25th August

Well, they got that one wrong didn't they? Although the gist of heavy rain moving north out of France might have been correctly forecast its westward extent had been underestimated and the first hour or more of birding after dawn was scuppered as a dose of much-needed rain trundled through. Fortunately, one intrepid visitors braved the damp and discovered a Citrine Wagtail grounded at the Bill that quickly left before the rain even stopped. A nicely varied drop of common migrants was evident everywhere once things dried out, the moth-traps were busy with new arrivals after the very muggy night and the eventual heat of the afternoon saw a departing Montagu's Harrier cap off a long overdue really decent day.

Portland Bill
Migrants Willow Warbler 100, Wheatear 70, Sand Martin 40, Pied Flycatcher 20, Spotted Flycatcher 12, Whinchat 10, Whitethroat 10, Yellow Wagtail 8, Redstart 8, Sedge Warbler 8, Swift 7, Garden Warbler 4, Tree Pipit 3, Reed Warbler 2, Lesser Whitethroat 2, singles of Montagu's Harrier, Lapwing, Whimbrel, Citrine Wagtail and Wood Warbler
Sea passage Balearic Shearwater 22w 8e, Mediterranean Gull 30etc, Lesser Black-backed Gull 30s, Kittiwake 12,  Common Scoter 7w 1e, Sandwich Tern 1w, commic tern 1w.

Pied Flycatcher 3, Redstart 1.

Pied Flycatcher 1.

Sanderling 2, Knot 2.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rush Veneer 144, Rusty-dot Pearl 88, Turnip 21, Dark Sword Grass 20, Pearly Underwing 17, Silver Y 12, Delicate 6, Convolvulus Hawkmoth 2, Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1, Spindle Knot-horn 1, Bordered Straw 1, Scarce Bordered Straw 1, Beautiful Marbled 1. Southwell: Striped Hawkmoth 1. Grove: Striped Hawkmoth 1.