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.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Hoopoe Hooray

Ready to go out birding at first light today with me mate Richard, who'd come down from Somerset. A text received from Luke at 05.45, sent me and Richard scurrying over to a private area on The Fleet. It didn't take too long before we located the Hoopoe. Pinning it down though, took almost 2 hours, because of the undulating terrain and also, it was very flighty.

Oh crap, there it goes.

Bugger, there it goes again.

At last!

Ah, now that's better. I do love Hoopoes. It's just one of those birds you never get bored of seeing. Cheers Luke.

This Stoat was seen whilst looking for the Hoopoe.

As was this Brown Hare.

After that bit of dirty rotten twitching, albeit on patch, we headed off to Littlesea. There we noted 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 3 Tree Pipits, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 40 Wheatears, 3 Whinchats and a Short-eared Owl. The latter had initially flown off the Tidmoor Rifle Range just after they started firing extremely loud machine guns, it then headed off east.

I make no apologies for the quality of this photo, because this Short-eared Owl was a long way off.

This female Yellow Wagtail was feeding around the horses. See it? It's on the left hand side of the photo.

Next, we popped in to see Ian on Tidmoor, to see how he was getting on bird ringing. We'd timed our arrival to perfection as he had just caught this.....

A beautiful male Redstart. What a stunning creature. It was duly processed and adorned with a shiny new ring and released.

We finished off at Lodmoor, where it was immediately apparent that it was quieter than yesterday. The only thing of note was this....

Little Ringed Plover that dropped in briefly. Cheers Ken for calling us back.

The Fleet Vs Portland update.

The Fleet = 31 points. The following birds added to the score were Iceland Gull, 2 Hoopoes, Serin and Honey Buzzard. The Serin was seen over Cloud's Hill and Abbotsbury Beach today and the Honey Buzzard flew over Tidmoor heading up The Fleet, also today.

Portland = 11 points. Serin added to the score.

Now, it seems like The Fleet is way out in front at the moment. Don't be fooled, me thinks that Portland is gonna be turning up something really good soon. That would definitely see the gap shrink. I do hope nobody is taking this too seriously. If you are, GET  A  LIFE!!!

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