23 Mar 20

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

My walk this afternoon was, in keeping with the Government Guidelines, making sure I kept my distance from other walkers. A necessary requirement in these sad times. Today I only saw a handful of people, a complete contrast to the 40+ yesterday that chose to visit Church Ope Cove. Hopefully the mass of visitors to the cove will cease, otherwise I will have to find another quieter walk.

So today I visited the Lower Horse Paddocks behind the cottage and immediately came across 5 Chiffchaffs feeding along the Bramble Bushes in the field.

Further on, as I crossed Broadcroft Quarry Lane, I came across singles of Redwing and Fieldfare. The former flying off and landing in the horse paddock, whilst the Fieldfare headed east.

Having left it a little late for my walk, there was very little else of note, other than 3 Chiffchaffs and a Firecrest in Penns Wood.

Just a couple of Peacocks seen on the slopes at Church Ope Cove, but I left it bit late to see the Large Tortoiseshells which I heard had been seen earlier in the day.

Only only other bit of news was a mouse running across the path on the track down to the cove on the south facing slope.

Here are a few images from today:

In the Horse paddocks there were a few Chiffchaffs.........

..........feeding along the Brambles and on the ground.

A stunning looking Starling. Those colours are just amazing.

A Fieldfare at Broadcroft Quarry Lane. Hmm and moving on quickly.

Looking like something out of Jurassic Park, these Giant Viper's Bugloss in Shepherd's Dinner Quarry will flower this year.

A 7-spot Ladybird. The good news is I have seen several of these and only 1 Harlequin Ladybird. The latter am invasive species which is decimating our native Ladybirds.

Looking north along Penns Weare. In the background the coastline with Man O'war and Bat's Head just about visible.

And finally Scruff, sorry I mean Ted.

Rodent Recorded: Mouse

Birds Recorded: Cormorant, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 1 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch

Butterflies Recorded: 2 Peacock

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

Hoverflies Recorded: Common Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) and a few Syrphus sp.

Bugs and Beetles Recorded: 7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)

Ships Today

This is the Cargo Ship "Jongleur" flying the flag of St Vincent Grenadines. It is on its way from Llanddulas (North Wales) to Cowes (Isle of Wight). More on this vessel Here.

This is the Vehicles Carrier "Victory Leader" flying the flag of the Bahamas. It is on its way from Limas (Turkey) to Bremerhaven (Denmark). More on this vessel Here.

And here is Victory Leader about to pass Jongleur

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

Today's Sightings Here.