28 Mar 18

The Slopes

This afternoon there was a very shy Dartford Warbler in the bushes just behind the Pulpit Inn. The photos were terrible but the video didn't turn out too bad for a skulking bird. Also about a few Chiffchaffs and a wannabee Willow Warbler. There's still plenty of time for the latter.

Hmm a Dartford Warbler honest!!!!!

Not the easiest of birds to video. But you can just about make out this Dartford Warbler as it makes its way through the Brambles.

A pair of Stock Doves.

Birds Recorded: 7+ Gannet, Kestrel, Pheasant, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Dartford Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch.


It was a wet miserable start to the day here on the island and there was an increase in bird activity around the bird feeders including the same/another female Blackcap. Also about Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and a Collared Dove.

At 10:29am there was a real commotion at the front of the cottage with the local Herring Gulls causing a right din. 99 time out of a 100 that can only mean one thing and that is there is a raptor close-by. And so it proved to be with a Red Kite being harassed by a posse of gulls. It didn't hang around long and moved up the mainland pretty sharpish.

A real treat as Red Kite heads north up Wakeham.

I must admit I wasn't expecting to see a Red Kite over Portland. Before I moved here from Swindon, it was pretty usual to see one or two daily over our house in Nythe. So a nice surprise to see one here.

The same or another female Blackcap on the suet pellets this morning

A nice surprise to see a female Blackcap on the feeders. I'm not sure if this is the over-wintering bird or a Spring migrant that has found my feeders as it was heading north.

Still lots of birds on the feeders including this Great Tit, male House Sparrow and.......

.....this Blue Tit which is sporting a leg ring. A bird ringed at the Portland Bird Observatory maybe!!

We have a pair of Collared Doves in the neighbourhood and this one visited the garden this morning.

This afternoon the female Blackcap was still on the feeders.

Ships Today

This is the Greek Crude oil tanker the Cherokee on its way to Rotterdam, Holland from an Offshore Terminal called Prof.John Evans ATTA off the coast of Cote d'Ivory. More on this vessel Here.

The ship on the left is the Ice Star, a Container Ship flying the flag of Antigua Barbuda. Its on its way to Cork from Rotterdam. More on this vessel Here. Whilst the the ship on the right is the Samskip Express a Portuguese Container Ship on its way to Dublin from Rotterdam, Holland. More on this vessel Here