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, 30 December 2013

My Highlights of 2013 (January - June)

Snow Bunting at Ferrybridge, The Fleet.

Siberian Chiffchaff at Littlesea, Weymouth. Identity confirmed by DNA.

Waxwing at Lytchett Matravers. One of 26 seen that day.

Iceland Gull at Radipole Lake.

Siberian Chiffchaff in my Weymouth garden.

Siberian Lesser Whitethroat at Lanehouse, Weymouth. Identity confirmed by DNA.

Snow Bunting at West Bexington.

Hawfinch at Bruton, Somerset.

Pied-billed Grebe at Ham Wall, Somerset.

Iceland Gull at Radipole Lake.

Great Grey Shrike at Wyke Down.

White-spotted Bluethroat at Portland Bill.

White-spotted Bluethroat at Suckthumb Quarry, Portland.

Kentish Plover at Ferrybridge, The Fleet.

White-spotted Bluethroat at Chesil Cove, Portland. The influx of White-spotted Bluethroats on Portland was one of the highlights of the year. This one, hopping around on seaweed covered rocks, was my personal favourite of the three males seen during the Spring.

Spoonbill at Lodmoor.

Stone Curlew between Butterstreet and Moonfleet, The Fleet. This was one of a flock of 5.

Long-eared Owl at Portland Bill.

Turtle Dove at Abbotsbury Swannery, The Fleet. Sadly, now a rare bird.

Red-rumped Swallow at Lodmoor.

Wood Warbler at Radipole Park.

Roller at Broxhead Common, Hampshire. 

Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Portland Bill.

Caspian Tern at West Bexington.

Wilson's Phalarope at Yarmouth Ponds, Isle Of Wight. An exquisite bird and my personal highlight of the first half of the year.

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