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, 24 October 2016

Dorset's October up to 23rd

This makes for depressing reading.

Best Birds

Red-eyed Vireo - 1 pulled out of a net. Didn't linger.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 hanger on from September.

Supporting Cast

Blyth's Reed Warbler - 1 pulled out of a net. Not really twitchable.
Subalpine Warbler sp - 1 or 2 seen briefly.
Little Bunting - 1 seen briefly.
Pallas's Warbler - 1 pulled out of a net. Didn't linger
Rose-coloured Starling - 2 or 3. Only 1 lingered.
Serin - 1 pulled out of a net. Didn't linger.
Common Crane - 2 seen briefly
Common Rosefinch - 1 not really twitchable.
Great White Egret - 10. Only 2 lingered.
Wryneck - 5. 1 from September, the rest brief.
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 pulled out of a net.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 or 3. 1 or 2 pulled out of a net and other brief. None lingered
Lapland Bunting - 2 seen briefly.
Iceland Gull - 1 seen briefly.
Waxwing - 4 seen briefly.
Great Grey Shrike - 1, probably returning individual from last winter.
Stone Curlew - 2 seen briefly.
Spoonbill - Included count of 60.
Yellow-browed Warbler - An influx of 95+

Looks pretty shit to me. Remember, this is Dorset as a whole. Compare with Spurn or Flamborough.

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