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.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Dorset's October up to 23rd

This makes for depressing reading.

Best Birds

Red-eyed Vireo - 1 pulled out of a net. Didn't linger.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 hanger on from September.

Supporting Cast

Blyth's Reed Warbler - 1 pulled out of a net. Not really twitchable.
Subalpine Warbler sp - 1 or 2 seen briefly.
Little Bunting - 1 seen briefly.
Pallas's Warbler - 1 pulled out of a net. Didn't linger
Rose-coloured Starling - 2 or 3. Only 1 lingered.
Serin - 1 pulled out of a net. Didn't linger.
Common Crane - 2 seen briefly
Common Rosefinch - 1 not really twitchable.
Great White Egret - 10. Only 2 lingered.
Wryneck - 5. 1 from September, the rest brief.
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - 1 pulled out of a net.
Siberian Chiffchaff - 2 or 3. 1 or 2 pulled out of a net and other brief. None lingered
Lapland Bunting - 2 seen briefly.
Iceland Gull - 1 seen briefly.
Waxwing - 4 seen briefly.
Great Grey Shrike - 1, probably returning individual from last winter.
Stone Curlew - 2 seen briefly.
Spoonbill - Included count of 60.
Yellow-browed Warbler - An influx of 95+

Looks pretty shit to me. Remember, this is Dorset as a whole. Compare with Spurn or Flamborough.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Bird Of Dreams. The Siberian Accentor at Easington, Yorkshire

Part of what is a quite extraordinary and unprecedented influx into North West Europe, the Siberian Accentor at Easington healed those hurting from dipping or not being able to see the Shetland individual.

Midnight Friday morning, saw myself, Richard Webb and Marcus Lawson head on the long journey North in the hope that this dream bird would stick overnight. We arrived predawn and already people were heading to where the bird had been seen the day previously. Once dawn broke, it wasn't long before we knew that our quarry was still present. Despite a stressful start, when people behaved like wankers, organisation then ensued and it became a much more enjoyable event. We went back for seconds when the crowd had died down and were able to enjoy it at our leisure.

The bird was extremely confiding, showing down to a few yards. The light wasn't great for photography, but then you don't care about that to much when watching a stunning bird.

Now for some pics.

Same size as Dunnock, but body noticeably more slender.

A stunning bird and one of the ultimate Sibes.

This low to the ground gait was quite typical and was unlike that of Dunnock and actually reminded me at times of Lapland or Snow Bunting.

This Shore Lark was a bonus bird for the day, that also included Eurasian White-fronted Geese and Ring Ouzel.

The sheer number of birds in the Spurn peninsula was amazing and couldn't be fully appreciated in our short stay, but I'll definitely be having an Autumn birding holiday here next year and probably every year from now on. It's unquestionably the Fair Isle of the British Mainland.

Monday, 3 October 2016

How Long Can It Last?

In truth, I've totally lost the enthusiasm to blog. I will keep it going till the end of the year, but after that who knows. I just can't be fucked anymore.