The almost continuous rain and high wind overnight gave way to calmer and drier condition before dawn, and as daylight broke all that remained was a broad, but threatening, band of dark cloud right across the Weymouth area. By the time I reached the cemetery, where there was just a single Mistle Thrush of note, this had pretty much cleared to the east leaving in its wake a sunny but somewhat colder day.
this fairly obliging Reed Bunting.
This brought about a meleé among the attendant Gulls,
Founded by Dr Marie Stopes the famous birth control pioneer in 1929 and who gifted the cottages to the people of Portland in 1930. It is housed in two, 17th century, picturesque thatched Portland Stone cottages, nestling above Church Ope Cove. Inspired by one of these cottages, Wessex author, Thomas Hardy, made it the home of Avice, the heroine in "The Wellbeloved", one of his last novels. Apologies for the blurred photo, I was thinking of the times The Mermaid was thriving and couldn't stop my hand from shaking!
female Blackcap emerged from the undergrowth, while just across the path I located a
Looking back east along the coast.