31 May 17

A good night's sleep and up at 7:30, though there was a bit of a dawn chorus when the Herring Gulls woke me up at 4:00. A couple of new birds for the house list at 4:10 were a Robin and Blackbird.

At 7:45 other newbees were Swallow and Carrion Crow.

Later in the day when I took on a bit of shed building, I recorded 3 Red Admirals, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, a Mother Shipton (Euclidia mi) plus a white moth with a black spot on each wing!

Also about were at least 2 caterpillars of The Lackey moth (Malacosoma neustria), walking around the garden either looking for fresh food or somewhere to pupate. More on this caterpillar Here.

Other new birds today a pair of Ravens, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Linnet and Jackdaw. And tonight at 9:45 dozens of Swifts screeching over the Cottage. What a great way to end the day.

Here are a few images from today:

One of the 2 Ravens seen overhead today.

The caterpillar of  The Lackey moth (Malacosoma neustria)

Cricket sp.



A Chinook over towards Fortuneswell

30 May 17

My first day on the Isle of Portland and a brand new Blog which I hope will be of interest to the folk on the Isle of Portland and Weymouth, plus some of my past followers of SwindonBirder.

Hopefully there will be daily sightings and images of the wildlife I have recorded, plus some of my fishing exploits either at Radipole or along the coast here. If some of my postings are "No Sightings in today", it's only because the weather was seriously bad or I was otherwise engaged elsewhere. Enjoy.

Well I arrived at my new home at 3pm and after 6 hours of unpacking decided enough was enough and it was time for some shut eye.

However I did get a few seen and heard ticks from the house before I called it a day with a Goldfinch on the defunct TV aerial, a family of 3 young Herring Gulls on the neighbours chimney stack, a Collared Dove, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow and a very vocal Wren.

Masses of sedum and nasturtiums in the back garden and lots of bees to ID tomorrow. Also my first Silver-Y moth of the year and my first on Portland to get things rolling.