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, 22 October 2012

Blast From The Past (October)

Rustic Bunting on Portland in 1987. © Martin Cade

Desert Wheatear on Portland in 1991. © Peter Coe

Desert Wheatear on Portland in 1994. © Peter Coe

One of my best ever finds, the Red-eyed Vireo at Littlesea, The Fleet in 1995. © Paul Gale


Here's another shot of the Red-eyed Vireo© Paul Gale

The Northern Waterthrush on Portland in 1996. © Paul Gale

The male Siberian Rubythroat at Osmington Mills in 1997. © Graham Armstrong

Siberian Stonechat on Portland in 1998. © Paul Gale

Spotted Crake at Radipole Lake in 2004. 

Grey Phalarope at Abbotsbury Swannery in 2004.

Arctic Warbler on Portland in 2005. © Martin Cade


Drake Red-crested Pochard at Abbotsbury Swannery in 2007. A one day bird, so as good a candidate for a wild origin as any. Anyway, it's gorgeous.

Barred Warbler at West Bexington in 2006.


Siberian Stonechat at Bere Regis in 2008.

Caspian Gull at Radipole Lake in 2008.

Great Grey Shrike at Hartland Moor in 2008.

Greenland White-fronted Goose at Abbotsbury Swannery in 2008.

Radde's Warbler at Abbotsbury Swannery in 2009.

Lapland Bunting at Moonfleet in 2010. One of a flock of five that I found at this site.

Wryneck at Abbotsbury Swannery in 2011. © Charlie Wheeler

Caspian Gull at Radipole Lake in 2011.

The very confiding Snow Bunting at Littlesea, The Fleet in 2011.

The 1st-winter Red-breasted Goose, with Dark-bellied Brent Geese, on The Fleet in 2011.

Of course, I would have loved to have had images of the Northern Parula on Portland in 1988, the Red-flanked Bluetail at Winspit in 1993, the Sociable Plover at Poxwell in 1995 and the Western Sandpiper on Brownsea in 2004. I hope, what images that there is here, will bring back good memories for many.

May I take this opportunity to thank Graham Armstrong, Martin Cade, Peter Coe, Paul Gale and Charlie Wheeler for the use of their photographs, I'm extremely grateful.

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