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, 9 March 2013

Wyke Down

Spent the afternoon at Wyke Down, near Sixpenny Handley with Fred. The Great Grey Shrike show reasonably well, though never close enough for good photos. Other birds seen included Red Kite, Merlin, Barn and Short-eared Owl, though sadly no Hen Harriers.

Great Grey Shrike.

Red Kite.

Short-eared Owl.


Anonymous said...

Sadly, the hen harriers appear to be suffering from repeated disturbance by low-flying Army helicopters using Wyke Down as a practice landing area. I complained using the MoD's very efficient low-flying complaints service, explaining the importance of the area for nationally rare species, but received only a generic reply which was worded as if I had been complaining about a low-flying helicopter over my house.

I think greater numbers of complaints might help draw attention to the problem, and so would urge anyone reading this to complain to:

Ministry of Defence Air Staff
Complaints and Enquiries Unit
Low Flying Operations Squadron
RAF Wittering

Telephone: 0845 600 7580

Brett said...

Cheers for that.