Saturday, 7 May 2016

Portland day 7: A bit of this and a bit of that

Rain at first then mainly sunny, 14°, breezy ESE.

Another disappointing day overall with little seen on land and sea.

A Black Redstart in the Obs garden early morning was an unexpected bird, then 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Willow Warbler a Chiffchaff and a Common Redstart.

Overhead were 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Redpoll, 1 Siskin and a Sparrowhawk.

Swallow passage throughout the day was steady but minimal.

A brief sea watch on both the morning and evening produced: 3 Whimbrel, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 Bonxie as well as Gannets and Manx Shearwaters.

Ian Lewington carried on sea watching until quite late in the day and managed 2 Pomarine Skua to add while I was having dinner.

Dragonflies: Broad-bodied Chaser.

Butterflies: Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood.

Pomarine Skua courtesy Ian Lewington
Kestrel over the common
Red Admiral courtesy Loren

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