Wildlife of the Rodwell Trail
birds seen from the trail in 2024

79 species so far this year

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

Sandwich Terns at Ferrybridge, 27th April 2024

May 13th
At Downclose a Kestrel was hovering over the embankment and a Grey Heron flew north along the shore. Yesterday the first Common Tern of the year was in the harbour and a female Sparrowhawk was carrying something at Rodwell Halt - the first evidence that they might breed again this year. The Cetti's Warbler was still above Marsh Road.

May 10th
The Cetti's Warbler was singing above Marsh Road again this morning.

May 8th
A Stock Dove at Rodwell Halt this morning was the third record there in six weeks, and one of the only times one has either returned or remained on site for more than one or two days.

May 5th
Remarkably there were still two winter-plumaged Great Northern Divers off Smallmouth this morning.

April 30th
This morning Smallmouth produced a couple of Whimbrel and, much more unusual, a Stock Dove flying south.

April 28th
Another (or the same as last week's) Reed Warbler was singing near Chickerell Road this morning. Sandsfoot produced the first Gannet and the first Mute Swans of the year.

April 27th
Thw first Whitethroat and Willow Warbler of the year were at Wyke Cutting with a couple of Whimbrel and a Little Egret on the shore nearby.

April 26th
A constant flow of hirundines along the trail this morning added Sand Martin and House Martin to the year list with Kestrel being another addition. At Rodwell Halt the Stock Dove was singing again, 5 weeks after it was last heard.

April 22nd
Today Wyke Halt produced a singing Garden Warbler, the fifth record for the trail. Almost as rare were the two Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying north over Downclose, certainly the first this year. Also new for the year was a small flock of Little Terns flying high over Smallmouth heading out into the harbour, but the three Shelduck that appeared shortly after constituted the second record this year. A Song Thrush singing at Buxton Road was the first heard on the trail for over a month, so presumably is the only pair breeding this year.

April 21st
The first Reed Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat of the year were singing at Chickerell Road and Wyke Halt and a Dunlin was an unexpected sight on the remains of Whitehead's Pier near Smallmouth. A Raven flying purposefully north over Downclose was an indication that they might have young at Bincleaves this year.

April 17th
The Marsh Road Cetti's Warbler was heard close to the Chickerell Road bridge this afternoon and the first Swallow of the year was flying north over Newstead Road.

April 12th
The Cetti's Warbler is still singing behind Marsh Road.

April 4th
A Cetti's Warbler singing behind Marsh Road was the first heard on the trail for three years.

March 31st
At Wyke Halt the first Linnet of the year was in song and by the sound all the gulls were making an Osprey must have been passing overhead, presumably at great height. In the Harbour conditions were too choppy to see much apart from singles of Sandwich Tern, Great Northern Diver and Great Crested Grebe.

March 23rd
Today started with a very noisy fly-over by two Ravens as I walked down Newstead Road. The walk to Underbarn produced Blackcap and Chiffchaff and at Rodwell Halt a singing Stock Dove, at the northern end of the platform as usual. This is the earliest record since 2018. The harbour produced three Black-throated Divers, one very close in to the beach at Underbarn so not actually visible from the trail. Looking south towards Portland Castle a passage of gulls could be seen tracking east across the harbour. Although very distant at least five of them appeared to be Kittiwakes.

March 17th
Marsh Road: now five Rook nests, four on the east side and one on the west Rodwell Halt: Great Spotted Woodpecker calling Downclose: Buzzard flying north across the harbour, two Great Northern Divers offshore, Chiffchaff in song Wyke Cutting: two Long-tailed Tits seemingly prospecting for a nest site Smallmouth: summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe just offshore

March 10th
The first Sandwich Tern of the year was sat on a bouy off Sandsfoot Castle this morning and was still there, although on a different bouy, several hours later. The Great Crested Grebe flock had built up to 13 with two Black-necked Grebes and a Great Northern Diver nearby. At Marsh Road a Song Thrush was in full song, seemingly the only one on the Trail this year.

March 9th
Just north of the Trail on Abbotsbury Road a Blackcap was in full song this morning.

March 6th
Ten Great Crested Grebes were still off Sandsfoot this morning where there were also two Scoter, a distant Great Northern Diver and singles of both Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes. Overhead a male Peregrine was hunting and below the castle itself a group of four Chiffchaffs were enjoying the sunshine, with one briefly in full song.

February 24th
Downclose: 4 Great Northern Divers, 4 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Common Scoter
Rodwell Halt: 1 Buzzard

February 9th
A rare sighting of a Coal Tit this morning, at the location where they often heard immediately south of Buxton Road.

February 1st
On a calm sunny morning thde harbour was easy to search and produced two of both Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes as well as two (or four?) Common Scoter and at least three Great Northern Divers.

January 29th
Another three new birds for the year today with a Turnstone, a pair of Ravens and a number of Common Gulls at the Sailing Club, were there was also a very close Slavonian Grebe. A singing Goldcrest and a Redwing were at Buxton Road and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming at Rodwell Halt.

January 26th
Three year firsts today with a Curlew off Downclose and a Rock Pipit and a distant Razorbill at Smallmouth. A female Stonechat was nearby. In Wyke Cutting the Greenfinches have been in full song for a week now.

January 21st
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard at Rodwell Halt for the first time this year but there was no sign of the Grey Wagtail. A male Common Scoter was a long way off Wyke Halt with a flock of 20 Brent Geese inshore there.

January 14th
The Grey Wagtail was at Rodwell Halt again today.

January 5th
Red-necked and Slavonian Grebe were added to the list today, both off the Sailing Club. A Little Egret was there as well. In Rodwell Halt a Grey Wagtail was back in the traditional spot for the first time in several years.

January 3rd
Two more species for the trail with a flyover Grey Wagtail yesterday, and today an unexpected Redwing, both at Newstead Road.

January 1st
The first day of 2024 produced at least five Great Northern Divers, a single Black-necked in the harbour and a Stonechat at Smallmouth. At Buxton Road a Blackcap was calling loudly and a Chiffchaff was nearby, with another at Newstead Road.

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