Sunday, 8 May 2016

Portland day 8: a visit off Portland

Rain at first then sunny, 13°, breezy E to NE.

A poor day on Portland today with a stiff easterly breeze blowing, very few migrants even the Swallow passage was very minimal.

1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, a Goldcrest and a Spotted Flycatcher in the Obs garden.

A Yellow Wagtail and a Redpoll over.

On the sea: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Little Egret, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 10+ “Commic” Tern and few Manx Shearwater and c100 Gannet.

In view of the lack of activity on Portland a trip to Lodmoor seemed a likely venue to add a few more species to the weekly total:

Several wader species present were some Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Redshank, Dunlin and Ringed Plover along with several duck species i.e. Gadwall and Tufted Duck, several Little Egret and Common Tern.

The extensive reed beds held a good number of Reed Warbler, several Sedge Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler, a few Reed Bunting and Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff in the hedgerows.

Swallow, Sand Martin and Swift overhead.

Butterflies: Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

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