Yet another blustery night punctuated by showers of sometimes heavy rain, but still the Moth Traps have something to show. In mine at Weston Street this little beauty was among only c7 Moths and if we did do Micros (which of course we don't) this would be one of the favourites. Like most, this only has a Latin name.
The second by contrast was in one of the Portland Bird Obs traps.
something of a 'rare' migrant which also has a Latin handle.
Close to the tip of Portland Bill stands the monolith known as
Here are some of the things seen today inside just a few
hundred square yards of that feature.
note the 'ring' on right leg.
Looking from Portland Bill along the East Cliff
Portland Bird Observatory the white finger (near top left).
One of c4 BLACK REDSTART in that area today.
At least a dozen WHEATEAR
JACKDAW also 'ringed'.
On the rocks
A RAVEN finds a long time dead BROWN RAT
and flies off to the relative safety of one of the Beach Huts.
It didn't tolerate me for long!
The first of what turned out to be 'lots' of FUNGI.
2 of c4 BLACKCAPs
(c3 female + a male).
Another much more obliging
and several BLACKBIRDs enjoying
the abundance of 'fruits', these ROSE HIPS
More FUNGI before heading back to the Obs.
I said to a man walking towards me "the Common if 'full' of
Toadstools today", "How do you know it' 'full" he asked.
"Because there's not Mush-room left" said I.
Having not owned a telescope for a number of years and now with thoughts of buying one, it was fortuitous to find my mate Kieth Mortimer of the Optics Company 'In Focus' in attendance. It took no time at all, with Kieth's guidance, to select an Opticron instrument and thought while I was at it the long thought of 10x32 Swarovski 'Swarovision' binoculars were also purchased. A lot of money but the prospect of a Lot of Joy to come! The visit also coincided with a mixed feeding flock of Seabirds easily viewable from the veranda, of which I saw Balearic Shearwater and Common Scoter, thus far not seen this year, Sooty Shearwater added to the Dorset Year List, while best of the bunch a Sabine's Gull (a 'rare' vagrant from the America's) which was also added to those Lists plus the Month List for the County. As if I hadn't already had the 'cream of the crop', to end the day a Barn Owl flew out of the Obs Quarry to hunt the nearby fields. That final touch just DID IT for me!
Year List = 170 Dorset Year List = 158
A Young Gerry Rafferty
A Young Gerry Rafferty