1st September

September begun as August had ended - very quietly - with the chief talking point of the underemployed fishwives not the day's non-events but anticipation for what the forecast imminent upheaval in the weather might bring.

Portland Bill
Migrants Wheatear 50, Yellow Wagtail 20, Grey Wagtail 7, Tree Pipit 7, Willow Warbler 6, Whinchat 2, Lesser Whitethroat 2, with singles including White Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher.
Sea passage Balearic Shearwater 16e 1w, Lesser Black-backed Gull 15s, Black-headed Gull 14e, Common Gull 3e, Shoveler 2e, Mallard 1e, Teal 1e.

Curlew Sandpiper 1, Sanderling 1, Knot 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 1.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rusty-dot Pearl 24, Turnip 11, Rush Veneer 8, Pearly Underwing 5, Delicate 2, Silver Y 2, Horse Chestnut 1. Southwell: Convolvulus Hawkmoth 1.

After a rather chequered breeding season for Barn Owls there's finally some good news from Southwell where two youngsters have now surfaced from their box and look just about ready to take to the wing © Nick Stantiford: