A bit disappointing really with just a handful of migrants which included 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps in and around the Obs. In the Crown Estate Fields there were 2 Stock Doves and 3 Kestrels.
In the Quarry just the one Chiffchaff and a family of Great Tits.
Main highlight really was sifting through Martin Cade's moth trappings from last night and raising my hopes with a pair of Ruddy Darters, which turned out to be an adult and immature male Common Darters.
There were a couple of firsts for my Portland Moth List with a Beautiful Gothic (Leucochlaena oditis) and a Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra). Other moths I managed to ID were Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa), Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura), L-album Wainscot (Mythimna l-album) and a Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum).
Not too many butterflies about but there was good quality with a Wall Brown in the Obs Quarry and 2 Painted Lady's in the Obs Garden.
Here are a few images from this afternoon:
Anything you can do I can do better. A Carrion Crow "hovers" above a Kestrel in the Crown Estate Fields.
Two Common Darters...................
........an adult male..........
.........and an immature male.
This is a Black Rustic, Aporophyla nigra, my first for Portland
Another first was this Beautiful Gothic, Leucochlaena oditis
L-album Wainscot, Mythimna l-album
Smoky Wainscot, Mythimna impura
Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum
Black Bryony, Tamus communis
It is also goes by the names of Lady's-seal and Black Bindweed. And those berries are highly poisonous.