10 Sep 18

Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood

Its definitely getting cooler and that brisk southerly wind wasn't helping. A few warblers about with Willow Warbler and Blackcap along Penn's Weare. There was a posse of gulls following one of the fishing boats as it headed back towards Weymouth and a Peregrine Falcon was the only other bird of interest.

No butterflies about, very few hoverflies though I did get a Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea) and just a handful of Common Wasps on the flowering Ivy.

In Penns wood the usual Harlequin Ladybirds in the nettle patch at the top of the slope and also a few new ones just under the Lime tree before the main road.

Here are a few images from this evening.

A Dead Head Hoverfly

And a Garden Spider (Araneus Diadematus)

One of the Harlequin Ladybirds in Penn's Wood.

And another.

This the larvae of the Harlequin Ladybird

And another.

A bit of a mixture but Blackberries and Honeysuckle.

As we walked along the Southwest coast path a T9 Spitfire did an "attack" run up over Penns Weare towards Weymouth Bay. I'm pretty sure this is "Classic Wings" and will set you back £2750 for a ride. More on this iconic aircraft Here.

Just managed a quick but sadly short video of the Spitfire.