Today, I stopped off at Ferrybridge first, where I bumped into Pete Saunders, the Portland photographer general! He hadn't seen much, and neither did I, apart from a few Mediterranean Gull and 6 Dunlin. Then, as I was continuing my journey just over the bridge itself, a single Sanderling flew over the road, towards the mudflats.
On arrival in Weymouth I noticed I still had plenty of time, so I decided to do the quick Radipole trail, up to the Buddleiha Loop and back. No sign of the Hooded Merganser (isn't it time it was given a name?), but no doubt it was still around somewhere. This juvenile Reed Warbler showed well (phone-bined shot!).
I continued round the Buddleiha Loop, stopping to get brilliant views of a couple of juvenile Bearded Tits which were feeding in the reeds right next to the path. I attempted to get a shot of them, but failed miserably! Not quite in the same league I realise, but this rather scruffy Coot was more confiding (only the best for this blog ;-).
At the viewpoint, I failed to find the Red-crested Pochard of recently (though I didn't have the time nor the optics to do a proper search, so it could well still be about), but did see a Common Sandpiper and a few normal Pochard. I hadn't been here for a few years, and I was really impressed with the quality of the place. Love the new viewing platforms!
Whilst on my round at Wyke Regis, I had the fortune to hear a small flock of Crossbill flying over south. I couldn't locate them, but I was hoping they may have got picked up at Ferrybridge or Portland, as I assume that's where they were heading, but apparently not.
On the way home past Ferrybridge, I noticed a Whimbrel on the far side, attempting to avoid the holidaymakers. There has been one reported there for several days. The same bird?
I couldn't help noticing the great success Joe Stockwell had with Lulworth Skippers the other day, so decided the area behind the Pulpit Inn would be my afternoon excursion.
On the way, I made the customary flying visit to the obs moth traps. Not a great deal notable in there (though a lot had no doubt got away since this morning), but there was a Herald, as well as the impossible to pronounce Ptocheuusa paupella.
Plus, I took the oppurtunity to (poorly) photograph Kent Black Arches, which appear to be pretty common here.
On the way back over the Top Fields, I found the new plant of Scented Mayweed. They really do smell lovely!
Back to Weymouth tomorrow, and maybe a Garganey at Radipole? Would be nice.