9 Jan 19

Penns Wood, Church Ope Cove and Bumpers Lane

For the first time in weeks it was a beautiful sunny day. Main highlights today were 2 Chiffchaffs a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Redwing in Penns Wood and the overwintering Black Redstart at Church Ope Cove. Other than that it was the usual birds with 6 Rock Pipits, 5 Wrens, 1 Grey Wagtail and the male Pied Wagtail on the beach. No sign of the Stonechat today.

Elsewhere there were 2 Goldcrests in the grounds of St Andrew's Church, a Kestrel along Bumpers Lane and a Bloody-nosed Beetle trundling down the the steps at Rufus Castle.
Here are a few photos from today:

A male Great Spotted Woodpecker in Penns Wood.

Just above the grounds of St Andrews Church in Penns Wood there were two Chiffchaffs here today.

Here are a few not that brilliant shots of one of the birds.


And another.

And final one.

A record shot of the Black Redstart at Church Ope Cove.

On the beach one of the 6 Rock Pipits........

.........one of several Wrens and.........

.....the overwintering Grey Wagtail.

The "Rock" Robin is back............

..........and the "Hut" Robin, right next door.

A Blood-nosed Beetle makes its way down the steps below Rufus Castle. I know the sun was out, but it is still pretty cold.

A leaf-miner has been busy at work on this leaf. More on leaf-miners Here.

And a few photos of this splendid male Kestrel.


And final shot.

Birds Recorded: Kestrel, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wren, Dunnock, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Black Redstart, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Redwing, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Also recorded 1 Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa)

Ships Today

This the Maltese Cargo vessel "Peregrine" on its way from Zeebrugge to Dublin. More on this vessel Here.

And finally an unknown warship on manoeuvres off Portland.

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