Tuesday 21 February 2023


 The Eastern Lesser Whitethroat is still going strong.

Have been less mobile since 'pinging' my back last week but I'm gradually getting back into it. The Eastern Lesser Whitethroat is still round the corner and although the tide was out, after work this evening, I managed to record c30 Cattle Egrets from Mudbank - on a wreck across the other side of the river.
Yesterday off Mudbank - 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 62 Wigeon, c40+ Common Gulls and the Cetti's Warbler, calling from dense bramble. A flock of 50 Jackdaws flew over Halsdon Avenue late on, as I walked home.
On the 19th I walked (gingerly) around Phear Park with Lu. A Firecrest was in the Holm Oaks next to Bumble and Tee.
On the 16th (pre-'ping') - the female Scaup was off Mudbank (off the end of Cockle Sands for the first time in ages) along with 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Black-tailed Godwits - Mudbank.

An interesting post on the Portland Bird Obs website - see here. I'm leaning towards blythi (Siberian L W) with this bird, based on plumage tones and structure. A DNA sample would be good...

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