15th July

A rise in temperatures saw a speck of autumnal excitement as the first bird out of the Obs nets was a Willow Warbler, shortly followed by a Sedge Warbler in the Crown Estate Field, whilst a steady stream of Sand Martins passed overhead. This streak did not continue and the rest of the day progressed with the usual July curiosities including two Yellow-legged Gulls, three each of Balearic Shearwater and Arctic Skua as well as ten Mediterranean Gulls.  

After making an appearance in the Obs two days ago the sixth sighting of Banded Demoiselle for Portland showed well in Southwell © Pete Saunders