Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Radipole & Lodmoor with a bit of Portland



Sunny, 13º, light WSW, still feeling cool.

Early morning spent on Portland then a trip in to Weymouth to do the holiday maker bit and include a visit to The RSPB reserves of Radipole Lake and Lodmoor.

A casual seawatch from the Obs and a few brief forays nearby provided the following.
A Great Northern Diver, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Skua and an Arctic Skua on the sea and a singing Willow Warbler and Garden Warbler in the Obs garden, a Lesser Whitethroat nearby and a flyover Tree Pipit.

Radipole Lake had singing Reed and Sedge Warblers also a couple of Cetti’s Warbler.
The Hooded Merganser is still present in its sixth year and is paired up with a female Tufted Duck.

Lodmoor provided the following: 20+ Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, a Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, several Bearded Tit, a Marsh Harrier, and a Peregrine overhead chasing a small wader! Also several other duck species.

 Distant Marsh Harrier
 Oystercatcher
 Hooded Merganser & Tufted Duck (courtesy Loren)
 Hooded Merganser (courtesy Loren)

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