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, 1 April 2013

Blue Is The Colour

Another day and another Bluethroat.

This cracking male White-spotted Bluethroat was hopping around the boulders on the foreshore of Chesil Cove, Portland.



Earlier myself and Fred connected with the Kentish Plover that had been spotted on The Fleet at Ferrybridge.

This Kentish Plover was a very pale and as a consequence striking bird. The pale feather edgings show that this is a 1st-summer bird. Presumably the paleness of this bird can be explained by feather bleaching.


Littlesea, The Fleet was quiet, but did include a flyover Lapland Bunting that was heard going over, sadly though, didn't get onto the bird.  Otherwise, a single Black Redstart was the best.  

On Portland, before we got wind of the Bluethroat, saw a lovely male Black Redstart at Reap Lane. Also single male and female Ring Ouzels were still showing well at Suckthumb Quarry. After the Bluethroat, another look at Camp Road and a wander around Moonfleet produced nothing but a handful of Chiffchaffs.

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