We spent the morining, and part of the afternoon, in a frustrating & fruitless search for the Richard's Pipit & Hume's Leaf Warbler in Wyke Regis. Birdguides showed the pipit as having been in the Bridging Camp at 1030, well we were there then and we didn't see it, or anyone else who had. After trying for both birds we left at about 1130 to go Ring Ouzel hunting. However, we ended up loo hunting & by the time we finally found one, the pipit sighting was on Birdguides so we decided to have another bash. And then whilst there, the warbler was sighted, so of couse we had another go at that. April Fools or what! It was spookily similar to our failed visit in December, but with a bit more sunshine.
|Entrance to the Bridging Camp, some-time home of the Richard's Pipit|
|The Hume's Leaf Warbler was here, unfortunately not at the same time as us|
Time for the Ring Ouzel hunt. 3 had been sighted in Barleycrate Lane earlier, so we headed there. We came across a very nice chap that we had met on the Bill yesterday. He had seen a male & female, and not long after we arrived a male gave us a nice look as he flew the length of the hedge. He came out again a short while later, but wished he hadn't when he was chased by a dive-bombing Sparrowhawk. Luckily he escaped unscathed.
|Mary hoping for another Ouzel fly-by|
|The Common Redstart was in the trees at the end of Reap Lane|
Last stop of the day was some relaxing seawatching at Portland Bill. Mary added a few species to her list (Razorbill, Gannet, Shag & Rock Pipit).
The Youth Hostel was full tonight, so we are now in a room with curving walls...the Portland Bird Observatory. Interesting, if a little chilly. Yeterday they broke their record for catching and ringing birds, with over a hundred an hour. Today they had 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs & a Bullfinch!
|Home for the night.......Portland Bird Observatory|
Mary's Year List now on 87 & 1 sub