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23rd August

Portland Bird Observatory - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 21:48
Today could only be described as a tad of an anti-climax. After yesterdays fall of migrants we were left scrabbling round for those who had not departed in the brief spell of clear skies before dusk. A highlight of just 3 Pied Flycatchers set the tone for the day with a supporting cast of: 9 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Willow Warblers, 24 Wheatears, 6 Tree Pipits, 2 Swifts, 5 Whinchats and our long-staying Chiffchaff. Our meagre sea-watch consisted of just 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 7 Whimbrel. Reports from Ferrybridge were just as dire with a single Common Sandpiper and similar numbers of everything else as yesterday. Fingers crossed for a change in the wind!
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Sightings - Thursday 23rd August 2018.

Dorset Bird Club - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 21:24
Spoonbill - 1 Christchurch Harbour.
Marsh Harrier - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB, 1 Middlebere.
Hobby - 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Poole Harbour.
Grey Plover - 9 Middlebere.
Little Ringed Plover - 1 juvenile Lodmoor RSPB.
Whimbrel - 3 Stanpit Marsh.
Ruff - 2 Brownsea Lagoon, 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Common Sandpiper - 2 Middlebere, 1 Longham Lakes.
Spotted Redshank - 1 juvenile Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Greenshank - 6 Middlebere, 2 Stanpit Marsh, 1 juvenile Lodmoor RSPB.
Yellow Wagtail - 3 over Hengistbury Head, 2 Lytchett Fields RSPB.
Tree Pipit - 3 over Hengistbury Head.
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23 Aug 18

Martin Adlam - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:34
Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood

It was certainly fresher today, but still pleasant in the sun. A few butterflies about with Common Blue, Holly Blue, a few Meadow Browns and Large Whites seen.

A few moths on the wing with a Silver Y along the Mermaid Track, where I also found a Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella). Also seen was what I think is a Light Brown Apple Moth which was along Penn's Weare.

Plenty of wasps and bees about, but no sign of any Ivy Bees yet. I'm sure it wont be long now before they appear, as the Ivy flowers are nearly ready to open.

A few hoverflies recorded with Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) and Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea) seen.

A couple of Bloody-nosed Beetles (Timarcha tenebricosa) were found, with one in a Bramble. A few more White-lipped Banded Snails about as the damper cooler weather has brought them out and there was a larvae of a Harlequin Ladybird in the same spot I found one on the 15 Aug 18. Surely not the same one!

And finally a mystery fly to ID.

Here are a few images from today:

An unusual fly. One to ID later.
A Honey Bee (top right) and a Common Carder 
A Speckled Wood
And a Common Blue
This is the first time I've seen a Bloody-nosed Beetle in the brambles.
All the ones I've ever seen have been trundling along the paths.
Hopefully I've got this right a Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella)
A  White-lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis)
Just managed to photograph this Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) before it hopped off.
That's more like it, a Bloody-nosed Beetle trundling along the track.
Common Blue butterfly
As above.
Epiphyas postvittana, Light Brown Apple Moth
An Oystercatcher heading south in Church Ope Cove, with its wing dipping into the sea.
A pair of mating Meadow Browns.
One of the pair, a very bedraggled specimen.
A Holly Blue in the grounds of St Andrew's Church. 
A Green-bottle fly and a Common Wasp on the Blackberries.
Another Speckled Wood, this one in Penn's Wood.
Also in Penn's Wood the larvae of the Harlequin Ladybird
By the main road at Wakeham a Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea)
A Common Buzzard over Wakeham
In fact there were two.
This is the second bird.
Ships Today
This is the Ro-Ro Cargo vessel the Grand Dahlia, flying the flag of Panama. Its had a long journey from Boston, USA and is headed for Southampton. More on this vessel Here.
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