26th September

The prevailing mild, quiet conditions are certainly coming up with the goods on the common migrant front, with today offering up Chiffchaffs aplenty and some strong overhead passage of hirundines, Meadow Pipits and Linnets; oddities weren't really a feature although a Greenish Warbler was reported from a private garden at Southwell and  single Yellow-browed Warblers were at Southwell and Thumb Lane. The Chiffchaff tally got up towards 250 at the Bill, where Blackcap and Goldcrest both reached 50; variety-wise, the likes of 4 Mistle Thrushes and the first Redwing of the season (the same or another was at Southwell) were of note amongst the scatter of other seasonable fare. Elsewhere, a Treecreeper was a notable arrival at Portland Castle and 2 Little Stints remained at Ferrybridge. There were a lot of birds on the move overhead throughout the day, including a particularly notable count of 4000 Meadow Pipits south over Wakeham during the afternoon.

Moth numbers remained quite high although immigrant variety was not as good as yesterday; 25 Delicates topped the list at the Obs where a Gem was the only other scarcity putting in an appearance.

The little bowl of sycamores at the end of Thumb Lane (often referred to as the Craft Centre by local birders) has become one of the most reliable spots on the island for Yellow-browed Warblers in recent autumns - you wonder how many more must be lurking in the infrequently visited and far less easy to cover swathes of trees at, for example, Wakeham/Pennsylvania Castle, Foundry Close and Portland Port © Duncan Walbridge:  

The two Little Stints have been showing nicely at Ferrybridge for the last couple of days © Martin Cade: