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, 5 September 2012

Short-billed Dowitcher on Lodmoor

Now, on Monday I did a post, that I have subsequently deleted, that was titled slightly differently. Well, here is a more accurate account of what happened. 

Some of us locals, on the first day of this birds residence, all mega oober messed up the identification.

Here's that original photo from Monday, that kind of helped the identification process.

Today, you can see it was definitely closer than the other day. Cripes, it's obvious now isn't it.

Check out those tiger striped tertials. How could you miss them?

So, there you have it. The power of the internet secures the identification of Britain's second confirmed Short-billed Dowitcher. Lodmoor has certainly had a good run lately, thanks to regular stalwarts like Daragh, who, as it happens, found this beasty and is no doubt basking in the warm glow of finding an oober rarity on his local patch. Well done buddy, a cracking find, even if it did make some of us feel like idiots. All is well that ends well though and lots of people have already enjoyed this beautiful bird. Hopefully it will stay for a while, so everybody who wants to see it gets a chance to enjoy it too and so that I can get a better photo of course.

1 comment:

DorsetDipper said...

its a brave person who announces Short-billed Dowitcher without a good long hard look and some book reference. You called the tertials which I think given subsequent events was a top call.

Me, I'd have been struggling with that tricky Dowitcher/Barwit decision.