19 Mar 20

Penns Wood, St Andrew's Church, Church Ope Cove, Church Ope Cove Wood, Penns Weare, Penns Copse, Rufus Castle and Mermaid Track

A cloudy day and slightly milder than of late. Still quite a few Chiffchaffs about, I even had 3 in the back garden with one singing early on in the morning.

In Penns Wood and St Andrew's Church there were 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest and a Blackcap singing (sub-song).

On the east and south facing slopes around Church Ope Cove there were around 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, a Firecrest and another male Blackcap.

Other highlights, despite the fact there was no sun, were both a male and a female Large Tortoiseshell and a Peacock all flying around the south facing huts at the cove. The female Large Tortoiseshell didn't stop and disappeared over the slope into Penn's Weare, the male landed once and the Peacock flew into the Hebe and disappeared under the leaves.

Here are a few images from today

These slopes at Church Ope Cove were busy again today, with around 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests and 2 species of butterfly - 2 Large Tortoiseshell and a Peacock

A few Chiffchaff shots.

Last Chiffchaff shot

One of the many Chiffchaffs at the back of the cove. This one busy feeding in amongst the flowering Blackthorn.

Not a Chiffchaff but a Goldcrest

And a male Large Tortoiseshell. The female unfortunately didn't hang about for a photo. 

I watched this Peacock butterfly flitting around and then it disappeared into the Hebe and rested up.

The same Common Green Shieldbug I found in Penns wood a few days ago on a Comfrey Leaf. Its moved about 6 inches.

A Ted shot without the jacket. Well at least until it rains again. Hopefully not for awhile!!

Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 20+ Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Butterflies Recorded: a male and female Large Tortoiseshell and a Peacock

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) and Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)

Hoverflies Recorded: Common Dronefly (Eristalis tenax)

Ships Today

This is the Vehicles Carrier "Glovis Champion" flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. It is on its way from Antwerp (Belgium) to Dakar (Senegal). More on this vessel Here.

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

Today's Sightings Here.