14 May 18

Portland Harbour

Today Dawn and I finally went to sea and did a spot of fishing while we were bobbing about along the Breakwater. No fish sadly but a great time nevertheless.

A few fly-bys were 2 Shelduck, several Oystercatchers, Cormorants, Great Black-backed Gulls out in Weymouth Bay. In the harbour more Cormorants and few Sandwich Terns, whilst in The Fleet the Little Terns.

Out to sea we go.....

........for a spot of fishing.

Top angler.

Portland from the harbour.

Looking across Weymouth Bay.

Along the breakwater the Cormorants look on.

Lodmoor

A flying visit to Lodmoor this morning in the hope of seeing the Bluethroat which turned up at 7:00am. It had been seen on the southern edge of Lodmoor and everyone was concentrating on the bushes Here.

Whilst I was keeping an eye out, a bird flew out of the hedgerow into the rough ground close-by. Unfortunately nobody else had seen it fly out, but a few of us decided to walk around to the spot closest to where I had seen it drop.

As we were standing there a bird started to call from the area in front of us and having played back a track on Xeno-canto, I am more than happy to say that this was the Bluethroat I saw and heard, albeit a brief view.

Here is the sound track of what I heard Here and a few images of the bird via a twitter feed from Edmund Mackrill Here

Also here this morning my first Reed Warbler of the year and some great views of the Marsh Harriers and Common Terns.

One of the many Common terns here.

A sleepy drake Pochard.

And a busy parent as this Coot chick comes in for meal.

Elsewhere lots of Mallard ducklings about.

Birds recorded: Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Pochard, 2 Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Coot, Herring Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Swift, Swallow, Dunnock, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.