29th June

Another unsettled morning saw a slow start from the lighthouse residents. Despite the birding being a tad dire, it was at least a successful night for moths. The birding was exceptionally difficult with very little in the way of new migrants save for a Cuckoo at Southwell and a Reed Warbler in Culverwell. The sea was equally challenging with just single figures of Sandwich Tern and Manx Shearwater to speak of.

The moths were much more varied with the fourth first for Portland of the year turning up in the form of a Bird's Wing, as well as highest totals for the year to date of Diamond-back (259) and Silver-Y (245).

Today's Cuckoo and one of the recently fledged Peregrines from a few days ago © Andy Mitchell