Monday, 19 September 2011

Portland Bill

Scoping Gannets (Cherry Barlow)
Had a really nice weekend based at the Portland Bill Bird Observatory. I gave a late night talk at the Obs itself to a tired audience that included a knitting ringer, a sleeping child, a Tawny Owl, a cat and a few humans!

On Sunday I traipsed down to the Bill in a blustery and sometimes wet westerly for a spot of seawatching. Managed a couple of Balearic Shearwaters, a female Common Scoter plus the usual Shags, Cormorants and large gulls. On the fields around us was a Northern Wheatear, stacks of White Wagtails, Starlings and masses of hirundines passing by.

Later that afternoon after Sunday lunch, I scoped three Grey Phalaropes floating inshore at Chesil Cove loosely associating with a couple of Black-headed Gulls.
Chisel Cove - Grey Phalaropes are out there - somewhere!
Portland Bill Bird Observatory in the afternoon
The Bill at 6am (Cherry Barlow)
TUB with Beebo the Tawny Owl (Cherry Barlow)

1 comment:

Jason K said...

Sounds like an enjoyable break Dave.

I really could do with getting to the coast for a bit of see watching. You cant get much more land-locked than the West Midlands!