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.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

My Highlights of 2016 Part 1

The first part covers January to June.

JANUARY

Grey Phalarope on The Fleet.

Great Grey Shrike in Wareham Forest.

FEBRUARY

Scandinavian Herring Gull at Radipole Lake. A classic 1st-winter bird.

Ferruginous Duck in Hampshire.

Glossy Ibis in Devon.

Pallas's Warbler at Portesham.

MARCH

Siberian Rubythroat in Holland. One of my favourite birds of the year.

Pine Bunting in Holland.

Green-winged Teal in Devon.

APRIL

Siberian Chiffchaff at Radipole Lake.

Hoopoe on Portland.

Pied Flycatcher on Portland.

White-spotted Bluethroat on Portland.

MAY

Kentish Plover on The Fleet.

Red-footed Falcon in Wareham Forest.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Black-winged Stilt on Lodmoor.

Caspian Stonechat in Hampshire. A new taxa for me.

Great Spotted Cuckoo on Portland. A Dorset tick.

Dalmatian Pelican in Cornwall. Potentially, the first record for Britain and a lifer for me.

Honey Buzzards.

JUNE

Red-backed Shrike at Radipole Lake.

Nightjar.

Stone Curlew.

Montagu's Harrier.

Glossy Ibis and Great White Egret in Somerset.

Woodchat Shrike at Martinstown.

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