7th September

The continuing unseasonable heat was verging on getting uncomfortable at times today, with the ever-freshening easterly scarcely taking the edge off it; maybe as a result, the quality of the birding took a dip with far fewer grounded migrants than in recent days. At least two Wrynecks remained at the Bill but the best of the migrant interest was provided by a Honey Buzzard that lingered for a while at Verne Common. Aside from another good spread of Wheatears on the ground, a steady throughput of Swallows overhead and the beginnings of Meadow Pipit passage, routine migrant interest involved variety rather than numbers. The sea again had its moments, with 29 Balearic Shearwaters through off the Bill where visitors also reported several Black Terns and Little Gulls offshore.

The Bill Quarry Wryneck exhibition continued © Mike Trew: