31st October

The wind gradually subsided today but dank, dreary conditions continued to envelope the island. A Caspian Gull was a nice find in the gull flock below Culverwell, a Siberian Chiffchaff dropped in at Blacknor, at least 3 Yellow-browed Warblers were dotted about the south of the island and Black Redstarts and Firecrests remained spread in good quantity. Grounded commoner migrants were noticeably more numerous then they've been for a few days with Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs to the fore everywhere, whilst for a while after dawn there was a steady passage of thrushes along West Cliffs and later a constant trickle of small flocks of incoming Chaffinches developed. Sea interest dwindled, with 4 Teal and 2 each of Wigeon and Red-breasted Merganser the best off the Bill.

Caspian Gull remains a quality rare at Portland and one that's notoriously tricky to catch up with as they rarely linger for long (this was only the second multi-observed bird of the six recorded); the Culverwell gull flock is the place for them and late autumn's the time - four of the previous five records were of birds at this spot and all the records fall between extreme dates of 26th September and 21st November © Martin Cade:

Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest at Southwell © Debby Saunders: