Saturday, 9 April 2011

Portland Birding

Short-toed lark
We headed down to Portland Bill for the long staying Short-toed lark

We arrived at Portland bill and rob let us out the car while he went to look for a parking space and we instantly got on to the Short-toed lark in the ploughed field it was showing really well, you could see the lovely chestnut crown and its light supercilium what a superb bird , there was also stock doves feeding in the field and two stonechats behind us, Rob arrived and it was still showing so we watched for about 15-20 minutes before we walked into the observatory to see if anything has been seen but there was nothing much around apart from a few gannets out on the see and a peregrine.
back at the car we had another stonechat sitting just a few feet away also a few linnets
we then headed down to the old lighthouse on the cliff top for abit of sea watching and this is what we had.
Little gull 4.
Rock pipit.
Sand martin 2.
kittiwake 15.
Puffin 11.
Fem Ring ouzel
From here we headed to Reaps lane and dad picked out a fem Ring ouzel in a horse paddock showing really well and it was especially close 2 swallows were flying along the cliff edge but nothing else of interest.
on the way home we popped into lodmoor to see are old friend the long bill Dowitcher when the news broke out that there was a female Little crake at Arundel wwt but that was a 104 miles away and we did not think we would make it in time before the reserve shut . so this would have to wait till the morning , poor old dad and rob had to put up with me all evening while i was in a bad mood !!!!!!! 

other recent year ticks we have had
1Male Whinchat.
6 Sedge warblers.
1 Reed warbler.
1 Whitethroat.
1 Green sandpiper

Sedge warbler





Fem Ring ouzel

Fem Ring ouzel

Chesil beach

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