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 Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Stonking Yellowthroat

Note the rufous wash on the forecrown.

 It was well worth the effort to pay homage to this stunningly beautiful 1st-winter male Common Yellowthroat, that has taken up temporary residence in Wales. Seems a crime to call it a Common Yellowthroat though,when it's only the tenth record for Britain. 

Not too far away, an adult drake Lesser Scaup was also up for grabs.
Note similar size to Tufted Ducks.

Note black on bill tip confined to nail.

Note vermiculated flanks, purple glossed head and lump on rear of head.

 On the way home stopped off at Torr Reservoir, in Somerset to have a look at the Cackling Goose.

Sure, it's origins are probably suspect. Seems very dark breasted compared to individuals I've seen on Islay, Scotland. But it was on the way back and it's damn cute I reckon. Was distant, but you can still see the half white collar at the base of the black neck sock. Also present amongst the Canada Geese were 7 Barnacle Geese and 1 hybrid, the latter of which you can see in the images above.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Super-cute, that goose and definitely wild... not least because I've seen it and I refuse to go to Scotland for one! ;-P