12 Feb 19

Penns Wood and Church Ope Cove

Another mild and sunny day. Main highlight was a second Pied Wagtail on the beach, which seemed attracted to the 'resident' male. Also here the Grey Wagtail, overwintering female Stonechat and just the 1 female Black Redstart. It appears the second female has moved on. The number of Rock Pipits appears to be dropping with just 7 recorded. Lots of Wrens again.

Overhead there were at least 20 Herring Gulls and then more arrived as a pair of Buzzards circled overhead. Also on the prowl, the resident Kestrel.

In Penns Wood 2 Goldcrests and there were 2 more behind the huts at the back of the cove.

Here are few images from today.

I have never known a bird to be so camera shy!!

Eventually the female Stonechat did turn around, but only briefly. This behaviour had absolutely nothing to do with me, but more to do with its food source which was in and around the brambles behind the huts. So I'll let her off.

Even this female Black Redstart was happier feeding at the back of the Huts. Which does make me think that this is actually the 3rd Black Redstart which arrived last week. The other two were certainly not here again.

The 'resident' male Pied Wagtail

And a second bird, which does appear to be paler. possibly a female. One to watch out for over the next few days. If it stays that is.

The ever present Grey Wagtail

So many Herring Gulls. At first there were around 25 and then when a pair of Buzzards arrived so that number almost doubled.

One of the two Buzzards over Rufus Castle.

Birds Recorded
: 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 30+ Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 7 Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wren, Dunnock, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 1 Black Redstart, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Ships Today

This is the British Replenishment ship 'RFA Tideforce' on manoeuvres. More on this vessel Here.

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