7th September

A further reminder for PBO members: this year's Annual General Meeting will take place as a virtual meeting at 7pm this Saturday, 12th September 2020; an agenda for the meeting and details of how to attend can be viewed by clicking on the link HERE; supporting documents available to view/download: Accounts for 2019 and Minutes of the 2nd AGM

Clear skies were again to the detriment of an sort of arrival of grounded migrants but did provide ideal conditions for visible passage, albeit at such a height that a fair number of birds could be heard but not seen. Hirundines staged quite an exodus during the first couple of hours after dawn when 450 Swallows passed through over the Bill; Siskins, too, were well represented with a minimum of 120 through (a bare minimum total since they in particular were often audible but above visual range), along with 100 Yellow Wagtails, 22 Grey Wagtails and 13 Tree Pipits. Oddities on the move included 2 Little Egrets, a Hobby and a Short-eared Owl. It was substantially quieter on the ground, where a total of 51 Wheatears at the Bill represented one of the only double figure totals of any of the commoner migrants; 3 Pied Flycatchers there were as good as it got for less frequent species.

With grounded passerines still at a premium it's a wader again today! This beautifully warm-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit was a new arrival at Ferrybridge yesterday evening and was still strutting its stuff there this morning © Roy Norris (settled) and Pete Saunders (flying):

They might have become almost routine in parts of southern England but, not surprisingly as they're  mainly a denizen of the woods, Clifden Nonpareil remains a quality rare for us at Portland - this one trapped overnight at the Obs is only the second recorded on the island © Martin Cade: