I first had a look round Verne Common. I was amazed just how little you could access. There is vast swathes of trees and scrub which look like potential migrant-traps, but are within the private area of Portland Port. Not a great deal of birds about, as you would expect, but I did manage a singing Blackcap, as well as families of Whitethroat, Blue and Long-tailed Tits. I managed two Portland plant ticks of Perforate St. John's-wort and Upright Hedge-parsley. This Speckled Wood seemed to think my bicycle's tyre was a nice warm spot to bask.
I then went on towards the East Weares. On the way, I somehow stumbled on a plant lifer, of this Knotted Hedge-parsley. Not a rare plant, but probably easily overlooked.
I then had a tough time wading around along the overgrown paths of the East Weares, in shorts! It wasn't easy keeping an eye on the sky, when I was more worried about when the next Nettle or Bramble might sneak up on me. But, I did manage to see a singing Lesser Whitethroat, and yet again hear (but not see) a young Peregrine calling. A new island plant was Wood Spurge.
On the way home in the late afternoon, I thought I'd nip back into King Barrow Quarry, to see if I could be more successful with butterfly photography at this cooler part of the day. I did get a shot of the Parsley-piert from yesterday (believe it or not, those structures along the stem are it's flowers!).
Finally, the Silver-studded Blues did play ball. Just goes to show what you can do with just a phone camera!
You need to look pretty hard to see the 'silver studs' (the best above the largest orange crescent).