1st July

The enduring sunshine brought little in the way of new birds save for a handful of the usual fare on the sea. 

The Large Tortoiseshell remained at the Obs and a second individual was located at Tout Quarry. Continuing on yesterday's theme of interesting moths, Southwell pulled it out of the bag again with a Marbled Grass-veneer Catoptria verellus

Perhaps not as high up the beauty stakes as the Bedstraw Hawkmoth that was brought out for our delectation from inland Dorset today but Marbled Grass-veneer has rather more of a rarity cachet in this part of the world - this one was the third for Portland and perhaps only the fourth for Dorset © Debby Saunders: