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, 5 January 2013

An Interesting Chiffchaff

A phone call around lunchtime from Ian Dodd, telling me he had caught a pale Chiffchaff in his Littlesea garden, sent me hurtling over to his house to investigate.

Whilst I think it's not a classic Siberian Chiffchaff, both in appearance and the call it uttered, after reading Birding Frontiers blog about the subject, this identification can't be ruled out. Thankfully it dropped some feathers when being processed for ringing. These feathers are going to be sent off for DNA analyses, so it will be interesting to see the results. 

A couple of images of the same bird after it had been released. Sadly, I couldn't get any better shots of it in the field.

It didn't linger for long after release, which was a pity. Hopefully, it may reappear tomorrow.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on The Fleet at Littlesea, where the highlight was an adult Black Brant.

And now for some photos from Littlesea.

Drake Mallard.

Red-legged Partridges.

Crap record shot of a drake Goldeneye.

Female Pied Wagtail.

Adult Herring Gull.

Curlews. Check out the hooter on that bird on the left.

Grey Plovers.

The 10km square photo year list increases to 22.

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