23 Jan 21

Magazine Source

MRA

Magazine Author

Martin Adlam

Magazine Date
23-01-21
Magazine Article
Wakeham Railway Track, Perryfield Quarry Butterfly Reserve, Penns Wood, St Andrew's Church, Church Ope Cove, Church Ope Cove Wood, Penn's Weare, Penn's Copse, Rufus Castle, Bumpers Lane, Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Broadcroft Quarry Butterfly Reserve and Lower Horse Paddock

Another sunny day and of course being the weekend, the Church Ope Car Park was full with day trippers. I took a chance on walking down through Penns Wood to the cove and amazingly didn't meet a soul. Sadly everyone was on the beach, with a few chilling out in their beach huts. What Lockdown!!

Anyway, what did I see on my exercise walk, not a lot really. Despite the sun, there was very little about, though it was interesting to come across a couple of Spotted Meliscaeva (Meliscaeva auricollis) hoverflies.

The Lower Horse paddock seems to be the most productive of locations, especially when the weather is sunny and calm. When it's windy, the sea comes into its own. So in the horse paddock there were 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 5 Starling and House Sparrow.

Here are a few images and a video from today:

A Blue Tit foraging with several Long-tailed Tits along the Wakeham Railway Cutting

This is the hoverfly Spotted Meliscaeva (Meliscaeva auricollis), which........

....................I have come across before on a sunny Winters day.

Ted having his usual buzz along Penn's Weare

Ted searching for Bunnies.

Mammals Recorded: 2 Grey Squirrel and a Bunny

Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 5 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 5 Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Hoverflies Recorded: 2  Spotted Meliscaeva (Meliscaeva auricollis)

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

Ships Today

This is the Dutch Cargo ship "Ijsselborg" on its way from La Pallice (France) to Southampton. More on this vessel Here.

This is the Maltese Container Ship "Atlantic Sail" on its way from Antwerp to Liverpool. More on this vessel Here.

These three blobs on the horizon are minesweepers way off the Swanage coast. They are the Estonian Minesweeper "M315 - EML Ugandi" on its way from Zeebrugge to Vene Balti (Estonia). More on this vessel Here and Here. The next ship is the Belgium Minesweeper "BNS Lobelia" on its way from Zeebrugge to an unknown destination. More on this vessel Here and Here. And finally the German Minesweeper "M1068 - Datteln" on its way from Zeebrugge to an unknown destination. More on this Frankenthal-class minehunter Here and Here.

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

2019
Today's Sightings Here.

2018
Today' Sightings Here.