28 Dec 18

Church Ope Cove and Penns Wood

Sadly the early morning blue skies and sun, gave way to another dreary day, and of course I got the wrong side of midday when the clear skies were disappearing off to the east.

The beach was busy again with holiday visitors and this was the first time I didn't see either the Black Redstart or Stonechat. Both the Grey and Pied Wagtails were here and there was also a second Pied Wagtail.

Main highlight here though were 2 Chiffchaffs making their way along the Hebes on the north cliff, one with orangey yellow legs.

The "Rock" Robin was in his usual spot and there were several Wrens about. On the beach were 20+ Rock Pipits and a pair of Carrion Crows.

A return walk through Penns Wood and though quiet on the way down, on the way back up there were at least 3 Goldcrests, a small party of Long-tailed Tits and another Chiffchaff.

Here are a few images from today:

This is one of the two Chiffchaffs making its way along the Hebes on the north cliff.

Not sure why it has yellowish legs, maybe just the light conditions!!

The overwintering Grey Wagtail is still here and was joined by two Pied Wagtails today.

One of the 20+ Rock Pipits feeding on the Kelp Flies.

These two Carrion Crows were getting stuck in to the seaweed. Not sure what they were looking for, but they seemed oblivious to everyone around them.

An adult Winter Herring Gull.

Found this on the way up to Penns wood. Judging by the size and colour I would say an empty eggshell of a Wood Pigeon.

Birds recorded: 2 Cormorant, 12+ Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 20+ Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Carrion Crow, 8 Wren, Dunnock, 3 Chiffchaff, 3+ Goldcrest, 4 Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Ships Today

Somewhere on the horizon was this vessel..........

.........the Maltese Cargo vessel "Neptune Dynamis" on its way from Southampton to an unknown destination. More on this ship Here.

Another ship on the horizon with a trawler a little closer in...........

...............this is the Dutch Cargo vessel "Greetje" on its way from Southampton to Dublin. More on this Container Ship Here.

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