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
Hooded Merganser & Tufted Duck (courtesy Loren)
Hooded Merganser (courtesy Loren)