Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Portland Bill & Weymouth Reserves

Portland Bill, Radipole, Lodmoor
Blues skies some wind
Not been to Weymouth for a few weeks so blue skies forecast time for a trip !
First off Ferrybridge for some waders but got tide times wrong so carried on to Portland where we were hoping for Wryneck and maybe Merlin. But Barleycrates lane first and first spot a Whinchat .

Then a windswept Wheatear. 

Plenty of Meadow Pipits and Linnets about Linnets into a couple of hundred.

Into Reap lane and a tweet saying Wryneck had moved to the Hump so decided to check on way back,carried on around coastline towards Bill Stonechats and Kestrel were about.
                         At the lighthouse chips and coffee and round towards the Obs in hope of the Wryneck ,hoping the earlier was a different one ! A few other birders there but no sighting for 3 hours Plus, so carried on. Kestrel showed well as usual.

On up to Reap lane again where the Kestrel was sat on a chimney pot checking out the House Sparrows and Starlings.

Almost like the spotted Arrows !

While watching a Buzzard joined the fly past giving us stunning views !

Blue skies almost better than summer!

To the Hump where we heard  the Wryneck,listening to the call from a recording on phone, almost 100% but no sighting. A fly past Peregrine flew over towards Barleycrates where we heard the calling Wryneck. From here down to Radipole where it was very quiet, a Med Gull from the Buddleia Loop in towards the car park/entrance, we spotted 2 Bar-Tailed Godwit on the mud.Into sun but a new tick for both of us !

Also few unappreciated Pigeons!

Rats mmm.. Stunning birds i'd say !

Left here happy, with a new tick! Next up was Lodmoor.

The main pool produced a large number of Canada Geese and also 5 Dunlin with a few Lapwing and Black-Tailed Godwit. Super light from the West Path.

Then to our surprise 2 more Bar-Tailed Godwit dropped in giving us some cracking views in flight and feeding.
Bar Tailed Godwit in Flight showing Bar Tailed.

Now Black Tailed Godwit for comparison. 

Bar Tailed Godwit and Teal feeding happily. 

With the sun setting the West path pool was glowing nicely and a fly-past Kingfisher ended the day on a great count of 53 species (but probably missed a few more!)

Thanks For Looking !

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