Sunday, 10 May 2015

Tawny Pipit & Golden Oriole on Portland

Misty at first then overcast then sunny after 16:00, 16°, light S.

A search of the Obs fields around 06:00 found 2 Wheatear this morning and a second search a little later found little else so I was resigned to not seeing the pipit.

Therefore a sea watch was in order as the mist had started to lift. A single Pomarine Skua and a Great Northern Diver was noted when someone came in to say the Pipit was present and back in the Obs field.

So the sea watch was abandoned for a short walk to the Obs fields and within a short time the Tawny Pipit was seen…………………phew!

Another couple of Wheatear and a Whinchat also seen and a ♂ Peregrine flew overhead.

The day was rather slow with a flyover Yellow Wagtail, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, several Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Hirundine passage was rather sporadic with only a few hundred Swallow noted, also 2 Swift.

At around 15:30 we had a call to say there was a Golden Oriole behind the fire station at the Grove so a quick drive up to where it had been seen and after a short walk we managed to get in position near some trees where it had been seen. We waited and watched and before too long a Golden Oriole flew out followed by a second, third and fourth and they all moved off south. I managed to see 3 of them before they disappeared from view.

Dragonflies: Broad-bodied Chaser.

Butterflies: Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown and a Holly Blue.

 Golden Oriole (courtsey Martin Cade)
 Golden Oriole (courtesy Martin King)
Tawn Pipit (courtesy Martin Cade)
 Wall Brown
7-spot Ladybird (courtesy Loren)
A small group viewing the Tawny Pipit, am in this pic. (courtesy Glen Maddison)

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