Tuesday, 19 March 2019
During the winter months cold snowy weather pushed large numbers of Fieldfare and Redwings into the local orchards. Many birds came into the gardens apple trees making the most of the bountiful supply of apples & bird seed provided. Been a great year for wintering Blackcaps & Firecrest in the garden with large numbers of Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and several Siskins coming to the garden feeding station. Few images below of the garden Fieldfares
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Went down to see the confiding 1st winter Little Bunting that has been present at Chiswell-Portland, giving mega views on Pebble Lane. The Little Bunting showed extremely well coming to within a couple feet at times feeding on seed blown onto the lane from the strong sea-winds.
The Bunting preformed very well during the hour I was present while a male Black Redstart was feeding on the Chesil Beach nearby.
After the Bunting, a quick look at Portland Harbour from Sandsfoot castle produced nice views of a Red-necked Grebe, 8+ Black-necked Grebe, 50+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Guillmeot and lots of Med Gulls passing by.
During the month of November, strong southerly winds hitting the south of the Uk brought a large influx of Pallid Swifts to the UK. This individual turned up at Chiswell, Portland, Dorset on 15th November giving great views in very murky grey skies, hawking insects over Chesil Cove. This is my 1st British Pallid Swift record. These birds have been blown northwards due to the winter storms where they should be migrating south into Western Africa.
Despite poor light and weather conditions I managed a few record shots showing some of the key Identification features of Pallid Swift compared to the Common Swift.
Lesser Yellowlegs-Juvenile showing well at RSPB Lodmoor on 14th Novemeber 2018
|Winter plumaged male Ruff at Lodmoor|
|Drake Teal in flight showing off it's amazing colours|
|Large numbers of Mediterranean Gulls present out in Weymouth bay|