Dorset's Rare Bird Of The Month
April - I'm sure a few people have their favourites, be it Chesil Cove's White-spotted Bluethroat or Lodmoor's Red-rumped Swallow, but bird, well birds actually, of the month must go to the 2 Black Storks that were found over Weymouth and were seen shortly afterwards over Dorchester. Well done to Paul Harris who found them, sadly though they were only seen by the lucky few.
May - Although a Black Stork was seen during the month, which was certainly the rarest bird of the month, being it could well have been one of the April birds, I think bird of the month has to go to the Ortolan Bunting at Longham Lakes. Not only a notable spring find, but incredulously, the second spring record for this brilliant inland sight. Well done to the finder.
My 10km square year list has been kicked into touch. To be honest, I fucking hate year listing, so that's enough of that shit for me. I do like birding though and feel I'm well overdue to find something good.
A few bits and pieces from the last month or so.
|Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits on Lodmoor on 30th April.|
|A sleepy Whimbrel on Lodmoor on 30th April.|
|Little Tern at Littlesea, The Fleet on 3rd May.|
|Short-eared Owl at Wyke Down on 6th May.|
|Male Greenland Wheatear at Wyke Down on 6th May.|
|Female Greenland Wheatear at Wyke Down on 6th May.|
|Guillemot at Portland Bill on 1st June.|
|Razorbill at Portland Bill on 1st June.|
|Great White Egret at Ham Wall, Somerset on 8th June.|
|Another Great White Egret at Ham Wall, Somerset on 8th June.|
|Pochard duckling on Lodmoor on 9th June.|