoter (the bird flew in from Puckpool direction and landed on the sea a little further out than the large red buoy off Seagrove Bay).
3 Gt. Crested Grebe (off seagrove bay)

Saturday 27/12- Sunny Intervals & Hail Showers.
Shanklin Manor Pond-No Mandarin here this year
7 Muscovy Duck (Feral), 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, also Goldcrest, Long-Tailed tits, 50+ Jackdaw.

Friday 26/12 (Boxing Day)- Showers brisk S. wind.
Foreland @08.00
1 Rock Pipit, 4 Red Breasted Merganser, 3 Little Egret, 10+ Cormorant

Seaview @09.00

3 Gannet (E), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Red Breasted Merganser,

"Happy Xmas" Thursday 25/12 - Cloudy Mild.
Ryde Esplanade, 09.00
7 Bar-tailed Godwit (5 then left), 10+ Oystercatcher, c50 Sanderling, c40 Dunlin,
45 Ringed Plover, c350 Brent Geese (c500 yesterday), 1 Grey Wagtail.
7m,1f Pochard, 1m Pintail (E?) on Canoe Lake

Also 1m Blackcap (Central Ryde Garden)

Wednesday 24/12 - Cloudy and Mild.
Puckool
6 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Red Breasted Merganser (offshore),

Seaview to Seagrove Bay
1 Black Necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Red Breasted Merganser,

Tuesday 23/12 - Wet but milder.
Seaview seawatch (pm) Report from Chris M.
4 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Red Breasted Merganser (offshore),
many Mediterranean Gulls on beach

Monday 22/12 - Cold but Fine, bitter NW wind.
Shide to Blackwater FP (Old Railway Line)
3f Bullfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1m,2f Siskin, 1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5+ Long Tailed Tit, many Blue Tits etc.

Carisbrooke Pond
1 Peregrine (?) (over), 1 Muscovy (E), 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Mistle Thrush.

Dodnor-Werrar, Medina Estuary

1 JACK SNIPE, 2 Snipe, 1m Stonechat (a bit scruffy)
1 Water Rail (heard), 2f Reed Bunting, 5 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit.

Puckool seawatch @ 14.15 (Low Tide)

4 Great Crested Grebe, 3m&1f Red Breasted Merganser (offshore), 2 Guillemot (on sea),
1 Bar Tailed Godwit & 4 Sanderling (on beach), 1 Mediterranean Gull (W)

Sunday 21/12 - Fine Sunny, v cold W. Wind.
IWOG Walk- Brading Marsh RSPB, from Laundry Lane
c100 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose (E), 1 Raven, 4 Song Thrush,
2 Bullfinch, 300+Lapwing, 100+ Wigeon, c40 Teal, 13 Shoveler (Ammo Hut Pond)
4+ Fieldfare, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail (@ Sewage Wks)

Friday 19/12 - Cold and Foggy.
Freshwater Causeway at 08.10
1 Siskin (over S.), 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven.

West High Down, Totland

1f BLACK REDSTART (at Coastguard Cottages), 3 Bullfinch, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Raven (same ones?).
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Guillemot, 2+ Shag, 18 Cormorant, 1 Fulmar, 18 Greater Bk Backed Gull,

Reported on Kris's site;-2 Red-Necked Grebes moving E. from Castlehaven(@12.00) to Bonchurch (@14.00).

Thursday 18/12 - Cold to Fine and Sunny.
Shide to Blackwater FP (Old Railway Line)
1 Little Owl, 2+ Bullfinch (heard, 1 seen), 1-2 Treecreeper, 6+ Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch (but no Siskin),
1 Green & 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret, 10+ Long Tailed Tit, many Blue Tits etc.
2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Yellowhammer (heard), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Tuesday 17/12 - Cold but Fine and Sunny, SE. Wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. 07.40-09.45 Seawatching with 2 others
1 ICELAND GULL (E.@ 08.15 and again @ 09.21), 1 Velvet Scoter (E@09.00), 4 Fulmar (unusual in Dec),
4 Red Throated Diver (E&W plus on the sea), 1 Razorbill (E), 2 Gannet (W), 10 Guillemot (E, some landed on sea),
Rocken End etc;- 2 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 4+ Goldcrest,

Whale Chine

4 Grey Partridge, 35+ Skylark, 10 Song Thrush (near cliff edge-migrants?), 1m Stonechat

Ryde W, Sands

1 Black-necked Grebe (out to NW from Seawall), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull (by Pier)

Tuesday 16/12 - Cloudy, frosty but fine start.
Town Copse & East Hide, Newtown 08.10-09.15
1 Treecreeper, 3 Jay, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Long Tailed Tits,
2m,1f Goldeneye, c150 Shelduck, c300 Brent Geese, c400 Dunlin, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe,
4 Turnstone, 1 Knot, 3m,2f Pintail, also Teal and Wigeon

Newtown NR, 10.00-11.30

2m,6f Goldeneye, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 50+ Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Bar tailed Godwit.
3m Pintail, 8+ Red-Breasted Merganger, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Kingfisher, c480 Golden Plover, 3 Little Egret.
Also; Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Shelduck, Curlew.

Reported;- 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 1 Velvet Scoter (Ryde W. Sands to Puckpool)

Report from Chris M; Sandown water works/Alverstone1:30 to 4:45pm

1 Chiffchaff (seen and heard calling by the 'sludge pond'), 1 Buzzard, 1 Firecrest (by the double gates next to the sewage works)
With a large mixed tit flock along the railway track were: 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Bullfinch,

Monday 15/12 - Cold, Fine & Sunny.
Bembridge Harbour
1m BLACK REDSTART (Still @Selwyn Court Flats), 4 Greenshank, 6 Little Egret, 6 Dunlin, 7 Shelduck, c20 Curlew,
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Rock Pipit, 1f Reed Bunting (unusual here)

Bembridge Ponds
1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Snipe, 2 Water Rail (1 seen),

Puckool seawatch 15.10

1f VELVET SCOTER (off Southsea on water), 2m&1f Red Breasted Merganser, c40 Greenfinch (In Park)

Sunday 14/12 - Fine Sunny, brisk W. Wind.
Firestone Copse/Wootton Creek
1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Coal Tit
Mammals; 1-2 Red Squirrel

Fishbourne Beach

1 Guillemot (W), 3 Kittiwake (W), 3m&2f Red-Breasted Merganser, c160 Brent Geese, c370 Black Headed Gull.

Brading Marsh RSPB, from Laundry Lane

1 Barn Owl, c100 Canada Geese, 1 Bar-Headed Goose(E), 1 Barnacle Goose(E), 1 Greylag Goose (E),
2m Pochard (private pond by road)
c20 Redwing, 1+ Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel,
1 Water Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail (@ Sewage Wks)

Reported;- 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Eider(off Seaview)
and 1f/juv Velvet Scoter (off Puckpool last seen on 9th)

Saturday 13/12 - Wet, SW. Wind.
Ryde Esplanade, 10.10
1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Oystercatcher, 5 Sanderling,
1m Pochard, 1m Pintail (E?) & 1f Tufted Duck (Canoe Lake)

Wednesday 3/12 - Cloudy Misty.
Birdguides/Birdcall;-Ring Ouzel -St. Helens Bridge@14:40.(E bank of R. Yar)

NOVEMBER
Click for November species list =107.

Friday 28/11 - Fine Sunny.
Birdguides;-3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Great Northern Diver. -Seaview @16:00.

Thursday 27/11 - Long Sunny intervals, light wind.
Alverstone NR
1m Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jay, 4+ Goldcrest.

Ventnor Downs 10.00

1 Short-Eared Owl (mobbed by Crows 10.00 to 10.15, eventually flew off E.), 2 Dartford Warbler, 2 Raven

Gore Cliff, Blackgang.

2 Little Owl (on cliff).

Bembridge Harbour

4 Little Egret, 25 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 3 Cormorant.

Reported;-1m Black Redstart (still @Selwyn Court Flats)

Reported by Caroline D;-1 Firecrest, (with a flock of at least 12 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs and a few Blue Tits)
"@15.30 and I saw the Firecrest in the trees for about 10 minutes along the north side of the Alum Bay road (B3322) @ SZ 311855.
-There was also a female/imm Blackcap further up the road near the entrance to Warren Farm".

Wednesday 26/11 - Wet to Sunny intervals, overnight SW Gales subsiding.
Ryde Esplanade, 10.20
1 TURNSTONE (1st I've seen here), c150 Sanderling, 44 Dunlin, 55 Ringed Plover, 4 Great Crested Grebe.
1m Pintail (E?) & 1f Tufted Duck (Canoe Lake)

Puckool seawatch 10.50

2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (feeding offshore, 1 each side of Forts), 5 Great Crested Grebe,
1 Auk sp (W, Guillemot?), 2f,4m Red-Breasted Merganser, 1 Shelduck (W)

Bembridge Harbour

1m BLACK REDSTART (@Selwyn Court Flats)

Tuesday 25/11 - Cloudy,Showers, cold, Strong SW. Wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. 08.00-08.45 "Mini" Seawatch
1 FIRECREST (top of lane@"Swan Grove House"), 2+ Goldcrest,
4 Gannet (E), 4 Guillemot (1W,3E), 1 Kittiwake (E), 3 Common Scoter (E), 12 Brent Geese (1E, rest W.)

Gore Cliff, Blackgang

1 FULMAR, 1 Raven, 1 Peregrine, 50+ Wood Pigeon (Peregrine was attacking them!), 80+ Jackdaw.

Birdguides;-Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver, Sandown Bay (am).

Monday 24/11 - Cloudy, bitter N. Wind.
Newtown NR, 07.35
2 Eider (m&f), 3 Goldeneye, 1 Greenshank, 50+ Black-Tailed Godwit, 1 Barnacle Goose (with c200 Canada Geese).
3m Pintail, 12+ Red-Breasted Merganger, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Kingfisher, c150 Golden Plover
Also; Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Shelduck, Curlew.

Yarmouth Ponds and Estuary

1 Spotted Redshank, c20 Black-Tailed Godwit.
1 Kingfisher, c15 Shoveler, c100 Teal
Also; Dunlin, Wigeon, Shelduck, Curlew.

Brading Marsh (RSPB) and Laundry Lane

2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 (esc) Greylag Goose (with c100 Canada Geese).
1 Barn Owl (at 4pm), 3 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare.

Sunday 23/11 - WET, more than 2" of rain.
Brading Sewage Wks, 16.30 (Reported by Chris M.)
1 Swallow, 1 Greylag Goose (on now flooded marsh!)

Saturday 22/11 - WET.
Ryde Esplanade, 07.30 (Arrived before the dogwalkers today!)
c600 Brent Geese (350W of Pier, 250 E.), c200 Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 40 Ringed Plover, 5 Great Crested Grebe.
1-2 Treecreeper (Appley Park), 1m Pintail (E?), 4m,4f Tufted Duck, 1 Pheasant (heard!)- (Canoe Lake)

Friday 21/11 - Cloudy & Wet, SW Wind.
Dodnor and Werrar (River Medina)
1m BLUETHROAT (still present- Werrar, Map Ref; SZ505920)
In same place but more ellusive and silent - also harder to flush. (15.15-16.20 at least)
Also;- 20+ Skylark, 2 Little Egret, 30+ Wigeon,
1 Kingfisher, 5+ Little Grebe, 2 Song Thush

Still Present;-Yellow-browed Warbler, Sandown, (near Station).

Thursday 20/11 - Cloudy, mild, SW Wind.
Blackwater (Marvel Lane)
7 Yellowhammer, c30 Fieldfare (over), 2 Bullfinch (Shide FP), 1 Coal Tit (Watergate Rd)

Carisbrooke Pond

2m Pochard, 1 Muscovy

Dodnor and Werrar (River Medina)

1m BLUETHROAT (Werrar)
Feeding near water, flies round bushes calling when flushed but returns to same place.(11.15-16.00 at least)

Also;- c40 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Turnstone, 20+ Skylark, c20 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret, 7 Wigeon,
11 Red-breasted Merganser (over), 2 Kingfisher, 6+ Little Grebe, flocks of Thrushes (Song Thush and Redwing)

Wednesday 19/11 - Short Sunny Intervals, mild, SW Wind.
Ryde Esplanade, 08.00
c30 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 43 Ringed Plover, 3 Great Crested Grebe.
1m Pintail (E?), 2m Pochard, 4m,2f Tufted Duck (Canoe Lake)

Puckool seawatch 09.00

1 Razorbill (feeding just offshore), 5 Great Crested Grebe (includes 3 above), 3f,1m Red-Breasted Merganser,

Bembridge Harbour

2 BLACK REDSTART (m&f @Selwyn Court Flats), 3 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, c150 Lapwing, 3 Mediterranean Gull
3+ Rock Pipit, 10+ Meadow Pipit, c30 Teal, Dunlin 6, Redshank 30+

Sandown, (from Perowne Way S. of Station@1-2.30pm)

1 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER (seen feeding in bushes), 1 Sparrowhawk.

Tuesday 18/11 - Damp start, cloudy and Mild.
Ryde Esplanade, 07.30
c100 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin (1 in Summer Plumage), 19 Ringed Plover, 3 Great Crested Grebe (just off shore)
2 Common Scoter? (Very distant in the gloom), 120+ Brent Geese, 1m Pochard, 8m,4f Tufted Duck (Canoe Lake)

Appley Park

c50 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 100+ Starling, 100+ Wood Pigeon (moving W.)

Bembridge Ponds

3 Water Rail (seen!), 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Shelduck.

Fishbourne Beach (WeBS count)

c240 Brent Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe (just off shore), 3 Grey Plover (rare here), 3 Little Egret,

Monday 17/11 - Cloudy, rain later SW. wind.
Bembridge Down - Culver Down
1 Raven, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2m Stonechat, 2 Kestrel, 3+ Redwing.

Sunday 16/11 - Long Sunny Intervals, cold W. wind later.
Brading Sewage Wks
2 Water Pipit, 6-10 Chiffchaff, 4-6 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch,
7 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls (over S.)
1 Redpoll (over)

"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane

2 Barn Owl, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel,
c50 Meadow Pipit, 2+ Water Rail (H), Cetti's Warbler (H), 2 Mediterranean Gull (over), also Fieldfare, Redwing.

Reports;- Merlin (today), Hen Harrier (Friday), Short Eared Owl (@Foreland today),

Birdguides;-Yellow-browed Warbler, Sandown-near Station.

Mid Sept to Oct maximum counts - E-Mail Report from Chris M.(4/11)
Laundry Lane:
Hen Harrier - 1M on 19th & 20th, 1M on 31st, SE Owl - 1 on 25th, 2 on 26th, 1 on 31st, Barn Owl - 1 daily,
Water Pipit - 3 on 31st, up to 2 on 1st & 2nd
Meadow Pipit - 70+ on 31st, 100+ on 1st, Stonechats - 18 on 18th, 10 on 20th, 9 on 31st, 5 on 1st, Peregrine Falcon - 1 daily
Merlin - 1F/juv on 25th,1F/juv on 1st, 2(M & F/juv) on 2nd, Kestrel - 3, Buzzard - 7 on 20th, Sparrowhawk - 3 on 28th, Grey Wagtail - 3 on 30th,
Ring Ouzel - 2 on 21st, Fieldfare - 4 on 18th, 8 on 20th, 150+ on 26th, 300+ on 2nd, Redwing - 14 on 20th, 4 on 26th,
Greenshank - 3 on 1st, Black-tailed Godwit - 1 on 2nd, Lesser Black-backed Gull - 10 on 2nd, Med.Gull - 3 on 1st, Lapwing - 80+ since 27th,
Starling - 100+ on 1st, Swallow - 22 on 20th, 60+ on 28th, 4 on 1st, 2 on 2nd, Wood Pidgeon - 100's west on 2nd.
Whale Chine:
Brambling - 12 on 2nd,
Pelham Wood:
Firecrest - 2 on 24th
St.Catherines Point/ Castlehaven area:
Firecrest - 5 on 1st
'Continental' Coal Tit - 1 at Foreland & 2 at Rocken End

OCTOBER
Click for October species list =108

Monday 27/10 - E-Mail Report from Chris M.
"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane
1Peregrine (trying to protect it's kill from corvids and buzzards-not very succesfully),
2 Short-Eared Owls (1 pale / normal colour and the other was very dark like the one thats been there the last couple of years).
150+ Fieldfare, 4 Redwing (around the marsh)

Friday 24/10 - Cold clear and calm start, NW. Wind later.
Newtown NR update from yesterday.
2m,2f Pintail, 2a,1juv Spotted Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Knot, 110+ Black-tailed Godwit,
1 Redwing, 5f Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Ringed Plover, 50+ Wigeon
Town Copse;- 1 Treecreeper, 6 Jay, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker.

"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane

11 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2+ Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Buzzard, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker.

Concorde flew over at 15.28 -now a very rare bird!

Thursday 23/10 - Cloudy, cold strong E. Wind.
Newtown NR
2-3 Knot, 1f Merlin, 3 Little Egret, 50+ Shelduck, 50+ Grey Plover, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Turnstone,
15 Red-breasted Merganser (mostly f & juv), 100+ Golden Plover, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat,
c200 Brent Geese, 70+ Canada Geese, c10 Ringed Plover, (Teal & Wigeon -numbers increasing)

Reported;- 1 Whooper Swan (Last week), 1 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe (this week)

Wednesday 22/10 - Rain cloudy, cold E. Wind.
Ryde Esplanade
c170 Sanderling, 48 Ringed Plover (best count so far), 1 Treecreeper (Appley Park).

Tuesday 21/10 - Cold to Sunny & Calm.
West High Down, Totland
2-3 Raven, 2 Dartford Warbler, 1m Wheatear, 6+ Goldcrest, 2 Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel,
1m Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechat, c40 Goldfinch, c15 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch (heard).

Yarmouth Station Pond and Estuary

1 Water Rail (feeding), c50 Black-tailed Godwit, c50 Teal, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 7 Shoveler.
1 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Snipe, c15 Wigeon, 1 Cetti's Warbler (glimpsed).

"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane

1juv Ring Ouzel (sewage wks), 1 Barn Owl, 12+ Stonechat, c15 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 4 Snipe, 2 Buzzard, 2-3 Sparrowhawk.
Reported; Brambling, 2nd Ring Ouzel

Monday 20/10 - Sunny Intervals, Brisk N. Wind.
Foreland, Bembridge 09.00-10.40
1 (poss) Pinkfoot Goose, c60 Brent Geese, c100 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Bk-Backed Gull, 20+ Oystercatcher,
3 Gannet (feeding offshore), 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Peregrine, 2 Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit, 6+ Pied Wagtail.

"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane (from 3pm) E-Mail Report from Chris M.

1m HEN HARRIER (Still Present, hunting in front of Centurions copse- chased by 5 Jackdaws and a crow when it flew into the reeds),
5 Buzzard (in the air together and others visible), 10 stonechat (4 on the embankment and 6 on the main marsh)
14 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 22 Swallow, +lots of 'mippets' and Goldfinch's

Sunday 19/10 - Sunny Intervals, Brisk NE. Wind.
Rocken End (W of SCPt.) 07.50-09.30
1f BLACK REDSTART (Windy Corner Car Park), 2 Firecrest (2nd at Bridge Cottage), 6+ Goldcrest,
c30 Gannet (feeding offshore), 1 Peregrine, 50+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin,
2-4 Ring Ouzel, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Rock Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail (E), 4 Stonechat.

Gore Cliff, Blackgang

1 Little Owl, 30+ Swallow & House Martin.

Whale Chine Fields

1m MERLIN (sitting in ploughed field), 30+ Linnet, 4 Skylark, 2+ Meadow Pipit.

"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane

1m HEN HARRIER (@16.40),c30 Fieldfare, 1 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 4 Swallow, 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Friday 17/10 - Sunny Interval, Cold NE. Wind.
Shide to Blackwater
9 Yellowhammer, 3 Buzzard, 20+ Pheasant (1 Black)

Carisbrooke Pond

1m FIRECREST (with Goldcrest), 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Swallow,

Dodnor, Medina Estuary

1 Redwing, 2 Reed Bunting, 1-2 Stonechat, 4 Skylark, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Swallow,
6 Turnstone, 6 Grey Plover, 8 Little Grebe, 10+ Curlew, 10+ Redshank.

Thursday 16/10 - Fine Sunny, cold NE. Wind.
Culver Down (Bembridge Down), 07.30-10.00
8-10 RING OUZEL (bushes up slope from Redcliff), 3 Fieldfare, 7 Stonechat, 1m Blackcap,10+ Swallow,
4 Red-legged Partridge, 3+ Goldcrest, 6+ Mediterranean Gull (Ploughed field), 2 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk,
also flocks of Goldfinch, Greenfinch & Linnet
. 2+ Firecrest (reported)

Ryde Esplanade

c210 Sanderling, 11 Ringed Plover (under-estimate), 4 Dunlin.

Seaview Duver-Site of new Nature Reserve

c100 Barnacle Geese (feral), c50 Canada Geese, 1 Snow Goose (feral Blue Phase), 4 Little Egret,

E-Mail Report from Caroline D.
West High Down, 16.45 to 18.00.
(from the fenceline between Tennyson Down and West High Down (by Old Beacon), to the down opposite Warren Farm).

4 Ring Ouzels, 1m Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 2 Peregrines.

Wednesday 15/10 - Sunny Intervals, Brisk E. Wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. 07.30-09.00
1f RING OUZEL (Bushes), 1f Wheatear, 2 Kittiwake (E), c10 Gannet (W), 2 Grey Wagtail (E),
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Rock Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail (E), 1f Stonechat,
1 Sand Martin, 100+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin,
100's of Finches moving E, Mostly Linnets, also Goldfinch and Greenfinch.

Gore Cliff, Blackgang

1 Peregrine, 50+ Swallow, 1m&3f Pheasant, 2 Skylark.
"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane
3 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Snipe, 6 Swallow, 4 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail.
(Hen Harriers not seen since Saturday)

Reported; 6+ Ring Ouzel- Culver Down

Tuesday 14/10 - Cloudy, to Sunny Intervals, cold E. Wind.
Ryde Esplanade
1 Kingfisher (W. of Pier), 87 Brent Geese, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret,
34 Ringed Plover, 2 Tufted Duck (Canoe Lake), plus Sanderling, Oystercatcher, Curlew etc.

Bembridge Harbour

5 Little Egret, 1 Rock Pipit, 12 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Redshank, 6 Lapwing, 6 Shoveler (over N.), 2 Kestrel.
Flocks of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit and Linnet

Bembridge Ponds

1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Skylark (over), 3+ Swallow.

Yarmouth Station Pond and Estuary

c110 Black-tailed Godwit, c60 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, c10 Redshank, c70 Lapwing, 7 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard.
1 Great-crested Grebe, 1m Pintail (escape?), 2 Snipe, c15 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret.

INSECTS;-2 Migrant Hawker.

Newtown NR-High Tide, birds hard to count.

3 Little Egret, 43 Shelduck, 60+ Grey Plover, 80+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone,
106 Golden Plover, 1m Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine, 5 Meadow Pipit,
7 Brent Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, c16 Ringed Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull.

Needles Headland to Yarmouth, E-Mail Report from Russell Wynn.


"A visit to the Needles Headland (14th Oct) produced a fall of thrushes,
with at least 11 Ring Ouzels, 90 Blackbirds, 25 Song Thrushes, 5 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares and a Mistle Thrush.
2 fem/imm Black Redstarts were joined by a late Common Redstart, while other sightings included
235 Goldfinch E, 175 Linnets E, 115 Meadow Pipits E, migrant Snipe and Great Spotted Woodpecker, a late Sand Martin and a fem/imm Merlin.
Also, 2 Mediterranen Gulls were seen on the Western Yar. "

Monday 13/10 - Cloudy, E. Wind.
Culver Down
c40 Redwing (over), 4 Fieldfare, 3m Stonechat, 3 Swallow, 1 Buzzard.

Bonchurch

2 Common Scoter (W. at sea), 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail (E), 3 Swallow, 1 Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 2m Pheasant.
No sign of Wryneck, but 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth.

Reported; 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (heard)- Rocken End, (W of St. Catherine's Pt.)

Sunday 12/10 - Sunny Intervals, Gusty E. Wind.
"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane
c15 Fieldfare, 6 Swallow, 4 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard.

Reported; 2 Hen Harrier (f&j) seen yesterday
1 Wryneck at Bonchurch, (slope above Horseshoe Bay)
2 Firecrest- at Culver Down,(but no sign of Barred Warbler) & 2 at Paradise Walk, St Lawrence

Friday 3/10-E-Mail Report from Chris M.
Bembridge (Culver) Down, (SZ622859)
1juv BARRED WARBLER (1st Summer)
"Still there this afternoon. Also on Culver today, there were 7 Stonechat, 1 Whinchat, 1 Whitethroat
4+ Blackcap (2M & 1F with the Barred Warbler) and some Hirundines feeding overhead."

SEPTEMBER
Click for September species list =110.

Tuesday 30/9-E-Mail Report from Chris M.
Bembridge (Culver) Down, 11.30am S.of fort at SZ622859
1juv BARRED WARBLER (1st Summer)

"Ian R. found it Monday (29th am). It's at the head of the small valley which runs (E-W) just to the south of the fort and can be quite 'showy'.
It spends most of it's time in one small area, feeding on elder-berries. (Best seen from mid-morning to early afternoon).
This morning, the bird was showing intermittently, along with a Firecrest, and then spending long periods hidden in cover.
At lunchtime we got fantastic views, as it and a Blackcap, sat in the open feeding on elder-berries less than 20 feet away.
This is the first one found on the island since the 1980's"

Reports of recent sightings, (Various observers)
Ventnor downs last Thursday morning.- 1 juv. Honey Buzzard, 2 Hobby.
Laundry Lane, Sunday afternoon- 2 Whinchat and 3 Stonechat 3 Yellow wagtail -
Ventnor downs on Sunday am- 10 stonechat and at least 5 Dartford Warblers,
Hundreds of hirundines heading east and many 'mippits' in off the sea
Also the first signs of pied wagtail passage, and 3 Grey Wagtail over.

1 Sand martin on Culver (yesterday afternoon)

Other news;- The 1st. Brent Geese have arrived at Ryde Sands, numbers increasing.

Weekend 20-21/9 - E-Mail report from Chris M.
Saturday 20th Brading
1 Hobby and 20+ Yellow Wagtail.
Newtown(lunch time) no sign of the Osprey
Mottistone down (pm) Close views of a female / juv. Merlin, 2 Wheatear and a large mixed group of
Redstart, Chiffchaff & Spotted Flycatcher-the most I've seen lately.

Sunday 21st(am) Ventnor downs heavy fog, but no increase in migrants.
7 Wheatear and a few Chiffs. were the only ones grounded.
Overhead -mostly house martins- the highlight was 1 Hobby.
(pm) Laundry Lane, Brading
No migrants, but we had 1f Marsh Harrier fly along the river, driven into the reeds by mobbing corvids. (not seen again).

Friday 19/9 - Cloudy to Sunny Intervals, SW Wind.
St. Catherine's Point (07.20-09.00)
2 Gannet, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Stonechat, 6 Yellow Wagtail (With cattle), 2 Green Woodpecker.

Ventnor Downs

1m Whinchat, 2 Stonechat (m&f), 2m Blackcap, 2 Kestel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 20+ Meadow Pipit,
10+ Swallows, 20+ House Martin, c10 "Willowchiffs"

"Brading Marsh" (RSPB), from Laundry Lane

15+ Yellow Wagtail, 1f Redstart, 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1m Blackcap.
Insects;-4+ Migrant Hawker DF, 3 Wall Butterfly.

Thursday 18/9 - Mainly Cloudy, Brisk SW Wind.
Yarmouth Station Pond and Estuary
15 Wigeon, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 4 Shoveler, 65 Teal,
2 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 4 Little Grebe, 13 Redshank, 5 Dunlin, 14 Lapwing.

Newtown NR

1m Whinchat, 2 Buzzard, 6 Dunlin, c10 Ringed Plover, c20 Turnstone
9 Shelduck, 1 Greenshank, 4 Little Egret, c40 Curlew, c40 Grey Plover.

Wednesday 17/9 - Fine Sunny Hot.
Culver Down, 07.20-09.15
1-2 Raven, 1 Peregrine, 80+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Whitethroat, 1m Yellowhammer,
5 Stonechat, 3+ Blackcap, 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk,

Newtown NR

1 Osprey (flew N), 7+ Knot, c50 Dunlin, c40 Ringed Plover, 3 Wheatear, 2 Redshank, c20 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit,
13 Shelduck (9a,4juv-numbers increasing), 2 Greenshank, 8 Little Egret, c40 Curlew, 2 Grey Plover.

Yaverland, Sandown Bay, @20.30
1 Barn Owl (crossed road-seen from car)

Tuesday 16/9 - Fine Sunny & Hot.
St. Catherine's Point (07.30-09.15)
1 Guillemot (E), 3 Common Scoter (W), c10 Gannet (mostly W), 4 Whitethroat,
4 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 300+ Swallow (feeding), 13 Yellow Wagtail (With cattle),

Gore Cliff, Blackgang V. Pt.

1 Little Owl (Sub adult on Cliff), Click for Picture 1 Spotted FC, 1 Fulmar (the last one?), 1 Peregrine, 2 Wheatear,
400+ House Martin (some moving W, with a few Swallows and Sand Martins)

Ryde Esplanade @19.00 tide going out.

148 Sanderling (numbers increasing), 1 Curlew, 100's of Gulls.

Monday 15/9 - Fine Sunny.
Dodnor and Medina Estuary
13 Little Grebe (inc. ad feeding juv at Bridge), 3 Little Egret, 1m&3f Reed Bunting, 2 Whitethroat,
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 Green), c20 Lapwing, c10 Redshank, 3 Heron.

Fishbourne Beach

21 Little Egret (roost at Quarr pond), 4 Mediterranean Gull,
14 Oystercatcher, 16 Cormorant, 10+ Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern.

Firestone Copse and Wootton Creek

1 Whimbrel, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 4 Coal Tit (2 seen), 1 Sparrowhawk, c4 Jay (heard squabbling)
Butterfies;- White Admiral, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady. (Also 2 Red Squirrels)

Sunday 14/9 - Fine Sunny.
Ventnor Downs
5 Blackcap, 4 Redstart, 2 Kestel, 1 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk (family group), 2 Whitethroat, 7 Dartford Warbler,
70+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 100+ Swallows, 40+ House Martins and 10+ Sand Martin.
Insects;- Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Painted Lady.

Folly Lake, Medina-Island Harbour

32 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, c25 Lapwing, c40 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe 1 Buzzard.

Brading Marsh RSPB, from Laundry Lane

7 Grey Wagtail (Sewage Wks), 1 Sparrowhawk, c10 Meadow Pipit, 50+ Swallows, 10+ House Martins and 6+ Sand Martin.

Saturday 13/9 - Fine Sunny, SE wind.
Whale Chine to Atherfield, fields/farms inland-with Chris M.
Whale Chine;- 2 Raven, 9 Skylark, c15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail (over),
100's Swallows (E. with House & Sand Martins), 3 Gannet (W at sea), 1 Snipe (over to S),
1 Yellowhammer, 50+ Meadow Pipit (mainly E), 3 Kestel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Pheasant,

Atherfield;- 250+ Linnet (1 flock of over 200!), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Bk-backed Gull, 4-6 Buzzard,
9 Red-legged Partridge, c60 Greenfinch, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat,
1f Merlin

Insects;- Small Copper, Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Migrant Hawker.

Bembridge Ponds

1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1m Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail (Heard), 4 Little Grebe, 9 Teal.

Laundry Lane

2 Redstart (f & juv m), Click for Picture 10+ Yellow Wagtail, Click for Picture 1 Kestrel,1 Hobby

Friday 12/9 - Long Sunny Intervals, NW Wind.
Freshwater Causeway
2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 15 Wigeon, 50+ House Martin.

West High Down, Totland

2 Raven, 1 Peregrine, 1 Swift, c150 Swallow (E), 100+ Meadow Pipit (E), 4 Wheatear,
5 Jay, 1f Blackcap, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard.

Newtown NR -a Razorbill has been reported here recently-oiled?

1 Osprey, 5 Wigeon, 19 Knot, 6 Dunlin, c10 Ringed Plover, 1 Wheatear,
2 Shelduck, 2 Greenshank, 9 Little Egret, c20 Curlew, c10 Grey Plover.

Foreland 16.00

1 ARCTIC SKUA (Dk Phase right over beach!), 4 Mediterranean Gull,
10+ Sandwich Tern, 39 Oystercatcher, 2 Lesser Bk-Backed Gull, 2 Little Egret, 6 Heron, 2 Curlew.

Bembridge Ponds 17.00

2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Water Rail (Heard), 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 5 Little Grebe, 9 Teal
100+ Swallows & House Martins, 3+ Sand Martin, 3+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

Reported by Graham S.
1 Red Kite (over Mersley Down heading E.)

Thursday 11/9 - Cloudy with drizzle.
Shide to Blackwater FP
4 Blackcap (family group), 1 Treecreeper, 5 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestel, 2 Buzzard, 15 Pheasant.

Insects;- Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Migrant Hawker.

Wednesday 10/9 - Showers to Sunny Intervals brisk W. Wind.
Ryde Canoe Lake and Seaview Duver
1m Pintail (feral),20+ Sanderling (Ryde Sands), 1 Ringed Plover (Seaview),
c50 Sandwich Tern (feeding off Puckpool), 1+ Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, 9 Oystercatcher, 20+ Barnacle Geese (Feral)

Culver Down, 13.00-15.00

1 Hobby (heading W), 3 Kestrel, 1f Whinchat, 2m&1f Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
2 SWIFT (W), Swallows (steady movement W.), Willow/Chiffs.

Tuesday 9/9 - Sunny Intervals.
Newtown NR
6 Spotted Flycatcher, 1f Redstart, 1 Osprey (eating fish), Click for Picture 1juv Peregrine, 32 Knot, 23 Dunlin, c30 Ringed Plover,
19 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret, c20 Curlew, c10 Grey Plover, 3 Golden Plover.

Yarmouth Station Pond and Estuary-Mill Copse scrape has dried up.

79 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Snipe, 3 Shoveler, 50+ Teal, 1m Pintail (in eclipse, Escape?)
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 4 Little Grebe (2a, 2 juv), 100+ Canada Geese, 10+ Little Egret, 1juv Lapwing.

Brading Marsh RSPB (from FP behind Bem Airport)

2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (with 2 poss Hobby), 2+ Redstart, 3-5 Whinchat, 2 Dartford Warbler, 4+ Stonechat, 1 Whitethroat
20+ Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 3+ Chiffchaff (with flock of mixed tits)

Monday 8/9 - Sunny Intervals.
Reported Ventnor;- 3 Common Crane (E) @ 06.30, (Jonno)

Ryde Esplanade @07.10

1f Wheatear, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 81 Sanderling (some showing some Sum Pl. also juv.), 27 Ringed Plover (mainly juv.),
2 Dunlin, 14 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, 9 Curlew, 14 Oystercatcher.

Appley Park Ryde

1 Hobby (heading E. fast), 1+ Coal Tit, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

St Helens Duver/ Bem Harbour

2 Wheatear (m&f), 6 Pied Wagtail, 13 Little Egret, 6 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher & 1 Kestrel (St. Helens Bridge)

Bembridge Ponds

2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Greenshank, 1 Buzzard (over downs)
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 10+ Swallow, 20+ House Martin, 1+ Sand Martin, 4 Little Grebe.

Brading Marsh @19.35

1 Barn Owl (hunting along R. Yar)

Sunday 7/9 - Sunny Intervals and Showers.
Brading Marsh (RSPB) from Laundry Lane
12 Yellow Wagtail (around cattle), 1f Redstart (bank off L.Lane), 3 Grey Wagtail (Sewage Wks),
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 3+ Swallow, 1 Mediterranean Gull (over), 6 Heron.

Ryde Esplanade @19.30

29 Sanderling, 7 Ringed Plover, 100's of Gulls including 2 Lesser Bk. Backed

Sat 31/8 - Wed 3/9 @07.55-E-Mail Report from Chris M.
Ventnor and Shanklin Tue and Wed
Honey Buzzards (seen by others)
Brading Saturday am
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 13 Whinchat, 15 Yellow Wagtail
plus 1 Long-Eared Owl (on a post - Sunday pm.)

(Osprey still at Newtown.)

Monday 1/9 @07.55-Reported by Graham S.
W. of Whale Chine
1 Ortolan Bunting -" flushed from set-aside field between Whale Chine and the coastguards cottages then flew off north"
also 1 Merlin, 8 Yellow-legged Gulls and 1 Tree Pipit

AUGUST
Click for August species list = 114.

Friday 22/8 -E mail report from Chris M..
Newtown NR, and Town Copse
2 Osprey (1 eating a fish it caught),
"I walked through Town Copse and found a large feeding flock, which included:-"

1 Marsh Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Pied Flycatcher,1 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 1+ Garden Warbler,
plus many adult + juv. Long Tailed, Blue and Great Tit also many warblers, mainly Willow / chiff, .

Wednesday 20/8 -Fine Sunny start.
Newtown NR, from E. Hide
1 Osprey (in tree to E.), 1 Peregrine, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 15+ Grey Plover, 10+ Dunlin, 10+ Ringed Plover,
1 Wheatear, 3 Spotted Flycatcher & 1 Pied FC (field S. of Hide.)

Fort Victoria, Yarmouth

1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Dark sea duck sp. (poss. Eider -off Keyhaven 2mls away, so hard to be certain)

Yarmouth Estuary and Ponds

1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck (juv), 104 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Redshank,
16 Dunlin, 3 Lapwing, 3 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Buzzard, 6 Little Egret, 1 Heron, 15+ Curlew, c100 Canada Geese.

Tuesday 19/8 -Sunny Intervals.
Bembridge Ponds
2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler (inc juv), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Sand Martin, c50 Swallow/House Martin

Yarmouth churchyard.- E-Mail Report from Martin W.

1 Bee Hummingbird (blue in colour) seen feeding on valerian by a colleague, escape from Butterfly World perhaps? (also seen by others)

Monday 18/8 -Cloudy to Sunny Intervals, light SW wind.
Culver Down, 07.40-10.00-esp. Redcliff clifftop bushes.
1 Whinchat, 10+ Wheatear (1m in full summer plumage), 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, c20 Linnet, 7 Green Woodpecker (1 juv).
4 Stonechat (2a,2juv), c10 Whitethroat, 4 Meadow Pipit (1 juv), 1 Sand Martin (with House Martins)

Yarmouth Estuary and Ponds

3 Snipe, 1 Pintail (eclipsed male), 75 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 5 Grey Plover, c20 Dunlin,
3 Lapwing, 22 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Curlew, 148 Canada Geese, 3 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 1 Heron

Newtown NR

2 Osprey (perched together in tree), 1 Peregrine, c50 Terns (Mainly Sandwich).
5 Turnstone, 9 Grey Plover (8 in Summer plumage),

Sunday 17/8 -Sunny intervals, light E. Wind.
Whale Chine to Atherfield Pt, back via Atherfield Green
1 Hobby, 1 juv Peregrine, 2-3 Raven (2 over, then 1 later), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestel, 2 Yellowhammer, c50 Linnet,
1 Dartford Warbler, 1f Pheasant (With v. small chicks), 4 Skylark (1 carrying food), 3 Lesser Bk B Gulls

Fishbourne Beach

3 Common Sandpiper, 9 Common Tern, 10 Sandwich Tern, 16 Oystercatcher 20+ Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Little Egret.

Brading Marsh, Laundry Lane (RSPB)

2 Water Rail (heard), 40+ Goldfinch, 1 Sand Martin (with 50+ Swallows/House Martin), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Lapwing.

Saturday 16/8 -Cloudy, cooler, short sunny intervals, brisk E. Wind.
Ryde Esplanade to Appley
8 Little Egret, 3 Heron, 20+ Curlew, 15+ Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk (Appley),

Firestone Copse - 3 Red Squirrels

3 Coal Tit, 1 Song Thrush (ellusive in August), 6+ Goldcrest.
Plenty of Insects including;-Red Admiral, Painted Lady BF. Banded Hoverfly "Volucella zonaria" (seems quite common),

Newtown NR

REPORTED by Chris M:-2 Osprey (1 On post, 1 flying around), Tern numbers decreasing

Friday 15/8 -Warm and Sunny, brisk E. Wind.
West High Down, Totland 08.10-11.15
4 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1m Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (& poss Pied), 20+ Willow Warbler, 6+ Linnet, 1juv Shag,
4 Raven (2a,2juv), 2 Peregrine, 4+ Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, c10 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit,
6 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Bk B Gull, 20+ Greater Bk B Gull, 3 Fulmar. c20 Swallow (along clifftop)

Insects;- Rose Chafer Beetle, BFs:-Small Copper, Holly Blue & Chalkhill Blue.
Appley Park and Beach, Ryde @15.00
1+ Treecreeper, also 1 Mediterranean Gull (going E)

Thursday 14/8 -Warm and Sunny, brisk N. Wind.
Ventnor Downs 07.40-10.15
1 poss Grasshopper Warbler (flushed from heather), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 6+ Willow Warbler, 2 juv Bullfinch, 10+ Linnet,
6 Buzzard (all soaring at 08.00!), 1 Kestrel, 1 Dartford Warbler (heard), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit.

Insects;- Hummingbird Hawk Moth, Silver Y, Painted Lady BF.

St Helens Bridge

1 Kingfisher, 5 Greenshank, 1 Kestrel.

Bembridge Ponds

1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 5 Reed Warbler (inc juv), 3 Shelduck (sub-adult)
Insects;-Emporer DF. Banded Hoverfly "Volucella zonaria" Click for Picture

Wednesday 13/8 -Hot and Sunny, spots of rain lunchtime.
St. Catherine's Pt. @07.35 -very quite at sea!
1f Redstart, 2 Wheatear (m&f), 2 Stonechat (m&f), 3 Willow Warbler, 1 juv Bullfinch, 20+ Linnet, c20 Swallow.
At Sea;- 5 Gannet (1 on sea), 4 Fulmar, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Greater Black-backed Gull, 1 Cormorant

Gore Cliff, Blackgang

1juv Little Owl (sitting on cliff), 1 Peregrine, 2 Fulmar, 3 Stock Dove.

Ryde Esplanade @19.30

1 Bar-tailed Godwit (showing some summer plumage), 4 Little Egret, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Heron,
1 Swift (most have now gone).

Brading Marsh @21.00

1 Barn Owl (the darker one-f?)

Tuesday 12/8 -V Hot and Sunny after hazy start.
Mottistone Longstone and Common (with Chris M.)
1juv MARSH HARRIER (10.45 over Grammar's Common, mobbed by Buzzards, moved away to SE)
2 CROSSBILL (over W), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (1 juv), 1f Dartford Warbler, 10+ Whitethroat, 1f Blackcap, 1 Raven (over),
1 Cuckoo, c10 Yellowhammer (juv being fed etc.),4+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Red-legged Partridge,
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 7 Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40+ Linnet.

Newtown NR

1 Osprey (On post, flew around mobbed by Gulls and Terns, and back to a post), 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank,
6+ Little Egret, 3 Heron, c200 Common & Sandwich Terns, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Turnstone, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Ryde Esplanade @18.30

7 Little Egret, 6 Oystercatcher, 4 Small Waders (Dunlin?), c40 Sandwich Tern.

Parkhurst Forest, S. of Mark's Corner @21.15

c4 Nightjar (2 seen, others heard calling, churring, wing clapping)

Monday 11/8 -V Hot and Sunny.
Shide to Blackwater FP @07.15
4 Yellowhammer, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 seen)

Dodnor, Medina Estuary

1 Water Rail (heard), 1m Blackcap (singing very softly), 2 Little Grebe (a&juv), 20+ Swallow, 4+ Willow Warbler.
5 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret.

REPORTED by jogger, (& seen by 3 people) recently;- 1 GOSHAWK (Chasing Curlew etc. mobbed by gulls)

Sunday 10/8 -V Hot and Sunny.
Ryde Esplanade @07.30
1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Ringed Plover, 10 Oystercatcher, 32 Curlew, c35 Sandwich Tern.

Bembridge Ponds

7 Shelduck (juv), 6 Whitethroat (inc juv), 4 Reed Bunting (f+juv), 6+ Reed Warbler, 20+ Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler.

Bembridge Windmill (FP to W.)

1f Pied Flycatcher (by Windmill), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 3+ Whitethroat

Saturday 9/8 -V Hot and Sunny after hazy start.
Appley Park, Ryde @08.00-09.00
1juv Pied Flycatcher, c6 Spotted Flycatcher (2a, 2 juv seen but at least 2 more heard-2nd brood?? -1 begging food from a Blackbird!),
1f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker (inc 1a with juv), 2 Jay

Newtown NR

1 Whimbrel, 5 Redshank, c30 Canada Geese, 4 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern.
2 Golden Plover, 4 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Shelduck (a & juv)

Reported;- 25 Grey Plover, 1 Osprey

Yarmouth Estuary and Ponds

1 Spotted Redshank (moulting out of Summer Plumage), 1 Common Sandpiper, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank,
1 Whimbrel, 2 Lapwing, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Common Tern, 3 Curlew, c50 Canada Geese.

IWOG BBQ Fort Victoria, Yarmouth

6+ Sandwich Tern, 23 Little Egret (over), 4+ Long-tailed Tit

Friday 8/8 -V Hot and Sunny.
Culver Down
2 Wheatear (m & f but not together), 1f Kestrel, c6 Linnet, c4 Goldfinch, 1 Skylark (heard), 3 Green Woodpecker.

Week 2-3/8 E-Mail Report by;- Chris M. + Various observers
Newtown NR, Sat 2/8
1 Osprey, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1m Peregrine (caught an Oystercatcher near 'gull island' but it escaped), 2 Kestrel, 4 buzzard
Yarmouth, Sat 2/8
1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Redshank, 12 Little Egret, and many Black Tailed Godwits,
Ventnor Downs, Sunday 3/8 Migration underway.
50+ Willow Warblers, 5 Wheatear, 15+ Whitethroat, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart
Whale Chine and Atherfield Coastguard's Cottages
11 Willow Warblers, 11 Sedge, 7 Whitethroat, 2 L Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 20 Sand Martins flying east, 1 Wheatear, 1 Juv Med Gull, 5 Yellow-Legged Gull,
(Insects;- 2 Clouded Yellows, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth).
Sandown, Sat 2/8
100 Sedge Warbler, 25 Reed Warbler, 23 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat

JULY
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Wednesday 30/7 Sunny with light cloud
Whale Chine to Shepherds Chine (13:00-17:00) E-Mail Report by;- Chris M.
Whale Chine
1 Wheatear (on the cliff), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Raven (mobbed by a male Kestrel), 2 Corn Bunting (1 flyover + 1 singing by the maize field), 3 Skylark.
Shepherd's Chine
30+ Linnet, 1juv. Grey Wagtail (by the stream)
Inland near the reservoir;-
17 Lapwing (feeding together), 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, Starling (2 large flocks), 2 Skylark (singing), 40+ Linnet.
Roosting in ploughed field;- (lots of juv. large gulls and BH gulls)
11 Lesser & 6 Greater Black-Backed Gulls, 2 Yellow-Legged Gull (at least),

Sunday 27/7
Newtown NR (pm) E-Mail Report by;- Chris M.
1 Osprey (still present), 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 1 Sand Martin
"The Osprey put on a good show this time. Checked the sightings book, and it's been reported daily since the 19th."

Saturday 19/7
From 07.30 Ferry-Sunny Intervals Warm.
1 Guillemot (on sea off Ryde)

Newtown NR (11:45 to 14:00) E-Mail Report by;- Chris M.
1 Osprey - from the Main Hide (overlooking the scrape area).

"Seen circling high over Brickfields, then glided down towards the chimney, hunting along the shoreline.
It hovered a few times and one of the others managed to spot it - Also seen by the warden.
It eventually landed in some trees near the harbour entrance- (all the gulls and waders flew up giving alarm calls). I didn't see it fly again",

(This is early for Ospreys at Newtown - they usually arrive later in August).

Friday 18/7 -Drizzle to Sunny Intervals SW. wind.
Fishbourne Beach
9 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Little Egret, 3 Heron, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew,
c300 Herring Gull, 6 Greater BB Gulls, 1 Lesser BB Gull, 6 Common Gull

Ryde East Sands @ 20.00

1 RINGED PLOVER, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Egret, 2+ Mediterranean Gull, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew.

Thursday 17/7 -Showers brisk SW. wind (cooler).
Ryde East Sands @ 09.30
60+ Sandwich Tern, 6 Little Egret, 3 Heron, 2+ Mediterranean Gull, 6 Oystercatcher.

Bembridge Ponds

1 Cetti's Warbler (calling again after a few weeks silence!), 1a, 9 juv Shelduck, 2 Heron, 2 Reed Warbler,
10+ Mediterranean Gull (in Harbour, 1 ringed), also 1 Common Gull.

Insect;- Gatekeeper BF Click for Picture

Wednesday 16/7 -Close, Sunny Intervals showers.
Ryde East Sands
6 Gannet (E), 3 Little Egret, 3 Heron, 2+ Mediterranean Gull, 2+ Common Gull, 2 Lesser BB Gull, 24 Greater BB Gull,
35 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 8 Oystercatcher.

Bembridge Ponds

1f Mandarin, 2a, 9 juv Shelduck (9 Ducklings with older birds), 2 Heron, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Little Grebe
2 Sand Martin, c6 House Martin, 50+ Swallow, 2 Little Egret.
Reported;- 1 Kingfisher

Tuesday 15/7 -V Hot and Sunny.
Walter's Copse, Newtown
8 Chiffchaff (4 heard, 4 juv seen), 1 juv Coal Tit, 4 Jay,
Insects;- Southern Hawker, White Admiral, Click for Picture Large Skipper, Marbled White.

Newtown NR

2 Common Sandpiper (Gull Is.), 2 Small Waders (Ringed Plover?), 32 Redshank, 60+ Canada Geese,
1 Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, 5 Lapwing, 4 Common Tern, c15 Linnet,

Insects;- Small Copper, Click for Picture Meadow Brown, Marbled White.

Brighstone Down

1 Turtle Dove (in dead tree with 2 juv Wood Pigeon), 1 Yellowhammer, c15 Linnet.

Mottistone Down @21.00-22.15

5 Nightjar (2 over my head), 3 Yellowhammer, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Long-Eared Owl (heard to W.)

Monday 14/7 - Hot and Sunny, fresh E Wind.
Ventnor Downs
1 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1m Bullfinch, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard (1 with something on it's feet -jesses(?))
c35 Meadow Pipit (several carrying food), c15 Linnet (1f carrying nest material), 2 Whitethroat.

Ryde East Sands,@19.15-20.20

2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Oystercatcher, 8 Sandwich Tern, c20 Mediterranean Gull (1 with green ring), 2 Little Egret.

road near Yaverland Manor @22.20

2juv Long-Eared Owls (flew W. over road- rather dark so a bit of a guess! as bigger than Little Owls)

Sunday 13/7 - Hot and Sunny, fresh E Wind.
St. Catherines's Point, seawatch 07.50-09.00
25 Gannet (mostly E.), 1 Guillemot (E), 1 Kittiwake (W), also;- 1f Stonechat (with food), 1 Peregrine (on cliff), 1m Bullfinch

Whale Chine
2 Corn Bunting (Rape field SE of car park), c20 Linnet, 1m Yellowhammer,

Atherfield

2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler (3m heard, 1juv), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Whitethroat (with food), 4 Yellowhammer,
1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Skylark, 1 Reed Bunting (3 Bunting Sp. in 15mins!)

Shanklin Esplanade

2 Peregrine (on cliffs), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Gannet (in bay), 1 Greater Black-Backed Gull, 6+ Herring Gull, 20+ Black-headed Gull,
c10 House Martin (getting mud from cliffs),
Reported by Chris M;- 1 Yellow-Legged Gull. (I didn't see it!)

Parkhurst Forest, S. of Mark's Corner

c8 Nightjar (3 seen, 5 heard), 1 Woodcock.

Saturday 12/7 -Sunny and Warm.
Thorness Bay
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern, 4 Curlew, 3 Skylark,1 Kestrel, 1 Reed Bunting, several Reed Warblers (heard)
(Sadly no Ringed Plovers - as nesting site disturbed by gravel extraction this year).

Dodnor, Medina Estuary

1m Reed Bunting, 1f Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing.

Appley beach and woods,@20.00-21.00

1 Spotted Flycatcher (NE Corner of park), 1juv Treecreeper (others heard), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2+ Goldcrest,
5 Common Scoter (W@20.03), 6 Common Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull,

Friday 11/7 -V Hot and Sunny.
Fort Victoria, Yarmouth
c60 Gannet (1ml. W of Hurst Spit), 1 Razorbill and 9 Guillemot (on sea), c30 Little Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern (-more on Keyhaven side)

Yarmouth Estuary and Ponds

10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 4 Lapwing, 5 House Martin, 4 Reed Warbler, 3a,4juv Shelduck, 2 Bullfinch (pair),
9 Swan (Adults with 5 Cygnets, another on nest), 2a+2juv Little Grebe, 2 Common Tern, 8 Curlew, 8 Canada Geese.

Newtown NR-Dragonfly;-Southern Hawker (Shalfleet Mill) Click for Picture

2 Redshank, 100+ Canada Geese, 2 Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, 3 Common Tern.
1 Reed Warbler! (heard), 1 juv Mediterranean Gull still near nest-will fly soon.

Brading Marsh

Mystery Falcon sp. (with jesses -an escaped falconer's "Hybrid"? )-Reported by Chris M.

Thursday 10/7 -V Hot and Sunny.
Culver Down
1 Raven (plus 3 poss. juv.), 1 Fulmar, 1 Kestrel, 1 juv Stonechat (with Whitethroat and Meadow Pipits), c10 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch.
2 Skylark, c15 Meadow Pipit (Display flights etc.), 2 Green Woodpecker.

Butterfies;- Comma, Peacock, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, "Cabbage" White, Painted Lady.
Combley Gt Wood/Firestone Copse
1 Long-Eared Owl (heard "oo-ooo"), and Noctule bat (Combley)
1 Nightjar (churring in Firestone)

Wednesday 9/7 -Hot Sunny Humid.
Carisbrooke Pond
2 Grey Wagtail (carrying food-in Water Wks yard), 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Muscovy Duck (domestic)

West High Down, Totland-S. Cliffs etc.

1 Peregrine, 1m Dartford Warbler, c30 Gannet (raft of 20 on sea), 2 Greater Black-backed Gull, 10+ Black-headed Gull,
1m Yellowhammer, 4 Guillemot (on sea), 3 Fulmar, c20 Cormorant, 1-2 Shag, 4 Rock Pipit, c20 Meadow Pipit, c10 Linnet

Insects;- HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH, Small Heath, Small Copper, Small Tort, Large Skipper, Comma,
Painted Lady, Marbled White, Meadow Brown. -And 2 Rose Chafer beetles! Click for Picture

Freshwater Bay area

1 juv WHEATEAR, 1 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Linnet, 10+ Herring Gull.

Tuesday 8/7 -Sunny Intervals.
Appley beach and woods,
1a & 1juv Spotted Flycatcher (NE Corner of park), Click for Picture 1 Little Owl (8th Green-by "Barn Owl" carving), Click for Picture 5 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap,
1 WHIMBREL, 1 Curlew, 2 Common Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull,

Firestone Copse)

1juv Coal Tit (others heard), 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Little Egret, 1 Heron
INSECTS;- White Admiral, Red Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Large White, Southern Hawker DF, +1 Red Squirrel.

BIRDGUIDES REPORT;-1 Balearic Shearwater (Sandown Bay?)@10:24

Bembridge Ponds

1 COMMON SANDPIPER, Click for Picture 1a, 9 juv Shelduck (still 9 Ducklings), Click for Picture 3 Reed Warbler,

behind Bembridge Airport (Brading Marsh RSPB-E. End)

1m Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard.

Monday 7/7 - Fine Sun Sunny Intervals Later, fresh W. Wind.ny to
Shide to Blackwater FP
1 Garden Warbler, 1juv Little Owl, 4m & 3f Blackcap, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1+ Green Woodpecker
1juv Chiffchaff, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, (poss Hobby), 3 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush

Newtown NR-Waders numbers increasing.

58 Redshank, 5 Curlew, 100+ Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose (feral), 1 Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, c10 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing.
most Black Headed Gull chicks have flown, now scattered around the reserve.

Yarmouth Estuary and Ponds

17 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Redshank, 12 Lapwing, 3 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 4 Shelduck,
7 Swan (Adults with 5 Cygnets), 2a+2juv Little Grebe, 2 Teal, 1 Pintail ("Eclipsed male" feral?),

Alverstone NR,

1 Barn Owl (@21.00 by Hide, ), 1-2 Reed Warbler (heard), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Stock Dove

Sunday 6/7 -Fine, Sunny Warm.
Bembridge Harbour
2 Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull,

Bembridge Ponds

2a, 9 juv Shelduck (9 Ducklings with older Juvenile), 7 Heron (from Bridge), 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Little Grebe
3juv Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Greenshank, 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 10+ Swallow, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel.

Ryde E Sands and Appley beach @20.15

2 Common Gull (1st Returns?), 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 13 Oystercatcher.

Firestone Copse 22.30

1m Nightjar (churring and wing clapping)

JUNE
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Friday 27/6 -Cloudy, Brighter and warm Later.
Ryde E Sands and Appley beach
3 WHIMBREL (@07.30 till chased off by dogs), 9 Curlew, 12 Sandwich Tern, 3 Little Egret,
1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Greater Black-backed Gull, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (calling near Appley Tower)

Bembridge Ponds

4a, 9 juv Shelduck (9 Ducklings with parents), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 5 Reed Warbler (2 seen), 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Little Grebe

Thursday 26/6 -Cloudy start, Hazy Sun and warm Later.
Shide to Blackwater FP-Blue Tailed Damselfly
2 Barn Owl (@07.30), 1 Little Owl, 3+ Blackcap,

Brighstone Down-Golden Ringed Dragonfly

1 Turtle Dove (drinking from puddle), 2 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Yellowhammer, 6 Linnet, 2 Great Spotted WP, 1 Buzzard

Newtown NR
2a & 1juv Mediterranean Gull (nesting with BH Gulls), 1 Peregrine, c100 Canada Geese, 3 Swan (adults with cygnet),

2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Greater Black-backed Gulls, c20 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 5 Little Egret, 2 Heron, 3 Common Tern.

"Redcliff", Culver Down

4 Raven (mostly juv.), 1 Fulmar, 1 Kestrel, 1 juv Stonechat (with Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock!), 6 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch.

Alverstone NR, from FP to Sandown Water Wks

1-2 Barn Owl (1st@20.35 by Hide, 2nd. near Sandown end 20.50-very good views), 2 Bullfinch,
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Reed Warbler (heard), 1 Reed Bunting (heard)

Wednesday 25/6 - Cloudy start, Sunny Intervals later, fresh E Wind.
St. Catherines's Point, seawatch 07.30-08.30-Gannet extravigansa!
c250 Gannet ("Raft" of 200 or so on sea just offshore-drifting W. feeding with spectacular dives into sea),
2 Guillemot (W. 1 poss Razorbill), 1 Kittiwake (W), poss Manx Shearwater (Distant)
1juv Sparrowhawk, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10+Magpie.

Shepherd's Chine
2m & 1f Stonechat, 1m Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Ventnor Downs

2 Willow Warbler, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Buzzard.

Tuesday 24/6 -Hot Sunny.
West High Down, Totland
2 Peregrine, 1m Dartford Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Guillemot (on sea), 2 Whitethroat, 6 Fulmar, 1 Shelduck
2 Reed Warbler (heard!), c40 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 10 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, c20 Linnet

Freshwater Bay area

1 juv WHEATEAR, 1m&1f Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Linnet

Brading Marsh 14.15-15.45

1f Whinchat (S. of Station on riverbank), 10+ Swallows (adults and 4+juv), 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Whitethroat

Monday 23/6 -Sunny Intervals.
Shide to Blackwater FP
1 Barn Owl (@07.40), 1 Treecreeper, 1juv Green Woodpecker, 6+ Blackcap, 1 Kestrel

Thorness Bay (via Whippance Farm)

2a & 1juv Redshank, 1 Little Owl, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel

E. Hide, Newtown NR

1m Wigeon, 1 Barnacle Goose, c100 Canada Geese, c10 Oystercatcher, c15 Shelduck,
1 Common Tern, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel

Sandown Canoe Lake-reported earlier (by E-Mail)

1m Gadwall (in eclipse), 1f Mandarin

Firestone Copse 21.00-22.50 (IWOG Walk)

1m Woodcock, 1m Nightjar also Pipistrelle Bats

Sunday 22/6 -Thunderstorms to cloudy with showers.
Appley beach and woods, Ryde 08.10-09.30
2a & 2juv SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (140m E. of Tower, 2juv just out of nest being fed by parents), Click for Picture 2 Treecreeper,
1 Gannet (E), 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Egret, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Laundry Lane, (Brading Marsh RSPB)

1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Shelduck, 9 Reed Warbler.

Saturday 21/6 -Sunny start, cloudy later, fresh E Wind.
St. Catherines's Point, seawatch 0730-09.30
9 Guillemot (mostly W.) c50 Gannet (Mostly E.), 1 Curlew (W), 2 Sandwich Tern

Gore Cliff, Blackgang
2a,2juv Peregrine (Very noisy with much flying around), 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel, 1 Shag

Bembridge Ponds

1 Sedge Warbler (S of path, W of ponds), 1a,1juv Little Grebe, 2f Tufted Duck (pond left of R. Yar.), 3 Shelduck

Bembridge Airport FP (Brading Marsh RSPB)

1f Dartford Warbler, 1m Stonechat, c8 Whitethroat, 1m Lesser Whitethroat,
1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet.

Newchurch, Old Railway Line FP 20.00-21.00

1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Nightingale (heard), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Buzzard

Friday 20/6 -Warm and Sunny.
Shide to Blackwater FP
1 Barn Owl (@08.00), 1f Hobby, 6+ Blackcap, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel

Dodnor, Medina Estuary

3+ Lesser Whitethroat (1m with 2-3 juv), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel

Alverstone NR

1m Bullfinch, Reported; 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Sandown Boating Lake

1f Mandarin, 2a,4j Pied Wagtail, 2a,4j Swan.

Parkhurst Forest, S. of Mark's Corner

c6 Nightjar, 1 Woodcock (heard)

Thursday 19/6 -Cloudy, misty start, Sunny Later.
Newtown NR
1 Mediterranean Gull (nesting with BH Gulls), c100 Canada Geese,
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (took chicks-1 was rescued by parents), 2 Greater Black-backed Gulls, c10 Shelduck, 6 Redshank, 40+ Curlew.
1m Lesser Whitethroat, 1m Yellowhammer (Cassey Bridge), Little Owls reported by hide -Purple Hairstreak BF, Cassey Br.

Yaverland Manor- in woods to North

1juv Long-eared Owl (heard squeaking)

Wednesday 18/6 -Cloudy and breezy.
Newtown NR
1m Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little Tern, 4 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Redshank, 5 Curlew, 100+ Canada Geese
2 Coal Tit (Ad feeding juv, Walters Copse)

Yarmouth Station Pond

1m Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 2 Common Tern, 37 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 House Martin, 5 Redshank, 4 Curlew
2m Teal, 1m Pintail (feral?), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard)

Whale Chine

1 Corn Bunting (rape field E. of Chine), 8+ Skylark.

Tuesday 17/6 -Cloudy to Sunny.
Brading Marsh 19.30-20.40
3 Barn Owl (2 on Brading Marsh, 1 in Centurion's Copse), 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard) 1 Buzzard.

Newnham Farm, Binstead, 21.00

2 Little Owl

Monday 16/6 -V Hot Sunny.
Fishbourne Green and Beach
3 Coal Tit (Ad with juveniles), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard.

Yarmouth Station Pond

3 Black-tailed Godwit

Newchurch, Old Railway Line FP-Reported by James G.

1 Marsh Warbler (Marsh N. of FP till Tue at least), 1 Turtle Dove

Sunday 15/6 -Hot Sunny, E Wind.
Bembridge Ponds
2 Cetti's Warbler (heard, 1 at bridge), 2+ Whitethroat, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Reed Warbler (1 seen), 1 Buzzard.

Laundry Lane

3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Buzzard,
1 Cuckoo (heard) 3 Reed Warbler (heard), 2m Reed Bunting

Culver Down- whilst looking for Little Owl!

1 Long-eared Owl (@21.50 SW. of Fort)

Thursday 12/6 -Birdnet Report
St. Catherines Point (am)
1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 69 Manx Shearwater & 38 Common Tern

Saturday 8/6 -Birdguides Report
Sandown (12.30)
1 Great Northern Diver

MAY
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Saturday 31/5 -Birdguides Report
St. Catherine's Pt (07.00)
1 Roseate Tern.
Ryde Golf Course-3rd Hole-reported by Ben
1 Hoopoe.

Friday 30/5 -Warm & Sunny all day, E wind
St. Catherine's Pt (07.30-09.30) Birds going equally E. and W.
10+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Common Scoter (E), 5 Guillemot , 2 Razorbill, 1 Sandwich Tern (E), c50 Gannet ,
c20 Kittiwake, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard)
REPORTED;- 1 Common Sandpiper (Heard)

Whale Chine, (Car Park)

1+ Corn Bunting (E of car park, singing in hedge by road), c3 Skylark, 2 Linnet, 1+ Yellowhammer, 2 Swallow.
Reed Warbler (1 heard-in bushes! no reeds here)

Laundry Lane

4 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit
3+ Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (inc. f seen), 2 Whitethroat.

Tuesday 27/5 -Cloudy with coastal fog. Light Wind.
Whale Chine, (Car Park)
2 Magpie (1 feeding young at nest), c6 Skylark, 2 Linnet, 2 Swallow.

Yafford Fish Ponds

2a,5juv Canada Geese, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 3 Yellowhammer (heard), 1 R.L. Partridge (along lane)
(But no Turtle Doves)

Monday 26/5 -Sunny and warm.
Fort Victoria, Yarmouth 07.30-08.45
3 Roseate Tern (3E. all white above, v. long tail streamers), Note-3 have appeared at Titchfield Haven since.
1 Kittiwake (E), c6 Little Tern, c40 Common Tern, c30 Sandwich Tern, 5 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher.

Yarmouth Ponds

1 Cuckoo, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1pr Tufted Duck,
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Grebe (1 juv), c4 Shelduck

Newtown NR

1 Mediterranean Gull (nesting with BH Gulls), 1m Lesser Whitethroat (hedge 50m W of hide),
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (took chick), 2 Greylag Goose, c10 Shelduck, 1 Redshank.
1m Nightingale (heard near Cassey Bridge)

Alverstone to Newchurch FP

2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4+ Whitethroat, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, Canada Geese (1ad, 3 goslings)

Mottistone "Longstone" 20.50-21.50

1-2 Long-eared Owl (1 heard earlier at Grammar's Common-to E.- 1 seen S. of Longstone followed by Nightjar!)
4 Nightjar (m&f seen others heard near Strawberry Lane), 1 Barn Owl

Laundry Lane, 11.00 to 16.00 -Report from Chris M;-

2 Dartford Warbler (M+F, Male in songflight, calling and both feeding young in nest)
2 Stonechat (M+F, with Male carrying food to probable nest site)
5 Buzzard (in air together), 3 Kestrel, 3 Hobby (in air together), 1 Sparrowhawk
1 Cetti's warbler - (singing in Centurion's Copse), 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

Sunday 25/5 -Sunny start, showers pm. Light NW Wind.
Ventnor Downs (IWOG Walk)
1m Lesser Whitethroat, 1m Bullfinch (both seen before main walk), 15 House Martin, c6 Swallow, 1 Swift,
2 Dartford Warbler, 1f Wheatear (flying W), c20 Meadow Pipit, c5 Linnet, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel

Laundry Lane

1 Cuckoo, 63 Canada Geese, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit.

Saturday 24/5 -Sunny Intervals, Light Wind.
West High Down, Totland
6 Raven (2a,4 juv eating Pigeon-caught by Peregrine! now hassling the Ravens for it),
3 Peregrine (other 2 by Alum Bay with another pigeon), 1 Dartford Warbler (feeding young?)
1m Wheatear (S Cliff top), 1m Stonechat, 8 Fulmar, 6 Shelduck, 2 Meadow Pipit, c15 Linnet.
c6 Guillemot (Nesting on cliffs, seen flying onto sea)

Firestone Copse/Wootton Creek

5 Heron (3 ad, 2 juv), 1 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 2 Moorhen.

Parkhurst Forest, S. of Mark's Corner (20.30-22.00)

1 Nightingale (heard), 2+ Nightjar (heard), 2+ Woodcock ("Roding")

St. Catherine's Pt (pm)-Birdguides

1 Pomarine Skua

Friday 23/5 -Cloudy, W Wind.
Culver Down (am)
1 Buzzard (very odd, longish square ended tail and "Kite" like wings)
4 Fulmar, 6 Shelduck, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Meadow Pipit, c20 Linnet.

Newtown NR (pm)

1 Mediterranean Gull (nesting with BH Gulls), 1m Lesser Whitethroat (hedge 50m W of hide), 1 Little Owl (Oaks by hide)
1 Peregrine (took chick from nesting gulls), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (took eggs), 1 Little Egret.
1 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew, 1 Greylag Goose, c20 Shelduck, 5 Redshank.

Appley Park -Reported by Ben

1f Wheatear (near Tower)

Thursday 22/5 -Cloudy, S Wind.
Bembridge Ponds
3 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen), 6+ Whitethroat, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard), 5 Reed Warbler (heard)

Wednesday 21/5 Sunny start, showers later, SW wind
St. Catherine's Pt (07.30-10.15)
5 Manx Shearwater (W), 9 Guillemot (most W), 11 Sandwich Tern, c50 Gannet (most E), c10 Kittiwake (W)
3 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellowhammer, 4 Goldfinch, c15 Linnet

- Reported: 1 Great Nothern Diver (s. plumage) also Common Scoter

Gore Cliff, Blackgang

1 Peregrine, 8+ Fulmar, 1 Skylark, 1 Stock Dove

Whale Chine-(no Corn Buntings today)

1f Grey Partridge (stubble field inland of Chine), c10 Skylark, 2 Whitethroat (heard)-3 Hares

Tuesday 20/5 -Sunny Intervals, showers later SW wind.
Shide to Blackwater FP
1m Hobby, 2 Garden Warbler, 8 Blackcap (3 seen others heard),1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush,
1 Little Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Yellowhammer, also Swallows, House Martins and Swifts

Dodnor, Medina Estuary

1m Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Buzzard, 2 Skylark, 3 Whitethroat (1 juv)

Laundry Lane

Reported;-1f Hen Harrier

Monday 19/5 -Heavy Showers, to Sunny Intervals, strong SW wind.
Appley Park and Ryde Sands-low tide
1+ Spotted Flycatcher (trees by Appley Tower), 3+ Treecreeper (Adults and juvs), 1 Mistle Thrush (on nest), 4 Song Thrush,
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st Sum), 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Small Wader (poss Dunlin)

Yarmouth Ponds

1 Sand Martin (with 40+ House Martin, 20+ Swift, 2 Swallow), 1m Pintail, 5 Black-tailed Godwit,
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redshank, 3 Little Grebe (1 juv), c6 Shelduck

Newtown NR

1 Greylag Goose, 4 Canada Geese, 4 Common Tern, 2 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 200+ Black-headed Gull (nesting on scrape)
also Oystercatcher, Redshank and Shelduck

Reported by Jim C: 1pr Mediterranean Gull (nesting on E Island)

Saturday 17/5 -Heavy Showers, Gusty S. Wind
Car Ferry off Ryde
3 Gannet (fishing, 1 just off Fishbourne), 1 Sandwich Tern

Little Atherfield Farm

1 STONE CURLEW (Just N. of the Irrigation pond, flew a stort distance then found again SW. of pond) Click for Picture Click for Picture
(First reported this morning by Martin H, seen at 11.00 by Ventnor Group, Three of us watched it at 15.15 for over 30mins)

Culver Down (SW of Fort)

1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 2 Linnet, 1 Kestrel

St. Catherine's Pt (pm)-BIRDGUIDES@13.44

1 Golden Oriole

Brading Marsh

40+ House Martin (over Quay Lane, with a few Swallows and Swifts), 1 Barn Owl (@20.45),
1m Nightingale (seen briefly- Centurions Copse @21.15), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard)
-also 1 Badger

Friday 16/5 -BIRDGUIDES
St. Catherine's Pt (pm)
1 Balearic Shearwater

Monday 12/5 -BIRDNET
St. Catherine's Pt (am)
1 Pomarine & 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua ("Bonxie"), 16 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Nothern Diver.

Sunday 4/5 -E Mail reports by Chris M.
Brading Sewage Wks (from 07:15)
1 Red-Rumped Swallow
- feeding over the filter beds and along the road in a mixed flock of hirundines, viewable down to about 10 feet.
It was there for 3 hours before moving out onto the marsh.

Laundry Lane area, 10:15 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1f Redstart, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Skylark, 1 Wheatear.

Saturday 3/5
Culver Down (am)-Seen by Graham S.
1 Hobby, 1 Garden Warbler
Laundry Lane area, 10:15-with Chris M.
2 Short-eared Owl (1pale, 1 very dark), 2 Skylark, 1 Greenland Northern Wheatear.

From Chris M; at Brading sewage works, 18:00 onwards,
1 Red-rumped Swallow (feeding over the filter beds in a mixed flock of hirundines).

APRIL
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Tuesday 29/4
St. Catherine's Pt.-Reported on BIRDCALL (am)
5 Pomarine Skua, 5 Great Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Bk-Th Diver, 15 Little Gull

Laundry Lane (RSPB "Brading Marsh")-RE-Mail report Chris M.

1 Short-Eared Owl

Weekend 26-7/4
Laundry Lane (RSPB "Brading Marsh")-RE-Mail report Chris M.
SAT;-
1 Hobby, 1M Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat.
(and few reed warbler, 20+ mixed hirundines)
SUN;-
2 Water Pipit (summer plumage)

Fort Victoria (Yarmouth)-REPORTED by Graham S (Sunday),
1 Puffin, 2 Razorbill, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomerine Skua, 3 Whimbrel
(a few Little and Common Terns)

Friday 25/4 - Cloudy, fresh E. wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. 07.40-11.15- Most birds E.
9 Arctic Skua (pale and dark phase), 4 Great Skua ("Bonxie" 2 close in), c120 Common Scoter
5 Divers (mostly Red-throated) , c100 Whimbrel, c20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Plover,
12 Auks (mostly Guillemot), c4 Sandwich Tern, 4 "Commic" Tern (Common/Arctic),
c150 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 4+ Swallow, 1f Bullfinch, 3+ Whitethroat,
Lesser Whitethroat -(reported)

Thursday 24/4- Wet start, Sunny later, fresh SW. wind.
St Catherine's Pt. 07.40-08.15
After a few Scoter, Gannets and a Swift in off the sea we gave up due to rain!
REPORTED;- Pomarine Skua @17.30

Firestone Copse and Wootton Creek

4+Goldcrest, 3+ Coal Tit, 4 Shelduck, 2 Heron, 1 Little Egret.
(Also 2 Red Squirrels, 3 Small White and 1 Brimstone Butterfly).

Bembridge Ponds 7-8pm

1 Cetti's Warbler (seen and singing well), 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Egret
1 Willow Warbler (heard), 2 Teal, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Swallow, 4 Shelduck, 1f Mallard (and duckling)

REPORT by Mike M. for Thorness Bay;
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover (preparing to breed?), 14 Turnstone, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Oystercatcher, 10 Linnet (m&f),
1m Whitethroat, 1m Reed Warbler, 1m Stonechat, 12 Black Headed Gull, 4 Mallard (2 pairs), 1 Moorhen (with young)

Wednesday 23/4- Sunny Intervals, fresh E wind.
Shide to Blackwater FP
2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Creeper, 5 Blackcap, 12 Canada Geese.

Thorness Bay

3 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 15 Brent Geese, 2 Skylark, 6 Linnet

Cassey Bridge, Newtown

1m Nightingale (great view-posed for a picture!-see above) Click for Picture

Newtown NR 11.30

3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Sandwich Tern, 11 Shelduck, 3 Oystercatcher

REPORTED by Caroline D;- 1m Ring Ouzel-West High Down this evening at 19.00 to 19.30.
It was in the same area as the Ring Ouzels were seen last autumn, i.e. on the north-facing slope above Warren Farm at SZ 314852.

Tuesday 22/4 - Foggy start, Fine Sunny, slight E. wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. 07.30-10.15 All birds E.
1 Velvet Scoter (very close), 5 Arctic Skua (pale and dark phase),
5+ Little Gull, 3 Black-throated Diver (close up views), 40 Whimbrel, c20 Common Scoter
4 Guillemot , c4 Sandwich Tern, c300 "Commic" Tern (Common/Arctic),
2 Wheatear (m&f on cliff top), c30 Gannet, 12 Kittiwake,
1 Yellow Wagtail (over), 8+ Swallow.

Bembridge Harbour

1 Dunlin (Summer Plumage), 1 Little Egret & 1 Greenshank (St. Helens Bridge)

Laundry Lane, (Brading Marsh, RSPB)

1 Cuckoo (heard), 4 Cetti's Warbler (2 seen, 2 heard), 4 Shelduck, 1 Teal,
2 Whitethroat, 2m Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel, c20 Canada Geese

Ryde E. Sands 19.45

65 Sanderling, 5 Oystercatcher.

Easter Monday 21/4- Murky start, Sunny Intervals later, fresh S. wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. 07.40-11.20 seawatch -all birds E. unless stated.
2 POMARINE SKUA (great views), 2 Great Skua ("Bonxie" close), 7 Arctic Skua (pale and dark phase),
2 Manx Shearwater, 15+ Little Gull, 3 Black-throated Diver (close up views), 4+ Whimbrel, c30 Common Scoter
c6 Sandwich Tern, 16+ "Commic" Tern (Common/Arctic), 5 Razorbill, 12 Guillemot (some W.) Click for Picture
2 Wheatear (m&f on cliff top), 5 Swallow, c20 Gannet (about half W.), 12 Kittiwake, 1 Shag

REPORT Nick E;- Egypt Point, Cowes 0750 - 0915:-
4 Common Scoter + 2 Velvet Scoter (together, East: good for Egypt Pt!), 2 Common Terns, 1 swift leaving North.
Noticeable increase in Black Headed Gulls

Dodnor, Medina.- (no sign of Nightingale)

1 poss. Lesser Whitethroat (sang once by ponds), 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff.

Brading Marsh and Laundry Lane 18.50-20.40

1 Barn Owl (18.55 with vole, mobbed by 2 Jackdaw), 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker,
1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Water Rail (-all heard), 1 Buzzard.

REPORTED @ L. Lane;-- 1 "Ringtail" Hen Harrier (maybe 2)

Easter Sunday 20/4- becoming Fine Sunny, light E-NE. wind.
St. Catherine's Pt.
Gannets and Fulmars but not much happening at sea!
1 Swift (in off sea), 10+ Swallow (moving E.), 7+ Whitethroat, 1 Peregrine, 1m Stonechat.

REPORTED;- 4 Black-necked Grebe (on sea swimming E, past Castlehaven at 07.30)

Whale Chine

1m Corn Bunting (getting scarcer every year), also Skylarks and Linnets.

Alverstone NR

1 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 3 Buzzard.

SIGHTINGS BOARD has;- Cuckoo(?) & Garden Warbler

Saturday 19/4- Cloudy, cold, fresh NE. wind.
Quarr & Fishourne, near Ryde
3 Bullfinch (m&2f), 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap (heard), 2 Teal, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Tern (off Fishbourne)

Firestone Copse and Wootton Creek

7 Coal Tit, 7 Little Egret, 7 Shelduck, 1 Heron

Good Friday 18/4- Fine Sunny & Warm, light N. wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. 07.20-10.20 seawatch -all birds E. unless stated.
2 Great Skua ("Bonxie"), 1 Arctic Skua, 30+ Little Gull, 1 Black-throated Diver,
1 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot, c20 Sandwich Tern, 16 "Commic" Tern (Common/Arctic),
1 Tree Pipit (in off sea), 4 Swallow, c40 Gannet (about half W.), 3 Kittiwake, 1 Shag

St. Helens Bridge to Bembridge Ponds

2 Cape Shelduck (feral), 3 Swallow, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck (m&f), 2 Teal,

Thursday 17/4- Warm Sunny, light E wind.
West High Down, Totland
1 Little Owl (crouching in grass), 2 Wheatear (pair), 2+ Dartford Warbler (1 carrying nest material)
1 Raven, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Swallow.

Yarmouth Station Pond

2 Greylag Geese (feral), 3 Reed Warbler (1 Seen), 2 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen), 1m Reed Bunting, 22 Black-tailed Godwit,

Newtown NR 11.30

1 OSPREY (on post till 11.30 then flew round mobbed by gulls), Click for Picture
c30 Mediterranean Gull, c45 Black-tailed Godwit

Ryde E. Sands 18.20

14 Sanderling, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew

Brading Marsh 20.30

1 Barn Owl

BIRDGUIDES;- St. Catherines Point,
1 Serin (in off the sea at 07:55).
Also past by 11:00;
2 Black-throated Divers, 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 30 Little Gulls,
91 'commic' Terns, 59 Sandwich Terns, 143 Common Scoter

REPORTED- Dave H. 1 Nightingale, heard @ Dodnor

Wednesday 16/4- Warm Sunny, light E wind.
St. Catherine's Pt.-07.40-09.30 seawatch -all birds E. unless stated.
1m Willow Warbler, 1m Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch (bushes by lane),
1 Arctic Skua, 27 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, c10 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whimbrel, c20 Linnet
c20 Common Scoter, 1 Brent Geese (Pale bellied), c10 Gannet (1W.), 4 Swallow.

Gore Cliff Blackgang- no Ravens or Little Owls today.

1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Fulmar, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 50+Jackdaw Click for Picture

inland from Shepherds Chine

3 Red-legged Partridge, c20 Mallard.

Brading Marsh, Laundry Lane

1 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (heard), 3 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen, 2 heard)
1 Water Rail (heard), 1m Yellowhammer, 2m Reed Bunting.

Tuesday 15/4- Hazy Sun, light SE wind.
St. Catherine's Pt.-07.30-10.00 seawatch -all birds E. unless stated.
1m Whitethroat, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Black-throated Diver, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot, c6 Sandwich Tern,
41 Common Scoter, 9 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 4 Gannet (2W.), 4 Swallow.

OTHERS REPORTED AT WEEKEND;- Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Velvet Scoter, Little Gull, Blue-headed Wagtail.

Yarmouth Estuary and Ponds

2-3 Spotted Redshank (summer plumage), Click for Picture
1 Whimbrel,4 Lesser-black Backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 1 Snipe,
3 Reed Warbler (heard), 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3m Reed Bunting, 5 Swallow, 4 Wigeon, c35 Teal, 3m,1f Tufted Duck
12 Shelduck, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Redshank,
2 Greylag Geese (reported)

Monday 14/4- Mainly cloudy, strong SE wind.
St. Catherine's Pt.-08.00-10.00 seawatch -all birds E. unless stated.
1 Arctic Skua (Pale phase), 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot, 2 Common Tern, c10 Sandwich Tern,
4 Red-breasted Merganser (2m,2f), 25 Whimbrel, c40 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet (1W.), also 6+Fulmar, 4 Swallow.
Ryde Esplanade
2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 11 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, c6 Common Gull
Bembridge Harbour
1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 10 Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, 10 Herring Gull, 2 Rock Pipit
St. Helens Bridge to Bembridge Ponds
1 Reed Warbler (heard@Causeway Pond), 4 Swallow, 1m Pintail (escape?), 4 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck (m&f), 13 Teal,

Sunday 13/4- Sunny Intervals, brisk SE wind.
Brading Marsh and Laundry Lane
2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1m Reed Bunting & 1 Grey Wagtail (both at Sewage Wks), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Teal, 1 Kestrel, also Meadow Pipits and Linnets.
-but no Owls or Harriers

REPORTED- 1 Osprey, (Newtown NR)

Wednesday 9/4
BIRDGUIDES.- 1 Serin- (St. Catherine's Point @17.30)

Tuesday 1/4
BIRDGUIDES.- 1 "Bonxie" Great Skua- (St. Catherine's Point)

MARCH
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Sunday 30th.

NEWS from Chris M.- Hoopoe-(Ventnor Downs)-1st seen Friday.

REPORT from Paul E.- As well as a number of Wheatears along the cliff edge, we had a brilliant sighting of a male Ring Ouzel,
scratching for food only about 30 feet from us. (West High Down)

Saturday 29th.

REPORT David P.- 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 40+Med Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Red-breasted Merganser-(Newtown NR)
[+ Short-eared Owl had been seen by the Warden]

Friday 28th.Cloudy start NE wind, hazy.
St. Catherine's Pt. (07.30-10.00)
1 Razorbill with 1 Guillemot (E), 2 Kittiwake (E), 6 Sandwich Tern (E), 2 Shelduck (E),
10 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver (E), 15+Gannet, 10+ Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 1 Peregrine
St. Helens Bridge
2 Cape Shelduck (long term escapes), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Tufted Duck (m&f), 15 Teal, 3 Little Egret.
Bembridge Ponds
3 Swan (2 in courtship display), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Tufted Duck (m&f), 6 Teal, 2 Stock Dove.

REPORT David P.- 1 Black Redstart (Needles Coastguard Cottages)

Thursday 27th.Sunny Intervals, brisk NE wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. (07.30-09.30)
c50 Common Scoter (150+ reported all E.), 1 Red-throated Diver (E), 10+Gannet, 1 Kittiwake (E)
also Chiffchaff and Blackcap (1m)
Shepherds Chine
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 15 Linnet
REPORT Dave H. 1 Swallow
Yarmouth ponds
2 Spotted Redshank (getting darker), c20 Black-tailed Godwit (many in Summer Plumage),
2 Shoveler, c30 Shelduck, 1m Tufted Duck, 6+ Little Grebe.

Brading Marsh and Laundry Lane

3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3 Reed Bunting (Sewage Wks), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Sand Martin (St Helens Bridge)

Wednesday 26th.Sunny Intervals warm.
Thorness Bay
3 Wheatear (2m,1f), 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 12 Turnstone, 5 Redshank, 6 Skylark, 10 Linnet,
1f Red-breasted Merganser, c50 Brent Geese, 2 Curlew, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Stock Dove.

Yaverland-(E of Sandown Bay)

6 Wheatear (4m,2f), 8 Linnet, c25 Meadow Pipit.
No sign of Hoopoe today.

BIRDGUIDES;- 2 Garganey, (on the sea, Grange Chine, Brighstone Bay @15:00)
REPORT Mark B.- 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sand Martin, (Laundry Lane)

Tuesday 25th.Foggy start to Sunny Intervals.
Appley Park, Ryde.
2m Treecreeper (singing), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush

Yarmouth ponds

2 Spotted Redshank (getting darker), c40 Black-tailed Godwit (many in Summer Plumage),
1m Shoveler, 11 Shelduck, 1 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Snipe.
- (Sand Martin reported)

"Racecourse" near Crematorium.
1 Barn Owl (On post @17.05)

REPORTED by Walker (non birder);- HOOPOE feeding on Sandown to Culver FP by Holiday Centre. (pm)

Monday 24th.Sunny Intervals, brisk W wind.
Nansen Hill, Ventnor Downs.
1f Black Redstart (08.00 moving N.), 20+Meadow Pipit, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, 1f Sparrowhawk

Bembridge Harbour,

2 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Brent Geese, c20 Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit

Bembridge Ponds

2 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail (1 seen, 1 heard), 2 Greenshank, 5 Little Grebe, 5m Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 3 Herons (1 at nest).

Sunday 23rd.Fine Sunny brisk E wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. (IWOG Walk)
3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Red-throated Diver, 10+ Common Scoter, 1 Gannet, 2 Stonechat (m&f), 1 Blackcap (heard)

Gore Cliff, Blackgang

1 Little Owl, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven, 4 Fulmar, c6 Stock Dove, 3+ Skylark.

Brading Marsh and Laundry Lane - the Bean and WF geese have now left.

2 Short-eared Owl, 1f Hen Harrier, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2m Bullfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard. 1f Merlin

REPORTED;- Ventnor group, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin (Ventnor Downs am.)-also 1 Whinchat last week

Saturday 22nd.Hazy Sun brisk E wind.
Quarr
1Coal Tit, 1m Bullfinch, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 3 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Newtown NR

29 Mediterranean Gull (22 on scrape-3 ringed), c50 each Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Shelduck and Dunlin,
100+Brent Geese, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (m&f), 2 Pintail (m&f), c200 Grey Plover, 80+Curlew, 1 Buzzard.

Friday 21st.Hazy Sun to cloudy.
Whale Chine-fields N. of Road
1m Corn Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff, c30 Linnet, 10+ Skylark, 1 Snipe, 1m Stonechat.

Gore Cliff

1 Sparrowhawk, 3+Fulmar, 1 Little Owl, Click for Picture

Appley Beach, Ryde

200+ Sanderling, 14 Oystercatcher.

Brading Marsh @18.40

1 Barn Owl.

REPORT Birdguides;- Black Redstart (St Catherines Pt)

Thursday 20th.Fine Sunny.
Shide-Blackwater FP
c10 Redwing, 1 Little Owl, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellowhammer (Sandy Lane)

Dodnor, Medina Estuary

1m Blackcap (moving N.), 6+ Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Kestrel, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, c20 Black-tailed Godwit. Click for Picture

Brading Marsh and Sewage Wks

1m Blackcap (near Centurions Copse), 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellowhammer,
2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard (1 pale phase), 10+ Meadow Pipit, 8+ Reed Bunting

Wednesday 19th.Fine Sunny.
West High Down, Totland
2m Dartford Warbler, 12+ Cormorant (@ nests on cliffs), 1m Wheatear, Click for Picture
2 Lesser-black Backed Gull, 1 Raven, 4+ Rock Pipit, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 6+ Fulmar, 1 Peregrine, Click for Picture

Yarmouth Estuary and ponds

1 Spotted Redshank, c50 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Chiffchaff (migrants),
2 Shoveler (m&f), 2m 1f Tufted Duck, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Snipe.

Foreland, Bembridge

2 Shag, 8+ Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 6 Heron, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Curlew, c100 Brent Geese Click for Picture

RECENT REPORTS by John W;- 1 Black Redstart (Needles Battery), 1 Great White Egret (past Yarmouth)

Tuesday 18th.Cold cloudy to Fine Sunny.
Ryde Esplanade
60 Sanderling (roosting on beach)
Puckpool Point (seawatch 12.15 -13.30)
1f Eider, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2m & 1f Red-breasted Merganser- (all on the sea)

Newtown NR -just Causeway Lake and Boathouse area.

3 Bar-tailed Godwit, c50 Black-tailed Godwit (coming into summer plumage), 2 Little Grebe, c200 Brent Geese,
6 Mediterranean Gull, 2m & 1f Red-breasted Merganser, 31 Shelduck, 3 Turnstone, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin!

REPORT Birdguides;- Black Redstart (St Catherines Pt)

Monday 17th.Fine Sunny Warm, light E wind.
St. Catherine's Pt. (08.00-09.30)
20+ Common Scoter (E), 2 Red-throated Diver (1E,1W), 2 Kittiwake (E), 1 Guillemot (on sea), 5 Gannet (E)
2 Sandwich Terns (E), 7 Pintail (E), 2 Teal (E)
Gore Cliff, Blackgang
1 Raven, 4 Stock Dove, 4+ Fulmar, 1 Little Owl (on cliff). Click for Picture
Bembridge Harbour and Ponds
c50 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 6+Shelduck, 15 Curlew, 20+Teal, 2 Mediterranean Gull (all harbour).
3 Long-tailed Tit, 1Cetti's Warbler (seen well), 3m,1f Pochard, 2m Tufted (all ponds)
Laundry Lane (RSPB Reserve)
2f Hen Harrier, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3 Short Eared Owl, Click for Picture
4 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 3 Water Rail (heard)

Sunday 16th.Fine Sunny.
Laundry Lane (RSPB Reserve)
1f Hen Harrier, 3 Bean Geese, 4 White-fronted Geese, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard)
1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 100+ Wigeon, 2 Lapwing.

Brading Sewage Wks

1 Water Pipit (coming into summer plumage), 2 Chiffchaff (migrants), c10 Reed Bunting Click for Picture
2 Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Week 6th-9th.E-Mail report from Chris M.
Laundry Lane (RSPB)
Sun 9th (with Ventnor Group)-2 "ringtail" Hen Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 8 Buzzard, 2 Grey Wagtail
1 Wheatear (by cattle shed on Bembridge embankment), 1 Merlin and a small flock of Fieldfare

Thurs 6th (+ Niel B.)-1 Water Pipit & 3M Reed Bunting (Brading sewage works), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1F Marsh Harrier, 1 Fieldfare

Wed 5th (from Graham S.)-2 "ringtail" Hen Harrier (f. and juv.) 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 1F Marsh Harrier, 40+ Redwing.

Ventnor- (Old Park area)

Thurs 6th (Ventnor Group).-1 Wheatear

Saturday 1st.Misty and showers.
Ferry, Yarmouth to Lymington 08.25
4 Eider (1m, 3f in Lymington harbour entrance)

FEBRUARY
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Friday 28th.Cloudy dull.
Lane End, Bembridge (09.00 High Tide)
at least 1 Purple Sandpiper (on Lifeboat Stn slipway), 15 Cormorant (13 on Fort), 62 Brent Goose

Thursday 27th. Sunny Intervals to Cloudy.
Laundry Lane (RSPB Reserve)
2 Greylag Geese (Detached and wary-possibly wild), 1 Hen Harrier, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard,
100+ Wigeon, 200+ Lapwing.

Brading Sewage Wks

2 Grey Wagtail, 6+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Kestrel, 3 Dunnock (courtship display).

Little Atherfield Farm FP's

16 White-fronted Geese, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 10 Linnet, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel
1 Pale-Phase Buzzard (farmer says it's an Osprey!), 17 Yellowhammer (Dungewood Fm), 60+ Mallard, 10+ Pheasant.

Wednesday 26th.Cloudy start to Hazy Sun.
Carisbrooke Pond 08.00
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, (no sign of Mandarin)

E. Hide, Newtown NR (highish tide)

1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit (coming into summer plumage),
100+ Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, c100 Shelduck, 100+ Brent Geese, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel.

Shanklin-Luccombe beach walk 14.30

1 Peregrine (Brought a Black-Headed Gull(?) to cliff, where is was plucked and eaten)

Tuesday 25th.Cloudy start to Hazy Sun.
Ryde Esplanade 08.00
175 Sanderling (Appley beach), 2m Pochard (Canoe Lake)

Bembridge Ponds

3 Greenshank, 1f Kingfisher, 11 Tufted Duck (6m,5f-most here for ages), 1 Snipe,
12 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 Heron (nesting in reedbed), 4 Little Grebe, 1m Reed Bunting.
RSPB reserve from Bembridge Aiport
1f Hen Harrier (over Centurian's Copse), 3 Buzzard, 1m Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Plover (over), 2 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit.
Gore Cliff, Blackgang
1 Little Owl (on cliff), 1 Peregrine (on cliff), 1 Fulmar.
Field N. of Whale Chine
1 Corn Bunting (maybe 2), 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Skylark (3 Hares, they think it's March!)
Corve Farm to "Gladices", Chale
10+ Yellowhammer, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 200+ Wood Pigeon, 12+ Stock Dove, 1 Buzzard.

Monday 24th.Cloudy start to Sunny Intervals.
Foreland 11.30-Low Tide
1 Purple Sandpiper (on distant ledge), 1-2 Shag, 50+ Brent Goose

Alverstone NR-note, the hide now has a combination lock, 3 p.a. for access.

1f Siskin, 1m Stonechat, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1m Sparrowhawk (1 Red Squirrel)

Sunday 23rd.Cloudy start to Sunny Intervals.
IWOG Walk, Laundry Lane and Bembridge Harbour
Laundry Lane;-1f Hen Harrier, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3 Water Rail (heard) 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel,
5 White-fronted Geese, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1m Stonechat.

Bembridge Harbour;-2 Greenshank, c20 Dunlin, c30 Redshank, 2+ Mediterranean Gull, c15 Curlew.

Ryde Esplanade & Canoe Lake

3 Great Crested Grebe, c40 Sanderling, 1m Pochard

Brading Marsh RSPB, pm

1f Hen Harrier, 3 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 5 White-fronted Geese, Reported;- 1f Merlin, 4 Bean Geese.

Atherfield Farm Reservoirs

Report by Graham S;-3 S E Owls, 3 Corn Buntings, 2 Grey Partridge.
(also Dave D. reports the 31 White-fronted Geese were still here on Sat 22nd)

Saturday 22nd.Sunny Intervals-light SE Wind.
Ventnor Downs
2 Dartford Warbler, 2 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Peregrine(?).

Brading Marsh RSPB

1f Hen Harrier, 2 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff.

Friday 21st.Foggy start to Sunny Intervals-warmer.
Blackwater
4 Siskin (Alders on old Railway FP), 1m Yellowhammer (Sandy Lane)

Dodnor, Medina Estuary

1m Kingfisher, 2f Goldeneye, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egret, 9 Little Grebe,
1f Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard, 2 Skylark, etc.

Newchurch, E of Church

22 Linnet (over), 1 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush - but no sign of Woodlarks today.(only 3 were seen on the 12th)

Thursday 20th.Cloudy start to Sunny Intervals.
Newtown NR
72 Knot, 4 Turnstone, 4 Goldeneye (m&3f), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit also Dunlin, Grey Plover, Shelduck, Curlew.
1 Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (m&2f)

Puckpool Point seawatch @14.45

3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe,

Wednesday 19th.Cloudy start to Fine sunny, bitter SE wind.
St. Catherine's Point, seawatch 08.00-09.00
18 Red-throated Diver (all E, but 1 W, &1 on sea), 3 Common Scoter (E), 2 Guillemot (1 oiled on sea), 5 Fulmar, 5 Gannet (E)
1 Kittiwake (W), 9 Brent Geese (E), 12 Greater Black-backed Gull (E), 1f Stonechat (bushes)

Whale Chine

c40 Skylark, c10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Raven (over Blackgang)

Leechmore Cross

2 Red-legged Partridge, 34 Lapwing, 57 Common Gull, c50 Starling, 2 Buzzard

Tuesday 18th. Fine sunny, bitter SE wind.
Freshwater Causeway
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Black-tailed Godwit

West High Down, Totland

Old Rocket testing site;-1 Black Redstart, 8 Linnet, 15+ Rock Pipit
4 Fulmar, 1 Raven (carrying nest material), 2 Stonechat (m&f)

Yarmouth

1 Spotted Redshank, c40 Shoveler, 1f Reed Bunting, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit

Monday 17th. Cloudy to fine sunny, bitter E wind.
Bembridge Ponds
2 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1f Hen Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 3 Heron.

Puckpool Point seawatch @13.15

3 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Auk sp. E.(Guillemot?), c60 Sanderling,

Laundry Lane

4 Bean Goose (separate from other geese), 5 White-fronted Geese (still here at Laundry end), 1 Greylag Goose,
1f Hen Harrier, 1 Little Owl, 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, c200 Wigeon.

Sunday 16th. Cloudy to fine sunny, cold E wind.
Wootton Bridge
47 Redshank, 27 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Lesser Bk-backed Gull, c280 Black-headed Gull,
10 Common Gull, 7 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 3 Heron.

Brading Marsh & Laundry Lane

4 Bean Goose, 5 White-fronted Geese (just arrived), 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Water Pipit, c18 Chiffchaff , 1 Grey Wagtail,
1 Barn Owl, 2 Water Rail (heard), 1f Hen Harrier, 1 Buzzard.

Saturday 15th. Fine, Sunny, cold N wind.
Sea off Fishbourne
1 Kittiwake (following Ferry), 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver (?)(off Ryde Pier)
Puckpool Point seawatch
6 Great Crested Grebe, c20 Sanderling, 1 Lesser Bk-backed Gull, (1 Common Seal on shingle bank)
Brading Marsh & Laundry Lane
1-2 Water Pipit, c12 Chiffchaff , 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Water Rail (heard), 2 Hen Harrier (m&f, the male came in about 17.15),
1 Treecreeper, 2 Peregrine, 4 Kestrel, 1 Bean Goose, 1 Greylag Goose.
1 Firecrest (reported by CM)

Thursday 13th. ..E-Mail report from Tim W.
St Catherine's Point
1 Black-throated Diver (on the sea at 15.25)
Brading Marsh
1 Bittern reported by Bill P. ( in ditch )

Saturday 8th. ..E-Mail report from Robin A.
Brading Sewage works
1 Water Pipit , 2 Chiffchaff
Laundry Lane
1 Rough-Legged Buzzard (arrived from E at c13.00, hunted briefly over Carpenters, then left to W.)
6+ Buzzard (including a very pale individual), 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails), Peregrine (mobbing H Harrier!),
2 Bean Goose, 345 Canada Goose, 3 Little Egret
Bembridge Ponds
4 Shoveler, 4 Greenshank
Seaview
1 Gt Northern Diver, (also at Puckpool a Grey Seal close inshore and another distant seal).

Sunday 2nd.Cloudy to Sunny Intervals.
Fishboune Ferry
1 Kittiwake (Oiled, following ferry)

Saturday 1st. Sunny Intervals, light W wind.
Ryde Esplanade/Appley
38 Bar-tailed Godwit, c40 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover, 30+ Sanderling
Brading Sewage Wks
2 Water Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6+ Chiffchaff (1 pale Scandinavian type)
Newtown NR
1 Peregrine, 5 Goldeneye (1m, 4f), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Red-breasted Merganser (6m,4f), c600 Dunlin, 30+ Grey Plover,
20+Knot, 12 Pintail, 2 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, c15 Ringed Plover, c200 Golden Plover, c500 Brent Geese

JANUARY 2003
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Friday 31st. Sunny, cold, lighter NW wind.
Shide/Blackwater FP
1 Treecreeper, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Redwing, 2 Missle Thrush

Firestone Copse
3 Bullfinch (2m,1f), 6 Coal Tit, 3 Buzzard, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Redshank

Yarmouth Estuary
1 Goldeneye (m), 13 Black-tailed Godwit, c300 Dunlin, 6 Grey Plover, 26 Shoveler,
3 Stonechat (1m,2f), 1 Kingfisher (f), 6 Snipe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 5 Redshank, 5 Ringed Plover

Thursday 30th. Sunny Intervals, Snow Showers with strong bitter-cold NW Wind.
Gore Cliff, Blackgang
1 Peregrine, 2 Raven (Displaying and collecting sticks for nest)

Leechmore Cross, (W of Godshill)
c80 Yellowhammer (In stubble field S of Lane),
100+Starling, 30+Lapwing, 20+Fieldfare (in Sheep field N of lane)

Wednesday 29th. Sunny Intervals with strong cold NW Wind.
"Folly Lake", Medina Estuary (No sign of Scaup)
3f Goldeneye, 11 Turnstone, 14 Ringed Plover, 5 Wigeon, 25 Redshank

Brading Sewage Wks
6+ Chiffchaff, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit.

Tuesday 28th. Fine, Sunny with cold NW Wind.
Fishbourne Coast
4 Common Scoter (2+f on sea@09.15), 1 Guillemot (E), 1-2 Great Crested Grebe, 71 Common Gull

Monday 27th. Fine, Sunny and mild, SW Wind.
Foreland, Bembridge
c10 Mediterranian Gull, 3 Shag, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (m, 2f), 6 Grey Plover, 6 Curlew

Brading Marsh & Laundry Lane
1 Yellowhammer, 4(+) Chiffchaff (some singing), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Water Rail (heard), 2 Hen Harrier (f,j), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel

In a Small Field by Laundry Lane
6 Species of Geese!- 2 Bean, 2 Brent, 32 Canada, 1 Barnacle, 1 Greylag, 1 Bar-headed

Sunday 26th. Cloudy to Sunny Intervals.
Puckpool Point
1 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red Breasted Merganser,
24 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin and 40+ Sanderling (Ryde sandbank.)

Saturday 25th. Drizzle to Sunny Intervals.
Brading Marsh & Laundry Lane
1 Yellowhammer, 6 Chiffchaff (some singing), 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Water Rail (heard), 3 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel

Ryde
2m Blackcap (2 Gardens, 1 in each)

Friday 24th. Fine Sunny to Cloudy.
Whale Chine @11.15
6 Red-throated Diver (Feeding in bay between Atherfield Point and Whale Chine), 1 Raven (over)

Deacons Lane, Ashey
c15 Fieldfare, c30 Redwing, c60 Starling (all in the same tree!)

Thursday 23rd. Fine Sunny cold NW wind.
Puckpool and Seaview
4 Slavonian Grebe (in groups of 2), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Red Breasted Merganser,

St. Helens Mill

1 Black Redstart (f/juv on roof of "Selwyn Court" flats)

Wednesday 22nd. Long Sunny Intervals, NW. Wind.
Newtown NR, 09.00-09.30
3 Eider (m & 2f at harbour entrance), 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Little Egret, 14 Turnstone, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10(+) Knot,
c150 Lapwing, c200 Golden Plover also Grey Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Brent Geese, Shelduck, 1f Goldeneye, 1f Red-breasted Merganser

Dodnor, Medina Estuary.

7 Red-breasted Merganser (3f,4m displaying), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Skylark (in full song), 1 Linnet, 1 Kingfisher,
1 Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard, 1m Bullfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk

St. Helens Mill @14.40

1 Black Redstart (f/juv on roof of "Selwyn Court" flats)

Brading Marsh RSPB, from Laundry Lane@15.00

2 "Tundra" Bean Geese (just E. of Lane, Laundry end, with Canada Geese), 1 Stonechat (m)

Tuesday 21st. Showers then Sunny Intervals with Strong S. Wind.
Brading Sewage Wks @16.00
1 Peregrine (carrying small bird in one tallon), 1 Short Eared Owl, 5 Redwing, 1 Missle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail,
1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff

Monday 20th. V. Wet with Strong S. Wind.
Ryde East Sands-8am
37 Bar-tailed Godwit (beats the previous best of 8), 1 Grey Plover, 15 Dunlin, 25(+) Sanderling, c200 Brent Geese

Puckpool seawatch 09.00 and 13.00

6(+) Slavonian Grebe (in groups of 4, 2 and singles), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kittiwake (E),
12 Red Breasted Merganser, c200 Brent Geese (on beach)

Sunday 19th. Wet start, then Sunny Intervals and showers S. Wind.
Ryde East Sands
62 Sanderling, 5 Oystercatcher. 2 Black Necked Grebes (reported am.)

Brading Marsh RSPB

1 Short Eared Owl (from St.Helens Br-rest from Laundry Lane), 3 Hen Harrier (m,f & juv), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard)
100(+) Brent Geese, 100(+) Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Bar Headed Goose.

1 Water Pipit (reported at Sewage wks), 1 Bittern (reported at Bembridge ponds)

Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th E-Mail report from Chris M.
Ryde/Seaview ( Sunday 12th.)
2 Black-Necked Grebes (1 Ryde West Sands, 1 Seaview)- with 1 Slavonian Grebe and Gt Crested Grebes.
(NOTE;-the Woodlarks are still at Newchurch)
Brading marsh ( Wed 8th.)
6 White-fronted Geese (flew NE on Friday morning and haven't been seen since.)
2 Bean Geese - showing well (right next to the lane at times)
James G's -Ringing session at Brading Sewage Works got- 32 Chiffchaff (1 was missed), 2 Water Pipit, etc
3 Hen Harrier(1m,1f,1juv) at Brading, Friday pm (and again Sunday).
(They roosted together in the rushbed by the lane and gave good views).
2 SE Owls (behind the sewage works)- Saturday pm.

Week to Wed 8th E-Mail report from Chris M.
Atherfield resevoirs
1 Hen Harrier ("ringtail" - since new years day at least), upto 4 Short Eared Owls
Yarmouth station
2M Bearded Tit
Afton down (golf course)
1 Snow Bunting
Mersley Down area
1M Merlin
Brading Sewage Works
4 Water Pipit , 23 Chiffs - (including 3 eastern race and at least one showing "tristis" characteristics)
St. Helens
1F/juv. Black Redstart (roadbridge area), 2 "Tundra" Bean Geese - (normally behind the laundry, and showing well)
Brading marsh ( Wed 8th)
6 Whitefronted Geese - at ( 2A+ 4juv.)

Sunday 5th IWOG Walk, report from Chris M.
Laundry Lane/Brading (RSPB Brading Marsh) 09.00-12.00

Brading Sewage Works
1m Bullfinch, 1 Water Pipit (both before the walk),
many Meadow Pipits, 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Laundry Lane;-
3 "Ringtail" Hen Harrier, 1M Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 2 "Tundra" Bean Geese, 300+ Brent Geese, 200+ Canada Geese,
150+ Mixed duck flying - including 2 Gadwall, 1 Curlew (flying up the valley).

Reported by RSPB warden; - 1 Bittern (flying over Bembridge ponds early)

Reported on Birdguides today, 1 Snow Bunting - Afton Down (seen Saturday 4th)

Friday 3rd. Cloudy, Sunny Intervals, cold N. Wind.
Shide to Blackwater FP
3 Barn Owl (1 caught vole), 1 Little Owl, 20(+) Siskin (in Alders with Goldfinch),
2 Missle Thrush, 3m,1f Yellowhammer (at Sandy Lane), 6 Song Thrush.

Dodnor to Werrer, (Medina Estuary)

7(+) Linnet, 5f &1m Goldeneye, 10(+) Little Grebe, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark,
2 Great Spotted & 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Crested Grebe,
6 Red-Breasted Merganser, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (heard) also; Redshank, Lapwing, Curlew, Brent Geese etc

Has spring arrived already? 2 Swan (Full courtship display and mating!) 2 Crows (collecting twigs for nest)

Thursday 2nd. Wet start, then Sunny Intervals and showers SW Wind.
Appley Park, Ryde
2 Missle Thrush, 100+ Greenfinch+Goldfinch (Mainly Green finch)

Bembridge Ponds

1Raven (overhead calling), 1 Water Rail (On the path)

Laundry Lane

1 Hen Harrier (F@11.40 over Lane then moved to W side), 1 Greylag, 1 Barnacle, 1 Bar Headed Goose (with Canadas)

Brading Marsh, from Sewage Wks.

1 Short Eared Owl (Rather dark upper wing, Juvenile?), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker

E-Mail Report from Robin A.
Ventnor Botanic Garden
1 Firecrest, 1m Blackcap (also Jay, Coal Tit and Little Owl which we missed on 1st!).
1 Hooded Crow (over Rew Down, viewable from the cricket ground adjacent to the Botanic Garden).

Wednesday 1st.Rain, More Rain, windy, to showers.
Laundry Lane
2-3 Water Pipit (flushed from marshy field by lane.)
Lane End, Bembridge
12 Purple Sandpiper (Flying around end of Lifeboat Pier), 1 Kittiwake (Juv came very close, about 50m!)

Island Harbour, far end

1 Scaup (Drake -with Tufted Ducks.)

IWOG "New-year Birdrace", our group was;-
Graham & Mike S, Neil B, Chris M, Kris G, and Myself. 07.15 till 16.30.
Species seen/heard today =101, my own total =95 (Do try to keep up!)
The other group with James G. & Robin A. beat us, their total=104 species.

(Birds in Brackets not counted. in Italics if heard but not seen)

On Route;-
(01) Song Thrush, House Sparrow, Robin,

LAUNDRY LANE, Brading 07.50
Blackbird, Moorhen, Jackdaw, Crow,Wren, Mute Swan,
(10) Shelduck, Canada Goose, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Goldcrest, Heron, Shoveler, Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail, Pheasant,
(20) Tree Creeper, Rook, Blue Tit, Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Wood Pigeon, Snipe, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal,
(30) Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Brent Goose, Redwing, Stock Dove, Lapwing Dunnock, Buzzard, (Bar Headed Goose)
(40) Lesser Black-backed Gull,

BRADING SEWAGE WORKS & Quay Lane-
Chiffchaff, Long Tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail

FORELAND-
Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Greenfinch, Gannet, Guillemot,

(50) Razorbill, Kittiwake,
Red-throated Diver, Meditteranean Gull, Shag, Red Breasted Merganser,
Greater Black-backed Gull, Starling.

LANE END, BEMBRIDGE-
Rock Pipit, Purple Sandpiper.

BEMBRIDGE HARBOUR/PONDS-
(60) Coot, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Magpie,

ST. HELENS BRIDGE-
Pintail, Gadwall, Curlew,

SEAVIEW TOLL ROAD-
Oystercatcher, Great Crested Grebe, Great Northern Diver. (Barnacle Geese c250)
(70) Slavonian Grebe,

RYDE ESPLANADE-
Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Common Gull, Goldfinch,
MERSLEY DOWN-
Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge

NEWCHURCH-
(80) Woodlark, Reed Bunting,
Jay (Newport Chute, Mersley)

ISLAND HARBOUR-
Redshank, Goldeneye, Scaup,

CARISBROOKE POND-
Mandarin,

NEWTOWN NR-
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Egret, Golden Plover,
(90) Grey Plover, Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit,
(95) Spotted Redshank,
(poss. Missle Thrush) heard at Calbourne.

+The ones I missed today-
Great Tit (!!), Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk (Laundry Lane),
Fulmar (Foreland)
Greenshank (St. Helens Br.)
(101) Skylark,(Whale Chine)

Dips-the one's we could have seen!
Hen Harrier, Fieldfare, Siskin, Marsh Tit, Dartford Warbler, Merlin, Peregrine, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Short Eared Owl,
Grey Partridge, Coal Tit, Yellowhammer, Bean Goose, Black Redstart.

Extra birds seen by the other group were;-
- 4 Common Scoter- (Fort Victoria)
- 2 Hen Harrier (ad female and juv female)-(Brading Marsh)
25 Siskin- (Freshwater Causeway)
(104)

News from Robin A.
"We also had M Thrush (Pyle), Fieldfare (Pyle), Linnet (Knighton), Y Hammer (Knighton) and Bullfinch (SCP and about 4 other localities).
On your list we missed;-
Gt Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Purple Sandpiper, Jay and Water Pipit."

This gives a combined total off-
(109!) -not bad considering the bad weather conditions.

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