15 Mar 18


Tonight at around 10:22pm there were dozens of Redwing calling, as they passed over the Cottage as the rain tipped it down.

Church Ope Cove and Pennsylvania Castle Wood

Another beautiful start to the day, though by lunchtime the blue skies were replaced by clouds moving in from across the Channel.

Main highlights today were the 14 Wall Lizards basking in the sun in the ruins walls of St Andrew's Church and 2 Chiffchaffs, one at the back of Church Ope Cove and another by Rufus Castle. Other than that there was very little about apart from lots of Common Drone FliesWhite-tailed Bumblebees and a few Honey Bees on the Hebe in Church Ope Cove.

Here are a few Images from today:

Spring in Pennsylvania Castle Wood

In the ruins of St Andrews Church there were 14 Wall Lizards.........

.....all basking in the Spring Sun.

Note the long claws which enable the Wall Lizard to grip onto the stone walls.

A pair of Wall Lizards make their way out into the sun.

A pair of (I presume) Common Buzzards......

....over Church Ope Cove.

They certainly weren't welcome by the local Herring Gulls.

A Common Buzzard over Church Ope Cove - in Slo-mo

One of the Hebe bushes on Church Ope Cove, which has provided food for a lot of insects over the Winter months and now into the beginning of Spring.

A Honey Bee busy collecting pollen.

Note the pollen sacks on the hind legs.

A short video of a Honey Bee on a Hebe.

Not a Honey Bee but a Common Drone Fly.

The Hebe's on the beach at Church Ope Cove have been a life-line for many insects over the Winter and early Spring including this Common Drone Fly.

Birds Recorded: 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Also recorded: 14 Wall Lizards, 5 White-tailed Bumblebees, 15+ Common Drone Flies and 2 Honey Bees.