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In Search of Little Bunting

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 16:19
Jackie and I had a 'twitch' today after the Little Bunting that was found at Chiswell, Portland yesterday.  The only trouble was that my car was in the garage and Jackie's turbo doesn't seem to be working properly, but as it's a county tick and it's been a slight bogey bird in Dorset for us to catch-up with, we made the decision to go for it even if we had to get the breakdown truck out to get home. 
After an hour we arrived and parked up and meeting friends Liz and Terry who had already seen the bird and pointed us in the right direction, which in fact was about four metres away from where we were stood.  So I joined a few photographers to see if I could manage a few memory shots and a little video of the bird.
Little Bunting - Chiswell, Portland © Nick HullThe above shot was taken just to the rear of a parked car at the edge of the drive to the rear of the buildings.  The one below was taken when it was disturbed by a delivery van and it moved to sit and preen in some dried scrub on the Chesil bank.  I have to say of all the Little Buntings I've seen this was the most confiding Little Bunting - Chiswell, Portland © Nick HullAnd the good news is we made it back home without use of a tow truck.
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Since the last Post

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:58
Since our last post I had a few hour to spare and went to Arne and volunteered a few hours which I try to do as regularly as possible. On the way I stopped at a field at Nutcrack Lane and checked if the Cattle Egrets were with the cattle there.  There were nineteen Cattle Egret spread across the field,  so out with the bridge camera for a little shooting and trying out the video mode.  Here's what I managed to get.
Also Arne had been getting a male Brambling into the feeding station behind the Welcome Hut so whilst helping out I kept an eye open for a it to visit.  I was just pointing out the different birds to one of the visitors when I spotted a Brambling but this time it was a female none-the-less a very smart bird and she continued to visit throughout the afternoon though somewhat intermittently to the chagrin of some of the visitors.Female Brambling Arne © Nick HullNext we had a Two Owls group meeting at Blashford Lakes this was on a rather cold damp day but luckily for us it stayed dry right up until we were walking to the cars when it started again. None-the-less we had a good mornings birding see many of the regular species that frequents the reserve.  The highlights were Green Sandpiper on the bank and a dozen Goosander from the Goosander hide was most appropreiate on Ibsley Water.  Also from the Goosander hide we had realy close views of a Snipe which was hunkered down right below the hide amongst trashed willow on the shoreline.Common Snipe - Goosander Hide, Isbley Water, Blashford © Nick Hull

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