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, 31 May 2015

My Highlights of 2015, So Far

Female Otter catching Brown Trout, on the River Stour at Blandford.

Short-eared Owl at Wyke Down.

A very confiding male Black Redstart in Somerset.

Siberian Chiffchaff in Somerset.

Tree Sparrow, one of a flock in Somerset.

Firecrest at Dorchester.

Siberian Chiffchaff at Dorchester.

2nd-cal year female Hen Harrier over a Dorset heath.

Adult Black Guillemot in Portland Harbour.

Drake Surf Scoter, with drake Common Scoters in Hampshire.

1st-winter Bonaparte's Gull at Ferrybridge. A Dorset tick for me.

Firecrest on Portland.

Summer plumaged Rock Pipit of the Scandinavian form A.p.littoralis.

Second helping of the Bonaparte's Gull, this time at Radipole Lake.

1st-winter male Snow Bunting at Maiden Castle. More on this bird in a future post.

1st-winter male Long-tailed Duck at Abbotsbury Swannery. One of four Long-tailed Ducks that wintered there.

Black-winged Stilt at Abbotsbury Swannery. Female Shoveler in background.

Drake Scaup at Abbotsbury Swannery.

Greenland White-fronted Goose at Abbotsbury Swannery.

Red Kites over my house.

Female Ring Ouzel at Camp Road.

Greater Yellowlegs in Hampshire. A new bird for me.

1st-summer male Pied Flycatcher on Portland.

Hoopoe on Portland.

Great White Egret at Radipole Lake.

Red-rumped Swallow at Radipole Lake.

1st-summer Caspian Gull at Radipole Lake.

Drake Garganey at Radipole Lake.

Female Hudsonian Godwit with Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits in Somerset. A new bird for me.

Great White Egret in Somerset.

Pomarine Skuas in Chesil Cove.

The delightful 1st-winter male Harlequin Duck in Aberdeenshire. A new bird for me.

Summer plumaged male Long-tailed Duck in Aberdeenshire.

Highlight of the year so far for me. The absolutely stunning adult male King Eider in Aberdeenshire.

Tawny Pipit on Portland.

Duke of Burgundy at Cerne Abbas.

1st-summer female Red-footed Falcon in the Frome Valley near Wareham.

Male Redstart in Wareham Forest.

Drake Garganey on Lodmoor.

Pochard ducklings on Lodmoor. 

1st-summer Purple Heron on Lodmoor.

Fuck off rare spider on Lodmoor.

Hope you enjoyed the pics. So, I'm back blogging and hope I can put some interesting stuff on here in the future.

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