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 above image is of a Wallcreeper, taken in Spain in 2010.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Up Close And Personel

With the wintering Scandinavian Herring Gull at Radipole Lake yesterday.






Here with a 1st-winter North West European Herring Gull in the background.

A couple of distant flight shots, but how distinctive it looks, don't you think?


Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Few Bits From The Weekend

Had an excellent afternoons birding with me mate Chris in Wareham Forest yesterday, with Lesser Redpolls, Crossbills, Bramblings, Great Grey Shrike, Woodcock and adult male Merlin being the highlights.

I'm no expert, but heard 2 different flight call types from the Crossbills, which I'm guessing were Glip and Wandering. Would be interested to hear from anyone else birding in Wareham Forest recently if they've noticed the same, or can put me right, if I've made a total hash up.

65 Bramblings were counted at Bere Heath yesterday. Stunning creatures.

The winter would not be complete without seeing one of these beauties. Could be just the one widely ranging bird in Wareham Forest at the moment.




Today, the Scandinavian Herring Gull remained in residence at Radipole Lake. Would be great if this bird becomes a regular over the next coming winters.



Saturday, 23 January 2016

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Why Birds In This Country Are Fucked


The above photograph was shown to a paid member of the RSPB staff, who said, "Oh, what's that?" Although, they weren't overly enthusiastic about it, from the tone of voice and body language. Without sounding like I'm up my own arse, I think it's a lovely photo. Now my reaction was one of total surprise, as this person deals with education and information and deals with the public, who must come in and ask questions from time to time. After I had said "WHAT! You don't know what it is?" The reply was, "How should I know what it is, I'm still learning." I said, "You should know what it is, you work for the RSPB, you know, The Royal Society for the Protection of BIRDS!" The reply, said with attitude, "What do you expect, me have my head stuck in a book?"

Sorry, but the person there has been there long enough to know what one of these things are. Now I'm not expecting a full id, just the response, "Oh, a phalarope, that's lovely, where was that?" Do you see how much better that sounds.

Personally, I think in this instance, it's not what you know, it's who you know, as to how this person got their job in the RSPB, as their partner works somewhat higher up in the organisation locally. Their partner ain't that bright either, it seems.

The future for birds looks worse than ever, unless the RSPB changes it's ways.

I also find it odd that some people view the RSPB as sacrosanct and shouldn't be criticized. Well, I'm sorry, while they have had successes in conservation, these successes are but a small percentage of the true picture, you only have to see the ever increasing red list to see that the RSPB has lost it's way. Until it changes, the future of Britain's birds looks bleak.  

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Little Gulls

2 were in Weymouth Bay, at Bowleaze Cove today.













Great Northern Diver from yesterday.