21 Sep 18

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

Still very windy as the third storm in as many days passed us by. This one was called Storm Bronagh and was a very powerful one at that, whipping up the waves onto Chesil Beach and sending in huge rollers into Church Ope Cove.. The only saving grace was that there was a slight change in wind direction, which made the evening walk a little easier to bare.

I was a bit late to see the Ivy Bees on the Ivy at Rufus Castle. In the fading light all that could be found there were a dozen or so Common Wasps.

In the grounds of St Andrew's Church I had bit more luck with two hoverflies, a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) and a possible Syrphus torvus.

Also here a Grey Squirrel stopped in front of me with a Horse Chestnut in his mouth. After eyeing me up for a few seconds he scurried off into the undergrowth.
Here are a few images from this evening:

One of the many Common Wasps out this evening.

Possibly the hoverfly Syrphus torvus as I have seen them here at St Andrew's Church before but!!!

A giant of a hoverfly the.....

..........Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria).

As the sun moved round so it flew from leaf to leaf to be in the sun.

I don't know who was more surprised me or this Grey Squirrel, as he appeared right in front of me carrying a conker.
The pupae of a Harlequin Ladybird. Found a couple of these at the top of Penn's Wood.

Old Man's Beard. You can see how it got its name.

Church Ope Cove and Ted.

Ships Today

The small ship in the foreground is the General Cargo Vessel Shetland Trader flying the flag of Barbados. Its on its way from Plymouth to Cowes. More on this vessel Here.

Behind the Shetland Trader is the Liberian Cargo Vessel Bulk Mexico. It dropped anchor yesterday evening, just off Portland having left East Dunkirk, France earlier in the day. More on this vessel Here.

Note: Met Office Storm names Here