Having thrashed Poole Harbour pretty thoroughly on our birdrace on the Sunday, after a lie-in on Bank Holiday Monday I fancied a change of scene and headed to Portland. A Rose-coloured Starling had been around the same houses as the one I saw last year, but when Dave Foot re-found a Wryneck at the Bill, I gave up on the Fawn Yawn and headed there instead. Rather like Greenlands the previous day, the bushes by the Pulpit Inn were buzzing with a similar cast of migrants - Wheatear, Whinchat, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher and, best of all, the Wryneck - my second in 2 days. This one showed a bit better and for longer than the star of the birdrace, and it was interesting to see one of the battered ant nests into which it had been poking its bill.
|Wryneck on Portland
|It's still there a week later
|The cryptic plumage really is stunning
|The wind is catching the crown feathers here creating a crested appearance
|Note the striping under the chin
|This Tree Pipit perched up nicely after flushing from almost underfoot
|A smartly plumaged bird
|Whinchat is another favourite migrant - always good to see one of these
|Spotted Flycatcher in the Pulpit Bushes
|This bird was keeping quite a low profile...
|...perhaps trying to avoid the attentions of the local Kestrels
|Before heading to Portland, the day had started wet but well with a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on lavender in the garden