Overcast with almost constant light rain, 16°, moderate SW.
At a peak time for rare and scarce birds with American land birds turning up from Iceland, thru the Scottish isles, west coast of Britain and down to the Azores. And a good influx of more Eastern rarities on the UK East coast and elsewhere.
However back in Middle Earth these things do not happen but we live in hope.
The south westerly winds this week have not been conducive to decent birding and today was no exception.
A Raven flew west near the Bullshole, a Little Owl heard calling out at Lollingdon, a Mistle Thrush, about the only bird on the hill, a Kingfisher and a handful of Chiffchaff!
A Stoat seen hunting out at Lollingdon.
This photo of a Little Owl taken on Portland a couple of years ago.
Not particularly good weather for birding today and a walk out to Lollingdon and back proved right.
The hill was pretty quiet on the ground, however a bit of vis-mig (visible migration) livened up the proceedings with 150+ House Martin moving south east and several Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail over.
A single Raven flew east and a Sparrowhawk high to the south.
Several Chiffchaff still roaming around with Tit flocks and a small flock of Yellowhammer out near Little Lollingdon and a Goldcrest in the Bullshole.
5 Redwing over Church road late afternoon.
Don't get a lot of Fungi on farmland but found this today and as yet unidentified.