4 Jan 19

Church Ope Cove

A quick visit to the cove this afternoon and good to see that the Black Redstart was still present, even though there were lots of visitors to the beach. It wasn't a surprise then to see just the 5 Rock Pipits again and the absence of the Stonechat.

As normal though, there were still plenty of Wrens making forages onto the beach and then back to the safety of the cliff, which is where the Black Redstart spent most of the time perched on the rocky outcrops.

The male Pied Wagtail was still patrolling the beach, but there was no sign of the Grey Wagtail today.

Out to sea there were plenty of Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls following the fishing boats, and I had an unusual sighting of 3 geese-like birds heading out to sea. Possibly Brent Geese, if so they were on a mission and were making good speed as they headed south-east. Also 3 Oystercatchers making their way down the coast.

Here are a few images from a lovely sunny but cold afternoon:

The north cliff at Church Ope Cove, where............

.........this Black Redstart spent most of its time.

A slightly closer view.

Another shot of it on the cliff top.

It did eventually drop down onto the beach, but then headed back up the cliff.

The male Pied Wagtail is still making its presence known as is definitely in charge of the centre of the beach.

The "white-tailed" Rock Pipit.

The "Hut" Robin sunbathing on the brambles.

Two of the 3 Oystercatchers making their way down the coast.

Calm seas and a fishing boat travels back to Weymouth.

Rufus Castle in the background and what appears to be the remains of.......

.......and old wall maybe leading up to it.

On top of Rufus Castle 3 Feral Pigeons or are they.!!!

Of course they, but they do look very similar to a Rock Pigeon. The only real difference being the size of the white cere which is much larger on this feral. Also the legs are a lot pinker in this bird. If we could see the rump and it was white then it could be a Rock Pigeon. However, the large cere and pink legs are two good indicators that this is a feral pigeon. More on these features Here, when I was in Swindon and some great examples of both rock and feral Here.

Birds Recorded: Cormorant, 3 Brent Goose possibly!, 3 OystercatcherHerring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wren, Dunnock, 1 Black Redstart, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch and 5 Goldfinch.

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