23rd September

A couple of pulses of overnight rain probably came a little too early to have been as beneficial as they might have been a few hours later but they and their associated cloud cover did drop a decent arrival of Wheatears. Offshore, Balearic Shearwaters featured in higher numbers than for a while.

Portland Bill
Migrants Meadow Pipit c500, Swallow c250, Wheatear c200, alba wagtail 30, Chiffchaff 30, Blackcap 10, Willow Warbler 6, Spotted Flycatcher 5, Whinchat 3, with lower totals including singles of Ringed Plover, Sedge Warbler and Siskin.
Sea passage auk spp 230e 45w, Balearic Shearwater 42w 5e, Common Scoter 8w 6e, Dark-bellied Brent Goose 2w.

Bar-tailed Godwit 7, Sanderling 3, Knot 2 Little Stint 2.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rusty-dot Pearl 26, Rush Veneer 7, Scarce Bordered Straw 2, Silver Y 2, Beet Moth 2, Saltmarsh Knot-horn 1, Vestal 1, Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1, Turnip 1, Pearly Underwing 1, Delicate 1, White-speck 1.

This morning's Little Stints amongst the Sanderling and Dunlins at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: