Saturday, August 16, 2008

Return to Weymouth

We went back to Weymouth for a few days. Lodmoor had Ruff and Little Stint prior to our visit, so I dashed down on 10th and drew a blank. The water level was high, and there were a lot of birds, but they were nearly all BHG’s. There were about 5 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 2 Blackwits and a few Med Gulls. At Ferrybridge a Sanderling.

Otherwise we visited Tyneham. It was a bit showery as we set off, but as we hit the cliff top path it became clear a large grey cloud was heading in our direction. As we walked down the slope to Worbarrow Bay the wind picked up to gale force, and the rain lashed down, or rather lashed up into our faces. D#3 and #4 had not come across anything like this before, and were screaming hysterically. We dragged them down the slope and into the bay. A Peregrine hung in the wind off the cliffs, and folded its wings into a stoop. I pointed out to the family, but they were all huddling behind a large skip until the rain had passed and refused to look. There’s no pleasing some people! There were a few Gannets in the bay, which I think is unusual along the coast, and was no doubt due to the howling gale.

Oh, and the Hooded Merganser on the Boating Lake, diving away just like a Clearly Wild Bird would do.

Here’s a couple of photos of Weymouth with no birds in.

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