Wednesday, March 17, 2010


With a high over France, light southerly winds and drizzle forecast for Dorset, there had to be birds at Portland. Leaving a bit late, whilst on my way news came through of a Hoopoe at Southwell. On passing Lodmoor spotted Bagsy waiting for a bus so stopped and picked him up. This good turn was reciprocated when on arrival at Southwell we were invited into his friends garden where the bird had been feeding. It had gone by the time we arrived but after some waiting it came back, landing in one of his trees, it had a look around did a bit of a crest raise and was off again, staying long enough to get a few snap shots.

There were also a few Chiffs about, all having sticky matted areas at base of their bills giving away their migrant status. This stuff has been analysed and seems to be a mixture of pollen and other sticky things!