9th May

The two weekend days have been very similar, with the unsettled conditions downing a good scatter of migrants and the brisk onshore breeze seeing to it that the sea was always worth attention. Today's grounded numbers were a little lower than yesterday's but singles of Cuckoo and Turtle Dove were noteworthy amongst the typically varied selection of late season arrivals that included the likes of 10 Garden Warblers, 5 Lesser Whitethroats and 4 Yellow Wagtails at the Bill. A surprise sub-adult Long-tailed Skua was the highlight offshore, where 120 Manx Shearwaters, 78 Common Scoter, 11 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Northern Divers and a good selection of small waders were also logged.

Arctic Skua © Martin Cade and Kittiwakes © Pete Saunders off the Bill today: 

And it looks like the Chesil Little Terns are settling in very well © John Dadds/Chesil Beach Little Tern Project: