3rd November

Heavily overcast skies all day but the promised rain amounted to no more than a brief spell of drizzle during the afternoon. New arrivals continued to trickle through and although there was a lack of quality most of the expected early November migrants put in an appearance. The Bill area got most of the coverage, with totals of 50 Blackbirds, 30 Goldcrests, 20 Redwings, 11 Fieldfares and 10 each of Blackcap and Chiffchaff making up the bulk of the numbers on the ground, and 220 Wood Pigeons and 120 Chaffinches through overhead; 6 Bramblings, 4 Short-eared Owls, 3 Black Redstarts, 2 Firecrests and singles of Merlin, Woodcock and Corn Bunting were the best of the less regulars there, with another 3 Black Redstarts still at Blacknor.

Immigrant moth numbers picked up overnight, with 19 Silver Y, 8 Rusty-dot Pearl, 6 Rush Veneer, 2 each of Delicate and Scarce Bordered Straw, and singles of Gem, Dark Sword Grass and Pearly Underwing at the Obs.

Corn Bunting - Portland Bill, 3rd November 2015 © Martin Cade