Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Dorset 15th January

Primarily a trip to see the Hume's (which we didn't) but Gnome did see earlier in the year (see Gnome's Birding Diary )
also gave us the chance to catch up with the nearby Richard's Pipit which like the Warbler is over wintering near Wyke Regis on the outskirts of Weymouth in Dorset. A stop at Radipole on the way back added the long staying Hooded Merganser.
I first saw this bird shortly after it was found a couple of years ago and...well...
the jury is still out on it's provenance?

*It was found exhausted in a storm drain near Chesil Cove...
*But it was in June- hardly a mounth synonymous with American birds turning up?
*The Hoodie eventually started coming to bread...
*As are the wild Tuffted Ducks at Radipole-also taking advantage of an easy food source...

Anyway, it's a stunning looking bird wherever he came from? go see it.
Last stop was at Longham Lake near Bournmouth for an on/off Blue-winged Teal...
well it was an off day but the redhead Smew was a nice consolation.

Richard's Pipit Wyke Regis

Hooded Merganser Radipole

Cormorants at Longham Lake but no Blue-winged Teal
Weymouth Hoodie (c) Two Eyes

more Weymouth Hoodies

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