Wednesday 19th October – Stanpit, Christchurch.   Leave a comment

Much of the day was taken up with dealing with my faulty PC, eventually diagnosed as a defunct hard drive.

I did manage a mid morning trip to Stanpit to see a Red-breasted Goose. Although this species probably occurs annually in the UK, this is a very rare vagrant to Dorset and some previous records may have involved escapes from captivity. Being a first year bird and arriving with Dark-bellied Brent Geese from their shared breeding grounds on the Taimyr Peninsula, this bird fulfills all the criteria for a wild bird.

This is a rare goose in world terms with a global population of under 40,000. The majority fly south from the Taimyr to a staging post on the Caspian Sea before heading to the Black Sea coasts of Romania and Bulgaria.

Wintering Red-breasted Geese - Bulgaria. Photo from the internet.


Red-breasted Goose, Stanpit


Red-breasted Goose - Stanpit


Also on show was a Dartford Warbler on Crouch Hill, whilst a Peregrine put all the waders to flight.

Dartford Warbler - Stanpit. Severely depleted after last winter, Dartford Warbler numbers may be increasing after this years warm, dry spring.


Peregrine - Stanpit


Posted October 21, 2011 by gryllosblog in Uncategorized

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