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.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

What The Fuck!!!

Picture taken by I don't know who, and quite frankly, I don't give a shit.

A fucking unsightly sculpture viewed from the visitor centre at Radipole Lake. Have the RSPB in Weymouth gone completely fucking mad. It's a fucking nature reserve, not a fucking sculpture park for fuck sake. It's a fucking joke. The arty farty types who make this crap, often try and talk philosophically about their work and what comes out of their mouths is a load of nonsensical fucking crap. Do something useful with your lives, stop creating shit like this.

Here's something for starters. Stop the massacre of migrating birds in Europe. Yes, I say Europe. Malta is a starting point and one of the worst culprits, but it doesn't stop there,

Human Beings are a virus, the only cure is extinction.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Migrants

After Peter Moore's bombshell Northern Harrier find yesterday, it was off to Portland today. Was on a family day out yesterday, as it was my wedding anniversary. One wonders where I would have been, if I hadn't been otherwise engaged. I still may not have seen it though. Holy shit, how bad I would have felt if that had happened, eh?

Anyway, back to today and although I couldn't get out early, it was clear there were lots of migrants around today. The best I could manage were 4 Pied Flycatchers, 1, possibly 2 Grasshopper Warblers, a couple of Garden Warblers and 20 Redstarts. Willow Warblers and Wheatears were the most conspicuous migrants, with 300 of the latter seen.



This male Pied Flycatcher showed well in Suckthumb Quarry.

And finally, the bread and butter of today's migrants.

Wheatear.

Willow Warbler.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Serin

Well, this cracking male Serin certainly brightened up a dull day.





Saturday, 19 April 2014

Pied Flycatchers

A spell on Portland this morning was productive, with 3 Pied Flycatchers, single males at Barleycrates Lane, Reap Lane and Portland Castle, 4 Redstarts, 3 at Reap Lane and a single at Portland Castle and a single White Wagtail at Reap Lane. 

Barleycrates Lane Pied Fly






Reap Lane Pied Fly




Portland Castle Pied Fly







All 3 Pied Flycatchers seen today were 1st-summer males.

Greedy bugger.

And finally, a male Redstart from Reap Lane.


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.