Portland Bird Observatory, PBO Quarry, Crown Estate Fields and Hut Fields
A bit disappointing really with just a handful of migrants which included 4 Chiffchaffs
and 2 Blackcaps
in and around the Obs. In the Crown Estate Fields there were 2 Stock Doves
and 3 Kestrels
In the Quarry just the one Chiffchaff
and a family of Great Tits
Main highlight really was sifting through Martin Cade's moth
trappings from last night and raising my hopes with a pair of Ruddy Darters
, which turned out to be an adult and immature male Common
There were a couple of firsts for my Portland Moth List with a Beautiful Gothic
) and a Black Rustic
). Other moths I managed to ID were Angle Shades
), Smoky Wainscot
), L-album Wainscot
) and a Setaceous Hebrew Character
Not too many butterflies about but there was good quality with a Wall Brown
in the Obs Quarry and 2 Painted Lady's
in the Obs Garden.
Here are a few images from this afternoon:
Anything you can do I can do better. A Carrion Crow "hovers" above a Kestrel in the Crown Estate Fields.
Two Common Darters...................
........an adult male..........
.........and an immature male.
I know its cheating as this is part of Martin Cade's moth trappings from last night. I'm sure Martin will have a comprehensive list of moths trapped, but here are a few for starters. This is a Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa
This is a Black Rustic, Aporophyla nigra
, my first for Portland
Another first was this Beautiful Gothic, Leucochlaena oditis
L-album Wainscot, Mythimna l-album
Smoky Wainscot, Mythimna impura
Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum
Black Bryony, Tamus communis
It is also goes by the names of Lady's-seal and Black Bindweed. And those berries are highly poisonous.