15 Feb 19

Penns Wood and Church Ope Cove

Another glorious day, with wall to wall sunshine. I'm not sure whether this mild weather is confusing the birds down at the cove as there was no sign of the female Stonechat, the Pied Wagtails, Robins and one of the female Black Redstarts. Are they moving onto to their respective breeding grounds. Time will tell.

Despite the above absentees there were still good numbers of birds on the beach and there was 1 female Black Redstart, 17 Rock Pipits and 5 Wrens. In the surrounding bushes the 2 Chiffchaffs were back and despite an extensive search I still cannot find what I think is a Yellow-browed Warbler. It called a couple of times but I just couldn't locate it. Maybe someone else will have better luck!!

Other highlights today were 12 Wall Lizards in the grounds of St Andrews Church and another one up by Rufus Castle. A Peacock butterfly was on the wing on the south facing cliff at the cove and there were several Buff-tailed Bumblebees and Common Drones on the Hebes.

Here are a few images from today:

The back of Church Ope Cove where there were 2 Chiffchaffs and a possible Yellow-browed Warbler.

Just the one female Black Redstart on the beach.

At St Andrew's Church there were several Wall Lizards popping out of the wall.

A pair of wall Lizards soaking up the warm sunshine.

This one was basking in the sun at the top of the steps by Rufus Castle.

Another shot.

And at long last the Daffodils at the top of Penns Wood have opened up.

And finally the moon rising above the cliffs at Church Ope Cove.

Birds Recorded: Gannet, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 17 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wren, Dunnock, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, possible Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Black Redstart, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Also recorded: 1 Peacock butterfly, Buff-tailed Bumblebees and Common Droneflies.

Ships Today

This is the Bulk Carrier 'Star Harmony' flying the flag of Panama. Its on its way from Tilbury to Nemrut, Turkey via Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.

Note: A little further afield it looks like the Cuckoos are on the move from their African wintering grounds. A few which appear to be on the move are Selborne Here, Thomas Here and PJ Here

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