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Common Name Hobby
Scientific Name Falco subbuteo
Status Local
Interest Level
Related Species Falcons
Flower Visible
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Look for The swift-like silhouette as it pursues prey in flight
Habitat Reference

A summer visitor to the heaths where it hunts dragonflies.



Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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Nice to see at least 3 Hobby around the Decoy Pond at Morden Bog this lunchtime
Tweet Date:
10/05/2017 - 18:00
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Hobby , Morden Bog
Tweet Date:
21/05/2017 - 11:00
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RT @RetroGamer_Daz: Saw my first ever Hobby today at Arne. Expect a long overdue blog update shortly.
Tweet Date:
05/07/2017 - 07:45
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This mornings Hobby juv. from the Wareham Forest and its parents executing a food pass. @DorsetBirds @peterhadrill
Tweet Date:
19/08/2017 - 19:04
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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
28/10/2017 - 15:01 Peter Hadrill

Surprised to see a Hobby crossing Hartland early pm. Not quite my latest ever but near @harbourbirds

30/09/2017 - 13:20 Brett Spencer

My highlights so far today. A prob Caspian X Herring Gull at Portland Bill & singles of Hobby over Sheat Quarry & Pied Fly Port Castle.

28/09/2017 - 17:03 Peter Hadrill

RT @peterhadrill: @harbourbirds Split west Harbour Marsh H roosts numbered 4 at dawn. Female Merlin & juv Hobby on Hartland together early…

24/09/2017 - 16:07 Julian Thomas

Hobby at Bumpers Lane briefly 4.05pm, headed off north. @PortlandBirdObs

24/09/2017 - 11:25 Mark Andrews

'000s of Swallows SE over #pwc2017 this am, must be good at the coast? Low '00s Hse Martins. Juv Hobby in attendance like kid in sweetshop!

23/09/2017 - 15:41 Peter Hadrill

RT @peterhadrill: @harbourbirds @RSPBArne 7 up raptor haul Arne Moors to Hartland today including 3 Marsh Hs, Peregrine, juv Hobby, Sparro…

15/09/2017 - 10:35 Portland Bird Observatory

A new Wryneck this mrng in the East Cliffs Quarries at the Bill per Stuart Taylor; Ring Ouzel & Hobby thru at the Obs.

15/09/2017 - 10:01 Jol Mitchell

Just had a Hobby overhead Sunnyside, feeding in flight on a small bird in its talons like they do with dragonflies

12/09/2017 - 12:38 Nick Hull

Middlebere am Redstarts Lesser Wthroat, Spot fly, Blackcaps, Hobby & Kestrel interaction 30 Spoonbills, Osprey @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

09/09/2017 - 17:47 Steve Groves

1 Grey Phalarope still late afternoon but couldn't find 2nd after 2.30ish. Also Hobby, 4 Greenshanks, 10 Yellow Wagtails, 1 White Wagtail.

02/09/2017 - 17:16 Nick Urch

Another fine morning @TropicalDorset with 32 species but few migrants only Hobby, Tree Pipit & Grey Wag; also 12 Blackcaps and 6 Firecrests

02/09/2017 - 08:09 Tom Carley

@DorsetBirdClub Hobby at Stour Valley LNR chasing Swallows. Also 2 Otters.

30/08/2017 - 11:40 Lulworth Rangers

RT @LulworthRangers: Y'day 50+Yellow wag, Hobby, 4 Firecrest, Redstart, Swift, 5 Spotted Flycatcher all in E & W Lulworth @DorsetBirdClub #…

30/08/2017 - 09:38 Lulworth Rangers

Y'day 50+Yellow wag, Hobby, 4 Firecrest, Redstart, Swift, 5 Spotted Flycatcher all in E & W Lulworth @DorsetBirdClub #birdsofbestival17

28/08/2017 - 10:09 Jol Mitchell 00's of hirundines inc Sand Martins at Sunnyside, 4+ Spotflys, Yellow Wags, Hobby, Tree Pip @harbourbirds
28/08/2017 - 08:26 Debby Saunders F/B this am 37 Turnstone, S'derling, Barwit, 5 Redshank, 2 Wheatear, 2 Hobby & 57 Yellow Wag, Grey Wag, 5 Grey Heron, 300+ Linnet all south
25/08/2017 - 07:54 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge quiet this morning, best was a Hobby past, 38 each Oystercatcher & Turnstone, over 100 Swallows south 0730
23/08/2017 - 11:39 Jol Mitchell Bit more migrant activity at Sunnyside - Whitethroats, Spotfly, Wheatear & Hobby
20/08/2017 - 23:13 Retweet RT @birdbrainuk: Wonderful watching an adult and juvenile Hobby at a London breeding site yesterday @ukrbbp @marcesherwood @TheFalconBirde…
19/08/2017 - 19:04 Aiden Brown This mornings Hobby juv. from the Wareham Forest and its parents executing a food pass. @DorsetBirds @peterhadrill
19/08/2017 - 12:27 Peter Hadrill RT @peterhadrill: @harbourbirds My first Hobby juvs this morning. Two chasing each other above Hartland Moor.
18/08/2017 - 14:11 Jol Mitchell Hobby, Tree Pipit and Wheatears the highlights of this am's walk at Sunnyside @harbourbirds. Natural England have cleared some of the juncus
15/08/2017 - 16:24 Retweet RT @apdavis79: Great day @RSPBArne and wonderful to see one osprey in flight. Merlin, hobby and curlew amongst others…
11/08/2017 - 18:48 Steve Groves Today's highlights were a Hobby, a Yellow Wagtail & c40 Black-tailed Godwits west.
05/08/2017 - 15:39 RSPB Arne Just to wet your birding appetite for tomorrow. Today around Arne - 2-3 Osprey, 6 Spoonbill, Hobby, good selection of waders to name a few!
03/08/2017 - 13:38 RSPB Arne Just one Hobby chick now but its growing really fast! Will be fledging in just a few weeks.
25/07/2017 - 21:15 Mike Parker RT @mr_mike_parker: Fantastic view of the @RSPBArne osprey today with @dougaldog. Hobby & peregrine seen too. Not a bad view in general e…
24/07/2017 - 22:00 James Gale Essex skipper in the garden again this afternoon. Hobby hunting swallows between the showers yesterday.…
24/07/2017 - 12:30 Mike Morse A bit of movement this am.. 3 Yellow Wags, Whimbrel, 2 Common Sands, 1/2 Y-l Gulls and Hobby..
20/07/2017 - 09:45 RSPB Arne Two hobby chicks so far, will the 3rd egg hatch today?
16/07/2017 - 11:45 RSPB Arne Their hatching! First one this morning and looks like no. 2 is on its way. #Hobby
16/07/2017 - 11:00 Paul Harris Juv Redstart near Bere Regis, still some down attached. Also juv and adult Hobby
14/07/2017 - 09:30 Nicky Hoar Hobby hunting swallows Wareham rd near urban wildlife centre yesterday #tgh
05/07/2017 - 21:15 Jol Mitchell My first Hobby of the year from the house (Ridge) tonight; seems to me to be less Hobbies this year tho Birdtrack suggests otherwise
05/07/2017 - 07:45 Mark James RT @RetroGamer_Daz: Saw my first ever Hobby today at Arne. Expect a long overdue blog update shortly.
04/07/2017 - 18:00 Ian Ballam This distant Hobby was roosting in a tree early morning at Morden Bog, unfortunately it choose to duck it's head as…
19/06/2017 - 14:30 Mike Morse A few birds around first thing... Hobby, Redshank, unseasonal (for here) GCG....then the heat took its toll. Red Kite yesterday.
19/06/2017 - 08:45 Ian Ballam Already blistering hot on Morden Bog, 1st Hobby already feeding
18/06/2017 - 13:00 Mark Wright Hobby, Morden Bog
16/06/2017 - 13:00 Steve Groves Hobby west 12.30.
13/06/2017 - 21:30 Jol Mitchell Haven't seen too many Hobbies this year so great to have close views of one hunting dragonflies tonight at Stoborough Heath
13/06/2017 - 10:45 Ian Ballam Osprey just risen from Bog Wood , now circling high over Morden Bog with 2 Hobby @harbourbirds @BirdGuides @DorsetBirdClub @aidanjb118
03/06/2017 - 07:30 Two Owls Birding A perfect evening y'day for our visit to Holt Heath started with Hobby then roding Woodcock overhead Nightjars churring & flying round us.
02/06/2017 - 16:00 RSPB Arne No Osprey today (yet!) but Coombe this PM - 3 Hobby, Marsh Harrier, 5+ Dartford Warbler, Tree Pipit.... #compensation
01/06/2017 - 12:15 RSPB Arne Osprey still from Coombe Heath around midday sitting on the artificial nest. Also Hobby and Peregrine around too.
29/05/2017 - 20:30 Dorset Wildlife Spot Hobby hunting directly over A351 at Stoborough Heath/Furzebrook at 20:00 this evening gave a fantastic view.
26/05/2017 - 13:15 Mike Morse A Hobby at Cogden this morning and a single Red Kite at Bex. Also at Bex were 4/5 Red-veined Darters....the first t…
25/05/2017 - 16:30 Freddy Alway On the fleet. Hobby spotfly yel wag. 2 corn bunting 2 sw tern 2 whimbrel 15 sanderling 15 Dunlin 6 rp.
25/05/2017 - 12:45 Mike Morse @Bexbirder Ta Mike. Alan texted but I was working. Seen 2 Hobbies this morning though... 😊
25/05/2017 - 09:30 Gavin Haig A Hobby SW over Bridport just now. First of many #birdswhileatwork today? ...of the 'of prey', cruising-on-a-sunny-day kind?