Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood.
Anther wet day with the rain continuing into the early afternoon, before it finally stopped leaving a grey overcast day. Great to see so much precipitation, though I'm not sure the grass in the back garden will grow back anytime, as it looks absolutely dead.
The rain had literally just stopped when I set off, so it was no surprise that I didn't encounter any butterflies. In fact the only invertebrate seen was a solitary Bloody-nosed Beetle
), which was almost in the same spot as the one I found the other day, along the coast path leading down to Rufus Castle.
The rain certainly made a difference to the number of snails seen today. Most of the them were Garden Snails
) with a few White-lipped Banded Snails
) in amongst them.
On the bird front I came across 2 juvenile Ravens
sheltering from the stiff South-easterly wind, which later joined 5 other Ravens
over St Andrew's Church. I don't recall ever seeing 7 Ravens
together anywhere in my life. Unfortunately any decent photographs of them tumbling and diving was missed by the camera as I was in a very tight spot in the grounds of the Church.
In Penn's Wood or rather the trees in gardens just to the north, was what I presume was a juvenile Sparrowhawk
flying back and forth in the trees. Juvenile or not it was certainly making a din as it exercised its wings.
Here are a few images from this afternoon:
Stormy seas across Weymouth Bay with Lulworth Cove in the far distance.
Two juvenile Ravens sit it out in the stiff wind and then decide to join.........
.........five other Ravens over Church Ope Cove.
Here an adult bird goes into a dive.
On the ground a Blood-nosed Beetle makes it way along the coast path again!
Also lots of Garden Snails out enjoying the damp conditions after several weeks of being in semi hibernation.
Cuckoo Pint or Lords and Ladies (Arun Maculatum
) in Penn's Wood which are now ripe as compared to the same ones...........
.......seen here on 27 Jul which were still green. These are very poisonous so best not touched. More on this plant Here