13th September

A vast improvement on the bird free zone we have been experiencing (although probably equivalent to an average Portland autumn day). A solid start to the day with a good passage of the early morning migrants: 40 Grey Wagtails, 42 Yellow Wagtails and 15 Tree Pipits were joined by nearly 500 Meadow Pipits. The first passage of Phylloscopus warblers for some time also occurred with a 50:50 split of Willow Warblers to Chiffchaffs at around 60 apiece; Wheatears were also well represented, reaching a good 100. A smattering of other migrants were also recorded with: 2 Redstarts, Reed Bunting, 5 Whinchats, 1 Pied Flycatcher and a late Swift.  

The biggest news of the day came from Ferrybridge with a fly-by group of 11 Avocets - one of the largest group logged for the island. These were accompanied by 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Sanderling, 50 Dunlin, 50 Ringed Plovers and a Knot

Although not ideal for dropping quantities of grounded migrants, the beautiful clear skies have been perfect for a spot of night time photography ©Paula Redmond

Wheatears were conspicuous today, with at least 90 scattered about the Bill area © Roy Norris:  

It wasn't only the birds moving through today with a minimum of 5 Clouded Yellows recorded across the island © Matt Ames: