21st August

Has there ever been a 21st August without either Tree Pipit or Yellow Wagtail making the Bill day-list? - most likely not but there certainly has now with their non-appearance being just a sad reflection on a wider migrant no-show today. A reappearance of the Melodious Warbler from a couple of days ago and a fair showing of Balearic Shearwaters offshore marked the high spots of the day.

Portland Bill
Migrants Wheatear 9, Pied Flycatcher 3, Melodious Warbler 1, Blackcap 1, Willow Warbler 1.
Sea passage Balearic Shearwater 59w, Kittiwake 21w, Common Scoter 5w.

Ringed Plover 171, Dunlin 75, Turnstone 14, Sanderling 4, Knot 2, Curlew 1.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rusty-dot Pearl 35, Rush Veneer 16, Pearly Underwing 2, Silver Y 2, singles of Roseate Marble, Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Scarce Bordered Straw and Bordered Straw.

This morning's juvenile Knot at Ferrybridge © Debby Saunders: