22 Mar 19

Penns Wood and Church Ope Cove

Weather-wise today was much the same as yesterday, cloudy and very murky.

The only real difference today was the number of Chiffchaffs in and around the cove which has now dropped from 9 to 5 birds, including two singing. Even the number of Goldfinches, at the back of the cove has changed from yesterdays 3 birds to 2. In all probability the female has chosen her mate and the 3rd bird has given up.

There were 2 Goldcrests in the grounds of St Andrew's Church where there was also a single Chiffchaff. and a single Meadow Pipit heading north overhead.

Here are a few images from today.

One of the local Kestrels hovering over Penns Weare.

This Chiffchaff was one of 6 seen today. This one in the copse halfway down the steps from Rufus Castle to the cove.

Church Ope Cove where there were 4 Chiffchaffs behind the beach huts here.

A hoverfly sp. on a Russian Comfrey.

This is most probably Charlock, Sinapis arvensis which I came across in Penns Wood.

And the same as above but on the path down to Rufus Castle from Portland Museum. Quite a bristly leaved plant.

Birds Recorded: 1 Kestrel, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 1 Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, 3 Robin, Blackbird, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch and 2 Goldfinch.

Also recorded: 2 Buff-tailed Bumblebees and a hoverfly sp.

Ships Today

This is the British Patrol ship 'HMS Dasher P280' on its way from Dartmouth to Weymouth Harbour. More on this vessel Here and Here

This is the container ship 'Nyk Romulus' flying the flag of Singapore. It is on its way from Antwerp to Savannah, Georgia, USA. More on this vessel Here.

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