After spending a weekend away with my family at Swanage, Dorset the opportunity arose to make an early morning visit to RSPB Lodmoor where a delightful Short-billed Dowitcher had been performing well.
I arrived at 07:00 and shortly after was viewing the bird from the west side of the reserve as it fed among Black-tailed Godwits and a lone Common Snipe. Extraordinarily back in April 2011 I had observed a Long-billed Dowithcer from this same site.
A full list of species encountered as follows:-
Great-crested Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose (49), Domestic Greylag Goose (3), Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard (1), Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Little-ringed Plover (1), Ringed Plover (4), Northern Lapwing (6), Dunlin (4), Common Snipe (1), Short-billed Dowitcher, Black-tailed Godwit (4), Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Rock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit (4), Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler (several singing male), Chiffchaff (dozens feeding on flying insects), Great Tit, Common Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Linnet (3), Common Reed Bunting (2).