The weather had turned very much for the better this morning, and walking through the cemetery listening to Goldcrests in the Pines, a text from the Observatory alerted me to a Golden Oriole that had been caught there at 05:50. The sun was already warm as I crossed on to Radipole and with the wind edging nearer to southerly
There was also Bearded Tit activity in 3 of the reed-beds, but this presumed juvenile was the only one to show. At Lodmoor I met up with Daragh who had been waiting for the
we headed off to Beachdown Way where I was able to secure a few distant photographs, the first ever of this species anywhere. Close inspection shows a ring on the left leg!
the Honeysuckle was seen to be in full bloom while the members of the
The final sighting on, or perhaps I should say 'above' was this para-glider making the most of the thermals.
At Portland, once again I took a look at the Curtis puddle and noted today that it wasn't just House Martins utilising the water and the mud, but a Swallow had joined in collecting building material,
while a number of House Sparrows indulged in a little bathing and
a few Linnets, including this male,
where enjoying a much needed drink. Apart from the now 'long gone' Golden Oriole, there was little to hold me at the Bird Observatory for long, and with a drink date with 2 lovely ladies pending there was just time to capture these
Azure Damselfly and
Large Red Damselfly