Sunday 1st April 2012

   April already, migration time????

   Portland and Weymouth today hoping for some migrants. Found out when i arrived at the Obs, is t was a bit quiet. Also found out that the day before they had a ringing record, 600+ birds ringed. Today they rang 6!!!! Typical.
   After a quick look around the Bill area, with no real luck, went off to the Reap Lane, Barleycrates Lane area. In the trees around the Stables there, there were a pair, well male and female anyway, Black Redstarts and a male Common Redstart. So a bit better. Swallows and Wheatears around the area too. Went back to the Obs to be told there were 2 Ring Ouzels near Barleycrates Lane, so back there then. Sadly we didnt see either of them, but i did manage to hear one 'chacking' away briefly. Very quiet though really.
   Went down to Radipole RSPB. Two Willow Warblers were in the Buddliea near the duck feeding area. At least 2 more around the reserve, quite a few Cettis Warblers were around as usual, but NOT showing, as usual!
Willow Warbler

Tufted Duck

   Last but not least had a quick look around at Wyke Regis, to try to find the Richards Pipit which had been around for months. No sign. But, did have a male Stonechat and still quite a few Red-breasted Mergansers on the Fleet.

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