8th August

A clear, cool night no doubt saw plenty of migrants get moving but few felt the need to break their journey and drop in on Portland. Although there were some decent pulses of hirundines on the move through the morning - including the first obviously moving House Martins of the autumn - the totals on the ground at the Bill didn't get beyond 20 Sedge Warblers, 10 each of Wheatear and Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warblers and a single Grasshopper Warbler. The continuing presence of bait shoals offshore was evidenced by the substantial flocks of gulls off the Bill but 30 or more Manx Shearwaters were the only other seabirds attracted to the feeding melees.