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.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Something Fishy Going On Here

Two visits to Littlesea, The Fleet today produced flyover Little Ringed Plover and Osprey, plus my first Willow Warblers of the year, with over 20 present. Also, singles of Redstart and Swallow, plus The Hume's Warbler and Richard's Pipit were still present.


The Osprey carrying a very large fish. The bird was always very distant, hence the crap photo.

Another crap photo. This is the Little Ringed Plover.

A gorgeous male Redstart. My favourite summer migrant.

Willow Warbler. The flavour of migration time is seeing birds in unfamiliar surroundings.

Willow Warbler again.

You could almost imagine yourself on some remote treeless island with this Chiffchaff I reckon.

Yesterday evening at Littlesea also produced....

This single Whimbrel. here with it's much larger cousin, the Curlew.

And 2 Black-tailed Godwits.

A visit to Littlesea Thursday evening got me my...

First Redstart of the year.

And this partial albino male Blackbird.

And this is what he looked like from the other side.

Just one more photo to finish off, because I like it.

A 1st-summer Pied Wagtail. Note the contrast in the greater coverts, with the outermost ones being retained juvenile feathers.

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