30th December 2013 - Portland

We decided to go for a proper twitch on the 30th, down to Portland to see the Brünnich's Guillemot.  The drive was quite nice as it was a lovely day and we got there relatively quickly.  The first bird that was of excitement (to me) were a couple of Red-breasted Merganser - a lifer for me!  This was quickly followed by another lifer but this time for both of us, a Black Guillemot.  

A lone lady Eider was fast asleep and a couple of Pied Wagtail were hopping around.  We decided to head up to where the majority of the twitchers were and as we got there the Brünnich's Guillemot appeared - and swiftly headed to where we had just come from.  However, we got some great sights over about 10 minutes, lovely little bird.  

Brunnich's Guillemot
One day I'll find that pot of gold

Whilst we were waiting for it to reappear I got yet another lifer - a Great Northern Diver.  It unfortunately didn't reappear for a while and it was getting late so we moved on to Radipole where there was a Glossy Ibis happily standing in a field with kids riding their bikes nearby and a small menagerie of photographers merely metres away.  Amazing.  

Glossy Ibis

We made a last ditch attempt to get the Poole Harbour for the Surf Scoter that had been seen there.  It was nearly sunset when we arrived and we met the last people leaving.  Luckily the last gentleman gave us fantastic directions to see the bird (thank you!) and we got to see it, albeit from a far distance.  Another lifer!  This took me from 194 to 199 birds for the year...noooo!  The 31st would produce just one more for me...right?!

Trip list: 13
Year list: 199
Lifers of year list: 33


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