27 Mar 20

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

It looks like the message has got through to most people, in that you are not permitted to drive somewhere to go for a walk. That is apart from 3 cars that pulled up in Church Ope Cove car park and the occupants setting off on their prohibited daily exercise. Some people are just not getting it!!!

At least the other people I met on my daily exercise, were locals that I have met before, sadly though there are still a few that are clueless. Rant over.

Just the one migrant seen today a Chiffchaff at the back of the cove, where the pair of Long-tailed Tits are still building their nest. They have put a "roof" on it now and are busy collecting feathers to line the inside.

Not too many butterflies about but I did manage to see a female Large Tortoiseshell at the bottom of Penns Wood, a Peacock at the back of the cove and a Comma on the way up the steps.

Good to see that there are least 3 Hairy-footed Flower Bees in Penns Wood, where there were at lest 4 Nomad bees. Unfortunately they never stop flying so I have no idea which species they are.

And I managed to find more Celery Flies today with 4 on the Japanese Spindle in Penns Wood.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

Just the one Chiffchaff seen on my walk.

It was pretty flighty and searching in the Hebes, this Blackthorn and.........

............the Ivy.

One of the Long-tailed Tits collecting feathers to...........

.............line their nest which now has a dome roof.

The Wall Lizards were out in force.

These two were by the archway between the wood and the church.

A real close up of one of the Lizards and a short...........


A very worn Comma I came across as I walked up the steps from the cove.

A couple of days ago I came across one Hairy-footed Flower Bee in Penns Wood.

Today there were 3 and all males. Not seen a female yet which are all black.

And a short video of one of the Hairy-footed Flower Bees.

Love these characters.

This is a Celery Fly and just look at those green eyes.

I came across 4 today resting on the leaves of the Japanese Spindle in Penns Wood.

Not the easiest of flies to video, and sadly this is a very short video.

All I seem to be finding lately are Common Green Shieldbugs. I'm sure I'll find other species as the weather warms up. 

And as promised Ted can now see as you can tell........

.........in this video. He hasn't run like this for ages.

Birds Recorded: 1 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch

Reptiles Recorded: Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)

Butterflies Recorded: 1 Large Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and a Comma

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and 3 Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) and 3 nomad sp.

Hoverflies Recorded: Common Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) and 5 Syrphus sp.

Flies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: 4 Celery fly (Euleia heraclei)

Ships Today

This is the British Auxiliary ship "RFA Lyme Bay" on its way from Plymouth to Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here

This is the British Auxiliary ship "RFA Tideforce" on its way from Plymouth to Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.
On this day..........
Today's Sightings Here.

Today's Sightings Here.