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RE: Portland observatory


To finish our epic 4 day marathon drive (with enough miles covered to get from Land's End to John O'Groats and back to Land's End) we detoured to Southwell on Isle of Portland for great views of the Great Spotted Cuckoo. It was in first summer plumage and here are a couple of phone-scoped images.

Cheers, John

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Good views on Sunday of the 1st summer Great spotted Cuckoo.

After a no show the previous evening, the bird eventually showed well to the assembled crowd feeding on caterpillars in a bush on Reap Lane.

 

A visit to nearby RSPB Arne produced my first Smooth Snake together with a Grass Snake and Slow Worm. biggrin



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3rd October.

After a night's stay in the observatory after visiting RSPB Lodmoor, a quick seawatch with Henry Cook produced 15 Balearic Shearwaters and 1 Storm Petrel amongst the many Gannets and Kittiwakes.

A pair of Peregrines were also seen over the road in the fields.





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a pectoral sandpiper on the local village green near the portland bird obs yeh,yeh,yeh yawn.gifyawn.gif

-- Edited by stuartherring on Wednesday 15th of September 2010 06:16:38 PM

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Hoopoe there today, let's hope that's also on it's way to GM... wink.gif



-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Wednesday 17th of March 2010 11:21:59 AM




Just seen the photo's on their website, should be just about time for it to fly to Elton for Saturdaybiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
Cheers Ian

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Ian Campbell wrote:

Today they have their 1st Swallow and Sand Martin of the yearsmile.gif, so eyes to the skies for the first in GMbiggrin.gif.
Cheers Ian




Hoopoe there today, let's hope that's also on it's way to GM... wink.gif



-- Edited by Rob Thorpe on Wednesday 17th of March 2010 11:21:59 AM

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just spotted it on there site summers coming,summers coming yipeebiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Today they have their 1st Swallow and Sand Martin of the yearsmile.gif, so eyes to the skies for the first in GMbiggrin.gif.
Cheers Ian

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