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, 4 January 2014

A Nice Little Gull And An Enormous Owl

What a horrible day it was today, with, for the most part, heavy persistent rain. Portland Harbour is providing brilliant birding at the moment, with the highlights being the Black Guillemot, a Long-tailed Duck, several Black-throated Divers, 2 Red-necked Grebes, a few Slavonian Grebes, 18 Black-necked Grebes and a dozen Gannets. A Fulmar was picked up exhausted and taken into care at Ferrybridge. At Radipole, the Glossy Ibis was still in residence in the park and a Little Gull put in an appearance on the lake. The most odd thing of the day was an escaped Great Horned Owl at Wyke Regis.

This 1st-winter Little Gull showed well on the car park at Radipole after initially being located by Bob Ford on Buddleia Lagoon (see below)

3 of today's Black-throated Divers. These were from Hamm Beach. 

Black-throated Diver in flight over Portland Marina. Note the thigh strap, sometimes mooted as one of the features of Pacific Diver, but clearly shown by Black-throated Diver as well. This was one of two flying together.

Some of the Great Northern Divers were giving excellent views. See also below.

The escape Great Horned Owl. What a whopper.

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