In addition to national rarities that are considered by BBRC, the following locally rare species and subspecies require a written description or photographs to be considered and accepted by the Dorset Records Panel before being published in the Dorset Bird Report:


Black Brant Branta bernicla nigricans

Snow Goose Anser caerulescens (non-feral)

Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus 

Tundra Bean Goose Anser serrirostris 

Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris

Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus 

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus 

American Wigeon Mareca americana 

Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis 

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata 

Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix 

Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba 

Corncrake Crex crex 

Spotted Crake Porzana porzana

Crane Grus grus (if non-reintroduction)

Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus 

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 

American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica 

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus 

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii 

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis 

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos 

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus 

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Sabine's Gull Xema sabini 

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis 

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus 

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides 

Kumlien's Gull Larus glaucoides kumlieni

Scandinavian Herring Gull Larus argentatus argentatus

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans

White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 

Little Auk Alle alle 

Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle (away from Poole & Portland Harbours)

White-billed Diver Gavia adamsii 

Leach's Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Cory's Shearwater Calonectris borealis 

Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis 

White Stork Ciconia ciconia (if non-reintroduction)

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 

Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax 

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus (away from known breeding sites)

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis (coastal sites only)

Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus

Black Kite Milvus migrans 

White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla (if non-reintroduction)

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus 

Long-eared Owl Asio otus 

Bee-eater Merops apiaster

Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus 

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator 

Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus

Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax 

Nordic Jackdaw Coloeus monedula monedula

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix

Continental Coal Tit Periparus ater ater (away from Portland)

Willow Tit Poecile montanus 

Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus

Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris 

Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 

Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica 

Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus 

Radde's Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi 

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus 

Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides 

Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis 

Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum 

Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris 

Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta 

Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina 

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria 

Siberian Lesser Whitethroat Curruca currucca blythi

Rose-coloured Starling Pastor roseus 

Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica svecica

Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 

Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergi

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus 

Twite Linaria flavirostris 

Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea 

Serin Serinus serinus (away from Portland)

Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana 

Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus

Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla 


The following identifiable subspecies have not been reliably recorded in Dorset, but are considered likely to occur in the future. The DRP would welcome any claims to be submitted for consideration:


Continental Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa limosa

Northern Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula pyrrhula

Dorset Records Panel considers 84 species and 8 subspecies

Description forms can be downloaded from

Bluethroat Luscinia svecica

To clarify the status of 'White-spotted Bluethroat' Luscinia svecica cyanecula, BBRC now welcomes all submissions for any Bluethroat where there is reasonable evidence to suggest that the bird in question is any subspecies other than svecica Red-spotted Bluethroat. Records of Bluethroat before mid-April are highly likely to be cyanecula. DRP will continue to consider Red-spotted svecica.

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Most records in Dorset are of Red-spotted svecica, the last being at Lodmoor in 2018. White-spotted cyanecula was last recorded in 2016 at Portland Bill, with a mini-influx of four individuals on Portland and Chesil in 2013.