Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Wind ruled the day

A very windy day (SW) gusting up to 40 knots, thin high cloud with sunshine, 11° and a very lumpy sea.

Land birds were hard to find today given the high winds blowing off the sea, however 3 Spotted Flycatcher in the garden, a Blackcap, a Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, and 2 Bullfinch, elsewhere 1 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Some very intrepid Swallows were coming in through the day and 1 House Martin noted, 11 Common Swift also seen.

The sea produced the best birds of the day with the star bird being a Long-tailed Skua which all of us at the Obs missed and only the sea watchers at the bill saw it.

The rest of the best (that I saw) were: 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Whimbrel, 15 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 100 + Gannet and hundreds of Manx Shearwater that were passing at approximately 300 per hour during the evening sea watch.

Only a few shots of some distant Manx Shearwater.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Portland 4th May

Variable weather, a clear night with a full moon and a sunny start, cloud building through the day and rain by 17:00, light to fresh SW then turning SE, mean temp around 14°.

Needless to say, clear skies and very minimal visible migration on both land and sea.

However the following noted today: 10+ Wheatear, a trickle of Swallow through c100, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Little Owl, 1 Bullfinch, Whimbrel (heard), Oystercatcher (heard), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Swift and a Raven.

5 Common Scoter, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 “comic” Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern.

Plus other resident species.

Butterflies: Large White, Speckled Wood.


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Portland 3rd May

Sun and Showers, 13°, fresh WSW.

Arrived on Portland around 16:30, land migrants non-existent but a small sea passage saved the day.

Razorbills and Guillemots flying backwards and forwards from their breeding cliffs to feeding areas, several Shag also around. 

Species moving comprised: 2 Great Skua, 4 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 50+ Manx Shearwater, 50+ Gannet with a few Fulmar and Kittiwake.

Just prior to leaving for Dorset today there were 3 Swift feeding over the village, also 2 House Martin and several Swallow.