Wildlife of the Rodwell Trail
birds seen from the trail in 2018

70 species so far this year

Great Northern Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Canada Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Scoter
Bar-tailed Godwit
Golden Plover
Ringed Plover
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull >
Common Gull
Herring Gull >
Great Black-backed Gull
Sandwich Tern
Arctic Tern
Common Tern
Wood Pigeon
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove
Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Dunnock >
Song Thrush
Grasshopper Warbler
Willow Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Jackdaw >
Carrion Crow
House Sparrow >

Black-necked Grebe eating pipefish, Underbarn Beach, 14 January 2018

April 18th
Smallmouth was the place to be again today with a couple of wgeatears on the rocks and a grasshopper warbler reeling in Wyke Cutting.

April 15th
Two new species for the year at Smallmouth today, a pair of common terns and a flock of four whimbrel.

April 7th
An arctic tern was a very rare site just south of the trail at Smallmouth this morning, along with thirteen Sandwich terns. A flock of sixty mergansers off Downclose Embankment was one of the largest seen this year. The first swallows were seen today.

April 11th
An osprey circling high over Abbotsbury Road this afternoon would have been easily visible from the northern end of the trail.

April 2nd
Sandwich terns have just arrived in the harbour, although a single bird, possibly sn over-winterer, has been around for a couple of weeks. Nine black-necked grebes were seen today, all grouped together for the first time this winter. A male sparrowhawk was opposite Dover Road.

March 12th
A pair of stock doves at Rodwell Halt today, where one was singing two days ago. The great spot has been calling and drumming a lot lately and today a goldcrest was singing there as well. A coal tit and a blackcap were near Buxton Road bridge and two Canada geese flying over Smallmouth was a new species for that end of the trail.

March 6th
A skylark singing high over Smallmouth was the first time they have been heard singing over the trail. A blackcap was also singing near Hillcrest Road.

March 2nd
More birds arrived on the second day of snow, most notably two woodlarks in Wyke Cutting. The ringed plovers were still st Smallmouth but today were joined by a lapwing and several golden plovers. A group of four bar-tailed godwits near the sailing club were a new species for the trail. Apart from these rarities fieldfare, redwing and linnet were seen for the first time this year.

March 1st
On a snowy, windy day any cold weather movement seemed to bypass the Trail altogether, with if anything less birds than normal. For instance no long-tailed tits have been seen at all since the cold weather started a week ago. Very few other tits either. I did add a couple of new birds to the year list at Smallmouth though where there was a small party of dunlin and ringed plovers feeding.

Mediterranean Gulls at Castle Cove, March 1st 2018

February 26th
The first grey wagtail of the year was just north of Wyke Road Tunnel this morning. Apart from wrens there were very few small birds about in this very cold weather.

January Summary
Plenty of black-necked grebes this month but no slavonians at all. One or two great northern divers present most days but often in the southern half of the harbour. Woodpeckers have been very noisy in Rodwell Cutting with two or three great spots joined on one occasion by a green. Drumming has been heard all month, since December in fact. More bullfinches than usual at the southern end with A pair often seen in Wyke Cutting.

January 14th
The black-necked grebe at Sandsfoot Beach was filmed with a pipefish this morning. On the trail a great spotted woodpecker was at Old Castle Road and a green woodpecker was heard at Rodwell Halt.

January 3rd
A close black-necked grebe was seen just away from the trail at Sandsfoot Beach with a jay and calling green woodpecker nearby. On the trail all was quiet in the windy conditions but a great spotted woodpecker was heard at Rodwell Halt.