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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A Good Day !

Today Charlie Fleming , Dave Land and myself went up to Dorset to do some birding and out of the birds we saw today a Red-Breasted Flycatcher at the Hump on Avalanche Road was the star bird for me .
The day started at Radipole RSPB where we saw 5 Mediterranean Gull , 2 Bearded Reedling , 8 Cetti`s Warbler , a Eurasian Sparrowhawk and a few Reed Bunting . We then had a look at the Lodmoor Reserve where the star bird was a White-Rumped Sandpiper but it was always very distant , also seen was a Great White Egret and 2 Western Marsh Harrier .
                                         

Red-Breasted Flycatcher ( Ficedula parva ) . The Hump . Avalanche Road . Portland



Great White Egret ( Ardea albus ) . Lodmoor . Dorset



Reed Bunting ( Emberiza schoeniclus ) Radipole RSPB . Weymouth . Dorset


Monday, 14 October 2019

The Wanderer Returns

This morning the juvenile/1st winter Long-Billed Dowitcher returned to Bowling Green Marsh after it had gone missing for about a week , the weather today was very bad so the expectation of getting a nice shot looked improbable but our luck was in as it came to the small island right in front of the hide and posed for quite a while .
Also seen today were numerous Northern Pintail , 14 Northern Shoveler , a male Galwall , a Gargany in eclipse plumage , 5 Bar-Tailed Godwit , 2 Curlew Sandpiper , a Whimbrel and a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk .