13th May

One of these days things are going to pick up again - maybe tomorrow? - but there were precious few signs to give encouragement today. Amongst an otherwise paltry spread of migrants singles of Hobby, Cuckoo and Corn Bunting at the Bill, another Turtle Dove at Bumpers Lane and 120 Dunlin, 26 Sanderling, 5 Whimbrel and a Knot at Ferrybridge provided interest; also of note, the remains of a Golden Oriole - thought to have been killed by a Common Buzzard - were found in Top Fields. Seawatching came up with 100 Manx Shearwaters, 14 Sanderling and singles of Great Northern Diver and Arctic Skua through off the Bill.

Singles of Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow were at the Bill today.

The immigrant moth tally consisted of singles of Pearly Underwing at the Obs, Pearly Underwing and Silver Y at Sweethill, and Rush Veneer at the Grove.

Wheatear, Stonechat, Knot and Blue-tailed Damselfly - Portland Bill, High Angle Battery, Ferrybridge and Easton, 13th May 2015 © Martin Cade (Wheatear), Nick Hopper (Stonechat), Debby Sanders (Knot) and Ken Dolbear (Blue-tailed Damselfly)