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, 7 December 2013

A Bit Of A Catch Up

It's been a while, but thought I'd bring you up to date.

15th November

Immediately after cutting the grass for the final time this year, a Black Redstart paid a visit to the garden.

17th November

Couldn't resist a second helping of Two-barred Crossbill during this record invasion year of this species. So, we headed up to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. With the amount that had been reported the previous day, they were devilishly difficult to pin down. Saw 2 males well and it was great to familiarize ourselves with the calls, including the very distinctive trumpet call that was regularly given. 

The best I could do in the awful light conditions.

A Great Grey Shrike in the same area was equally hard to pin down.

3 Hawfinches added to the quality seen that day.

24th November

An Eider at Ferrybridge was my highlight of that day.

1st December

Had a good look at Radipole Lake on this date for Penduline Tit, amongst other things. Sadly, nothing of the quality of Penduline Tit, but did manage to see a few Water Pipits.
The afternoon was spent at West Bexington, finishing the day off at Abbotsbury. Highlight was the 4 Snow Buntings at the former site, but unfortunately, they weren't very photogenic.

Incredibly well camouflaged against the shingle.

Quality birds.


Flocks of birds certainly provide a spectacle, with good numbers of Brent Geese on the Fleet, along with the ever increasing Mediterranean Gulls. The Starling roost at Lodmoor has been particularly entertaining, especially with Sparrowhawks and Marsh Harrier unsettling them.

See if you can find the Pale-bellied Brent Goose in this image.

A flock of these beautiful creatures certainly makes quite a sight.

The spectacle of a good Starling roost really does take some beating.

A Few More Images

This Little Egret gets it's reward.

I do think that Teal are really cute.

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