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27 Apr 18 - Atlantic Odyssey - Day Twenty Nine: Acrobatic Showoffs (Spinner Dolphins)

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 18:00
After a morning with a few Seabirds & the first Risso's Dolphins of the cruise. however, we were all hoping for some more Cetacean action, as the Pantropical Spotted Dolphins & our first Spinner Dolphins in the morning had all been distant. Finally, in mid afternoon our persistence was rewarded with a large pod of at least four hundred Spinner Dolphins. Some came close to the Plancius & the Expedition staff & ship's crew agreed to stop the Plancius. For the next hour, we had good numbers of Spinner Dolphins around the Plancius. Eventually, we had to get underway again, but some of the passengers had already headed down to the Observation lounge to wait for happy hour. As far as I was concerned happy hour finished as we started getting underway again.
Spinner Dolphin: Soon after we picked up the Spinner Dolphins & were discussing their identification, we started to see individuals jumping out of the water
Spinner Dolphin: They were clearly Spinner Dolphins when they behaved like this
Spinner Dolphin: Another impressive leap
Spinner Dolphin: Just a small part of the four hundred plus Spinner Dolphins in this pod
Spinner Dolphin: They very rapidly starting getting high scores for their performances
Spinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner Dolphin: This Spinner Dolphin put any act from one of those nauseous Simon Cowell talent programs to shame
Spinner Dolphin: It was difficult to know where to look with so many Spinner Dolphins around
Spinner DolphinSpinner Dolphin: The acrobatics, slim appearance, long beaks, dark line from the beak & through the eye, pale underparts & pale pink bellies made this species easy to identify. The Eastern Pacific population are a more uniform pale grey colouration
Spinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinSpinner DolphinIt had been another good day on the Atlantic Odyssey & I was pleased to have seen such good views of these Spinner Dolphins. I saw them a couple on the ferry between the two islands of Western Samoa in 2002, but they were feeding & not showing off like these individuals.
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Sightings - Tuesday 30th October 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 21:02
Great Northern Diver - 1 West Bexington
Great White Egret - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB, 1 Longham Lakes
Black-necked Grebe - 6 Studland Bay
Hen Harrier - 1 Christchurch Harbour
Merlin - 1 Portland Bill
Golden Plover - c300 Maiden Castle
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Glaucous Gull - 1 Weymouth Bay
Short-eared Owl - 1 Portland Bill
Firecrest - 3 Hengistbury Head
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Portland Museum

Great White Egret at Radipole Lake RSPB © Clinton Whale
Water Rail at Radipole Lake RSPB © Clinton Whale
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30th October

Portland Bird Observatory - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 19:47
What can we say about today that we haven't said about the majority of days this autumn? Clear skies led to another clear out of birds with movements of winter migrants limited to just 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Pintail, 6 Lapwings, 100 Chaffinches, 4 Bramblings, and a Yellow-browed Warbler behind the Museum. Another Cetti's Warbler was located at the Avalanche Hump, its been a remarkably good year for the species on Portland with this being the 7th record.

The Short-eared Owls are often obliging, but its not every day that one decides to pitch up and perform for everyone on a post viewable from the Obs patio © Martin Cade:
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30 Oct 18

Martin Adlam - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:40

My first confirmed Tawny Owl on Portland. I say confirmed as I did think I heard one last year on 1 Sep, but it was so distant I couldn't really say whether it was or not. I think I can safely say that I have recorded one on Portland now.

I first heard it at around 11:00pm and it continued calling from the roof of a house across the other side of the road. At around 11:30pm it took off and I could hear distant calls from the direction of Bottom Combe Quarry.
Broadcroft Quarry Lane and Horse Paddocks.

Another lovely sunny but cool day. Holly and I took the dogs up the lane and across the lower horse paddock, via Molly the pony.

Birds recorded today were 4 Blackbirds in the lane, a Stonechat in the upper horse paddock where there was also a very obliging Linnet which gave us several nice poses as it moved from gate to wall and then on the path next to us.

In the lower horse paddock just the 2 Herring Gulls and 3 Carrion Crow.

Here are a few photos from our walk.

A male Stonechat in the upper paddock......
........where there was this Linnet flitting from gate to........ wall and then back..........
........onto the path to carry on feeding.
A 1st Winter Herring Gull.
Holly has her hands full with Benji and Ted
Time for a break and a carrot for Molly.
More ponies and a lovely photo taken by Holly.
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27 Apr 18 - Atlantic Odyssey - Day Twenty Nine: Risso's Dolphins

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:00
It was a cooler start to the morning with some early morning drizzle & a Northerly headwind, so it was only in the mid twenties on the thermometer. But after some grotty early morning light, it dried up & warmed up a bit. By this point on the cruise, the passengers had adopted different strategies to their daily routine. Some had decided they wouldn't get any Bird Ticks & were only occasionally glimpsed at meal times. Others stuck to chatting in the Observation lounge about the current lack of Birds. Many had adopted a broader strategy of enjoying the Cetaceans, Flying Fish, Sea Turtles & other sealife to give them a reason to be on deck. Others decided it was time to relax a bit, whilst keeping on deck in case something good came along.
Billy: One of the Birdquest punters keeping himself ready for a shout of something goodA game of Deck Charades: Richard & Bridget trying to figure out what household device Mike was (a teapot)The Birding was quiet. In total, I saw around 35 individuals of 8 species with two-thirds of these being Leach's Storm-petrels. Few of these individuals presented opportunities for photos, but at least being on the bridge wing looking for Cetaceans & other wildlife, then I was in the right position if something did come close.
Bulwer's Petrel: One of three I saw all day
Leach's Storm-petrel
Long-tailed Skua: Adult. The avian highlight of the day occurred as this Long-tailed Skua flew by. If you weren't on deck at the time, then you wouldn't have seen itLong-tailed Skua: Adult Long-tailed Skua: Adult Long-tailed Skua: Adult. This was pretty much the views we had as it was soon heading away from the Plancius During the morning there were some distant parties of Pantropical Spotted Dolphins & Spinner Dolphins. But none came within several hundred metres of the Plancius & the photos failed to even make the record shot category. However, things finally picked up when we encountered a small pod of our first Risso's Dolphins of the trip.
Risso's Dolphin: They have a tall falcate dorsal finRisso's Dolphin: Variations in the dorsal fin shapeRisso's Dolphin Risso's Dolphin: They are clearly sponsored by Mcdonalds & have been on a supersize deal for some timeRisso's DolphinRisso's Dolphin: I had to zoom out the crop to catch the splash
Bandwing Flying Fish: The best of the Flying Fish photos for the day
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Sightings - Monday 29th October 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:06
Whooper Swan - 1 juv Longham Lakes
Scaup - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
Red-breasted Merganser - 1 on R. Stour near Wimborne
Black-throated Diver - 1 E Mudeford Quay
Great White Egret - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 7 Middlebere
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Little Auk - 1 off East Cliffs Portland
Caspian Gull - 1st-winter Abbotsbury Swannery later at West Bexington
Barred Warbler - 1 Portland Bird Obs
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Ringstead

Goldeneye at Radipole Lake RSPB © Edmund Mackrill

Great Black-backed Gull at Radipole Lake RSPB © David Wareham
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29th October

Portland Bird Observatory - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 18:48
Another bright, clear day saw little movement of birds save for those in the very early hours. A Water Rail in the garden was the first for the autumn, Bramblings made a return to double figures, a sixth Cetti's Warbler was located on the slope above Portland Castle and a pair of Woodlarks were present around the Obs and Helen's Fields. The highlight of the day, however, came in the form of a Little Auk close in off the East Cliffs, no doubt pushed in by the strong North-easterlies we have been getting battered by over the past 48 hours.

Little Auks are notoriously storm driven and this bird was no exception being forced right into the coast by the strong winds we have been experiencing over the past few days © Geoff Orton:

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29 Oct 18 - Live Bird Food In The Garden

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 18:00
As a Birder, I enjoy putting out bird food throughout the year in the garden. This keeps a population of around a hundred local Birds fed. The species vary a bit depending on the season, with a few additional winter visitors appearing as the roving Tit flocks start moving through the gardens. Very occasionally, I've seen one of the local Sparrowhawks in the garden & today this female Sparrowhawk got lucky at the expense of one of the male House Sparrows (looking at the feathers that were left). I tried a few photos through the kitchen door glass, but they weren't great quality & there was a small branch in the way. Then I lay down & put the camera lens through the cat flap. This was perfect & also allowed allowed a better angle which resolved the problematic branch. The cat flap was fitted by the previous owner & I don't have a cat. Finally, I found a use for the cat flap, other than occasionally running a power cord from the house for the Moth trap.
Sparrowhawk: FemaleSparrowhawk: FemaleSparrowhawk: FemaleSparrowhawk: FemaleSparrowhawk: Female. Meal over
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29 Oct 18

Martin Adlam - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 16:35
Broadcroft Quarry Lane

A quick walk up the lane and back with my Granddaughter Holly.

A few Blackbirds here with 5 counted. Also recorded a Song Thrush, 1 Dunnock, 2 Great Tits and a Robin. Overhead 2 Meadow Pipits and in the lower horse paddock 11 Herring Gulls.

A single Red Admiral was the only butterfly seen.

Highlight was Holly feeding Molly the pony and using my camera to take an amazing silhouette of Molly.

The local Herrings taking a break in the lower horse paddock.
Holly feeding Molly the pony.
And Holly's lovely silhouette of Molly
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28th October

Portland Bird Observatory - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 23:00
Today saw the movements of birds that we had anticipated with the onslaught of yesterdays gale. A good passage of Brent Geese on the sea was accompanied by a very strong showing of thrushes including over 250 Redwings, 110 Blackbirds, 14 Fieldfares, 2 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Ring Ouzels. A selection of waterfowl and waders were also on the move over land and sea with 17 Common Scoter, 14 Teal, 7 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 5 Lapwings and a Golden Plover. at the Bill and 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese over Ferrybridge. Chaffinches put in another good showing with over 500 recorded across the island, however Brambling numbers were down on recent days with just 4 for the day. Highlights came from a huge passage of Starlings up the west cliff with over 2000 birds, a Woodlark over the Crown Fields and a lone Firecrest at the Avalanche Hump.

We're struggling to discover any good reason as to why Greenland White-front shouldn't have at least as decent a claim to full specific status as some of the dodgy passerine 'splits' of the modern era but, be that as it may, there don't appear to have been any previous claims of this form at Portland so today's nicely documented fly-bys at Ferrybridge were an excellent first for the island © Edmund Mackrill:

A brilliant display from the Redwings around the Obs Garden today was obviously replicated in the gardens around Southwell © Debby Saunders:

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Sightings - Sunday 28th October 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 20:52
Greenland White-fronted Goose - 2 W Ferrybridge
Black Brant - 1 Butterstreet Cove (The Fleet)
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 50 west of Portesham, 40+ left roost at Abbotsbury Swannery, 2 Burton Meadows (near Christchurch), 1 Wareham
Spoonbill - 41 Shipstal Point Arne RSPB
Red Kite - 1 over Eggardon Hill
Merlin - 1 over Stanpit
Golden Plover - c100 between Eggardon Hill & Wynford Eagle, 1 Stanpit
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Jack Snipe - 1 Priory Marsh (Christchurch Harbour)
Short-eared Owl - 1 West Bexington
Firecrest - 2 Hengistbury Head
Ring Ouzel - 1 over N of Lodmoor RSPB
Black Redstart - 1 West Bexington
Wheatear - 1 West Bexington
Yellow Wagtail - West Bexington

Golden Plover between Eggardon Hill/Wynford Eagle © Sue Wingett
Golden Plover between Eggardon Hill/Wynford Eagle © Sue Wingett
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26 Apr 18 - Atlantic Odyssey - Day Twenty Eight - Melon-headed Whale

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 18:00
I thought we weren't going to see much else in the way of good Cetaceans, after enjoying a stunning performance by Sperm Whales during the afternoon of the day we crossed the Equator. However, we had one more Cetacean treat when a dispersed party of Blackfish were seen on the port side in the late afternoon. None were close & they were not appearing very often. Checking the photos later & discussing with other observers, I completely failed to get onto the nearer pods of around twenty False Killer Whales which were a few hundred metres off the Plancius. But I did get onto around twenty of the fifty or so more distant Melon-headed Whales. I've seen Melon-headed Whales before in the Philippines on the ferry between Batangas, Luzon & Waya, Mindoro & on the return ferry a few days later. But that was back in 2002 and I can't remember much about those sightings: especially as my only camera had died a few weeks before. So, I was pleased to get another sighting of some Melon-headed Whales, even if they weren't close.
Melon-headed Whale: Melon-headed Whales are a Dolphin-sized Blackfish with a maximum size of 2.8 metres. They have a distinctive head shape without a beak and without the melon overhanging the jaws as it does in the much larger False Killer Whales (which are 5 - 6 metres in size)Melon-headed Whale: The dorsal fin is positioned about halfway along the body & is tall & slightly falcate
Melon-headed Whale: This close crop of the last photo shows a darker mask to the lower head which is one of the features to separate them from the more uniformly coloured & similar-sized Pygmy Killer WhalesMelon-headed Whale: Melon-headed Whales occur in all tropical & subtropical deep water oceans from 40 degrees North to 35 degrees SouthMelon-headed Whale
We also saw the four Flying Fish species that we had been seeing on the previous few days: Small Clearwing, Four-winged Flying Fish, Atlantic Flying Fish and Bandwing Flying Fish.Four-winged Flying Fish
Four-winged Flying Fish: Another view of the same individual
Bandwing Flying Fish: I caught this individual as it was about to dive back into the water
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28 Oct 18

Martin Adlam - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 17:46
Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Fire Station Woods, Upper Horse Paddock and Lower Horse Paddock

Another cold and blustery day. There were reports on Twitter that there had been an influx of Winter thrushes. Well I had 5, so I reckon most made there way to the Bill rather than stay in the middle of the island.

The thrushes I had were 4 Blackbirds and a Song Thrush. Not much else about, apart from 19 Herring Gull in the lower horse paddock, where there were also 21 Starlings.

Starlings in Winter Plumage
On the Grove Sports Field there were a few very intimidating looking Herring Gulls.
Here's another.
And another one on the prowl.
A Carrion Crow going through a bit of a moult.
Birds Recorded: 1 Kestrel, 23 Herring Gull (19 + 4), Wood Pigeon, Dunnock, Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 28 Starling (21 + 7), House Sparrow and 2 Chaffinch.

Ships Today
This is the Cypriot Cargo Ship "BG Sapphire" on its way from Rotterdam, Holland to Cork. More on this vessel Here.

Note: On 26 Apr this year I came across an Oystercatcher on The Fleet Here, which had two coloured leg rings and a metal ring. It's taken awhile but I finally tracked down where this bird originated from.

It turns out this individual was part of a ringing project at Dawlish Warren and ringed on 28 Jan 97. It is a regular wintering bird at the Exe and has been noted there recently.

Originally I had the coloured leg rings down as Blue and the other Black & White. However the white is actually a faded Lime, which is no surprise after 21 years. The metal leg ring which I couldn't identify at the time turns out to be BTO ring number FC51110.

So if you come across any Oystercatchers with leg rings, it might be worth contacting Exe Oystercatchers Here.
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27th October

Portland Bird Observatory - Sat, 10/27/2018 - 22:30
In common with what we've experienced throughout this autumn today didn't live up to its billing, with the sudden blast of raw northerly not delivering the pulse of thrushes, finches and the like that ought to have been on the cards. Departing Wood Pigeons - including 650 over the Bill - made up the bulk of the numbers, with only Chaffinches even slightly well represented amongst the also rans. Despite a lot of searching, quality didn't beyond the level of 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Avalanche Road, a Ring Ouzel nearby and singles of Green Woodpecker and Woodlark at the Bill.

One of the handful of Bramblings that dropped in during the morning © Roger Hewitt:

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Sightings - Saturday 27th October 2018

Dorset Bird Club - Sat, 10/27/2018 - 21:05
Greenland White-fronted Goose - 6 Abbotsbury Swannery
Barnacle Goose - 27 Rodden Hive
Scaup - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
Goosander - 3 W Abbotsbury Swannery
Cattle Egret - 39 Abbotsbury Swannery
Great White Egret - 3 Lodmoor RSPB, 1 Longham Lakes, 1 Studland Heath, 1 Arne RSPB, 1 E over East Bexington
Spoonbill - 46 Shipstal Point Arne RSPB
Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail Middlebere
Red Kite - 1 Cerne Abbas, 1 over Longham Lakes, 1 over Lytchett Fields RSPB
Merlin - 1 East Bexington, 1 S over Durlston CP, 1 over Longham Lakes
Golden Plover - 1 Rodden Hive, 1 Durlston CP
Green Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
Spotted Redshank - 5 Brownsea Island
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Radipole Lake RSPB
Stock Dove - 154 E Durlston CP
Short-eared Owl - 1 Durlston CP
Firecrest - 4 Durlston CP, 1 Rodden Hive
Woodlark - 2 W East Bexington., 1 Durlston CP
Swallow - 9 E Durlston CP, 1 Rodden Hive
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 Nothe Gardens (Weymouth), 2 Avalanche Road Hump (Portland), 1 Littlebredy
Ring Ouzel - 1 Durlston CP

Little Egret at Compton Abbas © Brian Smith
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26 Apr 18 - Atlantic Odyssey - Day Twenty Eight: King Neptune's Sperm Whales

Birding in Poole Harbour and Beyond - Sat, 10/27/2018 - 18:00
Today was expected to be a big day for the Plancius & the passengers as we were due to cross the Equator. Crossing the Equator tends to be an excuse for some general frivolity on ships. We were expecting to cross the Equator around 09:15 and there were a lot more passengers on deck immediately after breakfast than normal. Many people were crammed into the bridge or were excitedly watching GPSs or their mobiles (for those connecting to the ship's satellite internet system). Given I had chosen not to connect to the wifi for the time I was at sea, I made do with scanning with my bins & noting that nothing changed: except a lot of people took photos & cheered for having crossed the Equator. As far as I could see, there were no Seabirds or Cetaceans on view on either side of the line. There were a few Seabirds seen during the day, but those that were seen were repeats in low numbers from the previous day. However, we did see the first Scopoli's subspecies of Cory's Shearwater for the Odyssey. Just before 15:00, there was an announcement that King Neptune had come onboard & everybody was invited to head down to the aft deck.
King Neptune on the aft deck: Photo taken from the Expedition trip report (with the copyright for the photo remaining with Christope Gouraud from the Expedition staff)Those passengers, Expedition staff & crew who hadn't crossed the Equator before, got to meet King Neptune along with Mermaid Marijke, before getting covered in jelly, chocolate & strawberry sauce, before being washed down in water. Having straddled the Equator in Kenya & Ecuador, I decided that I could safely give this a miss & keep looking for Cetaceans. The timing was perfect, because no sooner had the announcement of King Neptune's arrival finished, then I picked up a couple of distant blows. A few minutes later and we could see that they were Sperm Whales. Unfortunately, they chose to dive. But it was a good sign of things to come.
One of the first two Sperm Whales of the day fluking as it prepares to dive deep: Just part of the entertainment laid on for those not wanting to meet King Neptune
Over the next two hours we encountered around thirty Sperm Whales. A number of the Sperm Whales remained distant and either fluked before we got close or passed around a half mile away from the Plancius. But finally, some performed closer to the Plancius. With most of the passengers, Expedition staff & crew distracted at the aft, then there was nobody who was going to request that we slow down for a longer encounter with one of the parties of Sperm Whales. However, as we had enjoyed a great experience with some Sperm Whales only four days earlier on the crossing between St Helena & Ascension Island, it wasn't a big deal.
Sperm Whale: It was great to see this Sperm Whale breachingSperm WhaleSperm Whale: The initial splash didn't look too largeSperm Whale: This photo was taken a few seconds later & I needed to include an addition 50% of sea to get all the splash inSperm Whale: Another breach. Male Sperm Whales can grow to 19 metres & 57 metric tons, whereas, the largest females grow to 12 metres & 19 metric tons. I'm not sure of the sex of this individual, but it's impressive that they can emerge this far out of the water. Some of the Rorqual Whales can launch most of their bodies out of the waterSperm Whale: The initial splashSperm Whale: The splash a few seconds laterSperm Whale: A third breachSperm Whale: Finally, the display was over
Sperm WhaleSperm WhaleSperm Whale: Another photo of the left-hand individualSperm Whale: The right-hand individualSperm Whale: The lower back of this individual is very knobblySperm Whale: One of the key identification features of Sperm Whales is their asymmetric blow hole which faces left
The final treat was seeing a fairly close female Sperm Whale with a youngster.;Sperm Whale: Female Sperm Whale with a nipper just popping out of the waterSperm Whale: The youngster was curious & on a couple of occasions it stuck its head out of the water to see what was going on. This is called spyhopping & is probably my favourite activity to see Cetaceans doing, as I've only seen spyhopping on a few occasionsIt was a good afternoon & there were more Cetaceans to come, but you will have to wait until the next Blog Post.
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27 Oct 18

Martin Adlam - Sat, 10/27/2018 - 15:21
Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Pools, Bumpers Lane, The Cuttings, Rufus Castle and Museum
Wow that was some cold biting wind. The sun was out all day, but that northerly blast of cold wind was very raw. However out of the wind on the more sheltered eastern side of Portland saw a few drone Flies, wasps and a Red Admiral on the few remaining Ivy flowers.

Bird wise, the best I could do today was 2 Chiffchaffs in Penns Weare just below The Cuttings. Elsewhere nothing! In fact in the lane and pools all I recorded was Dunnock and a Blackbird.

Out to sea there was a party of 6 Great Black-backed Gulls heading north, whilst in the lower horse paddock there were 12 Herring Gulls resting up. Apart from that very very quiet.

There were a few Drone Flies about...........
........these Common Drone Flies were at Rufus Castle and by the Museum respectively.
A Red Admiral by the Museum, soaks up the Autumn sun.
Ships Today
This is the Maltese Tanker "Patricia", carrying a Hazard D cargo. She's on her way from Portland to Stanlow. More on this vessel Here.
On the left is the General Cargo ship "Stad" flying the flag of Vanuata. It's on its way from Vlaardingen, Holland to Belfast. More on this vessel Here. The ship ahead of it, is the Maltese Ro-Ro Cargo vessel "Amandine" on its way from Rozenburg, Holland to Dublin. More on this vessel Here.

Note if you are like me and have never heard of a country called Vanuata well its Here. It does beg the question why would an island in the South Pacific Ocean own a Cargo Ship operating in the northern hemisphere.

Way out in the English Channel was this Russian General Cargo Vessel "Serdolik" which is on its way from Riga, Latvia to Portbury. More on this vessel Here.
This the Bulk Carrier "Star Hyperion" flying the flag of Panama. Its on its way from Odessa, Ukraine to Portland. More on this vessel Here.
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Reports of interest, Friday 26th October 2018.

Dorset Bird Club - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 21:40
Ruff - 1 Lodmoor.
Ring Ousel - 2 The Verne, Portland.
Yellow-Browed Warbler - 1 Penn Castle, Portland.
BARRED WARBLER - 1 trapped and ringed Portland Bill.
LAPLAND BUNTING - 1 Portland East Cliffs.
Brambling - 1 Ringstead.

Ruff at Lodmoor © David Wareham

Wigeon at Stanpit © Clinton WhaleEmperor Goose at Stanpit © Clinton Whale

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26 Oct 18

Martin Adlam - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 19:22
Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Pools, Bumpers Lane, Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrew's Church, Penns Wood and Bottom Combe Quarry.

Another sunny day, but a lot lot colder. Not a lot around with just 2 Chiffchaffs heard and several Robins recorded along my walk. A large flock (charm) of 50+ Goldfinches was a bit of a surprise, as they flew over me and landed in the trees on Bumpers Mound.

Elsewhere a Kestrel over Penns Weare and just two butterflies seen a Red Admiral and a Peacock in the back garden.

Here are a few images from my late afternoon walk.

A Goldfinch
There's always an annoying leaf in the way. A female Chaffinch
Vessels Today
This is the British Buoy-laying vessel "Patricia" on her way from Southampton to Torbay. More on this vessel Here.
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26th October

Portland Bird Observatory - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:16

A reminder that there's an In Focus field event at the Obs between 10am and 4pm tomorrow, 27th October.

A Barred Warbler was trapped and ringed at the Obs early this morning © Martin Cade/Erin Taylor:

Another of yesterday's Short-eared Owls © Debby Saunders:
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