3rd July

Another day with far more on the sea than the land, with watches at the Bill returning totals of 138 Common Scoter, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, a Great Skua and a Yellow-legged Gull. After escaping attention yesterday the Common Rosefinch showed briefly again at Southwell, but the only other land reports were of 9 Sand Martins and a Ringed Plover over the Bill and 2 Whimbrel and a Grey Plover amongst the handful of waders at Ferrybridge.

Moth-wise, immigrant numbers remained relatively low, with none of the commoner species reaching double figure totals in the Obs traps, but variety was still good; Portland rarities included singles of Royal Mantle at the Obs, Black Arches at Sweethill and Lesser Cream Wave and Scarce Oak Knot-horn Acrobasis tumidana at the Grove