Friday, 11 March 2016

Pallas's Warbler + A Barn Owl... Come On!

Date: 10/03/2016
Location: Portesham - Portland Bill - Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Some blue skies, Some cloud
Other Species: 

@ Portesham - Pallas's Warbler, Goldcrest
@ Portland Bill - Peregrine, Kestrel, Buzzard, Raven, Rock Pipits, Linnet, Stonechat
@ Newton St Loe (Patch) - Barn Owl

First off headed down to Portesham to see the now famous Pallas's Leaf Warbler and within minutes of getting there saw and started to click away !

A tricky little chap never really staying still !

But with some great light managed some decent shots :)

This one showing head stripe.

Also just about yellow rump .

The normal habitat, hidden and obscured by branches
O yeah its real normal habitat is actually 
Siberia, Mongolia, and Northeastern China ! 
Only 3500 or if Chinese 4800 miles away !

But looked much better with no obstructions ! 
A cracking little bird and well worth the trip.

So being only 12 miles away from Portland Bill thought I'd head down there, headed through Suckthumb quarry with not much about a Kestrel and soaring Buzzard about it. On coast a couple of Ravens.
Not in this shot just thought it show the bleakness !

Finally a Stonechat pair, also a few Pied Wagtails and 4/5 Rock Pipits darting along coast.

Sat for a packet of crisp and banana to watch a few Shags and Great Black Backed Gulls drying off, think he'd had eyes for my chicken crisp !

After rounding the Bill on fields Skylark were up singing, somewhere!!
Then suddenly this Pheasant came from nowhere and flew off, strange !

On passing the Coastguards lookout, heard the call of a Peregrine

He was keeping a eye out as a number of gulls were above and below him.

Also on fence of Southwell Park 10 or so Linnet were perched.

On returning home it was Owl time and you'll know that recently me and Lauren have discovered a Barn Owl on our Patch after 5 nights of trying to work out its route tonight it paid off !

First off 150+ Redwing almost a murmuration went overhead! Then this Roe Stag stood nicely in Fields.

Then The Barn Owl arrived took loads of pictures but don't wanna give away where so somewhere in Newton St Loe. What an amazing way to end my day!
Only sad thing is Lauren (daughter and fellow birder) not there to share, watching Hairspray, I Know which one I'd rather be doing !!

Thanks For Looking :)

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