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?

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Red-throated Diver And Other Stuff

Cracking views of this Red-throated Diver in Portland Harbour at Smallmouth this afternoon.







This Swallow was a surprise at The Nothe today.


Less of a surprise was this pair of Pale-bellied Brent Geese off The Nothe yesterday.


The Scandinavian Herring Gull is still showing well on the car park at Radipole Lake this weekend.




And finally, thought this 1st-cal year Lesser Black-backed Gull at Radipole Lake today was particularly smart.