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Common Name Pintail
Scientific Name Anas acuta
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Related Species Ducks
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Look for An attractively marked duck with a pronounced pointed tail
Habitat Reference

A winter visiting duck species found in Poole Harbour.



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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The great looking Pintail that dropped into Loddy (Lodmoor) on friday. 20-01-17
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22/01/2017 - 05:30
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Sleeping Pintail , Holes Bay

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22/11/2017 - 16:41
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1 of 4 Pintail at Longham Lakes this afternoon

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14/12/2017 - 18:40
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Pintail, Holes Bay

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23/12/2017 - 11:15
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Pintail, Holes Bay

Tweet Date:
19/01/2018 - 20:37
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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
19/01/2018 - 20:37 Ian Ballam

Pintail, Holes Bay

14/01/2018 - 10:23 Ian Ballam

Continuing my run of a Lytchett year tick on every visit so far this year, 3 Pintail found by @NarwhalSh in Lytchet…

07/01/2018 - 10:43 Paul Harris

Rodden Hive: Marsh Harrier (hunting a drake Pintail), Knot, 38 Redshank, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff.

28/12/2017 - 13:55 David Foster

Now 20+ Pintail & a pair of Shovelers #UptonCountryPark @DorsetBirdClub @harbourbirds @NatureofDorset @ianballam

28/12/2017 - 13:31 David Foster

Recount on Pintails #UptonCountryPark. At least 8 male & 3 female. @DorsetBirdClub @harbourbirds @ianballam @NatureofDorset

23/12/2017 - 23:12 Mark Wright

Black-tailed Godwit, Pintail, Goldcrest and another Pintail Holes Bay North near Upton Country Park in Cloudy condi…

23/12/2017 - 11:15 Ian Ballam

Pintail, Holes Bay

14/12/2017 - 18:40 Martin Wood

1 of 4 Pintail at Longham Lakes this afternoon

22/11/2017 - 16:41 Ian Ballam

Sleeping Pintail , Holes Bay

19/11/2017 - 19:57 Retweet

RT @GoadPhotography: NW Holes Bay at Upton Country Park was live with a diversity of duck species this morning. Wigeons, Teals, Mallards, P…

18/11/2017 - 14:43 Retweet

RT @WildOnTheRoad: 2 male and 1 female pintail on the lagoon now #WildBrownsea @DWTBrownsea @Brownseablog @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

11/11/2017 - 16:36 Colin Lamond

Avocets and black tailed godwits today at Upton Country Park. Pintail, greenshank. A few ruff, green Sandpiper, mar…

06/11/2017 - 18:39 Ian Ballam

A few Pintail and Shoveler now back in Holes Bay ready for winter

04/11/2017 - 10:18 Paul Harris

Marsh Harrier now hunting along Chesil Beach. Also ~1500 Wigeon, 50 Pintail, 100 Lapwing. Teal n/c.

29/10/2017 - 12:25 David Foster

Good morning at Middlebere. Female Hen Harrier, 3 Pintail & 5 Grey Plover highlights. Also plenty of Bullfinches @RSPBArne @DorsetBirdClub

14/10/2017 - 21:09 Brett Spencer

Bearded Reedling is always stunning. Also at Radipole this afternoon, 2 Pintail, c.10 Stonechats and best, a single…

13/10/2017 - 10:12 Steve Groves

Wood Sandpiper & Scaup still too and as usual in last few weeks 50-100 Pintail.

10/10/2017 - 10:34 Ian Ballam

Also single female Pintail in Lytchett Bay @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

20/09/2017 - 20:30 Marcus Lawson

Wareham Channel this evening: Spoonbill 25, YL Gull 8, Pintail 13. Packed with birds but very low tide & most birds distant @harbourbirds

11/09/2017 - 09:07 Ian Ballam

Female Pintail on FP in the rain #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh

04/09/2017 - 20:42 Steve Groves

This evening, after 4 lonely months the over-summering Pintail now has 2 buddies!

11/08/2017 - 13:00 Freddy Alway Also on the fleet lrp green sand. 6 com sand 11 redshank Dunlin rp .48 pintail 13 gc grebe wheatear.
02/05/2017 - 21:30 Steve Groves 2/2 Still a nice selection of lingering 'winter wildfowl' though...3 Pintail, 4 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 4 Gadwall + Pochard & Tufties.
30/04/2017 - 19:45 Steve Groves Long weekend off so evening visit again today. Wildfowl highlight 5 tardy Pintail. Waders - Whimbrel, R Plover, Snipe, 2 Barwit, 6 Dunlin.
26/04/2017 - 10:30 Steve Groves Long-tailed Duck still & Pintail. Common Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit & a few Dunlin. That's about it so far...
24/04/2017 - 12:00 Steve Groves Long-tailed Duck, Pintail & 2 Red-breasted Merganser still lingering. 2 Bar-tailed Godwits & 12 Dunlin.
23/04/2017 - 08:30 Steve Groves Can't find the Long-tailed Duck as yet but still a tardy Pintail.
21/04/2017 - 10:30 Steve Groves Only the 1 Long-tailed Duck still & a tardy Pintail. Only migrant waders 4 Whimbrel, Barwit & Snipe so far this am. Now 20+ Common Tern.
20/04/2017 - 20:15 Steve Groves Just an evening visit today. Highlights being singles of Long-tailed Duck, Pintail, Marsh Harrier, Whimbrel, Barwit, Snipe & Wheatear.
06/04/2017 - 12:45 Wawlee 3 Long Tailed Ducks, Pintail, Redshank, at least 21 Sandwich Terns & the Swan Goose at Abbotbury Swannery. (Wiv my bins!;) @SwannerySteve
12/03/2017 - 10:45 Paul Harris Green-winged Teal Rodden Hive, The Fleet. Presumably the Abbotsbury bird. Also an amazing 500 or so Pintail.
05/02/2017 - 08:15 Ian Ballam 4 Pintail(2m/2f) in Lytchett Bay , end of LBV inlet @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
01/02/2017 - 10:00 Ian Ballam 2 drake Pintail on Lytchett Way spit with Canada's @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh 1st #PWC2017 tick for a few days
22/01/2017 - 05:30 Frank Gardener The great looking Pintail that dropped into Loddy (Lodmoor) on friday. 20-01-17