12th September

At least from the bird point of view a very disappointing day, with overnight rain dropping next to nothing by way of migrants and a brisk westerly wind not stirring up much on the sea. An Osprey that headed out to the south-west from Chesil Cove during the morning was easily the highlight; migrant interest on the ground included 40 Wheatears and 12 Whinchats at the Bill and 2 Little Stints, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and a Knot at Ferrybridge but the likes of phylloscs were almost absent. At least 11 Balearic Shearwaters and a single Great Skua passed through/lingered off the Bill and another Great Skua passed over at Ferrybridge.

At least 3 Red-veined Darters were found in the Broadcroft BC reserve/Easton Fire Station area.

Immigrant moth interest picked up after this week's lull and included a conspicuous arrival of Rusty-dot Pearl (numbers of this species have been very low this year) with 21 logged from the Obs traps.

Red-veined Darters - Broadcroft BC reserve and Easton Fire Station, 12th September 2015 © Martin Cade

And a few migrants from the last couple of days; Yellow Wagtails at the Bill and Ferrybridge © Ted Pressey (settled) and Pete Saunders (flying): 

...Wheatear and Whinchat at the Bill © Tony Hovell (Wheatear) and Ted Pressey (Whinchat):

Also a Wall butterfly at Southwell ©  Tony Hovell: