28th September

Although Storm Agnes turned out to be a peripheral event it did stir things up enough that today's migrant selection was a little more varied than has been the case recently. A petrel wrecked in Chesil Cove at dawn was not fully clinched before it was killed by gulls but Leach's was suspected; the sea also produced 21 Balearic Shearwaters and 14 Arctic Skuas through off the Bill. A small increase in grounded migrants included singles of Siberian Lesser Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler and Firecrest at the Bill, a Redstart at Verne Common, a Pied Flycatcher at Tilleycombe and 5 Knot and 5 Sanderlings at Ferrybridge. Overhead passage again included strong southbound movements of 1250 Meadow Pipits, 500 Swallows and 278 Great Black-backed Gulls at the Bill.

Today wasn't a good day for the oddities that made it here from far-flung points: the likely Leach's Petrel at Chesil Cove was killed by gulls and the Siberian Lesser Whitethroat at the Bill was killed by a Kestrel © Martin Cade: