6th April

For the second time this week a seemingly decent little arrival of migrants was all but lost in the wind and rain that had downed them in the first place but then lingered on into the morning to spoil opportunities to make the most of them. Willow Warblers again looked to make up the bulk of the numbers, with 50 or so Bill where a sprinkle of Wheatears, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were also evident; elsewhere, a Black Redstart was at Easton. The strength of the wind saw to it that the sea got lots of looks: c200 Manx Shearwaters trickled through off the Bill, where 41 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Skuas and an Arctic Skua also made the day-sheet; a storm-blown Kittiwake was an unusual spring sighting in Portland Harbour.

Kittiwake and Sandwich Tern seeking shelter in Portland Harbour this morning © Pete Saunders: