3 Nov 18

Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Grove Sports Stadium, East Weare, The Cuttings, Rufus Castle, Church Ope Cove, St Andrew's Church and Penns Wood.

A long walk this afternoon which sadly didn't provide any Autumn warblers apart from a single Blackcap in East Weare. The only other highlight was a large gathering of 150+ gulls just off the beach at Church Ope Cove, which consisted of mainly Herring Gull and Great Black-backed Gulls.

Here are a few images from today's walk.

Birds Recorded: 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 150+ Herring Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 12 Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Also recorded a few Harlequin Ladybirds in Penns Wood.

A Long-tailed Tit lands right next to me.

As did this one in Broadcroft Quarry Lane.

From the cliff top, a view of the gulls feeding in the surf off Church Ope.

There were probably in the region of 150+ Herring Gull..........

......with a fair few Great Black-backed Gulls in amongst them.

In Penns Wood the Harlequin Ladybirds are still about.

Here is a slight variation of colour and pattern to the one above.


The Tawny Owl was still here in Wakeham last night. This time calling from around Penns Wood at 11:30pm.

This morning the feeders in the back garden were alive with birds, with the following maximums: 3 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch and Greenfinch outnumbering them all with 4.

Great Tits, Greenfinch and House Sparrow

Ships Today

This the American Container Ship "Maersk Iowa" on its way from Norfolk, USA to Antwerp Belgium. More on this vessel Here.

This the Maltese Tanker "Skaw Provider" just coming out of Portland Harbour and heading.............

.........out into Weymouth Bay to anchor up. More on this vessel Here