1st July

A rain shower at dawn was a novelty and for the most part the day remained doggedly overcast and increasingly humid. An orange-billed tern - suspected as being a reappearance of the American Royal Tern - seen briefly on the falling tide at Ferrybridge caused panic once the news circulated but couldn't be found during subsequent searches. The day's only other reports were of 25 Mediterranean Gulls, 20 Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover and a Sanderling at Ferrybridge, a new Chiffchaff at the Bill and 50 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Mediterranean Gulls lingering or through off the Bill.

A Large Tortoiseshell (together with at least 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth) showed for a while during the afternoon at Bottomcombe.

Andy Dyball came up trumps at Bottomcombe with Portland's first Large Tortoiseshell since the series of nine records in 2007 © Martin Cade: