26 May 18

Broadcroft Quarry and Pools.

A very quick walk this afternoon. A few Common Blues on the wing, plus  Red-tailed Cuckoo-bees (Bombus rupestris) and Common Carder Bees. I came across my first Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) of the year feeding in a Buttercup.

A few Swifts overhead and two Common Whitethroats calling from the brambles.

Also two new flowers Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) and Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum).

Here are a few images:

Lots of these out in flower.............

..........Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia). Most likely plants where the seeds have been wind blown from local gardens. More on this plant Here.
Wherever they have originated from they are very popular with Common Carder Bees.........

.......and Red-tailed Cuckoo Bees.

A Wall flower, very common on the island.

A female Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis)...............

.......also known as the false oil beetle or thick-legged flower beetle.

This is Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum)...........

.....and is a wild geranium. More on this plant Here.

25 May 18

Weymouth Bay

Another trip out in Tiki today and third time lucky, with Dawn and David both landing 2 Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) each and a Red Gurnard (Chelidonichthys cuculus) for Dawn.

Gone Fishing.

All smiles

Fish on...........

..........in fact two Mackerel.

Dawns happy with a nice......

.......Red Gurnard.

A Cormorant making its way down Weymouth Bay

A Little Tern in The Fleet

And her mate has brought a peace offering.

Rufus Castle, St Andrew's Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood

Looks like Summer has arrived early, with another beautiful day. On my walk today lots of butterflies about and hoverflies, plus a new beetle a Cardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis

Here are a few photos from today.

Common Blues I think

As above.

And another.

And one more.

A Speckled Wood.

Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis

A Grey Squirrel in Penn's Wood

St Andrew's Church

24 May 18

Bumpers Lane, Rufus Castle, St Andrew's Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood

A late evening walk and over 30 Swallows over the Sycamores along Bumpers Lane, plus several resting on the temporary fences put up by Betterment's to stop the public straying onto the building site.

Also 3 Bloody-nosed Beetles around Rufus Castle again, well 2 live ones as the the third had been predated and was host to several ants. Hmm.

With it being fairly late a few micro moths were on the wing, mostly around Church Ope Cove on and around the privet hedges. Thank you to Nigel Sluman for helping me ID them and they were a Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana) and most likely a Vine Moth (Eupoecilia ambiguella).

A White Crab Spider had just caught a Dagger Fly and was making its way across the path.

Here are a few images:

Several Swallows take advantage of the fencing along Bumpers lane.

A Bloody-nosed Beetle on its travels..........

........and another up high on a plant.

And a third which was completely hollow and full of Small Black Ants

A White Crab Spider, Misumena vatia and its prey, which looks very much like a Dagger Fly.

This privet hedge above Church Ope Cove was full of micro moths.........

..........this looks good for a Vine Moth, Eupoecilia ambiguella.................

............and is a new moth for me on Portland.

There were certainly plenty of them about.

As above.

This is a Plum Tortrix, Hedya pruniana........

.............and another view of it.

And another individual, possibly a Plum Tortrix as well. Which makes me think that the one above might be slightly worn or paler.

23 May 18

Portland Harbour

Another afternoon out on Tiki, no fish again, though I did have a bite. Maybe third time lucky.

On the breakwater a pair of Rock Pipits with food, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls and some noisy Oystercatchers. On the buoys Sandwich Terns and Common Terns, whilst in The Fleet the Little Terns were on the moorings again. On the "Slow Down" marker a Cormorant was posing for the camera.

Here are a few images:

The pontoon at The Fleet with Chesil Beach in the background.

Out into the harbour we go.

Engines off and a time for a bit of drift fishing.........

...........up against the breakwater.

Dawn fishing.

Watching us from the Breakwater a Great Black-backed Gull.

Also here a pair of Rock Pipits with food.

In the harbour a Common Tern on a buoy. 

A Cormorant on the "Go Slow" marker.
A nice pose for the camera.

One of the pairs of Little Terns in The Fleet. A male is offering a female some sandeels.

Another Little Tern.

Ships Today

In dock the British roll-on roll-off cargo vessel Eddystone. More on this vessel Here.

And also tied up the British RFA vessel Tiderace. More on this vessel Here.