Saturday, September 24, 2005

Portland Hawks

A weekend at Weymouth and Portland proved very enjoyable. The weather was very warm and our first stop at Osmington Mills (Smugglers) revealed a number of Clouded Yellow and Red Admiral butterflies. A couple of Ravens cruised over and one or two Common and Sandwich Terns lingered on the sea.

These were among several orthoptera present on the very warm, south-facing, steep gully.

Grey Bush-cricket (Platycleis albopunctata)

We stopped a The Fleet to take a look at a few waders before heading onto Portland where Wheatears, Chiffchaffs and Rock Pipits were at the Bill and a party of Gannets lingered just offshore. Two summer-plumaged Red-throated Divers passed low directly over our heads and landed on the sea nearbly for a while before continuing off to the east. A single Manx Shearwater cruised in from the SW before turning and heading back the way it had come.

A look in at the Observatory failed to reveal the roving Firecrest but we did get a good look at the two Convolvulous Hawk-moths shown here.

Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli)