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Sightings - Friday 28th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 23:03
Whooper Swan - 1 juvenile Hampreston Fields
White-fronted Goose - 1 juvenile Bestwall RSPB
Ring-necked Duck - 1 1st winter drake Radipole Lake RSPB
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great Northern Diver - 5 from Jerry's Point, Brownsea Island NT
Black-necked Grebe - 21 off Sandsfoot Castle, 10 Arne off Shipstall Point
Cattle Egret - 41 left Abbotsbury Swannery roost this morning, 5 East Holme on Holme Lane, 3 Stoborough, Nutcrack Lane
Great White Egret - 3 Longham Lakes
Marsh Harrier - 1 Wick Hams, Christchurch Harbour
Short-eared Owl - 3 Portland, 1 Arne
Spoonbill - 25+ Arne from Shipstall Point
Dusky Warbler - 1 East Fleet Farm Campsite
Black Redstart - 1 Blacknor, Portland


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28 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 14:12
Church Ope Cove and Penns Wood

Sadly the early morning blue skies and sun, gave way to another dreary day, and of course I got the wrong side of midday when the clear skies were disappearing off to the east.

The beach was busy again with holiday visitors and this was the first time I didn't see either the Black Redstart or Stonechat. Both the Grey and Pied Wagtails were here and there was also a second Pied Wagtail.

Main highlight here though were 2 Chiffchaffs making their way along the Hebes on the north cliff, one with orangey yellow legs.

The "Rock" Robin was in his usual spot and there were several Wrens about. On the beach were 20+ Rock Pipits and a pair of Carrion Crows.

A return walk through Penns Wood and though quiet on the way down, on the way back up there were at least 3 Goldcrests, a small party of Long-tailed Tits and another Chiffchaff.

Here are a few images from today:

This is one of the two Chiffchaffs making its way along the Hebes on the north cliff.
Not sure why it has yellowish legs, maybe just the light conditions!!
The overwintering Grey Wagtail is still here and was joined by two Pied Wagtails today.
One of the 20+ Rock Pipits feeding on the Kelp Flies.
These two Carrion Crows were getting stuck in to the seaweed. Not sure what they were looking for, but they seemed oblivious to everyone around them.
An adult Winter Herring Gull.
Found this on the way up to Penns wood. Judging by the size and colour I would say an empty eggshell of a Wood Pigeon.
Birds recorded: 2 Cormorant, 12+ Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 20+ Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Carrion Crow, 8 Wren, Dunnock, 3 Chiffchaff, 3+ Goldcrest, 4 Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.
Ships Today
Somewhere on the horizon was this vessel..........
.........the Maltese Cargo vessel "Neptune Dynamis" on its way from Southampton to an unknown destination. More on this ship Here.
Another ship on the horizon with a trawler a little closer in...........
...............this is the Dutch Cargo vessel "Greetje" on its way from Southampton to Dublin. This is the More on this Container Ship Here.
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Sightings - Thursday 27th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 16:49
Ring-necked Duck - 1 1st winter drake Radipole
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury
Great Northern Diver - 1 Poole Harbour, 1 Portland Harbour, 2 Weymouth Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Portland Harbour
Black-necked Grebe - 18 Studland Bay, 7 Portland Harbour, 5 Shipstall Point, Arne, 2 Poole Harbour
Great White Egret - 4 Longham Lakes
Cattle Egret - 14 Holmbridge at Bog Lane, 10 East Holme, 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Spoonbill - 10 Shipstall Point, Arne
Great Grey Shrike - 1 Wareham Forest off Sugar Hill Road yesterday
Penduline Tit - 1 Radipole Lake
Dusky Warbler - 1 East Fleet Farm Campsite
Black Redstart - 1 Church Opie Cove, Portland

Red-breasted Merganser Poole Park copyright David Wareham

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27 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 14:05
Church Ope Cove and Penns Wood

A beautiful sunny day which saw many people out walking, especially at the cove. I didn't quite get there as early as I wanted, but still managed to see the Black Redstart before it disappeared around the north-east headland. No sign of the Stonechat, which I presume was up on Penns Weare, however both the Grey and Pied Wagtails were feeding at the north end of the beach.

Also here were 33 Rock Pipits, which spent most of their time on the cliff face waiting for the beach to clear before heading back down to the seaweed and feeding on the hundreds of Kelp Flies flying about. A few Wrens again and the "Rock" Robin was very prominent by the cliff, and was making sure that everyone saw him as he chose to stand on the tallest rocks and boulders here.

The "Hut" Robin was busy especially around the flowering Hebes, where I came across a Common Drone Fly and 2 Meliscaeva auricollis hoverflies.

Having left the beach I headed back to Penns Wood, where I had originally walked down through. Earlier there was nothing here but on the return trip I came across 2 Chiffchaffs, a small party of tits and Goldcrests, but no Firecrest on this ocassion.

Here are a few images from this morning:

The Rock Pipits spent most of the time this morning on the cliff top. This one has just seen a Kelp Fly in front of it.
When it was safe to do so the Rock Pipits finally came back down onto the beach.
The Grey Wagtail was back here again.
As was the male Pied Wagtail, with the "Rock" Robin keeping an eye on him.
The "Hut" Robin was enjoying the sun and feeding on flies on the flowering Hebe.
One of the beach Wrens on a washed up car tyre.
The flowering Hebe at the back of the huts was attracting hoverflies and houseflies.
A Common Drone Fly
A Meliscaeva auricollis hoverfly.
Its interesting to note that I also had the same hoverfly on this day in 2017, which I wasn't able to ID until today that is.
One of 2 Chiffchaffs in Penns Wood.
Also in the wood Euonymus japonicus shrubs, which are just coming into flower. The common name for is Japanese Spindle.

Birds Recorded: Cormorant, 20+ Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 33 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Carrion Crow, 5 Wren, 2 Dunnock, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Robin, 1 Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit and Chaffinch.

Also Recorded: 1 Common Drone Fly and 2 hoverflies sp.

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Sightings - Wednesday 26th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 19:14
Whooper Swan - 1 Longham Lakes
White-fronted Goose - 1  Bestwell RSPB
Eider - 1 The Fleet off Chickerell Hive Point, 1 Mudeford Quay
Black-throated Diver - 1 Mudeford
Red-throated Diver - 2 past Mudeford Quay
Great Northern Diver - 1 Bramble Bush Bay
Cattle Egret - 11 East Holme,  2 Bockhampton, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Marnhull
Great White Egret - 4 Longham Lakes, 1 East Holme
Spoonbill - 23 Shipstal Point, Arne RSPB
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Bramble Bush Bay
Merlin - 1 Hartland Moor
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 reported again at Lodmoor RSPB
Mediterranean Gull - 600+ Ferrybridge
Firecrest - 1 Pennsylvania Castle (Portland)
Siberian Chiffchaff - 1 Sherborne STW
Dusky Warbler - 1 East Fleet Farm (please keep to public rights of way)
Black Redstart - 1 The Nothe (Weymouth), 1 or 2 at West Bay, 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland)
Water Pipit - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Burton Meadows
Snow Bunting - 1 over Durlston CP

Some sightings from yesterday:
Goosander - 4 Ferrybridge
Velvet Scoter - 2 past Portland Bill
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Radipole RSPB

Bar-headed Goose at Hampreston Meadows © David Foster
















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26 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 16:59
Crown Estate Fields

I popped down to the Portland Bird Observatory late afternoon, just to see what was about, and within a few minutes of parking up a Short-eared Owl appeared on the horizon being mobbed by a Kestrel. Also here were 2 Common Buzzards, a total of 3 Kestrels a large flock of 50+ Chaffinch and 30 Skylark.

Here are a few images from this evening:

One of the 2 Common Buzzards in the Crown Estate Fields.
And one of 3 Kestrels here as well.
A distant shot of a Short-eared Owl.
Birds Recorded: 4 Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Razorbill, Guillemot, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl, 30 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 12 Starling, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Wren, 1 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Church Ope Cove and Penns Wood

What a busy beach as Boxing Day revellers hit the cove. Sadly all the overwintering birds were a bit put out and though the Black Redstart and Stonechat were about they were sticking to the cliffs under Penns Weare. There was no sign of any of the Robins "Hut or Rock", but the Grey Wagtail was back briefly along with 2 Rock Pipits, but they also flew off, leaving a very quiet beach.

At the bottom of Penns Wood I was lucky enough to see a small party of crests and tits pass through, and in amongst them were a Firecrest and a Chiffchaff.
Here are a few images from today:
My one only record shot of the Black Redstart below the cliffs at the cove.
Similarly with the Stonechat, which like the Black Redstart both decided Penns Weare was quieter than the beach.
In Penns Wood I managed a quick photo of a Goldcrest, sadly not the Firecrest which was in amongst them.
Snowdrops in flower in December. Its certainly mild here on Portland.
Birds Recorded: Shag, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, 40+ Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Wren, Dunnock, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 1 Black Redstart, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Ships Today
This is the Container Ship "Berlin Bridge" flying the flag of Hong Kong. It is on its way from New York to Antwerp. More on this vessel Here.
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25 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Tue, 12/25/2018 - 16:11
Portland Harbour
Now that's the way to spend Christmas Day, out in the boat and being entertained by a Bottle-nosed Dolphin. For 90 minutes we were followed around the harbour as we were chugging around looking for divers and grebes.
Here are a few photos and videos of the friendly Portland Dolphin and Great Northern Diver. Sadly the light conditions were appalling so not the best videos or images.

This Bottle-nosed Dolphin was entertaining us as we chugged along in our Tamar 2000 boat "Star". For 90 minutes it swam alongside us, banged the hull a few times and even "spoke" to us. Absolutely amazing.
Apparently his name is Danny and he's been here awhile.
It was so confiding as I put "Star" into a tight circle coming right up close......
......and even swimming on its back.
Just an amazing 90 minutes spent with a Dolphin. At times it would come up under the boat and rub itself on the hull. A couple of times it even banged into the boat.
The 2 Snowmen are Dawn and Kippy. Oh and Danny the Bottle-nosed Dolphin.
Just love the image on the Fishfinder as Danny swan under the boat.

This Great Northern Diver didn't seem to bothered by us coming up close to it in our boat "Star". Every now and then it would dip its head under the water looking for its next meal.
That is some "dagger"
Another look under the water for another fish.
If I've got this right this is one of the 2 Black-necked Grebes we came across in the harbour.
There is a body somewhere!
A Razorbill just pottering around.
Not sure why it was in the harbour.
Birds Recorded: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe, Shag, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Razorbill, 3 Rock Pipit and 1 Black Redstart by the quayside.

Church Ope Cove

A very murky day but at least it wasn't raining as I headed off to Church ope Cove for my Christmas day walk.

Main highlights this morning were 2 Chiffchaffs and a Firecrest in amongst a small party of Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits and Blue Tits as they made their way along the back of the cove.

On the beach it looks like the "Rock" Robin is ruling the patch, as there was no sign of the Black Redstart today. However along the huts the Stonechat and the "Hut" Robin seemed to be on good terms and were feeding almost at wing-tip with each other as they fed on the flies above them.

On the way back there were 3 Redwing behind the Wakeham back gardens.

A few photos from this morning:

One of the rock Pipits on the beach surrounded by Kelp Flies.
The Stonechat is still about, though the Black Redstart seems to have moved on.
One of the 2 Chiffchaffs.
Birds Recorded: 1 Cormorant, 8 Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 19 Rock Pipit, 1 Raven, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Wren, Dunnock, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 3 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Ships today
This is the Liberian cargo vessel "Maike D" on its way from Rotterdam to an unknown destination. More on this vessel Here


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Sightings - Monday 24th December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 19:07
The Dorset Bird Club would like to wish all members and visitors to our blog and website a very Happy Christmas.

Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole RSPB
Great Northern Diver - 3 Brand's Bay
Great White Egret - 4 Longham Lakes, 1 East Holme, 1 Little Sae (Studland)
Cattle Egret - 10 East Holme
Black-necked Grebe - 4 Brand's Bay,  3 Shell Bay
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Brand's Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 1 Shell Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 past St. Aldheim's Head
Jack Snipe - 1 Longham Lakes
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 on Buddleia Loop,  Radipole RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland)

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Holton Lee © Brian Smith
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24 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 15:15
Church Ope Cove
Another gloomy day with a cool north-easterly and a bit of of drizzle mixed in.
Main highlights today was the increase in sea birds with 3 GannetsRazorbillsGuillemots and Cormorants and Kittiwakes making their way up and down the east coast of Portland.
On the beach just 5 Rock Pipits and the overwintering Stonechat & Black Redstart. The Stonechat was confiding again and seemed to follow me around the beach, whilst the Black Redstart was sticking to the far north-east corner of the cliff, possibly because the "Rock" Robin was being quite bossy and driving off anything that came close to "his" cliff. Also here the male Pied Wagtail, but no sign of the Grey.
Interesting to note that the "Hut" Robin was at the far range of his Winter territory and was within 3 huts of the "Rock" Robins patch.
Here are a few images from this afternoon:
The friendly Stonechat on the beach.
And a Wren close-by.
One of the 5 Rock Pipits here today. 
The male Pied Wagtail and one or two Kelp Flies on the pebbles around him.
And a Gannet makes its way down towards The Bill.

Birds Recorded: 3 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Cormorant, Herring Gull, Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot, Wood Pigeon, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Magpie, Carrion Crow, 4 Wren, 1 Stonechat, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird, Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch.
Wakeham


The back garden was very busy this morning, mainly Great Tits visiting the feeders and a Robin singing away.

Ships Today
This is the Panamanian Container Ship "Nyk Falcon" on its way from London to Port Said, Egypt. More on this vessel Here.

The arrow shows you just how far away "Nyk Falcon" was when I photographed it.



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Sightings - Sunday 23rd December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 23:01
White-fronted Goose - 1  Bestwell
Ring-necked Duck - 1 Radipole RSPB
Eider - 1 Portland Harbour, 1 Weymouth Bay
Long-tailed Duck - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Black-throated Diver - 1 Portland Harbour
Great Northern Diver - 5 Portland Harbour, 2 Poole Harbour (incl 1 in Parkstone Bay)
Bittern - 1 Radipole RSPB
Cattle Egret - 24 near Portesham, 10 East Holme
Spoonbill - 15 across Arne Bay
Black-necked Grebe - 8 Poole Harbour, 4 Portland Harbour
Red-necked Grebe - 1 Bramble Bush Bay
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Portland Harbour
Greenshank - 3 Brownsea Island lagoon
Firecrest - 1 Bincleaves (Weymouth)
PENDULINE TIT - 1 from Buddleia Loop,  Radipole RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 on Buddleia Loop,  Radipole RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland), 1 Durlston CP

Brambling at Irwerne Minster © Stuart Jones
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23 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 15:57
Church Ope Cove
A lot of drizzle about this afternoon, so it was a quick walk down to the cove to see what was about. Both the Stonechat and Black Redstart were here and in fact were together in the middle of the beach for a short spell before they were spooked by Joe Public. The Stonechat made its way up to Penns Weare and the Black Redstart went back to its usual spot under the north cliff.

Despite the rain there were quite a few people on the beach and there ended up being two flocks of Rock Pipits, one of 9 and the other 7. No sign of the wagtails and only 2 Wrens recorded.

Here are a few photos:

The overwintering Black Redstart in its usual spot under the north cliff, until today that is......
.........This is the first time I've seen it in the middle of the beach......
.......and today it was tagging along with the overwintering Stonechat
Here they are together in the middle of the beach.
And another shot.
One of the 16 Rock Pipits here today.
Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 17 Rock Pipit, Carrion Crow, Wren, 1 Stonechat, Black Redstart, Robin, Blackbird and Great Tit.

Radipole Nature Reserve

Having dropped Dawn off at work, I headed off to Radipole and around the Buddleia Loop in the hope of seeing the Penduline Tit. I wasn't too hopefully as it wasn't seen yesterday and in fact that proved to be the case again today. I did however hear at least 3 small flocks of Bearded Tits and actually got to see one ripping the seeds out of a Bulrush.

The main highlight though had to be the huge flocks of Lapwing which must have been dispersed from Lodmoor. There were hundreds and in amongst them were 1 Dunlin and a good 20+ Snipe. For a good hour or so they just circled over Radipole.

Also here were a few noisy Cetti's Warblers and 3 Chiffchaffs. A Peregrine did attempt to fly over the reserve, but turned and headed back towards the sea front, and there was also a single Marsh Harrier quartering the reed beds to the north.

Here are a few images from this morning:

Hundreds of Lapwings over the reserve this morning.
As they huge flock became fragmented a few came into land by the North Screen........
.........before changing their minds and heading off again.
Spot the Dunlin in the middle of the Lapwings.
And here we have 10 of the 20+ Snipe flying around the reserve.
My one and only visible Bearded Tit, ripping seeds out of the Bulrush.
Just few of the Herring Gulls on the open water.
And 2 Great Black-backed Gulls.
There were a few very vocal Wrens in the reed beds.
A Blue Tit poses for the camera.
Its not often you get to see a Cetti's Warbler. 99.9% of the time you hear them.
An unusual plant just coming into bloom along the pathways. One to ID.
Birds Recorded: Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Water Rail, 300+ Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 20+ Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Starling, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Wren, Dunnock, 3 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Bearded Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.

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23 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 15:57
Church Ope Cove
A lot of drizzle about this afternoon, so it was a quick walk down to the cove to see what was about. Both the Stonechat and Black Redstart were here and in fact were together in the middle of the beach for a short spell before they were spooked by Joe Public. The Stonechat made its way up to Penns Weare and the Black Redstart went back to its usual spot under the north cliff.

Despite the rain there were quite a few people on the beach and there ended up being two flocks of Rock Pipits, one of 9 and the other 7. No sign of the wagtails and only 2 Wrens recorded.

Here are a few photos:

The overwintering Black Redstart in its usual spot under the north cliff, until today that is......
.........This is the first time I've seen it in the middle of the beach......
.......and today it was tagging along with the overwintering Stonechat
Here they are together in the middle of the beach.
And another shot.
One of the 16 Rock Pipits here today.
Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 17 Rock Pipit, Carrion Crow, Wren, 1 Stonechat, Black Redstart, Robin, Blackbird and Great Tit.

Radipole Nature Reserve

Having dropped Dawn off at work, I headed off to Radipole and around the Buddleia Loop in the hope of seeing the Penduline Tit. I wasn't too hopefully as it wasn't seen yesterday and in fact that proved to be the case again today. I did however hear at least 3 small flocks of Bearded Tits and actually got to see one ripping the seeds out of a Bulrush.

The main highlight though had to be the huge flocks of Lapwing which must have been dispersed from Lodmoor. There were hundreds and in amongst them were 1 Dunlin and a good 20+ Snipe. For a good hour or so they just circled over Radipole.

Also here were a few noisy Cetti's Warblers and 3 Chiffchaffs. A Peregrine did attempt to fly over the reserve, but turned and headed back towards the sea front, and there was also a single Marsh Harrier quartering the reed beds to the north.

Here are a few images from this morning:

Hundreds of Lapwings over the reserve this morning.
As they huge flock became fragmented a few came into land by the North Screen........
.........before changing their minds and heading off again.
Spot the Dunlin in the middle of the Lapwings.
And here we have 10 of the 20+ Snipe flying around the reserve.
My one and only visible Bearded Tit, ripping seeds out of the Bulrush.
Just few of the Herring Gulls on the open water.
And 2 Great Black-backed Gulls.
There were a few very vocal Wrens in the reed beds.
A Blue Tit poses for the camera.
Its not often you get to see a Cetti's Warbler. 99.9% of the time you hear them.
An unusual plant just coming into bloom along the pathways. One to ID.
Birds Recorded: Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Water Rail, 300+ Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 20+ Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Starling, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Wren, Dunnock, 3 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Bearded Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.

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Sightings - Saturday 22nd December 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 20:48
Great Northern Diver - 1 Parkstone Bay
Great White Egret - 4 Longham Lakes
Slavonian Grebe - 1 The Fleet (from Tidmoor range)
Short-eared Owl - 1 Maiden Castle
Dusky Warbler - 1 East Fleet Farm (please keep to public rights of way)
Black Redstart - 1 Church Ope Cove (Portland)

Nuthatch © Brian Smith
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22 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 15:13
Church Ope Cove and Penns Wood

I left it a bit too late to visit the cove today and by the time I got down there, the holiday makers were dispersing the birds left right and centre. I did manage to track down the Stonechat which despite its friendliness towards humans, found the numbers a bit to much for it and it disappeared over into Penns Weare.

The Black Redstart was a bit more confiding and as per normal was hugging the bottom of the north cliff. Both the Grey and Pied Wagtail were here as well as 20+ Rock Pipits, which became fragmented as the beach became busy with visitors.

The "Rock" Robin was still about as was the "Hut" Robin. Out to sea a big surprise was a Fulmar heading down the coast towards The Bill. I know they breed hereon the Grove Cliffs, but I'm not sure they are a winter bird here. Or maybe they are!! Also an Oystercatcher on the rocks.

Penns Wood was a real disappointment and may well have been down to my lateness in arriving here. The best time it appears is when the sun catches the uppermost parts of the tree canopy. Once the sun drops I guess the number of insects drops off and the birds move onto pastures new.

The best I could find in the woods today were 2 Goldcrests, a few Chaffinches and a couple of Great Tits.

Here are few images from this afternoon.

I'm sure its not unusual, but this is my first winter sighting of a Fulmar here on Portland.
Lovely to see that the Black Redstart is still present.
Unlike the Stonechat which was overwhelmed by so many people on the beach, it seems to be happy enough to stick to bottom of the cliff face.

A cursory look over its shoulder.
Not the Black Redstart but the "Rock" Robin looking quite defiant.
Here it is again with the Grey Wagtail at the back. A strange combination of a Robin and a Grey Wagtail overwintering on a beach.

And not to be left out the male Pied Wagtail.
The Rock Pipits......
.........and another, chasing the Kelp Flies.
Its not just the pipits, wagtails, chats and starts here on the beach but several Wrens.
They look almost like leaf litter as they flutter across the beach.
Birds Recorded: 1 Fulmar, 1 OystercatcherHerring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 20+ Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Magpie, 1 Raven, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 8 Wren, Dunnock, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

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22 Dec 18

Martin Adlam - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 15:13
Church Ope Cove and Penns Wood

I left it a bit too late to visit the cove today and by the time I got down there, the holiday makers were dispersing the birds left right and centre. I did manage to track down the Stonechat which despite its friendliness towards humans, found the numbers a bit to much for it and it disappeared over into Penns Weare.

The Black Redstart was a bit more confiding and as per normal was hugging the bottom of the north cliff. Both the Grey and Pied Wagtail were here as well as 20+ Rock Pipits, which became fragmented as the beach became busy with visitors.

The "Rock" Robin was still about as was the "Hut" Robin. Out to sea a big surprise was a Fulmar heading down the coast towards The Bill. I know they breed hereon the Grove Cliffs, but I'm not sure they are a winter bird here. Or maybe they are!! Also an Oystercatcher on the rocks.

Penns Wood was a real disappointment and may well have been down to my lateness in arriving here. The best time it appears is when the sun catches the uppermost parts of the tree canopy. Once the sun drops I guess the number of insects drops off and the birds move onto pastures new.

The best I could find in the woods today were 2 Goldcrests, a few Chaffinches and a couple of Great Tits.

Here are few images from this afternoon.

I'm sure its not unusual, but this is my first winter sighting of a Fulmar here on Portland.
Lovely to see that the Black Redstart is still present.
Unlike the Stonechat which was overwhelmed by so many people on the beach, it seems to be happy enough to stick to bottom of the cliff face.

A cursory look over its shoulder.
Not the Black Redstart but the "Rock" Robin looking quite defiant.
Here it is again with the Grey Wagtail at the back. A strange combination of a Robin and a Grey Wagtail overwintering on a beach.

And not to be left out the male Pied Wagtail.
The Rock Pipits......
.........and another, chasing the Kelp Flies.
Its not just the pipits, wagtails, chats and starts here on the beach but several Wrens.
They look almost like leaf litter as they flutter across the beach.
Birds Recorded: 1 Fulmar, 1 OystercatcherHerring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 20+ Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Magpie, 1 Raven, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 8 Wren, Dunnock, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------On this day..........2017
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