Spring part 2

Ignoring the fact that I merely twitched all of the good birds I saw in spring, it was tremendous, only 9 days into May and Portland had landed not only a 1st for Dorset but a 9th for Britain. Spectacled Warbler had sat somewhere in the mythical but will probably turn up one day category for years, every spring rings the same and on at least one day of the season one will be talked up as long overdue. The difficult bit was going to be where and when...

A Few days prior to this a 1s Male Red-footed Falcon graced the bill 

Two Days before that saw the discovery of a singing Dusky Warbler in Top fields!

A Singing Wood Warbler was also discovered, a weird day.

Fast Forward a few weeks, back to work and everything was quiet, then this started singing at Lodmoor! 

2 days later, by pure luck I switched my day off, walked onto the obs patio and jammed into this beaut!

Sat here now in the latter half of June planning autumn birding, spring seems such a long time ago, that said, this one will take a lot of beating! 

Autumn Walks

To book your place on any of the walks below please contact me at Jstockwell20@Gmail.com, Direct Message me on Twitter @Joe_stockwell 
or call 07787-362089 (No Dogs Please)

Next Walk 
Migrant Birdwatching at Portland
23rd September and 7th October

Join me at one of the best locations at one of the best times of year for 2 walks at Portland Bill, We'll be looking for lots of routine migrants Including Willow, Sedge, and Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Wheatear and Whinchat and specialties such as Melodious Warbler and Wryneck, both of which are annual at this time of year. both walks will be covering different areas of the bill and surrounds hoping to tap into some really good migrant birding. Overhead will be passing Yellow Wagtail and Tree pipit, not forgetting to look out for departing Osprey too. Maybe even some of the goodies below!

Ortolan Bunting

Icterine Warbler

Melodious Warbler

Scarlet (common) Rosefinch

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Short-toed Lark

Short-eared Owl

We'll start each walk at 7am in the Portland Bill Carpark SY676684 where there is a pay and display charge, we'll head out for 3 Hours, Although it will be mainly flat there are a couple of uphill and downhill tracks and good walking footwear is advised. 

The cost of the walks will be £8 and limited to 10 places, the terrain is slightly up and down but suitable for outdoor shoes. Public Toilets at the Bill Carpark

To book on you can email me atJstockwell20@Gmail.com, Direct Message me on Twitter @Joe_stockwell or call 07787-362089 

An update... at last!

Whether it's sheer laziness or just a lack of ability to string a few words together for a blogpost I don't know but I've neglected my poor blog for over 6 months now. It's already been quite a busy spring and I've been lucky enough to jam in on some serious falls of birds, of which writing about should have been easy, I was excited enough! Working full time on a PC has got a lot to answer for, who wants to come home and look at a screen for several more hours, not me.

The spring so far in picture and sounds...

Caspian Gull at Radipole, Self found and long awaited Dorset tick

Spotted Redshank at Radipole, Site tick and a great patch bird in the spring.

Little Ringed Plover at Lodmoor, good numbers of these passed through in March

Velvet Scoters - Always exciting 

Black-tailed Godwits at Radipole, Cos' I like the pic

Red-rumped Swallow at Radipole, after a couple of tries this bird finally showed really well for me!

Barwits and Whimbrel off the Chesil, still early but seawatching has been good

Some nice spring Migrants from Portland, Fieldfare, Wheatear and Whinchat.