31 Mar 18

Barleycrates Lane, Weston Quarry, Reap Lane and Avalanche Road

There had been a report of 2 Ring Ouzels at Barleycrates Lane this morning , so after working on the boat at Ferrybridge (where incidentally I had my first Sandwich Tern of the year), I headed off back to the island to have a look.

As normal when I got there, there was no sign of them so I carried on past Weston Quarry to the cliff top where there were a pair of Ravens, a Kestrel and a Peregrine.

I headed south and after 400 metres or so I walked back towards Reap Lane where there a couple of Meadow Pipits in the horse paddock.

Along Avalanche Road I crossed over and in the horse paddocks there were 3 Wheatears.

Here are a few images from this afternoon:
A Peregrine folds its wing and then seconds later goes into a dive along the west cliffs.

Meanwhile a Kestrel hovers for its meal.

Most of the fields are flooded on the island and these Herring Gulls make the most of one for a good wash-up.

A rare sight in most of the UK, especially London, but the House Sparrows on Portland are doing very well.

A Hedge Sparrow or more commonly know as a Dunnock. Not a member of the Sparrow family but an accentor.

One of the 3 Wheatears in the paddocks along Avalanche Road. This is a male, the other two were females.

Birds recorded: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, Pheasant, 30 Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Dunnock, 3 Wheatear, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 40+ Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch.


The female Blackcap was back on the feeders this morning.

Ships Today

This the Portuguese general cargo vessel the Breb Courageous on its way into Portland Harbour from Casablanca, Morocco. More on this vessel Here.
This the Maltese roll-on roll-off cargo vessel the Opaline on its from Rozenburg, Holland to Dublin. More on this ship Here.