18th July

Another day with it way too hot for fieldwork to be anything other than cursory and way too clear and settled to expect anything in the way of grounded early migrants produced a surprise in the form of a Quail flushed up from beside the footbridge at Ferrybridge. At least a single Balearic Shearwater remained off the Bill where 20 Common Scoter also passed by, whilst a paltry wader tally at Ferrybridge included 6 Sanderling and 5 Dunlin.

Juvenile Common Terns - presumably from Lodmoor and/or Abbotsbury - are showing up in increasing numbers at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders:

There have been lots of visitors on the lookout for Large Tortoiseshells in recent days but, thus far, none have been reported although there has been plenty to see in the butterfly line with the likes of Grayling and Silver-studded Blue both about in numbers around the north of the island © Roy Norris:

Amongst the overnight moth catch the third Bedstraw Hawkmoth of the summer was an nice highlight © Martin Cade: