1st August

 A really rather quiet day where the lepidopteran highlights far outweighed the avian highlights. Two Pomarine Skuas east past the Bill in the early morning were the best of the bunch on the sea; the rest being made up of six apiece of Manx Shearwater and Common Scoter as well as singles of Balearic Shearwater and Black-headed Gull. The land was exceptionally quiet with single figures of Willow Warblers, Whitethroats and Yellow Wagtails making up the migrant tallies. An unexpected highlight of recent days in the nets is the capture of 11 Greenfinches - a really positive sign for a species that has been declining rapidly on the island.

On a night of exciting immigrant moth action Portland wasn't blessed with a killer rare but single Oak Processionary Moths trapped at the Obs and at Blacknor were only the second and third records for the island © Martin Cade: