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.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Siberian Lesser Whitethroat

Do you remember this bird?


This Lesser Whitethroat turned up in my garden on 2nd December 2012. Sadly the views obtained couldn't identify it subspecifically.

Well, in a garden not too far away from my own, guess what has been refound?


Yes, you guessed it, that Lesser Whitethroat. Here, the views were much better and the bird could be seen to be showing characteristics of the form Sylvia curruca blythi colloquially known as Siberian Lesser Whitethroat.

Firstly, I must thank Bob and Tricia for refinding it and putting the news out to a local friend of mine. Also, for their kind permission and hospitality in letting me enter their house, in order for me to document this bird.

Sadly, this bird can't be viewed from outside their property and I must respect their right to privacy.



Note the contrast between  the grey crown and browner nape and back and also the pattern of the outermost tail feather.




Sunday, 27 January 2013

Once Bittern, Twice Shy

Ok, so it's a pants title for this post.  Anyway, started my day at Lodmoor and saw the following.....

Bittern


What the hell?



Marsh Harrier


The cross dressing adult male.

And now for the common stuff.

Buzzard



Goldfinch



Collared Dove


Coal Tit




Green Woodpecker


Next stop was Littlesea, on The Fleet. Very quiet here, with 10 Goldeneye and a handful of winter thrushes, mostly Fieldfares, being the only things of any note. A couple of photo year ticks though.

Great Black-backed Gull



Common Gull



Finally, I paid a visit to The Nothe and Weymouth Harbour. Nothing of any note, but the following were photographed.

Rock Pipit

 Somewhat more confiding than yesterday's Water Pipit.


Watching a fellow Rock Pipit flying over.



Little Grebe


On returning home, found this Black Redstart in me garden.




And this Chiffchaff, which I have to admit, looks like a Siberian Chiffchaff, but only saw it very briefly and this photo, which was taken from outside the front of the house looking through to the back garden through two lots of double glazing, may account for it's pale appearance.


My 10km square photo year list is now on 66.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Ruff And Ready

Spent most of me time on Lodmoor today, with the highlights being.....


These 3 Ruff.



And this Water Pipit.


It was always distant. Really smart bird though.


Plus, this female Marsh Harrier and


This male Marsh Harrier. Believe it or not, but this is an adult male. Some males mimic female type plumage.


This Grey Plover was unusual for Lodmoor for the time of year.

And now for some common stuff.


A pair of Wigeon.

Canada Geese.

Sorry, just liked this image of a Coot. Check out those knobbly feet.


Wren.

Wren having a bath.


Song Thrush singing.

Fieldfare.

Mistle Thrush.

Real handsome birds Mistle Thrushes.


You're the fire starter, twisted fire starter. No, I'm a Jay.





All photos today taken on or around Lodmoor, except for the female Marsh Harrier, which I later saw and photographed at Radipole Lake.

My 10km square photo year list is now on 57.