Just as well the Moth Traps were not deployed last night as any self respecting Insect would surely have sort sanctuary in the nearest Bramble Bush. As the hours of darkness ticked by the rain appeared to get heavier and the wind stronger at least that how it sounded as it lashed against my bedroom window.
More realistic than defeatist, hopes had faded of much to be seen even before arriving at Portland Bill were all on offer were a few fairly close Gannets rounding the Obelisk.
My word will have to be taken on this as I for one wasn't going to brave the elements to try for pictures with the wind gusting hard against the windscreen.
Turning around to start back north there were a small group of Gulls on the car park including Great Black-backed, which flew off immediately,
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
and HERRING GULL
not an astonishing collection, but at least something for the Post.
seem to have move out here in droves since my last visit, but the prospect of an awaiting Full English Breakfast was more enticing than the Eye of a Gale! Despite the continuing rain, after eating I headed for Secret's house and after a coffee we decided to take a look at Ferry Bridge were the Spring Tide was still high but about 150
had gathered close to the Visitor's Centre.
Onward to Radipole and more Gulls including this young
which stood out among a mixed flock of Black-headed and
best of these was also a youngster in beautiful plumage.
Further on this
was putting on a fine performance while undertaking ablutions
and then predictable taking up perch
to dry out.
and GREAT CRESTED GREBE
showing the last vestiges of juvenile plumage.
Also of no surprise was to see a digger on site this time
preparing the foundations for a Dry-Stone Wall, Why oh why
do the Royal Society for the Protection of Bird need to keep adding
mountains of 'man-made tat'........No, I'll leave it at that before I
burst another blood vessel. It's your money they're wasting!!!!
Still with light rain in the air, it did feel much less windy as we
stopped for a quick look at the River Wey where it passes under
the road at RADIPOLE VILLAGE on the outskirts
of Weymouth. Nothing else to report so it must be time for yet
another Rack of Ribs at The Swan Public House.