30th May

Precious little change in either the weather or the birding, with the Great Spotted Cuckoo (which was mostly at the Bill today) still the star attraction. The odd few late migrants continued to show up, with a new Black Redstart and the lingering Cuckoo the best on offer at the Bill where 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers and singles of Sand Martin (amongst a trickle of Swifts, Swallows and House Martins), Willow Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher made up the rest of the tally. Routine fare through on the sea there included a few Manx Shearwaters, 5 Common Scoter and 4 Sandwich Terns; a settled Puffin off Pulpit Rock was also of note (there still haven't been any reports of more than a single individual this spring, and this bird - if it is always the same individual - is seen by no means daily).

Orange-tip and Blue-tailed Damselfly - Bottomcombe and Easton, 30th May 2016 © Ken Dolbear