27th May

After a bit of overnight petrel action, when the first trapping session on the season saw 3 Storm Petrels tape-lured and ringed at the Bill, the day dawned beautifully clear and sunny - conditions that lasted through until evening when a freshening breeze and heavy cloud cover heralded the passage of a weak weather front. Probably not surprisingly given the conditions migrants were in short supply, with 3 each of Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Sedge Warbler at the Bill and another Reed Warbler at Suckthumb; a continuing light trickle of Swifts, Swallows and House Martins were also still on the move overhead.

Storm Petrel - Portland Bill, 27th May 2015 © Martin Cade

...and a couple of photos from Ken Dolbear's wanderings yesterday - Azure Damselfly (together with a Speckled Bush-cricket nymph) in the Obs garden and Dingy Skipper at Bottomcombe: