13 Feb 20

Portland Bill

A change of scenery today and even though Storm Ciara passed over us 4 days ago, the gale force winds and rough seas are still with us. In fact another storm, this time Storm Dennis is set to hit us on Saturday. Its never ending!!

I timed it right today as the tide began to turn and to the left of the Obelisk were 12 Purple Sandpipers preparing themselves to feed on the lower ledges. One by one they dropped onto the ledge, but every now and then were sent scurrying, as the odd large wave came crashing in. I hadn't noticed it at first but a Turnstone was keeping them company. However as the sandpipers dropped below, it decided the waves were too much of a risk to join them.

With huge waves breaking out to sea, there was very little sea passage of birds, in fact all I managed were several Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 5 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag and a dozen or so Herring Gull and a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls. It was pretty wild out there.

On the land just a handful of Rock Pipits and the resident corvids.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

There seems to be no let up with the rough seas.

And having seen one storm pass another is on its way.

The "Red Crane" gets a battering.

A Turnstone mingles with the Purple Sandpipers

Two of the 12 Purple Sandpipers by the Obelisk.

The Purple Sandpipers doing a bit of rock hopping in their search for a meal.

A blue-eyed Carrion Crow. In fact it is a third eye-lid and helps protect the eyes and moistens them. It is called a nictitating membrane.

There were go eyes uncovered.

Birds Recorded: Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, 12 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Razorbill, Guillemot, Rock Pipit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven and Starling

Ships Today

This is the Russian Cargo Ship "Darina" on its way from Klaipeda (Lithuania) to New Ross (Ireland). More on this vessel Here.

This is the Cypriot Vehicles Carrier "Isar Highway" on its way from Zeebrugge (Belgium) to Dublin. More on this vessel Here.

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

Today's Sightings Here.