Despite a favouable forecast on Thursday night things turned out a little differently which is now unusual as far as modern-day forecasting goes! It was the early morning
that told the story even at 07:45 looking rather threatening but luck, not better judgement, was on our side.
There was also a poor attempt at a ground frost, with the temperature at just +1°C, which disappeared as the upper limb of the Sun cut the horizon.We had set 2 Moth Traps which remain aglow for a full 3 minutes when one of them caused a 'short' and tripped the whole system. Soon corrected by disconnecting the culprit we did get a bit of joy with
along with a
The thrust was to follow up on yesterday's finds by targeting Black Redstart which appears to be featuring right across Dorset at the moment. Not a great start, in fact not really a start at all as both ponds were almost devoid with just 3 each of Teal and Little Grebe on the Gravel Pit and not a single peep emitting from the Sewerage Works fence / hedge and that's when the heavy and persistant stuff started! Good job then that we had some dunnage from the day before left over to present here.
Next came a rather obliging
A couple of
Before departure to the Heath we also added a
known in our boyhood as
Hedge Sparrow - which they are not!
which appear to enjoy the Winter here.
Last, but by no means least, there was a single
awaiting our arrival at the gateway and then a second
Still raining at the completion of this post but it will take a
lot more that that to deter us from yet another wander tomorrow!