Saturday, September 24, 2011

Portland etc

Started from Southwell this morning and walked along the east cliffs. The south west winds meant that there was a fair passage of birds heading along the cliffs into the wind. In about an hour and a half had over 253 Mipits, 205 Linnets, 74 Siskin, 5 Grey Wags, 5 Yellow Wags and 4 Tree Pipit. Also Grey Heron out to sea.
A Whinchat and 19 Wheatears on the deck

Local Kestrel hanging around the small quarry with the hut

Up to the top fields with another 15 Greenland type Wheatears and a few inquisitive horses

Painted Lady Southwell, also a Small Copper there

Then rather mercifully, news of a Red-backed Shrike at Lodmoor saw me heading off the island