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

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