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.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Wood Warbler

A text from Dave Chown, alerting me to the presence of a Wood Warbler at Radipole Park, was enough to distract my attention from going to Littlesea, The Fleet. I was soon in the company of Dave, who's sharp eyes picked it up in a bush close to us.

A truly stunning creature.

And here's a few more photos of it.

Did manage to go to Littlesea in the end, but it was very quiet.

A couple of photos of common birds from Littlesea for you to enjoy.

Male Kestrel.

Male Stonechat.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Red-rumped Swallow

Highlight of the day, thanks to Daragh, was the appearance of a Red-rumped Swallow at Lodmoor.

The Red-rumped Swallow with a Swallow for a comparison.

Also on Lodmoor....

Was this drake Garganey. 

This Red Kite flew past my bedroom window today.

Like the last one that flew over my house, this was also a 2nd-calendar year bird.

On Monday, I visited Abbotsbury Swannery for a confiding Turtle Dove.

The light was pretty bad when I took these shots. Sadly this species has become an increasingly rare sight and we only have the hand of man to blame for that. For God's sake you foreign idiots, will you please stop shooting them out of the sky.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

A Hideous Beast

A rather uneventful weekend for me when it comes to birds, but I have been busy doing other things, so I'll just show you a few photos that I took.

Sandwich Tern on The Fleet at Littlesea.

One of my first Whitethroats of the year at Littlesea.

Male Chaffinch at Littlesea. Sorry, liked the bird against the background on these images.

A Red Kite that flew over my house today.

The title of today's post. Now, people who know me, know that I like me ducks and geese. Egyptian Goose on the other hand, is a right munter. It even sounds horrible. Anyway, this very tame and unringed bird on Lodmoor today was a welcome 10km square year tick though.

The Siberian Chiffchaff in my garden this evening.

And here is a Common Chiffchaff that was in my garden the other day for comparison.

Monday, 15 April 2013

It's Still Here

The Siberian Chiffchaff in my garden this evening.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

How Tame Can Scaup Get?

The Scaup at Abbotsbury Swannery are coming into the feed put out for the swans at the moment, providing unbelievable views of this seaduck.


This drake Garganey was on the meadow pool.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Spotted Redshank

After texts from Daragh and Dick, a break in the weather tempted me to go to Lodmoor and see today's Spotted Redshank.

Spotted Redshank is a scarce visitor to the Weymouth area.

Also, on Lodmoor this evening...

An Avocet.

And this Red-breasted Merganser on the tern islands was unusual.

A few more 10km square year ticks from Friday on Lodmoor.

Male Chaffinch.

Male Shoveler.

Male Shelduck.

My 10km square year list is now 112.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Long-eared Owl

The day started with seeing that the Siberian Chiffchaff was still in residence on my housing estate. I then went up to Portland and had a walk around Barleycrates and Reap Lane. It was very quiet, with just a single Black Redstart and 1 Willow Warbler being the highlights. Lodmoor was the next port of call, with singles of Spoonbill and Green Sandpiper being the best I could manage.

This Green Sandpiper chose the less than salubrious surroundings of the old tip at Lodmoor.

This Water Rail was also on the old tip.

In the afternoon I took Fred up to Portland Bill to see a roosting Long-eared Owl.

It was a case of looking through bushes to view this delightful owl.

Not too far away in the Obs Quarry, a Little Owl was also on view.
Popped into Abbotsbury Swannery the last couple of days, where a Nuthatch has been showing well.

Nuthatch is a scarce resident on The Fleet.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Stone Curlew Influx

Unprecedented locally, 5 Stone Curlews were found together in fields that border The Fleet between Butterstreet and Moonfleet. Great find Dave and thanks for the call.

All 5 are viewable in this image.

2 with a Red-legged Partridge.

The distance and haze made getting a decent image impossible.

3 in flight.

Stunning birds in flight.

Later on a look around Moonfleet hotel and it's filter bed produced a number of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps.

Chiffchaff. If you can read the ring, it would be interesting to know when and where it was ringed.


On the way back to the car, myself and quite a number of other observers of the Stone Curlews were subjected to a tirade of abuse by a horse rider. Thing was, none of us had done any wrong. We were viewing the birds from the coast path, yet this woman, yes woman was intent on telling us to F off and called us all C U next tuesdays and quite weirdly, also called us perverts. The latter I take major offence to. Not only that, not only was she not in control of herself, but also more seriously, wasn't properly in control of her horse. This, of course, could have caused serious injury, or even death to herself or the people around her. Like a coward, she stayed on her horse. Had she got off her horse, she would never have spoken to me in that manner again. In fact, she may not have been able to speak again. Enough said me thinks.