Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Portland day 4: Good weather few birds

A sunny day, 14°, light S.

A beautiful day on Portland but with very few birds on the land and little better on the sea.

However; As there was very little happening on the land an early sea watch was on the cards.

5 Bonxie, 5 Great Northern Diver, 22 Common Scoter, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 8 Grey Plover, 4 Shelduck, 1 Little Gull and some very distant Terns, also unusually a male Hen Harrier flew east.

Hirundine passage started around 09:00 with a light trickle of birds through the day, c250 Swallow, 9 House Martin and 5 Swift. Most birds would pass over the island by the upper light and drop down to use the lea of the west cliffs and continue north.

The landward side produced 5 Wheatear, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a Black Redstart.

Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Kestrel also noted.

Dragonflies: Broad-bodied Chaser.

Butterflies: Large White, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood.

Cholsey news: A Fieldfare still present out at Lollingdon. (Tony Williams).

 Black Redstart


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