4th October

Although a lovely calm dawn looked to have plenty of promise with fair numbers of migrants soon apparent, things fizzled out as an ever increasing south-easterly set in and the trees emptied of birds in disappointingly quick time. It wasn't certain which if any of the 3 Yellow-browed Warblers on view - at the Obs, Avalanche Road and Portland Castle - were actually newcomers but they did provide the best of what little quality there was, with singles of Pintail, Woodlark and Firecrest at the Bill, a Yellow-legged Gull at Barleycrates Lane, a Black Redstart at Blacknor and a Firecrest and a flock of overflying Crossbills at Portland Castle about as good as it got for other oddities. Common migrant totals at the Bill included 15-25 each of Wheatear, Stonechat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, but many other areas of cover were almost devoid of birds. A Balearic Shearwater off the Bill was the only worthwhile report from the sea.