22nd April

Whilst lacking yesterday's star quality today didn't fair too badly with a Hoopoe showing up in private gardens at the Grove and enough of a spread of commoner migrants to at least maintain interest. Under a crystal-clear sky numbers on the ground were never going to be a feature but there was certainly movement afoot with hirundines (Sand Martins in particular were noticeably more numerous than they have been for a while), Wheatears and Willow Warblers passing through steadily during the morning; the likes of Yellow Wagtails, Redstarts and Whinchats were all logged in small numbers to provide a bit of quality. The wind remained a little too offshore for the sea, with 3 Red-throated Divers and singles of Great and Arctic Skuas the best of it off the Bill.

At least two local residents spotted the Hoopoe when it dropped in on house lawns at the Grove but, if it is the same individual that was at Tout Quarry a couple of days ago (and apparently also elsewhere at north Portland yesterday), it continues to elude the birders that go looking for it © Michelle Lindley:

Last evening we got sufficiently engrossed in the intricacies of Woodchat Shrike plumage variation that we ran out of time to edit and post a sound recording and a few video clips to accompany the photos: