Its not very often you get two ‘lifers’ in one day. Today started with high expectation as there was plenty of cloud cover at dawn hence why I was at Abbotsbury with the mist nets open waiting for something to jump in. Sadly not a lot did, in fact the only migrants caught were 2 Chiffchaff and a single Willow Warbler. I gave up early and intended to go over to Durlston Country Park near Swanage. Reason being a Red-flanked Bluetail! It turned up yesterday but didn’t get the chance as work as well and truly in the way. Got back from ringing and somewhere fell asleep! Thankfully a text from local birder Brett Spencer woke me up and got me travelling up to Portland bill. Not for a Red-flanked Bluetail, but a Short-toed Lark. Got reasonable views on arrival and went back to the car to get the camera. But I was just about to take a picture and it did this! In fact that pictures so bad you can hardly recognise it as a Short-toed Lark but I’m pretty sure it is. Better pictures will almost certainly appear on the Portland obs website later.
This is a Pipistrelle but don't know if its a common or soprano. Can't ring a bat detecter to find out.