23rd August

With Portland bathed in warm sunshine and escaping the heavy showers that were visible crossing the mainland there were plenty of fieldwork opportunities which contributed little beyond confirming it remained pretty quiet everywhere. The now standard trio of Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear and Willow Warbler crept into low double figures at the Bill, where there was nothing of further interest beyond 5 Tree Pipits and a Redstart; a late Swift over Cheyne represented the pick of the reports from elsewhere.

Numbers remained low in the moth-traps although there was a hint of renewed immigrant interest in the form of singles of Vagrant Piercer, Pearly Underwing and Cosmopolitan at the Obs.