Day 2 Dawned very clear with an east wind blowing, things looked promising, we started by looking for the Hoopoe straight away and re-found it within 10 minutes! A British tick for both of my guests.
Two Short Eared Owls were seen further to the south near the bill, both roosting so allowing good views, sadly there appeared to be very little in the way of new migrants arriving though, we managed to see all of the routine birds with relative ease so we headed into Weymouth - After a cup of tea obviously!
Our first port of call was Radipole RSPB in the hope of adding Beared Tit to the day list, it didn't take long for me to locate two from the viewing platform, sadly I was the only one to see them so we had to find some more, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting and Cetti's Warbler were also added. Further into the reserve we managed to find a pair of Bearded Tits showing nicely along one of the dykes! I tried to get some photos of them but failed miserably! Lunch was had on the patio at the visitor center, we added Hooded Merganser and Great Crested Grebe while enjoying Brie and Grape sandwiches, thanks to my lovely fiance we had a nice big slab of coffee cake too, Lovely!
A visit to Lodmoor provided yet another yeartick in the for of Lesser Whitethroat, yet again I've seen this species before Common Whitethroat - which I still haven't seen! Several Teal showed superbly along the path edge allowing lovely views of this super duck. We ended the day with some Sandwich Terns at Ferrybridge showing nicely by the oyster farm. A lovely couple of days with some really nice company, sadly we didn't tap into the rarer birds which have turned up in the last few days but I hope it was enjoyable nonetheless.
I hope you'll be joining me for a day tour soon, great birds, great company and really good cake!