25th-28th May

 25th May

The sea saved the day with 78 commic terns, 13 Little Terns, 3 Arctic Skuas & 2 GNDivers thru off the Bill in the light southeastery. Singles of Whimbrel, Reed W and Spot Fly on the land there + another Spot Fly at Avalanche.

— Portland Bird Observatory (@portlandbirdobs.bsky.social) May 25, 2024 at 21:38

26th May

Another sea day in a brisker southwesterly: 217 commic terns and singles of GNDiver and Arctic Skua thru off the Bill in the mrng, 300+ Manx and 3 Arctic Skuas thru there in the evening. Grounded migrants incl Spot Flys at the Bill and East Wearem + 14 Sanderling, Knot and Grey Plover at Ferrybridge

— Portland Bird Observatory (@portlandbirdobs.bsky.social) May 26, 2024 at 22:46

27th May 

Late passerine passage still pretty dreadful - just 2 Spot Flys of note at the Bill today. Waders a little better with increase to 24 Sanderlings - together with 2 Knot, 2 Barwits and a Whimbrel over - at Ferrybridge. 2 GNDivers and 2 Arctic Skuas thru off the Bill.

— Portland Bird Observatory (@portlandbirdobs.bsky.social) May 27, 2024 at 22:56

Alexanders Straw Aethes deaurana a first for the Obs garden from last night's moth-traps; long expected/quite overdue since breeding was first confirmed elsewhere on the island - even before adults had been recorded - in 2022

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— Portland Bird Observatory (@portlandbirdobs.bsky.social) May 27, 2024 at 11:55

The Quarries around Wakeham, Portland 27 May: on the few pools plenty of Broad-bodied chasers - males protecting laying females - & surely it's toad spawn in the water. Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, a couple of Emperors. Lesser Whitethroat singing, Bloody-nosed beetles and Small Blues

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— Steve M (@steveweynature.bsky.social) May 28, 2024 at 21:12

28th May

Another shocker, with heavy rain at dawn, reduced visibility all day and a freshening wind through the afternoon. 2 Spot Flys, a Reed W and a Bcap new in at the Obs; 2 Balearic Shearwaters and an Arctic Skua thru off the Bill along with 200+ Manx Shearwaters. 21 Sanderling the best at Ferrybridge.

— Portland Bird Observatory (@portlandbirdobs.bsky.social) May 28, 2024 at 21:46