25 Feb 20

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

A break in the weather around midday saw me and Ted off on our daily walk. Main highlights, as the sun came out, were singles of Firecrest in Penns Wood and another at the back of the cove. A Grey Wagtail was on the beach, but flew off just as we arrived.

Other sightings were 5 Wall Lizards in the grounds of St Andrew's Church and there was another one in its usual spot at the back of the cove.

The sun was out long enough (before the clouds rolled in again) for a few flies (mainly Muscid flies) and a Migrant Hoverfly to be out on the Alexanders.

Here are a few images from today:

Quite a few Dunnocks are in good voice at the moment.

And also several Robins were.........

.........singing as well. This one at the back of the cove.

In the centre of the frame should have been the Firecrest. However the little so and so had other ideas and ended up in the top left hand corner of the frame. They are so quick.

When the sun goes, its time to head back to your hole...........

...........and wait.........

...........for the sun to come back out again.

A Migrant Hoverfly. I'm finding more of these than the "usual" Marmalade Hoverflies.

Not the most inspiring of names, Yellow Dung Fly, but a pretty looking fly nevertheless.

One of the Muscid Flies. This is Phaonia subventa and out in good numbers especially around the Alexanders and Japanese Spindle

Rufus Castle from Church Ope Cove.

Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, 1 Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 2 Firecrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Reptiles Recorded: Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)

Hoverflies Recorded: 1 Migrant Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis)

Flies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: Kelp Fly (Coelopa frigida), Muscid Fly (Phaonia subventa) and several Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria)

Ships Today

This is the British Supply Vessel "Wind Innovation" just off Portland. More on this vessel Here.

This is the Cargo ship "Hav Dolphin" flying the flag of Antigua Barbuda. It is on its way from Hamburg (Germany) to Coruna (Spain). More on this vessel Here.

This is the British Tug "MTS Valour" on its way from Brixham to Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.

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

Today's Sightings Here.