Wednesday, 25 September 2013


This morning my friend Lol Middleton re-found a Wryneck which he had first seen on 18th Sep but which several of us could not relocate. This morning it was in the small stubble field by the coast path just beyond the big house.
Here's a nice shot of the bird taken by Lol's friend and local photographer Andy Burns, who of course has copyright of the pic. The full set of pix he obtained can be seen on his Zenfolio web site at:

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


At Lavernock Pt and N along the coast path, approx 10:00 to 12:30

Continuous overhead vis mig of Meadow Pipit, fairly heavy at first then tailing off but still continuing, tog. with Swallows. Also c.200 Meadow Pipit in total feeding in the two stubble fields and near the silage dump at the N end. A mixed flock of c.500 Jackdaw, Rook and Crow was in the big stubble field. Plus:

Chiffchaff 18 [4 by church and 14 at N end], Grey Wagtail 3 feeding around the silage dump, also in that area 3 Blackcap [2m 1f], 1 Common Whitethroat, 10 Long-t Tit, 1 Pere over, 1 Raven over, 20 Sky Lark flew in to feed in the large stubble field, plus Gt and Blue Tits, Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Collared Dove. More land birds in 2 hrs than in a whole day at Portland Bill with GBC on Sunday!

Saturday, 14 September 2013


GBC monthly walk with 5 participants. Highlights – 2 Spotted Flycatchers (hedgerow of southern field by Sully Brook), 1 fem Pied Flycatcher nr the dragon tree in Cogan Wood (uncommon bird here) [but no Marsh tit], 1 Wheatear on high ground above dragonfly pond. Also 1 ad and 1 imm Green ‘Pecker and now 21 Tufted Duck. Leps – 2 Small Copper in the south field ref’d to above. Also lots of Chiffchaff 20+. Also a Kingfisher flew down the edge of the said southern field, parallel to Sully Brook.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Lavernock Pt

Visited again solo - thought the rain might've grounded a few bits & bobs. Nowhere near as many hirundines as yesterday. Birch tree by Church House had at least 6 Chiffchaff, 1 fem Blackcap and 2 Long-t-Tit. Coat path had 1 County Recorder :-), 1 male Blackcap briefly, 1 fem/imm Common Whitethroat and a few Goldfinch. Also 1 Holly Blue pointed out to me my DRWG, and I also saw a Clouded Yellow in the fenced off scrubby paddock behind the big house.

Thursday, 12 September 2013


GBC trip to Lavernock Pt and WT Reserve – highlights [8 participants]

Lavernock Pt & coast path – very many hirundines – est. 1000+ mixed Swallow, House- and Sand Martin, Sky Lark 4, Linnet 40, Blackcap 3, Chiffchaff 10, Stock Dove 4, Whitethroat 1, Common Scoter 4 d/c past the point plus other common stuff.

Lavernock WT Reserve – 4 Clouded Yellow and 1 Small Copper but very few birds. Flock of about 50 House and Sand Martin.
Clouded Yellow

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


The Marsh Tit was by the dragon tree in Cogan Wood again this morning. 12 Tufties present. o/w pretty quiet. There’s also lots of these which I think are Rudd as they do surface feed. There were also lots of ‘blue’ dragonflies which I took to be Migrant Hawkers – does that sound poss?

Sunday, 1 September 2013


Highlight for me was a Marsh Tit by the ‘dragon tree’ in Cogan Wood – found by sharp-eyed young Matthew Binding yesterday. Also in the wood dozing in the sun by the main path, a Short-tailed Field Vole. It was tiny – not much bigger than my thumb so I suspect a young one. There was another in the leaf litter which was dead, and which the live one nuzzled a couple of times. Just a cropped phone pic so not high quality. Also by the dipping pond & reeds by the Med Village boardwalk, a Clouded Yellow. 15 Tufties on W lake too.