7th September

A somewhat more benign day than expected although always a tad too breezy for getting amongst what looked to be an ever so slightly improved selection of grounded migrants. Hopes for the sea proved wide of the mark save for a Long-tailed Skua passed through off Chesil Cove.

Portland Bill
Migrants Wheatear 12, Whinchat 10, Grey Wagtail 4, Ringed Plover 3, Willow Warbler 2, with singles including Common Sandpiper, Reed Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat.
Sea passage Balearic Shearwater 28w, Sooty Shearwater 1w, petrel sp 1w.

Verne Common 
Osprey 1s.

Chesil Cove 
Balearic Shearwater 12, Sandwich Tern 9, Arctic Skua 4, Long-tailed Skua 1.

Sanderling 8, Curlew Sandpiper 5, Knot 3, Bar-tailed Godwit 3, Little Stint 1.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rusty-dot Pearl 28, Rush Veneer 3, Hummingbird Hawkmoth 2, Turnip 2, Spindle Knot-horn 1, Dark Sword grass 1, Delicate 1.

Nick Stantiford's Southwell Barn Owls have now got to their first flight stage and this has revealed that there are/were actually three youngsters in the box; sadly, during a scrap for a vole a couple of nights ago the smallest of the three took a tumble from the box and feathers found on the ground after dawn suggested it had been predated soon afterwards © Nick Stantiford: