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, 28 December 2013

A Great Day Out

I picked up my friend Ashley from the train station and headed off to Portland Marina for the now famous Brunnich's Guillemot. It certainly was very actively feeding today and covering a lot of ground as a result. Eventually, during our second visit of the day, stunning views were enjoyed.



This image was from this morning.

News of a Glaucous Gull at West Bexington was enough to send us on our way in hot pursuit. On trudging down the beach, the wintering group of 3 Snow Buntings made for a nice diversion. The Glaucous Gull was spotted way down the beach, luckily though, dog walkers were on our side and pushed it our way. It flew past us and then landed on the mere.

What's this beast been feeding on?


With Herring Gulls.


A 1st-winter bird, albeit a pale one.

One of the three Snow Buntings.

After a successful jaunt, we headed back to Weymouth, where the Glossy Ibis was showing well at Radipole Park still.



Our two visits to Portland Harbour also yielded the Black Guillemot, about a dozen Great Northern Divers, a couple of Black-throated Divers, a couple of fly over Red-throated Divers, a Red-necked Grebe, 17 Black-necked Grebes and several Slavonian Grebes.

News that the reported Iceland Gull was back at Ferrybridge on the Chesil Beach, meant that this had to be another one of our stops. Unfortunately, views of this adult bird were very distant and I remain to be convinced that it isn't a Glaucous Gull. Hopefully, it will stick and better views can be obtained tomorrow. Whatever it is, it added to what was a truly memorable day out. 

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