Sunday, 3 March 2019

February 2019.

Barn Owl - Seen several times during the month locally


February pretty much picked up where January left of with plenty of forays looking for local Barn & Short-eared Owls

The Short-eared's seem to be pretty much nocturnal often seen leaving the roost site location just prior to darkness, however later in the month they appeared more diurnal being seen from late afternoon on-wards.
Red Kite - seen throughout the month

Merlin - 1 male seen on Forest on the 11th 

Hen Harrier - The Forest Female finally fell and was observed several times but a Ringtail Male seen off Forest at another site location was a welcome surprise as seen several times mid afternoon hunting and coming in to roost.

Marsh Harrier - several sightings recored at Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth throughout the month.

Common Buzzard - seen throughout the month.

Ring Necked Duck - The drake at Radipole Lake finally allowed a couple of photos to be taken

Spoonbill - 3 individuals seen dropping in to Lodmoor on the 16th

Wheatear - 1 seen at Ferrybridge on the 27th was a nice and appreciated early observation. 
Short-eared Owl 1 of 2 - Seen several times during the month locally
Sunset locally whilst watching the above Owl's
Always good to see a nice clear sky with the moon taking centre stage begging to be photographed whilst out locally
3 Spoonbills flying in at Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset 16/02/2019

Drake Ringed-necked Duck - Radipole Lake RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset, 16/02/2019
Lesser Yellowlegs - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset 17/02/2019

Wader sightings were dominated by the Lesser Yellowlegs that remains faithful to Lodmoor RSPB but showing especially well and for walk-away views on the 17th

Jack Snipe - 1-2 birds seen out in the open feeding on the back edge of the main lake at Farlington Marsh on the 23rd was the first seen on the deck feeding for a long time.

Greenshank - 4 birds together on the main lake at Farlington during a high tide roost which luckily included a colour ringed individual (my first blinged Greenshank) on the 23rd.

Avocet - 2 at Farlington on the 23rd. 

Ruff - the white headed individual seen several times during the month at Lodmoor. 


Ruff - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset 17/02/2019
Short-eared Owl 1 of 3  - dark individual - Portland Bill - 16/02/2019


A total of 6 Short-eared Owl's were recorded throughout the month with 2 local birds, 3 - Portland & 1 - Farlington which was seen flying around the main lake on the 23rd.  
Farlington Marshes - Main Lake - Portsmouth, Hampshire - 23/02/2019
Short-eared Owl, 1 of 3 - Portland Bill, Dorset, 27/02/2019
Short-eared Owl, 1 of 3 - Portland Bill, Dorset, 27/02/2019







Sunset - Portland Bill - 27/02/2019.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

January 2019.




Yellow-browed WarblerLodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - 01st January 2019

January and the year of 2019 got off to a good start with both Yellow-browed Warbler & the over wintering Lesser Yellow Legs both observed at Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, on the 01st day of the year. The Lesser Legs took some searching and seemed to be rather elusive at the start but finally seen towards the tail end of the day.  
Lesser Yellow Legs - 1st winter Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - 01st January 2019

White-tailed Eagle - New Forest with Fawley Power station chimney in the background


The 02nd of January delivered a nice surprise whilst undertaking a Hen Harrier survey by relocating the juvenile White-tailed Eagle as it appeared coming in and flying on to what appeared to be the roost area. A few days later I was lucky to bump in to the bird again on Forest but having moved to another location making it 3 different locations I have seen this individual on Forest since the first sighting in December last year. 
Male Hen Harrier departing roost site, 1 of 2 seen several times throughout the month on Forest.
Hen Harriers continued to show on Forest albeit briefly at times with two males being observed but a female seen had managed to give me the swerve during my searches.


Imm Male Marsh Harrier - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset
Short-eared Owls are always a favourite and having 2 birds locally is much appreciated


Red Kites - The local birds seem to be starting to become vocal and playful as they prepare for the season ahead.



Barn Owl - always nice to see but difficult to photograph at present.

Note Worthy sightings included:

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - 1 male observed on the 19th January seen foraging 



Ring Necked Duck - The nice Drake was recorded during the late afternoon of the 27th January from 
fishing pontoon number 8 at Radipole Lake RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset.  

Merlin - Sightings of a male going in to and leaving a newly discovered roost site this month which was a nice surprise.



Goshawk - Sightings on Forest

Tawny Owl - Only a single heard middle of the afternoon one day.


Siberian Chiffchaff 1 with 20+ Chiffchaffs - Eastleigh SF

Lesser Yellow Legs - 1st winter Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset above on the 27th January.

Darivic, Green ringed RE63  Med Gull - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - 27/01/2019

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Lodmoor RSPB - Lesser Yellowlegs.

Lesser Yellowlegs - West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018
Having spent time the previous weekend down at the Lodmoor, where I failed to see the Lesser Legs, get soaked through and only managed to get the Ruff and Greenshank images at the bottom of this post but luckily saw the Pallas's at Wakeham albeit briefly I was still keen to try and get some better images and video of the Lesser Legs than I had previously managed so far this season. 


And so I headed out early for a dawn start at Lodmoor but on the way down I was saddened to see a dead Barn Owl on the roadside of the Weymouth relief road and arrived at Lodmoor just as daylight was appearing. After around ten minutes walking along the west-path all the waders flew up and passed me as if disturbed / flushed further up the marsh and I could see that the Lesser Legs was also with them as it flew along the marsh calling and landed briefly. 

Over the following hours this bird showed well and the best I have seen it during the time it has been present, this afforded some nice views, better photos and digi-vids. Greenshank, Ruff, Blackwit, Snipe, Lapwing, Marsh Harrier 2, Common Buzzard, Spar, Kestrel, Chiffchaff and Little Egrets all added to the day. I did contemplate staying on and visiting Radipole to see if the Franklins would put in an appearance or even doing the roost but I wanted to get back to the forest for the last hour of the day.



Lesser Yellowlegs - West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018
Lesser Yellowlegs (feeding)- West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018
Lesser Yellowlegs - West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018

Ruff - West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018
Greenshank - West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018
Black-tailed Godwit - West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018
Little Egret - West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018


View for a Brew - West scrape - Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018

Thursday, 15 November 2018

New Forest National Park - Recent Sightings.

Hen Harrier - 2 males heading off Forest for the day 


Hen Harrier - 2 males - Forest 03rd November
Merlin - 1 male - Forest 03rd November

Whimbrel - 1 - Keyhaven Lagoon - 09th November
Knot - 14+ Keyhaven Lagoon - 09th November
Brent Goose - 60+ between both Fishtail and Keyhaven lagoon inc 1 juvenile
Grey Plover - 44+ Keyhaven lagoon - 09th November 
Curlew 70+ Keyhaven Lagoon - 09th November
Avocet  - 2 -Keyhaven lagoon - 09th November

Hen Harrier - male departing the forest for the day
Fallow Deer - becoming more vocal and territorial as the season continues



 Fishtail Lagoon, Pennington, November 2018

Keyhaven Lagoon, Pennington, November 2018

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Radipole Lake RSPB - 01/11/2018.


After hearing that the Lesser Legs had relocated back again to Radipole Lake I thought I would give it a go. A pre dawn arrival on site and I headed to the area of the North screen, an area of the reserve I hadn't been to previously. 

As I arrived it was pretty quiet with no sign of the Lesser Legs. I decided to give it twenty minutes and then if still no sign I would check out the rest of the reserve before heading to Lodmoor. A couple of Great White Egrets were present and showed well, A male Marsh Harrier flew through close and low with both Cetti's Warblers and Bearded Reedlings ever vocal. A female Sparrowhawk passed by low over the reed bed with a few Snipe taking flight but still no sign of the Lesser Legs. 

It was becoming a nice morning and the surrounding scenery was nice and bird activity was improving so I thought I would hang on a bit longer and then just at the thirty minute mark I heard the Lesser Legs calling in the distance and then picked it up flying in low and dropping down. The light was ok at the start but as the morning grew brighter the light became harsher and the Lesser Legs became back-lit and silhouetted.  

At around 11.00 the Lesser Legs, took flight, circling the North marsh and landed directly on the front edge of the marsh in front of the North screen, where it remained for around twenty seconds, allowing just enough time to fire off a few shots before it flew up high and headed down through the reserve towards the information centre where it appeared to drop down. 

I decided to head back checking any marshy areas on route but with no sign of the Lesser legs, however  Bearded Reedlings were heard "pinging" at several locations. 

I needed to get back as I had planned to meet J on Forest for "Roost O'clock" where we were lucky to see a male Hen Harrier  twice before third and finally dropping in to roost. As the last glimmers of daylight closed in I realised it had been a full dawn to dusk day in the field but at this time of the year it is only part time hours at best. 

View from North Screen  - Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018.
Male Marsh Harrier - Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018.
View from North Screen  - Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018
Juv Lesser Lesser-yellow Legs - Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018.
Juv Lesser Lesser-yellow Legs - Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018.



Great White Egret - Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018.
Great White Egret - Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018.
Black tailed Godwit - Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset - November 2018.