24th June

A potential Portland rarity today with a report of a brief Cirl Bunting during the afternoon in Top Fields - a decent hunt for it later revealed no further sign. Yet another late Reed Warbler was in song at the Bill but the only other new migrant on the land - a Willow Warbler - was certainly heading in the other direction. The other reports were all from the sea, with 45 Common Scoter, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Sandwich Terns, 6 commic terns, 2 Manx Shearwaters and a Black-headed Gull through off the Bill.

A hint of a little more dispersal overnight, including singles of White Satin at Sweethill and Reap Lane and Barred Red at Sweethill.

Today's Willow Warbler - a female with a brood patch that had presumably failed in its breeding attempt somewhere up-country - was in a right shoddy state; with it already having begun its complete moult it's hard to believe that it would be attempting a Channel crossing right now so perhaps it'll linger about © Martin Cade: