29 Jul 20

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Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay

This afternoon it was a trip out on Star for a bit sea fishing, not too many fish caught, with just a few Mackerel and Pollack.

Main highlight was watching a Grey Seal by the middle centre breakwater.

On the bird front there was actually quite a lot going on, with the following birds noted: 1 Gannet in Portland Harbour, Cormorant, Shag, Oystercatcher, 7 Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Rock Pipit and Carrion Crow

This Grey Seal was resting on a submerged rock by the middle breakwater.

It sat there for a good 40 minutes whilst we were fishing close by and then swam off into Portland Harbour.

Here are a couple of videos of the Grey Seal, taken on a rocking boat.

Mind you, it could have been worse, as earlier we were hit by 3 huge rogue waves that sent everything crashing and gave us all a bit of a fright.

A Shag

An immature Sandwich Tern on the Portland Marina breakwater.

Old Quarry Lane, Wakeham Meadow, Easton Railway Cuttings, Perryfield Quarry Butterfly Reserve and Wakeham Railway Cuttings

Summer was back today, with wall to wall blue skies. There was still a bit of a breeze, but at least it was fairly warm.

Some good highlights with a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the Easton Railway Cuttings, 2 Wall Browns in the Perryfields butterfly reserve and 2 Physocephala rufipes, Thick-headed Flies.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

One of the 2 Wall Browns at Perryfields Butterfly reserve

A male Common Blue

And a female Common Blue

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth resting up on the wall at Easton Railway Cuttings

One of the many Garden Grass-veneers in Wakeham Meadow

The Sycamores were alive with Sycamore Piercers along the Wakeham Railway Cuttings.

This large andrena bee is a Large Meadow Mining Bee (Andrena labialis)

This Thick-headed Fly (Physocephala rufipes) was.........

........in Wakeham Meadow.

And this one in Perryfields Butterfly Reserve

Well I guess is The Footballer hoverfly, but half the size!!

A 7-Spot Ladybird

Yes I can see you.

And despite the heat, Ted does like to have a Buzz

Birds Recorded: 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, House Martin, Swallow, Dunnock, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Butterflies Recorded: Large White, Small White, 2 Wall Brown, 1 Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, 2 Marbled White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Blue, Common Blue and Chalk Hill Blue

Moths Recorded: 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), Garden Grass-veneers (Chrysoteuchia culmella), Six-Spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae) and Sycamore Piercer (Pammene aurita)

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Common Carder (Bombus pascuorum), Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius), White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) and Large Meadow Mining Bee (Andrena labialis)

Wasps Recorded: Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

Hoverflies Recorded: Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) and The Footballer (Helophilus pendulus)

Flies, Craneflies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: 2 Thick-headed Fly (Physocephala rufipes)

Bugs and Beetles Recorded: 7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and Common Red Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva)

Ships Today

This is the Maltese Passenger Ship "Marella Explorer 2" sailing out of Weymouth Bay. More on this vessel Here.

This is the Liberian Platform "Ran" on its way from Bullandoe (Sweden) to Sheerness, being towed by the Norwegian Offshore Supply Ships "Siem Opal and "Siem Garnet". A confusing journey as the "tugs" have come from Montrose, which would suggest they have sailed anti-clockwise around the British Isles.

Ran Here

Siem Opal Here

Siem Garnet Here.

This is the British Tug "Duke of Normandy" in Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.

This Police vessel is part of the Dorset Police Marine Section who cover 89 miles of coastline from Weymouth and Christchurch Harbours. More on DPMS Here

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

Today's Sightings Here.

Today' Sightings Here.