11 Feb 20

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

Not a lot different than yesterday, though if anything the wind speed seems to have increased. There were still a few squally showers about and after the late morning one had passed I set off down to the cove.

Main highlights were very much the same as yesterday with 2 Firecrests in Penns Wood and another at the back of the cove. The small flock of 10+ Long-tailed Tits are still in the woods, which is probably one of the few sheltered spots on the island.

Nothing on the beach, but as I arrived 2 Pied Wagtails left and 3 Rock Pipits were seen heading south across the cove. Just off the beach an adult Winter Black-headed Gull was feeding in the surf.

Also about there were 4 Wall Lizards in the grounds of St Andrew's Church with another at the back of the cove, just where they have cut the Hebes hedge back from the path.

A few Buff-tailed Bumblebees were out on the Hebes and also in the long grass in the Church Grounds, perhaps looking for a new nest!! Just the one Migrant Hoverfly seen today, plus a a couple of Phaonia subventaMuscid Flies and a Common Green Shieldbug in winter colours.

The mild conditions have seen a few Comfrey's come into flower in Penns Wood. Very early as they don't normally flower until the end of April!!

Here are a few images from today:

The grounds of St Andrew's Church where the sun was warm enough for......

.......these Wall Lizards

And another.

The juvenile from yesterday next to the Garden Snails. And just poking its head out an adult Wall Lizard.

Not in the Church grounds but yet again on the path behind the beach huts.

An adult Winter Black-headed Gull avoiding the waves.

It took some lift off to..........

...........clear this one.

It was a day of singing Robins.

It didn't matter where you walked......

..........there were Robins singing all along my walk.

A very short song burst

There were quite a few Buff-tailed Bumblebees out today. This one was warming up on one the trees in Penns Wood.

This Buff-tailed Bumblebee has a Common Green Shieldbug for company.

A Muscid Fly. This one is a Palomena prasina

And very early flowering Comfrey in Penns Wood. This plant normally flowers at the end of April

Birds Recorded: 1 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Firecrest, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch

Reptiles Recorded: 4 Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)

Bees Recorded: Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)

Hoverflies Recorded: Migrant Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis)

Flies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: Kelp Fly (Coelopa frigida) and Muscid Fly (Phaonia subventa)

Bugs and Beetles Recorded
: 1 Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina)

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

Today's Sightings Here.