24th May

Although the Great Spotted Cuckoo attracted all the attention of the visitors there were still enough migrants about to make it well worth covering as much ground as possible. The Bill area came up with totals of 6 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 each of Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler and Blackcap, 2 each of Whimbrel and Chiffchaff, and singles of Marsh Harrier, Ringed Plover, Curlew and Wheatear; elsewhere another Hobby passed through at Blacknor and 3 Sanderling were at Ferrybridge. Although precious little systematic attention was given to the sea 3 Arctic Skuas were noticed passing through at various times off the Bill.

Marsh Harrier and Great Spotted Cuckoo - Portland Bill, 24th May 2016 © Martin Cade (Marsh Harrier) and Steve Gantlett cleybirds (Great Spotted Cuckoo)