19 Feb 19

Penns Wood, St Andrew's Church and Church Ope Cove

Another sunny day, though perhaps a little cooler than of late. On the way down to the cove there was a Kestrel perched on a branch at the bottom of Penns Wood, whilst above it were 2 Common Buzzards calling to each other.

In the grounds of St Andrew's Church the warm sun was enough to see at least 12 Wall Lizards sunbathing, with more lizards at the top of the steps by Rufus Castle.

On the beach there were 12 Rock Pipits, both the Pied Wagtails and the Grey Wagtail. Behind the huts I found one of the 2 female Black Redstarts sat in a bush, whilst the other female was half-way up the cliff.

Other highlights were a Peacock Butterfly (again) flying above the huts and a Common Drone Fly.
Here are a few images:

At the bottom of Penns Wood, where the trees were chopped down a Kestrel sits and waits......

........it probably has its eyes on these Wall Lizards in the grounds of St Andrew's Church.

A close up of one of the Wall Lizards.

A Common Drone Fly

Black Redstart number 1

Black Redstart number 2 

The Grey Wagtail was back today and was feeding on the Kelp Flies which were out in huge numbers again.

Behind you!!!

This 'scruffy' Pied Wagtail is going through a bit of moult.

Rufus Castle from Penns Weare.

And one of the 2 Common Buzzards here again today.

Birds Recorded: 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 12 Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, 2 Black Redstart, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Also recorded: 17+ Wall Lizard, 1 Peacock Butterfly and a Common Drone Fly.

Ships today

This is the British car and passenger Red Funnel ferry 'Red Eagle' on its way from Falmouth to possibly Southampton. More on this ferry Here.

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