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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Sightings - November 2017
Highlights... The  Spotted Sandpiper  remained at the beginning of the month as did the the two  Cattle Egrets . Also noteworthy were at least six  Scaup , two  Grey Phalaropes  and  at least four  Firecrests .  Spotted Sandpiper ,  Abbotsbury Swannery, Nov...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Sightings - October 2017
Highlights... The  Spotted Sandpiper  remained throughout as did two  Cattle Egrets  but perhaps the biggest surprise was a flock of five  Glossy Ibises ! Also noteworthy was a Whooper Swan , three Scaup , two Great Egrets , a Grey Phalarope ,  a  Wood Sand...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Sightings - September 2017
Highlights... National rarities were represented by both the first Spotted Sandpiper  and the first  Baird's Sandpiper for The Swannery (and The Fleet), whilst two Cattle Egrets were the only County rarities this month. Also noteworthy however was an influx...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Sightings - August 2017
Highlights... Cattle Egrets  continued to be seen regularly but the only other scarcity seen this month was a ' Blue-headed Wagtail '.   Also of note though, at least in a Swannery context, were a Greylag Goose , six Goosanders , a Fulmar , a Gannet , an Os...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Sightings - July 2017
Highlights... There  were several sightings of   Cattle Egrets , including a flock of ten! Also at least two Roseate Terns were seen,  one of which was joined briefly by the regularly returning putative ' Siberian Common Tern '. The ten Cattle Egrets  (with...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Sightings - June 2017
Highlights... Potentially the rarest bird of the month was a putative ' Siberian Common Tern '. The only other rarities (at least at a county level) were t wo Cattle Egrets , whilst the only other bird to qualify for a mention on the bird info services was ...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Sightings - May 2017
Highlights... The rarest birds of the month were two or three  Garganeys ; two  Ospreys ; a Little Ringed Plover ; a Curlew Sandpiper ; two Little Stints ; up to three Little Gulls ; a  Hobby  or two;  a Whinchat   and two or three Yellow Wagtails . More de...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird News - April 2017
Highlights... The rarest birds of the month were the  two over-wintering  Richard's Pipits . Other highlights included (at least one Swan Goose  of dubious origin), the five lingering  Long-tailed Ducks , two Spoonbills , up to three  Ospreys , an  Avocet ,...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird News - March 2017
Highlights... Dorset Rarities this month were represented by the three lingering  Cattle Egrets , a   Great Egret  and the two over-wintering  Richard's Pipits . Other highlights included three Garganey , thirteen  Scaup , five  Long-tailed Ducks , two  Sla...

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Abbotsbury Swannery Bird News - February 2017
Highlights... Dorset Rarities this month were represented by a Green-winged Teal , three  Cattle Egrets ,  at least one Iceland Gull and the two over-wintering  Richard's Pipits . Other highlights included thirteen  Scaup , five  Long-tailed Ducks  and at l...
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