5th October

The strength of the wind limited today's activities to prolonged spells of seawatching - in the conventional birding sense this would involve seeing/counting seabirds but today it largely took the form of gazing at an empty sea. Trickles of auks, Gannets and Kittiwakes were quite conspicuous for a while early in the day but the only particularly worthwhile sightings were of 10 Balearic Shearwaters and a Sooty Shearwater through off the Bill and 3 Balearic Shearwaters and a Grey Phalarope off Chesil Cove. The land was very blown out and no more than a handful of routine migrants were logged by the few observers that took the trouble to have a look at the Bill area.

Despite the strength of the wind it remained mild overnight and the moth-trap catches were respectable; however, singles of Vestal and Scarce Bordered Straw were the only worthwhile immigrants making it into the Obs traps.

A couple of the morning's Balearic Shearwaters off the Bill © Martin Cade: