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.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Here We Go

Started my day at Ferrybridge, where the Snow Bunting was still present. Next stop and where I spent most of my day was Portland Harbour, where the highlights were 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 13 Black-necked Grebes, 7 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Velvet Scoters, 2 Black Redstarts and a single Firecrest. The only other bird of note seen during the day was a single Red-throated Diver in Weymouth Bay, during a brief visit to this site.

The Snow Bunting at Ferrybridge.

Juvenile Great Northern Diver.

Black Redstart.


This Slavonian Grebe showed particularly well.

The Black-necked Grebes, on the other hand, were always distant.



The Firecrest.

A record shot of the 2 Velvet Scoters.

And now for some common species.

Razorbill in Portland Harbour.

Robin at Littlesea, The Fleet.

Starling at Littlesea, The Fleet.

Chiffchaff at Portland Harbour.

Shags at Portland Harbour.

Carrion Crow at Portland Harbour.

Grey Wagtail at Portland Harbour.

So, the photo year list gets underway and is on 14.

2 comments:

Ken Tucker said...

If you're doing identifiable forms, is that chiffy not a Sibe? Difficult from one photo (and in the field, too!) but there's not much yellow apparent.

Happy New Year!

Brett said...

In the field, the Chiffchaff looked and sounded like a normal Chiffchaff. Just goes to show how difficult these things are to tell from just one image. Cheers for pointing it out though.