It was a very cold morning but fairly bright with a little cloud so we decided to take a trip out. We thought a trip down to Radipole Lake in Weymouth a reserve in the centre of the town which is owned and maintained by the RSPB. We have been promising to take a look for some time and now we are free of Rod’s visits to the hospital we are trying to get out and about. The reserve consists of reeds and lagoons and it has many easy paths to allow you to walk around. There was plenty of waterfowl on the water Mallards, Cormorants, Coots, Moorhens, Heron and the little Tufted Ducks and the one below was having a bad hair day the wind was whipping across the lagoons.
The next bird I spotted took me a long time to name once I got home, it was not on the RSPB site and I had to do a little more detective work. It is a Hooded Merganser. I found it is quite a celebrity on Radipole, he arrived in Portland in 2007 and now lives at Radipole, a bird I believe that comes from North America and is not yet accepted as a native species. No wonder it looks so grumpy being the only one.
The next bird was new to me as well but it was easier to identify on The RSPB website, and that was a Shelduck.
We met the Dorset wildlife photographer Colin Varndell on the way round, like us he was looking for the Bearded tit. We saw one in the reeds but I was unable to take a picture as he was behind all the stems but we did see another and I got quite a few pictures which I have put on my Photography Blog – www.marilynjanephotography.co.uk/photo_blog/radipole-lake-weymouth-bearded-tits/. We also heard a Cetties warbler which Colin pointed out but unfortunately we didn’t see one.