6 Feb 19

Penns Wood and Church Ope Cove

A much milder day and a few more Kelp Flies on the wing at the cove. Main highlight was a 3rd Black Redstart, which was keeping its distance from the 2 "resident" females here. Other highlights were the overwintering female Stonechat and a single Chiffchaff in the Hebes at the north end of the beach.

Also on the beach were both the Grey and Pied Wagtails plus 17 Rock Pipits including the individual with the broken leg, which was sat quietly on a hut roof. Later it flew up onto the cliff face and was seen attempting to catch flies in amongst the plants.

Here are few images from this afternoon:

Black Redstart number 1

Black Redstart number 2 and...........

..............had it come out into the open I might have managed a photo of the 3rd female Black Redstart which landed to the right of the centre beach hut. I never did see it again but...................

..............below it in the hedgerow was this Chiffchaff.

Back down at the beach the female Stonechat was on one of the hut roofs.......

......and so was this injured Rock Pipit which has all but lost one of its legs.

At the far end of the beach the male Pied Wagtail.

This is an amazing beach for Wrens. With so many Kelp Flies the Wrens do very well here.

And finally at the back of the beach a Leafhopper, Empoasca vitis.

Birds Recorded: Oystercatcher, 30+ Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 17 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wren, Dunnock, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 3 Black Redstart, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Also recorded: Leafhopper (Empoasca vitis)

Ships Today

This is the Cargo vessel "Star Harmony" flying the flag of Panama. Its on its way from Dublin to Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.

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