Monday, 3 September 2012

Portland, 3rd Sep

Sunny, 23º, light SW.

Arrived mid afternoon to a quiet Portland, most grounded migrants had moved off. Flocks of Hirundines passing through, mainly Swallows and House Martins with around a dozen Sand Martins and five Swifts noted, a Ringed Plover flew north late afternoon.
As I was unloading, the car a Raven flew over and headed up along the East cliffs.

A few Willow Warblers in the garden and a Chiffchaff, a little later went for a walk down to the bill and flushed a Tree Pipit and two Yellow Wagtails from the crop field, a few Wheatears at the bill and a flock of a hundred plus Starling feeding around the bill area and the common.
The sea was quiet with a small trickle of Gannets and some local Shag movement.

Butterflies and Dragonflies around with several Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and a Gatekeeper. Blue Emperor, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter, a Silver Y moth seen in the garden and an Speckled Bush Cricket.



                                   Painted Lady

Speckled Bush Cricket

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