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Dorset Walks, Monday January 28th 2013, Bincleaves - Newton's Cove

Our original idea was to walk around Bincleaves towards Underbarn to look for seabirds in Portland Harbour but two things prevented us - the path had collapsed a few days earlier and there was a vicious southerly wind blowing rain into our faces. So we turned round and walked to Newton's Cove instead. I'm glad we did! 

Looking into the cove from the top of the hill we could see 20 or so Great Crested Grebes, which along with the ones we had seen at Underbarn gave us a respectable total of 30 altogether With them was a Razorbill and a few Shags. 

Walking along the sea wall towards the Stone Pier we were pleased to see a group of Oystercatchers. Then the real star of the afternoon appeared - a Kingfisher hovering over the rock pools just in front of us! It landed on a rock and gave us a great view through the telescope, then proceeded to fly around showing us all sides of its beautiful plumage. 

Reaching the Stone Pier we were surprised to see a Meadow Pipit at a site that usually produces Rock Pipits. Soon after we did indeed see a Rock Pipit and then a smaller, greyer bird appeared down on the shoreline. A Black Redstart! 

Birds

Great Crested Grebe
Cormorant
Shag
Mallard
Oystercatcher
Kingfisher
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Black Redstart
Robin
Great Tit


Mammals

Grey Squirrel


Plants (flowering)

Narcissus
Snowdrop
Daisy
Bergena
Heliotrope
Lonicera
Vibernum
Three-cornered Leek 



© Paula Coombs
 

Unidentified fungus, click on the image to go to its iSpot page 
- now identified as a Silverleaf Fungus 

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