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27 Nov 18

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 13:44

Rain stopped play today. In fact this afternoon just got darker and darker.

At least it didn't stop the birds visiting the back garden with 4 Great Tits, 2 Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Greenfinches and House Sparrows all visiting the feeders. On the lawn a male Blackbird, Robin and Dunnock.

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26 Nov 18

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 16:30
Rufus Castle and Church Ope Cove

A late afternoon walk down to Church Ope Cove, where for the first time in quite awhile there was a Black Redstart under the cliffs at the north-east corner of the cove. Also here were 3 Rock Pipits, a Pied Wagtail, 3 Wrens and 2 Herring Gulls.

Out to sea a fishing boat was heading back to Weymouth with a good 20+ gulls at the rear and a couple of Cormorants heading in the opposite direction.

No sign of the Firecrest from yesterday, but on the steps half-way up to Rufus Castle there were 2 Goldcrests, a Great Tit, Blue Tit and a Robin in the small copse on the right in Penns Weare Here.

Also on the steps I came across the headless corpse of a Kestrel. There were 3 Kestrels here on 14 Nov having a right dispute. Is it possible they had a fight to the end!!

Here are a few photos from this afternoon:

The Black Redstart appears to be back.
Not venturing far from the large boulders....... stayed here for awhile before heading off to the southern end of the beach.
One of the 2 Herring Gulls lurking on the shoreline.
Just the 3 Rock Pipits here today.
Not sure why this Kestrel died, possibly the result of a fight with a rival. Who knows!!
A fishing boat returns to Weymouth with gulls for company.
Dawn, Ted and Benji at Rufus Castle.
And another pose for the camera.
Ted the rock climber.
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25 Nov 18

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 13:55
Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Bumpers Lane, South-west Coast path, Rufus Castle, Penns Weare, Church Ope Cove, St Andrew's Church and Penns Wood.

Main highlight today was my first Firecrest this Winter at the back of Church Ope Cove behind the huts. Other highlights were 8 Rock Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail and 3 Wrens on the beach.

Elsewhere there were 2 Goldcrests in Penns Wood and 5 in the Car Park across the road from the wood Here.

What was noticeable was the increased numbers of Robins along my walk with many birds singing from what I can only imagine are their overwintering territories.

Overhead on my travels were one or 2 Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Chaffinches.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was also heard along Bumpers Lane.

Here are a few images from today:

One of the 8 Rock Pipits on the beach this morning.
This one seems to be doing alright catching Kelp Flies.
The only insects on the wing today appeared to Bluebottles soaking up the sum.
A Goldcrest in Penns Wood.
And his mate high up in the canopy.
One of the local Blackberries is just starting to come out in blossom. Not bad for November!!
These are Snowberries, also know as Waxberry or Ghostberry and is a member of the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae.
This track would lead you down onto Broadcroft Quarry Lane, but for some reason has now blocked off. Sadly the bushes either side have been buried, which is a real shame as thrushes and finches have been using this area for winter food and cover. No one ever thinks of the consequences of dumping tons of rubble on vegetation.
This is Euonymus japonicus.............
..........which is just starting to bear fruit.
The berries are white now, but when they ripen they will look like this here.
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24 Nov 18

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 16:27

Having picked up my new camera from Curry's it was off to Radipole Lake up by the Tennis Courts Here. Unfortunately the new camera needs a full charge, so old faithful was used. The light conditions, once again, were horrendous and as I got out of the car, so the drizzle came down.

The Ring-necked Duck was easy to pick up as it kept close to one of feeding Mute Swans. In fact a couple of times it dived under the swan. Also here were Tufted Ducks, Shoveler and at least 7 Pochard.

Here are a few poor quality images again I'm afraid.


The feeders were really busy again today with the normal suspects of Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Great Tit and Blue Tit. Locally there were a few Blackbirds, a Robin and overhead a Siskin was heard calling.

Greenfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit and House Sparrow

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23 Nov 18

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 17:05

Another busy day on the boat and the good news is the radio now works. Apparently there was water in the cable of the old aerial which had to be replaced. I also managed to get the Garmin Fishfinder to work, which is good news, as it also gives you the depth under the boat. The transducer which is normally attached under the boat was actually next to the bilge pump and had broken away. So a bit of a clean up and reattachment to the hull and that also works now. Happy Days. Unfortunately the bilge pump and sensor I had fitted by a local marine engineer company, doesn't work and there is a huge amount water at the bow end of the boat. So hopefully they'll be out on Monday to fix it.

So the bird watching today was centred around the back garden with good numbers of birds on the feeders, which included Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, House Sparrows, Great Tits and Blue Tits. On the lawn was a Dunnock, Robin and 2 Blackbirds. In the neighbours garden were 2 Redwing and a Song Thrush.

Not wanting to miss out, the Grey Squirrel was back.

Here are a few images from today with an apology about the poor quality. I'm still using my back up camera which is really naff in low-light conditions, but the good news is I pick up my new one tomorrow.

This Grey Squirrel was quite clever. Once he turned round to stop the blood rushing to his head and ran up the feeder over the top and then came down........

.........on this one before going back to the other one. Ingenious.
Once the Squirrel had his fill, the birds came back. Here are two male birds, Chaffinch on the left and a Great Tit.

Here are two Great Tits and a Greenfinch.
And finally 3 Greenfinches with a male House Sparrow.
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21 Nov 18

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 18:20
Top Fields

Another horrendous day with shower after shower falling on Portland. There were even a number of thunderstorms in amongst the squally showers that passed overhead.

Eventually the main weather front passed over and there was an opportunity to get out for a walk. The light was fading quickly so the best place for any birding had to be the Top Fields, for possibly a Short-eared Owl.

Well I did see one very briefly at 4:10pm, when a single bird appeared above the West Cliffs just north of the Higher Lighthouse. One minute it was above the cliffs and then it was gone. I walked around the fields for another 35 minutes until the light really faded, but that was the only SEO about.

There were good numbers of Chaffinches in the Crown Estate Fields with a few Goldfinches for company. Also seen were 2 Ravens, 2 Kestrels, a Buzzard, 3 Meadow Pipits, a Skylark on the path which I nearly stood on, a pair of Stonechat and a Grey Heron heading north towards Southwell.

As I walked back to the Obs a Chiffchaff was heard calling and a large Bumblebee zoomed across in front of me as the daylight had almost gone.

Looking south towards the Bill, with the back end of the stormy weather drifting west.
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20 Nov 18

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 19:49

The temperature dropped to 4°C today and with that strong north easterly it felt a lot lot colder.

The number of Chaffinches is rising daily and there were 7 around the feeders. The Greenfinches are back, with 3 squabbling over the bragging rights to the sunflower seed feeder.

No Goldfinches today, but both Great Tit and Blue Tit were busy grabbing seeds, before disappearing into the neighbours Buckthorn to eat them.

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