Weather-wise, a repeat of yesterday whilst on the bird front there was less in the way of both numbers and interest. A Red Kite
over Ferrybridge and a Continental Coal Tit
at the Bill were easily the best of the day's oddities, with 3 Little Ringed Plovers
over Chesil also a belated addition to the year list. Wheatears
topped 40 at the Bill but the two routine phylloscs
were the only other common migrants even managing double figure totals there; 3 White Wagtails
, 2 Redpolls
and a Hobby
were of minor note at the Bill, with a late Merlin
of further interest over Chesil. In almost millpond calm conditions 3 Red-throated Divers
and singles of Great Skua
and Arctic Skua
passed through off the Bill, whilst 80 Whimbrel
and 15 Sanderling
were the best of a more varied passage off Chesil.
A single Brimstone
butterfly flying north along West Cliffs at the Bill had all the look of being an immigrant.
A single Rusty-dot Pearl
was the only immigrant moth trapped overnight at the Obs.
A window seat on a flight to Gibraltar provided a nice view of Portland bathed in sunshine today © Steve Copsey:
It's been a good spring for Coal Tits, with all those that have been sub-specifically identified - like today's bird on the Slopes at the Bill - proving to be ater
Continental birds © Erin Taylor:
The warm sunshine has at last seen butterflies on the wing in some quantity, with Orange-tip and Holly Blue both featuring today © Ken Dolbear: