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, 25 August 2013

About Time Too

Well, I've been suffering from a drought when it comes to finding rare birds. Thankfully, that drought came to an end today. Yesterday, went up to Portland with high hopes, but came away with nothing other than 35 Balearic Shearwaters. A Yellow-legged Gull at Radipole was the only other bird of note seen yesterday. Back to today and back up to Portland. Barleycrates and Reap Lane were pretty crap, then did the Hump/Suckthumb Quarry area, where 40 Willow Warblers and a single Garden Warbler gave me some hope. Then it was off to the Bill. Eventually after a walk up through Culverwell and around part of the top fields, I found myself at Eight Kings Quarry. Let's be fair, after seeing pretty much diddly squit, my hard work finally paid off with views of a Hippolais warbler. After a short wait, it came out into the open, revealing it's identity as an Icterine Warbler. After the east coast stealing the show today, it was good to finally bring Portland into the game. 3 Redstarts and a couple of Spotted Flycatchers were the only other migrants of note seen after finding the Icky. So, what could have been a incredibly disappointing day, was salvaged by one bird. And now for a few pics.


Steve Groves said...

Nice bird! Glad your drought has broken, now let it pour!

James Lowther said...

nice find brett! uk tick and 200th sp. in dorset this year for me so doubly good, great pix too