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.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Long-eared Owl

The day started with seeing that the Siberian Chiffchaff was still in residence on my housing estate. I then went up to Portland and had a walk around Barleycrates and Reap Lane. It was very quiet, with just a single Black Redstart and 1 Willow Warbler being the highlights. Lodmoor was the next port of call, with singles of Spoonbill and Green Sandpiper being the best I could manage.

This Green Sandpiper chose the less than salubrious surroundings of the old tip at Lodmoor.

This Water Rail was also on the old tip.

In the afternoon I took Fred up to Portland Bill to see a roosting Long-eared Owl.

It was a case of looking through bushes to view this delightful owl.

Not too far away in the Obs Quarry, a Little Owl was also on view.
Popped into Abbotsbury Swannery the last couple of days, where a Nuthatch has been showing well.

Nuthatch is a scarce resident on The Fleet.

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