Portland Sunday 22nd May

On Sunday I was joined by a small group for a Guided walk at Portland Bill, the weather was still and quite warm so hopes were high for some late migrants as well as the common species present at the bill. Meeting in the Carpark I quickly picked up a Great Skua passing on the sea, sadly this is one of the worst viewpoints and was only briefly seen before departing east and disappearing behind the rocks. Guillemots and Razorbills put on a good show for us from the colony, unfortunately Puffin eluded us yet again but Kittiwake, Fulmar and several Gannets afforded good views. The 'Portland' Rock Pipits showed well for us, showing all the weird features that the locals seem to have, including some of the littoralis lookalikes. One of the Obs Quarry Little Owls showed superbly for us around the hut fields, although I've seen them well here before none of them have performed this well.

As we aproached the Obs KP alerted us to a Turtle Dove showing nicely at the Obs, with a brisk walk ensuing we were all able to enjoy excellent scope views, for 2 of my guests this was a UK tick, with the way things are going it might be one of the last Turtle Doves I see too.