|Dusky Warbler, Portland: a rare view out in the open
|Staying so low in the vegetation that it would have been difficult to locate if it wasn't calling regularly
|Perhaps the clearest view I enjoyed in 3 hours of watching
|Caught in mid air - check out those orange feet
|Note the rusty flanks and vent
|Here giving its tutting call - note sharp supercilium in front of the eye (diffuse in Radde's)
With a good Dorset tick in the bag from the top of the famous rock it was time to head down to the bottom and the migrant trap of Portland Castle. Three Chiffchaffs and two Black Redstarts were aron the castle walls, and the wintering Black Guillemot eventually appeared out in the harbour with a Great Northern Diver for company.
|Black Redstart on the picnic tables outside the Chesil Beach Centre...
|...and on the roof...
|...and on the tideline at Ferrybridge
|Chiffchaff at Portland Castle
|Great Northern Diver, Portland Harbour
|Black Guillemot, phone-scoped taking a rest on a mooring in Portland Harbour
It was incredibly mild for mid-November, which may have helped explain the lack of waterfowl in Portland Harbour - apart from the returning Tystie, a couple of Great Norther Divers and a handful of Red-breasted Mergansers there wasn't much to be seen. But still a fruitful excursion, and good to keep the county list ticking along as the clock had pretty much stopped on that in the last few months.
|Wren at Ferrybridge
|Black Redstart, just drawing a few things to the attention of the humans