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, 10 November 2012

Portland Thrashes The Fleet

A well overdue update of....

The Fleet Vs Portland

Up to end of October.

The Fleet = 55 points, with a Wryneck and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers adding to the score. It has certainly been a quiet spell on The Fleet, though I expect that a lack of observer coverage has a lot to do with that. It wasn't going to compete though, with the amazing purple patch that Portland had in October.

Portland = 132 points, with Pale-legged Leaf Warbler (30 points), Isabelline Shrike (5 points), Siberian Stonechat (5 points), 3 Ortolan Buntings, 2 Little Buntings, 4 Lapland Buntings, 4 Wrynecks, 2 Red-backed Shrikes, 2 Honey Buzzards, 2 Great White Egrets, 4 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 2 Continental Coal Tits, a massive haul of 24 Yellow-browed Warblers and singles of Stone Curlew, Grey Phalarope, Barred Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Red-necked Grebe, Sabine's Gull and Little Auk adding to the score.

Portland still really hadn't produced by the end of September, but October put Portland, well and truly, back on the ornithological map. I did say that Portland would probably surpass The Fleet's score by the end of the year, I just wasn't anticipating it would do it in quite the superb fashion it has.

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