For now though, something a little different, Spring migration is a time where all birdwatchers start to get excited, for me there is nothing better than walking across a migration hotspot uncovering the first Wheatears arrived in off the sea, or watching hundreds of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers make their way northwards to their breeding grounds, across nothing more than a few Brambles and Alexanders! You can get the chance to see passage on the sea including Skuas, Ducks and Terns all moving in good numbers by April.
So, where is this going? My first guided walk of course! Although I have led walks for both Portland Bird Observatory and the RSPB this will be my first set up entirely by myself for your pleasure! In time there will be a full program for the year, for the time being though I'll advertise this one and should it be a success (which I am confident it will be) I'll add more straight away.
Migrants, Migrants and More Migrants! Sunday 10th April
Pomarine Skuas and 3 Teal
The walk will start at 7am in the Portland Bill Carpark SY676684 where there is a pay and display charge, we'll head out for 3 Hours on a fairly leisurely walk looking to find as much as possible with very good local knowledge and up to date information. Although it will be mainly flat there are a couple of uphill and downhill tracks and good walking footwear is advised. All ages and abilities welcome.
The cost of the walk is £8 per person limited to 14 places, that will also include a cup of coffee and a biscuit during a brief stop at PBO where we may be lucky enough to see a couple of birds in the hand.