29th August

A reminder that the next In Focus field event at the Obs takes place between 10am and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday 30th August.
Hunting for grounded migrants was very hard work on a day of dreary skies and unrelenting brisk westerlies - and the evidence from the Obs garden mist-nets, that caught just two new arrivals all morning, suggested it was a bit of a waste of time anyway; a single Redstart, along with a scatter of Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears, constituted the only reward from the Bill area. Fortunately there was just about enough on the move on the sea to make it worth keep watching, with 35 Balearic Shearwaters, 27 Manx Shearwaters, an Arctic Skua and a Common Gull the best of day's totals from the Bill.

Balearic Shearwater - Portland Bill, 29th August 2014 © Martin Cade
...a paler than average individual.