3 May 21

Magazine Source

MRA

Magazine Author

Martin Adlam

Magazine Date
03-05-21
Magazine Article
Penns Wood, St Andrew's Church, Church Ope Cove, Penn's Weare, Penn's Copse, Rufus Castle, Bumpers Lane, Broadcroft Quarry Lane and Lower Horse Paddock

With the forecast of rain and gale force winds today, I made sure I got a walk in before the approaching front arrived. Even before the rain had arrived, that south-westerly wind had a right chilly bite to it.

Main highlights today were a Blackcap and Chiffchaff both singing in Penns Wood. Elsewhere the Long-tailed Tits are now feeding youngsters in their nest on the southwest facing slopes at Church Ope Cove, and there were more advanced Long-tailed Tit fledglings in Penns Wood along with juvenile Robins.

Here are a few images and a video from today:

We're into the month of May and it feels like December. It was very cold and windy at the cove today, and it was pretty difficult trying to keep the camera steady, hence the horizon swaying from side to side. Where are those kwells!!

A male Blackbird in Penns Wood

There are a few very vocal Wrens about at the moment.

A Grey-patched Mining Bee (Andrena nitida) on an Alexanders in Penns Wood.

And another Grey-patched Mining Bee, also on Alexanders, but this one was by Rufus Castle. And I did check both for orange-tips, just in case one or both were Andrena haemorrhoa.

In the gardens of Pennsylvania Castle this old tree stump is sprouting bracket toadstools. I believe these are Dryad's Saddle Bracket fungi, Polyporus squamosus

It appears in the Summer and once insects start to devour it, it can disappear within days. More on this fungi Here.

And of course Ted.

Birds Recorded: 1 Buzzard, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and Grey-patched Mining Bee (Andrena nitida)

Ships Today

This is the Bermudian Passenger Ship "Queen Elizabeth" on its way out of Weymouth Bay into the English Channel. More on this vessel Here.

This is the Bermudian Passenger Ship "Ventura" on its way of Weymouth into the English Channel. More on this vessel Here.

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