So Saturday's forecast was overcast but dry, with clouds clearing later, and Mrs PB decided a bracing sea breeze was what she required. Bacon rolls safely consumed prior to departure, a leisurely pootle to Portland followed. We decided on the western side again, and head south rather than north, like last time.
Immediately apparent were the large numbers of gulls, and oddly, jackdaws taking advantage of the breeze
I didn't realise there were butterfly sized fancy dress shops... where else could he have got the "Scream" mask??
Or should that be she.... "I'm a laaaaady"
next up a very pretty blue flower...no idea what it is!
Out of nowhere, a Kestrel popped up
While on the cliff face, one of the Jackdaws was moving stones....
And this looks like a younger one
Peering over the cliff it was a pleasure to watch a constant stream in and out of Guillemots and Razorbills
Whilst more sedately cruising, a few Kittiwakes drifted on the wind
On the actual cliff face, spread along the ledges were loads of Razorbills and Guillemots, with a smattering of Cormorants thrown in for good measure, and just a couple more Kittiwakes sheltering.
We walked on down to the Bill proper, and the first of the Pipit queries....Rock?
Swiftly followed by the 2nd query....
And the third! Just to throw some more confusion into the mix, there was constant Skylark songs, and a few songflights too, but I didn't see any of the birds pictured being so helpful!!
Off in the distance as we began heading back up to the coastal path, were a couple of Linnets
Pipit 4 I think is Meadow, as it appears to have a properly long hind claw... even if it is olive in colour!
A not at all shy Goldfinch almost dared me to walk passed
And a very yellow looking young Great Tit was busy amongst the stems
And Pipit 5...atop a fencepost
Tempting me to chase it over the edge of the cliff, a Red Admiral finally landed
The Kestrel suddenly reappeared again
And I didn't know quite where to look...up at the Kestrel, or down at my 1st Wall butterfly of the year
And the Dingy Skipper
Or stay looking up at the beautiful show the Kestrel was putting on
Or down at the Wagtail, provisioning the family, presumably
And on that delightful note, we headed for home windswept and wonderful :o)
Thanks for reading, and any Pipit help gratefully received as always!!
Stay Safe All
In reply to Germain:
(Pardon the Scottish Accent)
In reply to ItisaRobbo:
Yeah, but what do you know? You sound just like that bloke that said about Dunnocks singing up trees, of all the preposterous things
Lot to learn
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