22 Jan 21

Magazine Source

MRA

Magazine Author

Martin Adlam

Magazine Date
23-01-21
Magazine Article
Penns Wood, St Andrew's Church, Church Ope Cove, Church Ope Cove Wood, Penn's Weare, Penn's Copse, Rufus Castle and Portland Museum

A beautiful sunny day, which brought out the first Honey Bee of the year, plus a few blow-flies. No real birding highlights, with just 15 Rock Pipits and 4 Pied Wagtails on the beach, whilst out to sea just two Cormorants heading down the coast.

Here are a few images and a video from today:

The "Hut" Robin at the back of Church Ope Cove

One of four Pied Wagtails on the beach at Church Ope Cove.

A pristine looking male Chaffinch

My first Honeybee of the year and its still January.

In Penns Wood this is most likely a Common Bluebottle (Calliphora vomitoria), unlike Calliphora vicina which is more associated with humans. 

Ted having a good run about on Penn's Weare.

Birds Recorded: 2 Cormorant, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 15 Rock Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)

Flies, Craneflies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: Kelp Fly (Coelopa frigida) and Common Bluebottle (Calliphora vomitoria)

Ships Today

This is the Panamanian LPG Tanker "Joseph Wisdom" on its way from Dakar (Senegal) to Weymouth Bay. More on this vessel here.

This is the Cargo Ship "Tango Rio" flying the flag of Vanuata (Vanuata is in the Pacific Ocean Here). It is on its way from Portland Harbour to an unknown destination. More on this vessel Here.

This is the Passenger Ship "Aurora", flying the flag of Bermuda. It is on its way from Southampton to Weymouth Bay. More on this vessel Here.

This is the British Auxiliary Ship "RFA Tidespring" in the English Channel. More on this vessel Here.

This is the British Fishing Boat "Loyal F" on its way back into Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.

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On this day..........
2020
Today's Sightings Here

2019
Today's Sightings Here.

2018
Today' Sightings Here.