Saturday, 2 February 2008

Langton Herring, Portland, Countess Wear, Dawlish & Beer

The day started mighty fine!! Long-billed Dowitcher straight away though at range with 6 Snipe, Redshank and Lapwing, before a Spoonbill flew in and landed about a metre from the feeding Dowitcher. Making an unusual combo!

Sorry for the poor standard but in all fairness were a fair way away. The Long-billed Dowitcher sat amongst SNipe under the lip of mud in the centre. I don't think the Spoonbill needs pointing out!! (c) Ashley Howe

Portland Harbour held 3 Long-tailed Ducks and Razorbill, but at the Bill there were thousands with Gannets, Kittiwake and Fulmars added.

Continuing the journey West, the Falcated Duck hadn't been reported since first thing. And no further sign. But we went anyway, finding that is was ridiculous to be considered as a genuine bird. In a small, heavily vegetated pool amongst trees and associating with a few Teal and Mallards. If it is gen, then it isn't helping itself!

Then we popped into Dawlish, there was no sign of the Surf Scoter, Devon wasn't doing us much favours. A Velvet Scoter was the best we could muster up, and as darkness fell we scored with 2 Black Redstarts at Beer Beach.

Thanks again Dan, for another great day out!!

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