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.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

A Day With Me Mate

My good friend Richard came down from Somerset today, wishing for a good day out. So, with itinerary sorted, it was off to our first stop West Bexington. Highlights here included a cracking pair of Goosanders and a male Snow Bunting. Other noteworthy birds also included singles of Red-throated Diver and Slavonian Grebe and 3 Bearded Reedlings.

These stunning Goosanders were extremely wary.

Male Snow Bunting. Absolutely gorgeous.

What a start to the day. Thanks to Mike and Alan for their help here today.

Abbotsbury Swannery was our next port of call. Thanks go to Steve and Dave for their hospitality. Here, the 3 Long-tailed Ducks were soon located and provided reasonable views. All were 1st-year birds, but did include an 1st-year drake. A few Scaup and a cracking 3rd-calendar year male Marsh Harrier were bonus birds.

The 3 Long-tailed Ducks.

The 1st-year drake Long-tailed Duck.

3rd-calendar year Marsh Harrier.

Time stands still for no man. So, it was off to Portland Harbour, with a brief stop at Ferrybridge, where the drake Goldeneye was still present, as was the ridiculously tame female Snow Bunting. Portland Harbour produced 18 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Slavonian Grebes, 4 Common Scoters, 2 Velvet Scoters, and singles of Eider and Great Northern Diver.

This mega tame female Snow Bunting has given many people a lot of pleasure. Just lovely.

Now, it was distant, but I think this female Eider is just about identifiable, with 2 Common Scoters to it's right.

This silhouetted view shows the Eiders head and bill profile. 

The Velvet Scoters were no closer.

Had a quick look at Newton's Cove, where a Black Redstart showed well and Lodmoor, where the Water Pipit failed to show.

Female/immature Black Redstart.

One of the many Snipe on Lodmoor. This individual struck me as being rather pale.


Anonymous said...

I think the West Bex snow bunting is an even lovelier bird with that thick white wing-bar than the Ferrybridge one.


Julie Hargreaves said...

Great set of photos