Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Badbury Rings, Dorset

Date: 03/05/2016
Location: Quick visit to Portland & Badbury Rings, Dorset
Weather: Blue skies, 13c, some cloud
Other Species: 
Kestrel, Stonechat, Whitethroat, Buzzard, Linnet.
Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Peacock.
First blue skies and good forecast for my butterfly season this year so thought I'd try a new spot Badbury Rings in Dorset. But first dropped into Portland Bill a quick wander round most birds seem to be hiding from me! Many Blackcap's, Whitethroats, Willow Warblers I saw, but didn't hang around this Wheatear about it! Didn't stay too long as temperature was rising and was on a mission for Butterflies today, did see a few Small Whites on wing at Portland.

 On arriving lots of cars and dog walkers so my hopes dropped but needn't have worried on entering the rings spotted a Dingy Skipper almost instantly !

Above me this Kestrel hunting seemingly not worried I was below.

Lots of Whitethroat on slopes happily singing away, perfect light for a change.

Really showing why it's called a Whitethroat !

Also many Stonechats this mate with a beak full of caterpillars and flies.

After taking far too many shots of the Stonechats as usual! This Grizzled Skipper landed making mission complete as these two were my targets today.

Oops another Stonechat, they just seem to pose all the time!

These Linnet seemed to be annoying the Stonechat, a pair kept landing close and the Stonechats would chase them off.

Leaving the rings and entering the woodland a few Bluebells carpeting the floor.

And this Beetle, a Black Oil Beetle.

Beech Avenue or the B3082, a hidden Dorset beauty for sure !

Thanks For Looking !

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