20th September

Very benign conditions were no doubt great for migration but, daytime hirundines aside, didn't offer much for the watchers waiting forlornly on the ground for something to happen.

Portland Bill
Migrants Swallow c2000, House Martin c500, Meadow Pipit c250, Sand Martin c200, with lower totals including singles of Snipe and Turtle Dove.
Sea passage Common Scoter 34w 9e, Arctic Skua 3w, Sooty Shearwater 1e.

Bar-tailed Godwit 6.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rush Veneer 35, Rusty-dot Pearl 26, Pearly Underwing 12, Turnip 4, Delicate 4, European Corn-borer 3, Clifden Nonpareil 1, Pink-barred Sallow 1, Silver Y 1. Southwell: Convolvulus Hawkmoth 1.

Old hat these days for many moth-trappers inland, for us Clifden Nonpareil is still a quality rarity - today's individual at the Obs was only the third recorded on the island © Martin Cade: