19 Oct 18

Lower Horse Paddock, Broadcroft Quarry lane, Pools, Bumpers Lane, The Cuttings, Rufus Castle, Penn's Weare, St Andrew's Church and Penns Wood.

An extended walk today in glorious sunshine. Talk about overdressed, when I left the cottage it was definitely jacket weather, but an hour later I just wished I was wearing a T-shirt.

My walk today took me through the lower horse paddock where there were a few Meadow Pipits, but no sign of any Stonechats or Wheatears. From here it was down Broadcroft Quarry Lane, where this was extremely quiet as well, with just 1 Chiffchaff, the "resident" Great Spotted Woodpecker and 5 Blackbirds.

I took a slight detour to the pools Here, before heading back down a very muddy Bumpers lane. By the pools were singles of Chiffchaff, Chaffinch and Greenfinch.

By the hump at Bumpers Lane Here, were 3 Chiffchaff and a Song Thrush feeding on the Cotoneasters and Buddleia.

Through The Cuttings a few Ivy Bees, but mainly wasps and Common Drone Flies. Looking down into Penns Weare there were 2 more Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. The Ivy Bee nests here are virtual lifeless with just a handful of bees.

At Rufus Castle very much the same with just a couple of Ivy Bees and lots of wasps.

In the grounds of St Andrews Church a small flock of Long-tailed Tits and 2 Chiffchaffs with them. Also here 2 Goldcrests. The Ivy here had several Ivy Bees and Common Drone Flies, plus dozens of wasps, a Dead Head Hoverfly, Red Admiral, a Harlequin Ladybird and a 10-spot Ladybird.

In Penns Wood another Goldcrest and Chiffchaff at the top of the hill, where there were also 4 Harlequin Ladybirds.

By the Main Road the Ivy Bush here is covered in Ivy Bees and bumblebees.

Here are a few images from today:

One of the many House Sparrows on Portland, this is a male sat on the wall by the old Stone Firms office.

On the wires by the office a juvenile Wood Pigeon minus its white collar.

A Close-up view.

Nearly caught me out this bird. Not sure what I thought it could be, but its just a Meadow Pipit on the brambles.

Two winter plumaged Starlings soak up the Autumn sun.

On the left a juvenile Goldfinch with an adult bird.

A Dunnock in the lane.......

.........where there at least 4 Blackbirds feeding on the Hawthorns.

By the Bumpers Lane Hump a couple of Chiffchaffs.........

......and another.

By The Cuttings a 7-spot Ladybird on the Ivy.

As I was trying to photograph the last remaining Ivy Bees at their nest site, this Grasshopper hopped into view.

A family of Wall Lizards

A close-up of one of the adults.

A Red Admiral and to the right a Harlequin Ladybird.

A Dead Head Hoverfly

This is a 10-spot Ladybird......

.......whilst this is another colour and pattern variant of a Harlequin Ladybird

As you turn into the path for Penn's Wood the Ivy Bush here s swarming with Ivy Bees.

One of 50+ Ivy Bees on the Ivy flowers.

Also here a Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Birds Recorded: 2 Cormorant, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed TitGreat Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 1 Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, 1 Siskin, Goldfinch and 1 Greenfinch.

Butterflies Recorded: 6 Red Admiral and 5 Large White.

Also Recorded: 15 Wall Lizards, 1 Common Darter, 50+ Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae), 1 Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), 20+ Common Drone Flies, 2 Dead Head Hoverflies (Myathropa florea), 100+ wasps sp., 5 Harlequin Ladybirds, 1 10-spot Ladybird and 1 7-spot Ladybird

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