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.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Dorset Blockers Finally Unblocked

Thought I'd revisit a couple of past blog posts today.

Since I wrote those articles in Spring of 2014, quite a few of those species have finally given themselves up. The most recent of which is the drake Lesser Scaup, currently residing at the fabulous Longham Lakes. The last one was in 2004, so this will be well received by many.

Red-footed Falcon - The Wareham water meadows bird of 2015 ended a 20 year wait. Since then, we've had the opportunity to connect with a couple of others.

Temminck's Stint - The Lodmoor bird of 2014 was the first twitchable bird since 1987.

Baird's Sandpiper - The Brownsea bird, this year, started what would be an unprecedented Autumn arrival of American shorebirds into Dorset. This bird was the first since 1998, but was soon followed by another twitchable bird on The Fleet.

Lesser Yellowlegs - Poole Harbour and the brilliant Lytchett Fields hosted a wintering bird during 2016/17 and ended a 16 year wait for many. We've even had the opportunity of two more to look at this Autumn.

Bonaparte's Gull - This was an odd one. Eventually though, the species finally gave itself up at Ferrybridge in 2015. That was incredibly a 34 year wait. 2017 has provided a couple more opportunities to connect with this lovely gull, with the Longham Lakes bird being particularly noteworthy, being a rare inland record.

Great Spotted Cuckoo - 27 years of pain finally ended on 13th May 2016, with the brilliant long staying bird on Portland. The suppressed bird of 1989 can now, at long last, be forgotten.

Greenish Warbler - The obliging bird at Portland Bird Observatory this Autumn, was the first twitchable individual since 2001.

Western Bonelli's Warbler - A bit like buses this species. You wait for ages, 1984 to be exact, and then 3 come along all at once. Singles at Portland Bird Observatory in 2014, 2015 and 2016 gave many the chance to add this one to their Dorset lists.

Aquatic Warbler - The bird at Lytchett Fields, in 2016, was an awesome find and the first twitchable bird in Dorset since 1997.

Hooded Crow - Portland provided the first twitchable Dorset bird since 1997, in 2014. It has since been followed by a couple more, for example, the one at Studland this year.

Cirl Bunting - West Bexington became the venue for this species to be unblocked. The last twitchable individual was in 1991, so the birds of 2014/15 were certainly appreciated, though they were somewhat dogged by suppression at the time.

What will be the next one to fall? I'm hoping it's gonna be Asian Desert Warbler. We can but dream, I suppose.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Didn't think you would like the Asian Desert Warbler Brett. You know, because you are a huge racist, who wants to cull South East Asians. Isn't that right Brett? You massive racist.