29th May

Portland Bill
Balearic Shearwater 1w, Common Scoter 42e, Arctic Skua 3w, Mediterranean Gull 2 etc, Reed Warbler 3, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1.

We're always being asked about Puffins at the Bill and the answer is always that they are still returning to the auk colony every year but these days there are so few that you usually need a lot of patience to actually see one. This year there have been up to three individuals seen from time to time; most sightings have been of fly-bys but today's bird was bobbing about on the sea below the colony © Steve Copsey:

With seemingly rather little about at the Bill this morning it wasn't a difficult decision to jack in for a while and nip off to see the Gull-billed Tern that Brett Spencer had just discovered at RSPB Radipole Lake © Steve Copsey (still) and Martin Cade (video):