8th June

Whilst we appreciate the excitement that seawatchers elsewhere along the Channel have been getting from the sight of a few inshore Storm Petrels, the relentless wind and hours spend gawping at the sea is beginning to take its toll at Portland, particularly at this time of year when it feels a lot like valuable time for late spring rarities is being lost. Quite remarkably bearing in mind their numbers elsewhere - and following yesterday's blank - there was just a single Storm Petrel logged at the Bill today; Manx Shearwaters were prominent throughout the day, with the steady west-bound movement looking from sample counts to have totalled around 3000, with a lone Balearic Shearwater the only addition to the mix.