4th September

The weather upheaval became much more apparent today with a stiff southerly bringing in heavy cloud cover and even the occasional shower; however, the heaviest rain and associated lightning held off until after dark. With little meaningful coverage of the land possible it was left to the sea to provide most of the day's limited interest: the fact that our Common Scoter tally trumped that at Berry Head was a far from memorable event but we do have to clutch at something...

Portland Bill
Migrants Swallow c100s, with singles including Osprey and Reed Warbler.
Sea passage Balearic Shearwater 65w 6e, Common Scoter 11e 2w, Manx Shearwater 10w 1e, Sooty Shearwater 1w.

Osprey 1s (same individual seen shortly afterwards at the Bill).

Sanderling 19, Curlew Sandpiper 3, Bar-tailed Godwit 2, Knot 1.

Selected immigrants Obs: Rusty-dot Pearl 1, Rush Veneer 6, Turnip 2, Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1, Dark Sword Grass 1, Delicate 1, White-speck 1, Silver Y 1. Blacknor: Bordered Straw 1, Scarce Bordered Straw 1.