|October dawn at Penn's Weare, Portland|
It was just about light enough to start birding at 7.20am this morning. The day promised and proved to be sunny and dry - excellent for what some call 'viz mig' (visible migration). A few small flocks of Alba Wagtails flew low along the shore southwards at Penn's Weare, intermingled with Meadow Pipits. All identified on call. A steady stream of Swallows went alongside. A Great-spotted Woodpecker bounced along overhead across the track. Until this year the species has never been regularly present here. That's true of Portland in general. We don't have any record of breeding and are inclined to presume these are immature birds dispersing from the mainland. There are enough large trees on the virtually inaccessible cliff slopes to the very north-east of the Island to support a pair or two. The area is closed off thanks to Portland Port unfortunately. However we will doubtless be around about next spring listening for drumming.