The following list of locally rare and scarce species in Dorset require a written description to be considered and accepted by the Dorset Records Panel before being published in the Dorset Bird Report:

Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix

Snow Goose Anser caerulescens

Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus

Tundra Bean Goose Anser serrirostris

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

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

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 (away from known breeding sites)

Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus

Black Kite Milvus migrans

White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla

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

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

Rose-coloured Starling Pastor roseus

Bluethroat Luscinia svecica

Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

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 also require a description:

Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris

Black Brant Branta bernicula nigricans

Scandinavian Herring Gull Larus argentatus argentatus

Kumlien's Gull Larus glaucoides kumlieni

Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergi

Siberian Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia currucca blythi

Continental Coal Tit Periparus ater ater

Nordic Jackdaw Coloeus monedula monedula


The following identifiable subspecies have not previously 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 83 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.