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, 30 March 2014

Osprey Over Me House




Spent the evening at Lodmoor, where a drake Garganey was the highlight.





My favourite Spring sound of Willow Warblers singing was also nice. I'll finish off though with a couple of cracking 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gulls.





Saturday, 29 March 2014

A Bit Of A Catch Up

On Wednesday I saw an Osprey head north over Lodmoor to a backdrop of booming Bittern and displaying Marsh Harriers.


The Osprey.

Today, started off at Ferrybridge, where a Little Gull was the highlight.


Then it was up to Portland, where other than a Black Redstart, it was somewhat quiet for migrants.

Off to Lodmoor and the surprise there was a new female Marsh Harrier shaking things up with the resident pair. Migrants seen at Lodmoor included Willow Warbler and Swallow.

The adult female.

The new female. What a bloody trouble maker. Will the male fall for the younger bird and do the dirty on his partner? Stay tuned folks.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Radipole Lake

Red Kite





Marsh Harrier




Cetti's Warbler



Sunday, 23 March 2014

Lodmoor

Male Bearded Tit.

Marsh Harriers



Female.

From below a typical adult male. This bird is in it's 7th calender year.

From above though, definitely not a typical adult male. This bird, that mimics the plumage of a female, is very unusual and apparently is the only one that looks like this in the country.

Being mobbed by a Carrion Crow.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers

Excellent prolonged views of a beautiful, yet incredibly elusive species.

First off, the male, with it's glossy red white speckled cap.



A stunning bird.

And now the female, with it's creamy forecrown.



Great Grey Shrike In Wareham Forest

A very unapproachable bird.



Whilst looking for the shrike, a few Crossbills flew over including this lovely male.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Iceland Gull At Ferrybridge

One of the 1st-winters was showing well this evening.




Saturday, 1 March 2014

Iceland Gull

Went to look at one of the Iceland Gulls in Chesil Cove this morning.