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.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Where Did That Bloody Hoopoe Go

Yesterday I managed to miss a Hoopoe and Pied Flycatcher at Littlesea, which was a pain. Even though news broke quickly, it seems the Hoopoe passed through quickly. The Pied Fly was seen by a couple of birders who I met later on whilst I was seawatching.

Highlights from yesterday were...

My first Whinchat of the year. I think summer males are cracking little birds.

A distant record shot of a Black Tern that headed east off the beach. Looked great through the scope though. Having said that, in this photo it looks like a bloody midge.

Just to show you how close in some of the skuas come. This was 1 of 6 Arctic Skuas seen yesterday evening. Also saw 1 Great Skua. The Cory's Shearwater, that I saw the other year, was closer in than this.

Wheatears were very much in evidence yesterday.

This female Wheatear was seen from my bedroom window.

Now back to today.  Another visit to Littlesea and rather annoyingly, I didn't get up at the crack of dawn. In the event though, a good selection of birds were seen. The highlight was a 1st-year Iceland Gull that headed east off the beach. Also noted off the beach were singles of Red-throated Diver and Great Skua and 5 Little Gulls. On the mammal front, singles of Harbour Porpoise and Bottle-nosed Dolphin were also seen. A good selection of common migrants were seen on the land, with hirundines streaming in-off the sea. The best of the landbirds were 3 Redstarts, 3 Garden Warblers, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Sedge Warblers. 7 Bar-tailed Godwits and 5 Whimbrel were on the exposed mud of Lynch Cove.

Another terrible record shot. Yes, it's that Iceland Gull.
One of the Garden Warblers. About time they changed the name of this species I reckon.

And one of the Sedge Warblers.

And now a brief cutey interlude.

You may want to hug the screen at this point.

Right, that's enough of that, back to the job in hand. Thanks to a text from Dick, after doing Littlesea, paid a visit to Lodmoor, where....

This summer plumaged Cattle Egret had arrived.

Of more interest to me though, were summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks. I picked out 3 birds, one of which was a stunner and also picked up the head of a drake Garganey. The rest of the bird was hidden behind vegetation unfortunately. As Lodmoor was so flooded, all the best birds were in the middle of the moor, so only the egret was achievable from a photographic stand point. Even that was crap though. Still, you can see what it is and it isn't as bad as that Black Tern I showed you earlier, is it?

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