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, 28 January 2012

Watch Out, I'm Back

Well, hello there. I'm back.

Now then, that's the formalities out the way. So, what have I been up to this year so far? On The Fleet, the news has been dominated by the continued presence of the wintering Hume's Warbler and Richard's Pipit. Both have provided excellent views at times and both are residing at Littlesea, which for any Dorset Bird Club website followers, is in Chickerell, not Wyke Regis. And yes, the Bridging Camp, which I include as part of Littlesea, is also in Chickerell, not Wyke Regis. There, you have been told. You'll no doubt not listen to a word I'm saying anyway, so I don't know why I'm wasting me breath/fingertips. Also at Littlesea, I've seen the wintering Black Redstart and up to 18 Pale bellied Brent Geese. I have done a couple of trips away from The Fleet so far, to take in the fabulous Longham Lakes with my good friend Peter and his wife Eileen, where a redhead Smew, 1st-year drake Scaup and redhead Goosander were the highlights and the western most part of Dorset with me mate Fred, where 2 drake Ring-necked Ducks at Chard Junction Gravel Pits and a 1st-winter Spotted Sandpiper, along with 19 Purple Sandpipers at Lyme Regis were the highlights. Otherwise, a 2nd-winter Iceland Gull, found by Luke, at Radipole Lake, was another good bird that I've caught up with.

 The Richard's Pipit and Black Redstart in the Bridging Camp, at Littlesea. Just check out the size of that pipit. Note the long tail.


 Another view of the Richard's Pipit. Note the pale lores, long legs and contrast between the white belly and peachy coloured flanks and breast.


And here it is again. Note, and I know it's not the clearest of images, but the long hind claw can be seen on the right foot. It can be aged as a 1st-winter by it's retained juvenile median coverts.

I'm off twitching tomorrow, more on that another day. So, until then, see ya!