Saturday, 5th October 2013
I was out early today and headed to Penn's and East Weares via the wood by the Pennsylvania Castle. The object of today's exercise was to find and 'Eastern Warbler species', or Red-breasted Flycatcher. Although the woods proved very quiet the Weares proved otherwise, with a large fall of Chiffchaffs and very many, (most likely hundreds) of Blackcaps. I soon struck lucky with a Yellow-browed Warbler, in a sycamore (as always), on the undercliff at Penn's Weare. Mission accomplished!
Apart from the warblers today saw plenty of visible migration with lots of Meadow Pipits and Alba wagtails moving overhead, as well as a flock of around twenty Skylarks. Single Grey Wagtail and Wheatear also added interest. An adult hobby came over near the Portland Port fence. Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk were also in evidence.
The total number of species for today was a respectable thirty five during the four hour Weares Coverage.
No photos worth putting on here today, but there's always tomorrow!