22nd August

Just a little bit more action today, with early heavy cloud cover that eventually gave way to persistent mizzly dampness dropping a few new arrivals, amongst which was the season's second Melodious Warbler.

Portland Bill
Migrants Willow Warbler 25, Yellow Wagtail 7, Wheatear 6, Tree Pipit 5, Pied Flycatcher 5, Whimbrel 4, Whinchat 2, singles of Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, and Chiffchaff.
Sea passage Balearic Shearwater 14w, Ringed Plover 6e, Arctic Skua 1e 1w, Yellow-legged Gull 2etc, Common Gull 1w, Arctic Tern 1e.

Ringed Plover 223, Dunlin 117.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rusty-dot Pearl 41, Rush Veneer 24, Delicate 2, European Corn-borer 1, Convolvulus Hawkmoth 1, Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1, Dark Sword Grass 1, Pearly Underwing 1, Small Marbled 1, Silver Y.

Today's new Melodious Warbler was so classic in appearance that you'd like to think there'd never be a difficulty with identifying one like it in the field © Martin Cade:

A belated field-photo of yesterday's Melodious Warbler © Gary Watton:

And a typically ultra-confiding Whimbrel at the Bill today © Steve Curtis: