23 Feb 20

Lower Horse Paddocks, Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Broadcroft Pools, Shepherd's Dinner, Rufus Castle, Church Ope Cove, St Andrew's Church and Penns Wood

Another change to my normal route and today I added on Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Broadcroft Pools and Shepherd's Dinner.

The 8 Stonechat in the Lower Horse Paddock are down to just a pair, but the Meadow Pipits are up to 11 birds. Also here were a Pheasant, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, 2 Pied Wagtails, 15+ House Sparrows and a Goldcrest in the Fir trees. A Song Thrush was singing within a Bramble Bush and another around Bumpers Lane Quarry.

Not much along my additional route but when I reached the South-west Coast Path, above The Cuttings there were 4 more Stonechats and a single Meadow Pipit.

Elsewhere there were 2 Firecrests calling to each other in Penns Wood, both were seen, but no photos unfortunately.

Here are a few images from today:

This Pheasant is quite at home in the fields at the back of Wakeham. He's been here for a few months now, even venturing down to Penns Wood on a few occasions.

Along Broadcroft Quarry Lane the Wild Cherry is blossoming well.

In the quarry close to Shepherd's Dinner these Giant Viper's Bugloss, Echium pininana, look like something out Jurassic Park. This Summer they should all be in flower.

Long "Strings" of Toad Spawn in the Shepherd's Dinner area. Camouflaged by the mud thrown up by the large tractors that pass along this track.

Still a few Stonechats about. These two were with a party of 4 birds along the South-west Coast Path above The Cuttings.

And a fly to ID

Mammals Recorded: 1 Bunny

Birds Recorded: 1 Pheasant, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, 6 Stonechat, Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Flies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: Fly sp.

Ships Today

This is the Italian LPG Tanker "Syn Zania"..............

.............on its way into Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.

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

Today's Sightings Here.