22nd May

A lot of what potential today had was likely scuppered by the persistence of the rainfall that accompanied the overnight drop in the strength of the wind. There were certainly a few new arrivals on offer once the rain finally eased towards mid-morning, with a steady little overhead passage of hirundines, a couple of Yellow Wagtails and a Hobby suggesting that conditions on the other side of the Channel were more favourable. Limited coverage on the ground produced a scatter of Wheatears, Chiffchaffs and Spotted Flycatchers around the south of the island and 25 Sanderling and 10 Dunlin at Ferrybridge. Odds and ends on the sea included a constant trickle of Manx Shearwaters, 45 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Divers and an Arctic Skua off the Bill and another 4 Great Northern Divers over Ferrybridge.

There's been a good passage of Great Northern Divers this spring, with 68 through off the Bill this month alone (the record spring total is 79). We'd guess that just as many as get logged passing the Bill also pass over Chesil but largely escape notice - four took this short cut today © Pete Saunders: