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.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Subtle Shades

The Siberian Chiffchaff made a reappearance in my garden and general area, along with the Black Redstart. Went back to see if the Jack Snipe was still present, but there was no sign, so decided to do a few bits of the River Wey to look for Dipper of Kingfisher and found neither. Did see a single Common Chiffchaff though, which was a good comparison with the earlier Sibe. The day ended with me looking and failing to find a Short-eared Owl that's been at Littlesea, The Fleet on and off recently. On a positive note, I did connect with one of the resident Barn Owls




Siberian Chiffchaff.

It was interesting to compare the above bird with the bird pictured below seen on the River Wey.



Common Chiffchaff. Now, I know the background is different, but note the differences with the Siberian Chiffchaff. The underpart colouration is more sullied, with yellow streaking on the breast and yellow on the breast sides and rear flanks. There is yellow in the supercilium and the upperparts are obviously olive tinged. Note also the paler base to the lower mandible and it's pale feet.





Barn Owl at Littlesea.

Some other stuff from today.

Moorhen at Nottington.

Grey Heron in full breeding condition on the River Wey at Radipole.

For Mediterranean Gull lovers everywhere. This adult is on the car park at Radipole Lake.

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