Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Portland, 4th Sep.

Sunny spells, 22º, light SW.

A relatively quiet day started with a flurry of Tree Pipits (8), Yellow (14), Grey (4) and several “White” Wagtails overhead. A light but steady flow of Hirundines through the day.
Other migrants thin on the ground probably due to the good weather, singles of Turtle Dove, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroat, several Common Whitethroat (5), Sedge Warbler (4), Grasshopper Warbler (2), Pied Flycatcher (2), Whinchat (2+), Stonechat (4), Chiffchaff (6) and slightly higher numbers of Willow Warbler (20+), Wheatear (20+) and Meadow Pipit (10), and a single Great-spotted Woodpecker that may be a resident from further up the island.

Two Sparrowhawks, a Peregrine and a Buzzard noted and two Raven seen most of the day in the area and a flyover Turnstone and Curlew.
The sea was very quiet; the only species of note were sixteen Common Scoter that flew west.

A highlight was a pod of eight Bottlenose Dolphin that rounded the bill and headed up the east side in to Weymouth bay.
A Blue Emperor dragonfly took a Small White butterfly and proceeded to partially eat it on the wing and dropped the remains in the garden.

A local farmer turned up with a moth he wanted identifying that turned out to be a Convolvulus Hawk Moth.

N.B. These are my records as opposed to the overall observatory records.
                                          Grasshopper Warbler


                                   Pied Flycatcher

                                   Red Fox

                                   Common Blue

Convolvulus Hawk Moth

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