This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The image above is of the Red-rumped Swallow at Lodmoor, taken on 6th April 2014.

Monday, 14 April 2014

A Few Migrants

Male Redstart at Barleycrates Lane, Portland. My favourite of the spring migrants. Stunning birds and full of character.

Female Pied Flycatcher at Reap Lane, Portland. Why couldn't you have been a male?

Willow Warbler at Portland Castle.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Black-winged Stilts And Other Stuff

The Bestwall Black-winged Stilts.



Male on the right and female on the left, with Black-headed Gull.










And my attempt at a video.



Now for other stuff.

Dartford Warbler at Winfrith Heath




And now from yesterday at Lodmoor.

Wheatear.



Sedge Warbler.



Pochard.



Cetti's Warbler.




No need to shout.
Lesser Whitethroat.



On Lodmoor the other day.


This 1st-year Sandwich Tern is presumably a left over from the winter, rather than newly arrived.

And finally.


Foxy lady, you is one ugly bitch.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Red-rumped Swallow On Lodmoor

Another day and another quality bird, with this bird brightening up a very dreary day.



Friday, 4 April 2014

Great Spotted Cuckoo

And so close to Dorset, grrrrr. The location of today's crippler was Beer Head in Devon. Just too good to miss, being so close to home.





And finally, the Iceland Gull at Ferrybridge on Wednesday.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Osprey Over Me House




Spent the evening at Lodmoor, where a drake Garganey was the highlight.





My favourite Spring sound of Willow Warblers singing was also nice. I'll finish off though with a couple of cracking 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gulls.





Saturday, 29 March 2014

A Bit Of A Catch Up

On Wednesday I saw an Osprey head north over Lodmoor to a backdrop of booming Bittern and displaying Marsh Harriers.


The Osprey.

Today, started off at Ferrybridge, where a Little Gull was the highlight.


Then it was up to Portland, where other than a Black Redstart, it was somewhat quiet for migrants.

Off to Lodmoor and the surprise there was a new female Marsh Harrier shaking things up with the resident pair. Migrants seen at Lodmoor included Willow Warbler and Swallow.

The adult female.

The new female. What a bloody trouble maker. Will the male fall for the younger bird and do the dirty on his partner? Stay tuned folks.