6th July

A brisker easterly breeze saw a little more get moving overhead, with 30 Sand Martins and 7 Shelducks through at Ferrybridge and 38 Swifts, 12 Sand Martins and singles of Grey Heron, Little Egret and Curlew through at the Bill. There was also a pulse of movement on the sea, with 35 Sandwich Terns (...where had they all come from?), 32 Common Scoter, 5 Mediterranean Gulls and a Yellow-legged Gull through off the Bill. Odds and ends on the ground included a Willow Warbler at the Bill and 60 Mediterranean Gulls and a Grey Plover at Ferrybridge.

Under a very bright moon the overnight moth catch was rather reduced; a Grey Ermine Yponomeuta sedella at Sweethill was easily the best of a limited selection of immigrants and island scarcities.

Presumably these Shelducks heading east over Ferrybridge are on their way to the moulting area in northwest Germany © Pete Saunders:

Grey Ermine is a rare stray to Portland and looks to be only thinly distributed in Dorset as a whole © Debby Saunders: