25 Mar 18

Portland Bird Observatory and Culverwell

News came in this morning that a Willow Warbler had been ringed at the obs. So after a quick visit to Ferrybridge to sort out the Summer moorings for our boat, it was off to the obs to see if the Willow Warbler was still around.

Unfortunately it and another had moved on, but a Firecrest was a good bird to spot in the garden as well as a female Goldcrest which Peter Morgan (PBO Chairman) showed me and others up really close.

I left the obs and headed up to Culverwell Here to see if there were any Summer visitors, in fact I had the complete opposite and instead of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps, I had a female Brambling (my first this year), 4 Redwings, a Firecrest and a Siskin overhead (also a first for the year).

On the way back to the obs I noticed a few Bottle-nosed Dolphins just off the coast. There appeared to be around 14 dolphins in two pods. A great way to finish off an afternoon walk.

Here are a few images and videos:

Thank you to Peter Morgan for showing me this female Goldcrest up close.

In the Crown Estate Fields a Buzzard looks for prey.

Just a fleeting glance of a Firecrest in Culverwell.

Also in Culverwell this beautiful Brambling.

She posed very well......

...and allowed me to get quite close.

My first Brambling this year and in fact my first since arriving on the island in May last year.

Out to sea Bottle-nosed Dolphins which apart from playing in front of the fishing boat.........

....also took to leaping......


......and back into the water time after time.

These Bottle-nosed Dolphins were having fun with this fishing boat as it made its way up the coast.

Birds Recorded: 6 Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Blackbird, 4 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, Great Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, 1 Brambling, Chaffinch, Linnet, 1 Siskin and Goldfinch.


Early this morning 2 Long-tailed Tits visited the feeders along with Great Tit and a pair of House Sparrows.

Two Long-tailed Tits and a female House Sparrow.

Early morning and 2 Long-tailed Tits and a female House Sparrow on the suet pellets.