29th September

Frankly, pitiful today. In much improved conditions there was plenty of fieldwork and fair showings of the expected Meadow Pipits, alba wagtail and Siskins overhead and Wheatears, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs on the ground but quality was lacking everywhere. At the Bill, 3 Redpolls overhead and a grounded Black Redstart were the first there this autumn, singles of Merlin and Grasshopper Warbler also made the list there, whilst singles of Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper were at Ferrybridge.

Beggars can't be choosers and we're always more than happy to poach photos of some of the Weymouth highlights, particularly as they're unlikely to get an airing elsewhere. Visitors from Hampshire, Richard Levitt and Tracey Viney, got lucky at Lodmoor this afternoon when they stumbled across first a Turtle Dove and then an extremely unlikely September Whooper Swan - we can't recollect a Whooper Swan in September anywhere in Dorset before this © Richard Levitt & Tracey Viney: