Portland Bird Observatory website.
As 'birders' you may find interest in the posts of Tuesday 4th October and 14th July 2011
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'dark phase' Long-tailed Skua!
Dark clouds predominated again this morning but failed in the main to keep the sun at bay, and with the wind a little fresher and firmly in the southern quarter the chill had disappeared. Taking a look at the Birding News from yesterday there was a possibility of seeing 3 quality species if indeed they had not continued their migration, so a little local 'twitching' called for. Distributed fairly widely, for the car-less logistically the venture was going to be a little difficult, but faint heart and all that........
A bus from town to Foords Corner left a walk of about 2 miles to the Army Bridging Camp perched on the edge of the Fleet at Wyke Regis, where the first target was said to be 100 yards along the perimeter fence. My first pass didn't reveal the bird, so I walked on a little further but turned back after just a short distance to find Brett Spencer approaching from the opposite direction. This raised the confidence level somewhat as I have 'birded' with Brett on many occasions and know him to have a pair of the sharpest eyes in the business. Still some way off, he started pointing in the direction of what was the sort after
Also in the area were a small feeding flock of
Sparrowhawk flew overhead, while one of quite a number of
There are a couple of notices to follow that may be of some benefit to local readers, as they were to me (The Bus Pass Birder) when sent by my friend Janet Read.
Buxton Road (northbound) closure
Monday 31 October 2011 - Monday 12 December 2011
- Area: Buxton Road, Weymouth
- Cause: Wessex Water repairs
- Responsibility: Wessex Water
- Duration: approx 6 weeks
Service 1 will be disrupted from Monday 31st October for approximately 6 weeks while Wessex Water work near Bincleaves and Buxton Road junction.The roads will be closed northbound (returning to Weymouth) and as a result service 1 will be diverted at Foords Corner and will travel via Portland Road and Wyke Road for the duration of works.
Bus stops in Portland and Wyke Roads will be observed on the inbound journey.
Customers are requested to use these bus stops until the works are complete.
Insignificant, unless you were one of the regular revelers at the vibrant Cornopian Public House which was years ago the house on the left with the yellow blooms, this is the site relating to the following notice. As the bridge progresses over the next 20 weeks I'll bring you updates.
Rodwell Trail Bridge Improvements
Monday 24 October 2011 - Saturday 31 March 2012
- Area: Newstead Road, Weymouth
- Cause: New bridge
- Responsibility: DCC
- Duration: approx 20 weeks
Newstead Road will be closed to Northbound traffic from Monday 24th October 2011.Services 3, 5 and 8 towards Abbotsbury Road will be diverted from North Quay into Westwey Road (stopping at the Law Courts bus stop for ASDA), left into Abbotsbury Road and will continue on route from The Rock junction. Bus stops at ASDA and The Rock, outbound, will not be served for the duration of the works.
Services towards Weymouth town centre are not affected at this time but it is expected that Newstead Road will be closed completely at the beginning of February. Details will follow nearer the time.
Artist Richard Harris has created the sculpture titled ‘Jurassic Stones’. The picture above shows an artist impression of the sculpture. The idea of incorporating art in the development of the relief road was proposed in the Weymouth and Portland Commissioning Plan for 2012. The project has received funding from Arts Council England.
The sculpture will be created using boulders which were revealed in Southdown Ridge when work began in preparation for the new road. Subject to weather, the sculpture is due to be finished in December.
This landmark shouldn't take anywhere near that time of bridge construction, so hopefully there will be another picture, of the completed article, before too long.