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