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.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My 2015 Highlights

New birds for me in 2015

Greater Yellowlegs at Titchfield Haven, Hampshire.

Hudsonian Godwit at Meare Heath, Shapwick, Somerset.

Harlequin Duck on the River Don, Aberdeenshire.

Hudsonian Whimbrel at Pagham Harbour, West Sussex. Completed the double whammy of Hudsonians.

Cretzschmar's Bunting on Bardsey Island, Gwynedd.

Olive-backed Pipit at Muckleburgh Hill, Norfolk. This delightfully confiding bird was my personal highlight of the year.

New taxa for me in 2015

"Eastern" Black-eared Wheatear at Acres Down, Hampshire. One of my personal highlights of the year. A total stunner.

A Dorset tick in 2015

Bonaparte's Gull at Radipole Lake.

Some of my other highlights of 2015

Surf Scoter

Black-winged Stilt

Red-rumped Swallow

King Eider

Tawny Pipit

Red-footed Falcon

White-winged Black Tern

Night Heron

Black Stork

Baird's Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Isabelline Shrike

Red-flanked Bluetail

Pallas's Warbler

Taxa of interest in 2015. Something that always floats my boat.

"Scandinavian" Rock Pipit. This spring beauty graced Ferrybridge in March.

"nivalis" Snow Bunting. This stunning male chose the unusual surroundings of Maiden Castle for it's short stay.

"Greenland" White-fronted Goose. This bird wintered in Dorset. About time this form was afforded full specific status.

"Continental" Coal Tit. One of the highlights of the year for me was the influx of this form into Dorset.

"Siberian" Chiffchaff

"Scandinavian" Herring Gull. Increasingly rare in Dorset. How many of the young ones get overlooked?

1 comment:

Steve Smith said...

A great year with some good photos & some educational posts on bird id. Keep up those useful posts in 2016 matey
Steve