It was warmer from the start today, and with just light clouds covering half of the sky and the wind now a mere zephyr it looked like it would stay that way. Plenty of (common) bird life in the cemetery with a small 'fall' of Robins having joined yesterday's throng, in addition there were also singing Chiffchaff and Coal Tit (both plural).
Over at Radipole Lake it was more or less a case of same, same with the large influx/emergence of Red Admiral Butterflies continuing from yesterday as well. There were also plenty of Sand Martins passing through but very few Swallows and House Martins,
while what looked like the Arctic Tern, present here for a few days now and far better captured by Dave Chown, was today in company with Cormorant and Mallard.
Bearded Tit which today were both visible and audible either side of the path at the north end of The Loop.
It seemed the Carp anglers were not even out of bed yet, but feel sure that if their 'bite alarms' activated they would soon be in attendance.
There was some time to check on the progress of the Mute Swan cygnets before heading to Portland, and with c5 at the Concrete Bridge and the usual c7 close to the Visitor's Centre this was the highest total personally recorded this year.
Looking back north from the seaward end of Barleycrates Lane, the West Cliff and West Bay had taken on a tranquility not seen over the past week of stormy weather.
A lone Kestral was perch a little further along, but it wasn't until arriving at The Barns that anything else of note was spotted.
There, a male and
female/ juvenile Common Redstarts were seen together, the photographs being a couple from this Spring.
Things remained very quiet throughout the return walk across Top Fields, Culverwell and down to the Observatory, probably adequately endorsed by resorting to photographing Flies?