26th May

A lovely sunny, warm day but birding was hard work in a blasting easterly wind. The general lack of birds hardly encouraged prolonged fieldwork, with a lone Spotted Flycatcher the only worthwhile arrival at the Bill. Seawatching there came up with 51 Common Scoter, 11 commic terns, 10 Manx Shearwaters, an Arctic Skua and a Sandwich Tern, whilst 31 Common Scoter, 13 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Sandwich Terns, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and a Black-headed Gull passed through off Chesil.