We've been lucky this winter to be hosting a Ferruginous Duck, a 1st winter female discovered by Steve back in December, a county tick back then I traveled (under covid guidance!) to see it, as ever with young wildfowl it was somewhat underwhelming but beggars can't be choosers! Returning to work this year allowed some much closer views and actually, it's a rather smart bird. A few photos from this winter below, as you can see, it's quite the chameleon!
Monday, 15 March 2021
The past 2 weeks have been generous in their larid goodies a the Swannery. The 3rd saw the arrival of a 3cy Caspian Gull, the first of this age to be observed at the Swannery, more on that shortly. Steve then smashed it out the park with a Laughing Gull of the same age on the 11th, a British tick for me and a obviously a county tick to boot, luckily for some local birders it's now been seen roosting in Weymouth bay and even turned up at Lodmoor today. Now on the 15th I've added a second 3cy Caspian Gull a bird also seen by Steve Waite in Devon on the 24th January - The bill pattern is a perfect match.
A few photos of both birds below...
Sunday, 14 March 2021
I’m sure everyone is now fed up with the same line “2020 will live long in the memory for the wrong reasons” and obviously in some respects it will but it was also the year for getting back to basics. From simple garden watching to heading out locally for daily exercise walks we all as birdwatchers came together in the face of adversity and made the best of a particularly bad situation. It had always been my plan to take a year off county year listing, 5 out of the previous 7 years I’d raced all over the place in search of 230+ species, a certain hinderance during the spring made this pretty easy, a serious change to my birding was in order for 2020 and this is how it unfolded.
Thursday, 6 February 2020
The regular faces were already present and quickly pointed the bird out to me, it was immediately apparent the bird was very vocal! Luckily I had packed my recording gear just in case I headed up to the north of the county to look for Willow Tit again. In a ten minute spell the bird called no less than 40 times, giving 2 different call types, the regular "tsiiiu" and also a short period of alarm call. Have a listen below to 3 sequences stitched together.
Although a short blogpost, I hope this is the start of things to come! Photos below were taken with manual focus on a Canon SX70.