Portland and Lodmoor 21-4-14

April 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Started early today, I went down to Ferrybridge, I was hoping to see some Waders, all I saw were Dunlin and Ring Plovers, very difficult to get near them at all, did manage some pics of the Dunlin, not brilliant though, I met up with my mate Chris in the carpark and we headed up to Barleycrates Lane via Portland Castle, all I saw there were a few Whitethroats, we walked for miles up along the cliffs and around Reap Lane, should have known then, it wasn't going to be a great day, we had reports come in of a Grasshopper Warbler at Portland Castle and an Osprey flying in over the same spot, then as we left the Lane a report of a Northern Harrier and a Blue Headed Wagtail from where we had just walked, how frustrating, I did get to see a Holly Blue butterfly the first landed one of the year.

We headed up to the farm and top fields, saw a few Redstarts and Wheatear, did get a Kestrel performing above us which was good, in the end we must have walked for about 5 miles up there for very little, we headed back to Weymouth, to Lodmoor, after risking life and car in the wonderful Weymouth traffic system,  we ventured off on another trek, saw young Cootlets and Ducklings, went up onto the Old tip and saw Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warblers, a few Willow/Chiffs and Blackcaps, I also had an interesting view of a Long Tailed Tit, never seen it with a fan tail before,up on the dead tree, still another days walking done, aches and Arthritis reminding me I'm getting old, Happy Days :-)


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