30th August

Still way too windy and clear to start with although things did quieten down appreciably by evening by which time it had become very warm and humid. The migrant situation remained uninspiring although another pulse of Balearic Shearwaters - is this just the same flock swilling around offshore? - perked things up on the sea.

Portland Bill
Migrants Swallow 100e, Wheatear 45, Yellow Wagtail 30, Willow Warbler 15, Tree Pipit 4, Whinchat 3, Blackcap 2, Pied Flycatcher 2, with singles including Golden Plover, Greenshank and Goldcrest.
Sea passage Balearic Shearwater 256e, Common Scoter 3e, Whimbrel 2e, Sandwich Tern 2e, Arctic Skua 1e, 

Ringed Plover 156, Dunlin 90, Sanderling 4, Knot 1, Curlew Sandpiper 1. 

Selected immigrants: Obs: Rush Veneer 41, Rusty-dot Pearl, 26, Turnip 11, Pearly Underwing 7, European Corn-borer 2, Convolvulus Hawkmoth 1, Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1, Dark Sword Grass 1, Delicate 1. Southwell: Vestal 1. Weston: Convolvulus Hawkmoth 1.

A minute in the life of a Curlew Sandpiper © Martin Cade: