15th October

A reminder that the next In Focus field event at the Obs takes place between 10am and 4pm this Saturday, 18th October.

Another day of rather trying conditions with the breeze always a little too strong and much of the afternoon rained off. Whilst common migrants really weren't a feature on the ground or overhead, there was just enough to make it worth keep looking, with 11 Ring Ouzels (9 at the Bill and 2 at Chesil Cove) and 2 Firecrests (both at Wakeham) the best of the less regular fare. The sea got a lot of attention but the rewards barely made it worth the effort, with 24 Common Scoter, 3 Great Skuas, 2 Teal and a Balearic Shearwater the only worthwhile sightings at the Bill.

Moth immigrants were a little more numerous, with 78 Rusty-dot Pearl, 5 Delicate, 2 Diamond-back Moth, a Pearly Underwing and a Silver Y constituting the tally at the Obs.