Thursday, 5 May 2016

Portland day 5: The sea wins again

Sunny again but with a brisk easterly wind, 12°.

The land side of birding was hard work today with little noted, a Tree Pipit overhead first thing then through the day, 1 Redpoll, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 3 “White” Wagtail.

Swallow passage began around 09:00 and continued through the day but in low numbers so around 250 to 300 birds and a Hobby flew in.

The sea fared somewhat better but tailed off around 10:30, the following noted: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 30+ Common Scoter, 1 Common Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull, 50+ Manx Shearwater, 300+ Gannet (the majority being immature birds), c100 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, c150 “Commic” Tern (Common or Arctic), 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Tern, 9 Black Tern, 1 (pos 2) Roseate Tern.

Dragonflies: Broad-bodied Chaser.

Butterflies: Green-veined White, Large White and Speckled Wood.

Pied Wagtail at Chesil visitor centre courtesy Loren
Broad-bodied Chaser Portland Obs
 Green-veined White Chesil courtesy Loren
Loads of rubbish at Chesil beach car park (courtesy Loren)

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