26th August

Weather-wise, summer returned with clear skies and warm sunshine throughout but the birding's starting to feel very mid-autumnal what with the sight and sound of the likes of Yellow and Grey Wagtails, Tree Pipits, Siskin and Chaffinches overhead; numbers on the ground were well down on yesterday but this was more than made up for by plenty of variety. Despite the clearer skies and a shift in wind direction into the northwest immigrant numbers remained very high.

Portland Bill
Migrants Yellow Wagtail 75, Wheatear 40, Willow Warbler 30, Tree Pipit 18, Grey Wagtail 6, Whinchat 6, Pied Flycatcher 4, Redstart 3, Spotted Flycatcher 3, Chaffinch 3, with singles including Golden Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grasshopper Warbler and Siskin.
Sea passage Mediterranean Gull 100w, Lesser Black-backed Gull 27s, Balearic Shearwater 8w, Common Scoter 4w 1e, Arctic Skua 1w, 

Curlew Sandpiper 1, Knot 1.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rush Veneer 342, Rusty-dot Pearl 47, Turnip 24, Dark Sword Grass 14, Pearly Underwing 14, Delicate 9, Convolvulus Hawkmoth 2, Striped Hawkmoth 2, Silver Y 2, European Corn-borer 1, Small Marbled 1, Scarce Bordered Straw 1.