25th May

As is usually the case with beautiful clear days on Portland, the only real bird of interest arrived early and left almost immediately after singing for a brief period. This was certainly the case today although not a Golden Oriole as the theme has been recently but a Common Rosefinch at Culverwell. Other migrants were extremely limited to a slack handful of Phylloscs (predominantly Chiffchaffs), Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Spotted Flycatchers as well as the lingering Turtle Dove. The sea was equally quiet with 73 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and a lone Arctic Skua.

The non-avian highlight of the day was the first Lulworth Skipper of the year; traditionally, Portland's population emerges later than those to our east and this year is no exception being 19 days later than those at Lulworth itself © Roger Hewitt: