5 Mar 19

Penns Wood and Church Ope Cove

A much calmer morning than of a late and very overcast.

Sadly nothing of any real interest and the best I could find were 21 Rock Pipits and the female Pied Wagtail on the beach. Behind the huts there were 2 Goldcrests briefly, but they seemed to disperse quite quickly when the local Sparrowhawk began circling over the cove.

Elsewhere the local Kestrel was hunting over Penns Weare, whilst out to sea a Cormorant was fishing just off the cove.
On the Hebes behind the huts were 2 Buff-tailed Bumblebees and going up the steps to Rufus Castle I came across a Phaonia subventa Fly on one of the Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum)

Here are a few images from this morning:

The female Pied Wagtail was very busy chasing Kelp Flies from one end of the beach to the other.

Plenty of Rock Pipits here this morning........

........with 21 Recorded. There were even a couple of male birds singing.

I think this is a Phaonia subventa Fly.......

........and is a member of the Muscidae family. I have recorded them in the grounds of St Andrew's Church, so there's no reason why they wouldn't be on the way up to Rufus Castle. More on this fly Here.

Birds Recorded: 1 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 21 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 2 Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Also recorded: 2 Buff-tailed Bumblebees, 1 Common Drone Flies and a Phaonia subventa Fly.

Ships Today

Right on the horizon the Cargo vessel 'Glovis Cougar' flying the flag of the Marshall Islands......

.......it's on its way from Sheerness to Tema, Ghana. More on this vessel Here. Note that this vessel has had a complete colour change.


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