9 Jan 21

Magazine Source

MRA

Magazine Author

Martin Adlam

Magazine Date
09-01-21
Magazine Article
Penns Wood, St Andrew's Church Grounds, Church Ope Cove, Penn's Weare, Penn's Copse, Rufus Castle and Portland Museum

It was a pretty gloomy today weather-wise and with lock-down now being stringently enforced, it was just a quick walk around the local patch for mine and Ted's daily exercise.

Unsurprisingly there wasn't too much to see bird-wise, especially as I left my walk until 3:00pm. And the only highlight was watching an adult Herring Gull and its offspring braving the waves at the cove.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

A 1st Calendar year Herring Gull comes into land.

And is soon joined by an adult bird.

And here is their first dunking, followed by..............

..........a retreat to higher ground.

I had assumed that this very smart looking Herring Gull was the other parent, but it always kept its distance. When I say smart, its head, neck, breast and underparts were "pure" white.

I'm now wondering whether this individual may well have been an adult Yellow-legged Gull, as at this time of year, adult Herring Gulls are very streaky round the head and neck. Or is that just wishful thinking.

Laurustinus 'Gwenllian' (Viburnum tinus) which is just............

.........coming into flower. It is a native shrub of the Mediterranean and North African maccchia regions and was first cultivated in Britain in the 16th Century. Ever since then it has been a popular garden plant and also on Penns Weare by the looks of it. (More on macchia and maquis Here and V. tinus Here).

Ted's pose today. Hmm not sure what that's all about. Come on Ted smile

Mammals Recorded: Grey Squirrel

Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Ships Today

This is the Passenger Ship "Aurora", flying the flag of Bermuda. It is on its............

.................. return trip from just off the north French coast. More on this vessel Here.

This is the Maltese Passenger Ship "Marella Explorer" still off Portland's east coast. More on this vessel Here

This is the General Cargo Ship "Fehn Companion" flying the flag of Antigua Barbuda. It is on its way from Llanddulas (North Wales) to Rye. More on this vessel here.

This is the Container Ship "NYK Romulus" flying the flag of Singapore. It is on its way from Savannah (USA) to Southampton. More on this vessel Here.

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