Thursday, 9 February 2017

Theme For An Imaginary Western - Mountain Part V

The following day Lodmoor, Weymouth also started with something of a bang as at the eastern end not only did we find an 'on road' car park, but also jammed straight into one of the 5 or so
WATER PIPIT
there. Unfortunately, we still haven't been able to capture these often secretive
little birds on film, so hope the line-drawing will suffice.
While Scaup was already safely tucked away in List Land we did decide to
mossy round to the post box, northern fringe, in the hope of a closer look and
maybe even an image. That was not to be although c5 were seen in flight at a distance.
However, what did fly right before our eyes was a
BITTERN
which landed in the nearby
Reed Bed.
With the c2 Richard's Pipits still being reported from "behind the cafe"
at Abbotsbury, that was though very much worth a look but we were
immediately stymied by not being able to find access. A little disappointment set in,
but not for long, as yet another stroke of inspiration set in as we abandoned the
Strange Rover
and boarded the X53 bus for Lyme Regis and the River Lym.
Our first little foray for Black Redstart, a Dorset List addition, met with a
BLANK but it was no surprise to find a couple of
GREY WAGTAIL
'flycatching' in one of the culverts. Only a matter of 100 yards or so
further on a small patch of 'white' caught the eye which manifested itself into a
DIPPER
video
not only sat at extremely close quarters
but also singing its little head off.
video
Something we can only remember experiencing once before
we found we had to trespass onto the small wooded bridge that is
access to the house imaginatively named
WATERSIDE!
You should be able to here the 'vocals' via the video clips, if not
we will refund the money?
Constrained by the bus timetable it was time to leave but not before
a close cousin of the Dipper broke cover in the shape of this
WREN
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