6 Nov 18

Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Pools, Bumpers Lane, Rufus Castle, Penns Weare, Church Ope Cove, St Andrew's Church and Penns Wood.

Main highlights today were a Brambling in the Pool area, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the lane and a Black Redstart at the northern end of Church Ope Cove.

Elsewhere there was a Goldcrest and Chiffchaff at the bottom of Penns Wood, 2 Buzzards over Broadcroft Quarry Butterfly Reserve, a Sparrowhawk over Bumpers Lane and 6 Rock Pipits on the beach at Church Ope Cove

A single Red Admiral was seen today, plus hundreds of wasps on the Ivy flowers and an ichneumon wasp sp.

Here are a few images from this lunchtime:

One of the 2 Buzzards over the butterfly reserve........

........and the other, with a full set of tail feathers.

Some not so brilliant photos............

..........of the Black Redstart at Church Ope Cove. In the same spot as last years bird!!

A Black Redstart at Church Ope Cove is joined by a Wren

One of the 6 Rock Pipits on the beach...........

......which have been attracted here by the million of flies which themselves have arrived because of the mass of seaweed washed up on the beach here.

Here another Rock Pipit has a cursory look at me.

I'm guessing this is normal, but is it me or have I've missed something over years. The bill on this Rock Pipit is very long!!

An ichneumon wasp sp. to ID. Seen in the grounds of St Andrew's Church

Rufus Castle and way way in the distance the lighthouse at The Bill

The rocky track down to Church Ope Cove between the cliffs.

The view looking east from the grounds of St Andrew's Church

Birds Recorded were: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, 1 Brambling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and 2 Greenfinch.

Also recorded: 1 Red Admiral, 100+ wasps and an ichneumon wasp sp.


The Tawny Owl was very vocal up until 12:40am this morning and then it went quiet. Presumably it went hunting for food.

Ships Today

This the British Type 23 Frigate HMS St Albans on Ops just off Portland. More on this vessel Here. The large ship behind is the Liberian Container Ship "YM Express", on its way from Halifax, Canada to Rotterdam, Holland. More on this vessel Here.

On this day..........
Today's Sightings Here