Wildlife of the Rodwell Trail
birds seen from the trail in 2020

65 species so far this year

Great Northern Diver
Black-throated Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Canada Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Scoter
Red Kite
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull >
Common Gull
Herring Gull >
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Sandwich Tern
Wood Pigeon
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Rock Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Dunnock >
Song Thrush
Cetti's Warbler (heard)
--> Blackcap
Willow Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Jackdaw >
Carrion Crow
House Sparrow >

Red Kite over Wyke Halt, 26 March 2020

April 1st
A flock of over 40 Red-breadted Mergansers off Downclose this morning was the most seen in the harbour for a week or two. The regular Great Northern Diver and the flock of 5 Common Scoter were still present, along with 3 Sandwich Terns and a Grey Heron flying across from Portland.

March 31st
A very unexpected Kestrel turned up this morning at Wyke Halt. Previously a regular sight on the trail for the last ten years or so they have been very scarce. A pair of Pied Wagtails have been nesting again somewhere just off the southerh end of the trail but today a second pair was at the Sailing Club, a new site for this species.

March 29th
The first Willow War The first Willow Warbler of the year was at Sandsfoot Halt this morning. A Great Northern Diver was off Downclose, as it has been all week.

March 28th
The first three Sandwich Terns were off Smallmouth this morning, and a Gannet was diving close inshore off Sandsfoot Castle.

March 26th
A unprecedented four Red Kites, in two pairs, were circling over the southern end of the trail this morning. Over Buxton Road a Buzzard was performing a very dramatic display flight, the first time I've seen such a thing on the trail. Yesterday a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming loudly at Rodwell Halt, the first time this year.

March 24th
The flock of Common Scoter were still off the southern end of the trail, numbering five this morning with the young male Eider not far away. At low tide five very smart Mediterranean Gulls were withthe other gullsat Whitehead's Pier.

March 20th
A Buzzard over Smallmouth was the first I've seen at the southern end of the trail. Oddly it was soon followed, at a lower altitude, by two Magpies which then proceeded to fly in the same south-easterly direction across the harbour. Today's wind was north-easterly.
Greenfinches have been more numerous this year with up to nine seen in the Downclose - Wyke Halt area.

March 17th
Four Shelduck in the middle of the harbour was a very rare record thus morning. Black-necked Grebes have all been in breeding plumage for several weeks now; today there were just one or two off Downclose.

February 27th
The first Blackcap was heard singing near Hillcrest Road this morning. A Black-throated Diver was off Downclose in the morning, with a GreatNorthern there in the afternoon. Eight Black-necked Grebes were also seen, several in full breeding plumage. At Whitehead's Pier the male Eider was back and at low tide two Curlew were feeding.

February 21st
A few more birds off Downclose this morning with two Black-necked Grebes and three Common Scoter readonsbly close in near the Sailing Club. Towards Smallmouth and a lot further out was what may well have the female Eider again after an absence of several weeks.

February 12th
A very bright Chiffchaff at the southern end of Downclose Cutting somehow looked very like an early migrant, although with no pollen on its face I can't be sure. Two Great Northern Divers were offshore and five Black-necked Grebes were just south of Smallmouth.

February 11th
A Sandwich Tern was off Sandsfoot Castle this afternoon with four Great Northern Divers, a Black-necked Grebe and a Common Scoter further out. A smart male Bullfinch was in Downclose Cutting where there was also a Linnet and several Greenfinches.

January 22nd
Three new birds for the year today with two Common Scoter off Sandsfoot, a Coal Tit calling at Buxton Road and a Bullfinch opposite Marsh Road.

January 13th
The first Firecrest of the year was at Rodwell Halt and the female Eider was still at Smallmouth.

January 1st
A very quiet start to the year with two Eider at Smallmouth the only notable record.

Grey Wagtail at Rodwell Halt, 05 January 2020

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