26th August

Dreich doesn't begin to cover this afternoon. A blustering gale and heavy downpours dominated most of the day. A couple of excursions early doors, before the full force of the weather was unleashed revealed a rather unremarkable days birding on land. The sea too was unexceptional until later in the day when the view cleared slightly. The totals for todays migrants amassed to: 15 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Tree Pipits, 6 Robins, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. The sea provided more entertainment with the highlights of: 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Sooty Shearwaters and 6 Balearic Shearwaters. In addition, there were 6 Commic Terns, 5 Sandwich Terns, 8 Kittiwakes, 3 Bonxies, 20 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Ringed Plovers and 3 Razorbills.

Elsewhere on the island, a single Pied Flycatcher and 4 Blackcaps at Old Hill were the choice pick of the passerines and a Black Tern past Chesil was the first for the year.

The immigrant moth situation has been sufficiently dire just lately that there hasn't been a double figure total of individuals at the Obs for five nights; on the plus side, Convolvulus Hawkmoths have been quite well represented and have been regular visitors after dark to Nicotiana flowers at the Obs and the Grove © Martin Cade: