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.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Blast From The Past (March)

This will be a regular monthly post for the next 12 months. This one, as the title suggests, is about March. I'm only going to do Dorset birds for now. See if you remember some of these.

The rather pink 1st-year Franklin's Gull at Radipole Lake in 2004. One evening, viewable from the visitor centre, there were 7 species of gull at one time on the gravel island alone, which included the Franklin's, Mediterranean, Little and Ring-billed. 2 Ring-billed Gulls were seen that evening. My count of 9 Mediterranean Gulls that same evening, was a good count at the time, how times have changed.

The drake Green-winged Teal, with it's Eurasian counterparts, at Rodden Hive in 2005. Oh look, a spring yank duck on The Fleet, now there's a surprise.

Male Hawfinch at Leigh in 2006. 1 of up to 20 seen in the village churchyard that year. An influx from the continent meant that the winter of 2005/2006 was particularly good for this species locally and nationally. Certainly the biggest flock I've seen in Dorset and providing some of the best views I've had of the species. One of the group included a partial albino bird. 

One of the best birds I've ever seen on the Fleet. This stunning adult drake Bufflehead, viewable from Herbury Gore, was a star attraction in 2010. In the sunshine, the glorious purple and green iridescent sheen on the head could be clearly seen. A truly beautiful duck. Shame I couldn't get a better picture.

Alpine Swift at Radipole Lake in 2010.

Hoopoe at Rodden Hive in 2010. The Alpine Swift was seen the very same day.

Another Hoopoe. This one was on Portland in 2011.

The same Hoopoe as above. Was very pleased with this photo though. Check out the grub that's about to be consumed.

The very confiding 1st-year Ring-billed Gull at Poole Park Lake in 2011. Such a shame this bird didn't reappear in the winter just gone.

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