Lulworth Cove spot

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Lulworth Cove spot

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We had an exciting time spotting all sorts of goodies but haven't been able to get the site to help with this tinker.

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  • Morning Ian, Lulworth Cove is one of our favourite places, the bird you have is a male Wheatear, nice find.

    www.rspb.org.uk/.../wheatear

  • Hi Ian, looks like you had a great break in beautiful Dorset with weather to match.

    I agree with most of your ID's but not quite all.

    I think the warbler is a Willow Warbler. Note the strong stripe above the eye (supercilium), the flesh coloured legs and the long wing tips. Differentiating between Willow and Chiffchaff is tricky and I don't always get it right. It looks as though it's singing so if it was a Chiffchaff you'd have heard it. Willow Warblers have a short descending song.

    The last one is a Rook not a Raven. The bare skin at the base of the bill is very characteristic.

    Lovely set of photos.

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  • Morning Ian, Lulworth Cove is one of our favourite places, the bird you have is a male Wheatear, nice find.

    www.rspb.org.uk/.../wheatear

  • Thanks. The gorgeous weather gave is several treats that we'd never seen - a Linnet, Corn Bunting and a couple of others that we want to consider. Having read the description it does seem we can be pleased with ourselves spotting that one.

    The posts on the walk were extremely popular.

  • Now I am back home and we looked closer at our many pictures of skylarks we realised a) we are not experienced, b) we had a very productive walk when we just went to enjoy the sea views... so please point out any errors! All taken on my Panasonic Lumix TZ90 compact zoom.

    Someone else agreed with the views.

    We knew this wasn't a Skylark and a quick lookup we find we have a Linnet.

    We now know about this fellow, the Wheatear.

    Seems to me the RAW photo brings out the buff front more even though this is heavily compressed for upload to the site.

    An easy id, cormorants I've known since going on a night fishing trip in China in 1987.

    Skylark? 

    Mr Kestrel

    Forgive the recompose - they were a little further apart but had been sitting together. We think these are Mr & Mrs Stonechat.

    An easy look-up - Corn Bunting.

    Chiffchaff - or Willow Warbler - we think Chiffchaff but we hadn't heard them around.

    A raven - the beak has just been dipped in a cattle trough for a drink on a warm day - we got to watch that at close quarters.

  • Hi Ian, looks like you had a great break in beautiful Dorset with weather to match.

    I agree with most of your ID's but not quite all.

    I think the warbler is a Willow Warbler. Note the strong stripe above the eye (supercilium), the flesh coloured legs and the long wing tips. Differentiating between Willow and Chiffchaff is tricky and I don't always get it right. It looks as though it's singing so if it was a Chiffchaff you'd have heard it. Willow Warblers have a short descending song.

    The last one is a Rook not a Raven. The bare skin at the base of the bill is very characteristic.

    Lovely set of photos.

  • Thanks - actually I meant Rook - just fixated on the Tower of London in my brain when it comes to large black birds. We knew it wasn't a crow because of the lack of feathered nostrils.

    We would be pleased with a willow warbler spot!