Lower Horse Paddock, Broadcroft Quarry lane, Pools, Bumpers Lane, The Cuttings, Rufus Castle, Penn's Weare, St Andrew's Church and Penns Wood.
An extended walk today in glorious sunshine. Talk about overdressed, when I left the cottage it was definitely jacket weather, but an hour later I just wished I was wearing a T-shirt.
My walk today took me through the lower horse paddock where there were a few Meadow Pipits
, but no sign of any Stonechats
. From here it was down Broadcroft Quarry Lane, where this was extremely quiet as well, with just 1 Chiffchaff
, the "resident" Great Spotted Woodpecker
and 5 Blackbirds
I took a slight detour to the pools Here
, before heading back down a very muddy Bumpers lane. By the pools were singles of Chiffchaff
By the hump at Bumpers Lane Here
, were 3 Chiffchaff
and a Song Thrush
feeding on the Cotoneasters and Buddleia.
Through The Cuttings a few Ivy Bees
, but mainly wasps and Common Drone Flies
. Looking down into Penns Weare there were 2 more Chiffchaffs
and a Blackcap
. The Ivy Bee
nests here are virtual lifeless with just a handful of bees.
At Rufus Castle very much the same with just a couple of Ivy Bees
and lots of wasps
In the grounds of St Andrews Church a small flock of Long-tailed Tits
and 2 Chiffchaffs
with them. Also here 2 Goldcrests
. The Ivy here had several Ivy Bees
and Common Drone Flies
, plus dozens of wasps
, a Dead Head Hoverfly
, Red Admiral
, a Harlequin Ladybird
and a 10-spot Ladybird
In Penns Wood another Goldcrest
at the top of the hill, where there were also 4 Harlequin Ladybirds
By the Main Road the Ivy Bush here is covered in Ivy Bees
Here are a few images from today:
One of the many House Sparrows on Portland, this is a male sat on the wall by the old Stone Firms office.
On the wires by the office a juvenile Wood Pigeon minus its white collar.
A Close-up view.
Nearly caught me out this bird. Not sure what I thought it could be, but its just a Meadow Pipit on the brambles.
Two winter plumaged Starlings soak up the Autumn sun.
On the left a juvenile Goldfinch with an adult bird.
A Dunnock in the lane.......
.........where there at least 4 Blackbirds feeding on the Hawthorns.
By the Bumpers Lane Hump a couple of Chiffchaffs.........
By The Cuttings a 7-spot Ladybird on the Ivy.
As I was trying to photograph the last remaining Ivy Bees at their nest site, this Grasshopper hopped into view.
A family of Wall Lizards
A close-up of one of the adults.
A Red Admiral and to the right a Harlequin Ladybird.
A Dead Head Hoverfly
This is a 10-spot Ladybird......
.......whilst this is another colour and pattern variant of a Harlequin Ladybird
As you turn into the path for Penn's Wood the Ivy Bush here s swarming with Ivy Bees.
One of 50+ Ivy Bees on the Ivy flowers.
Also here a Buff-tailed BumblebeeBirds Recorded
: 2 Cormorant
, Herring Gull
, Wood Pigeon
, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
, Meadow Pipit
, Pied Wagtail
, 1 Grey Wagtail
, 1 Song Thrush
, 1 Blackcap
, 10 Chiffchaff
, Long-tailed Tit
, Great Tit
, Blue Tit
, Carrion Crow
, 1 Raven
, House Sparrow
, 1 Siskin
and 1 Greenfinch
: 6 Red Admiral
and 5 Large White
: 15 Wall Lizards
, 1 Common Darter
, 50+ Ivy Bees
), 1 Buff-tailed Bumblebee
), 20+ Common Drone Flies
, 2 Dead Head Hoverflies
), 100+ wasps sp.
, 5 Harlequin Ladybirds
, 1 10-spot Ladybird
and 1 7-spot LadybirdShips Today
This is the American
Vehicles Carrier "Green Bay
" on its way from Antwerp, Belgium to Savona, Italy. More on this Cargo vessel Here