Friday, 6 May 2016

Portland day 6: Its all at sea

Sunny with high thin cloud, 14°, light to breezy E to NE.

Another disappointing day on the land with virtually no migrants in: 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Swallow passage started early at around 07:00 and continued most of the day but in small numbers, also a few House Martin in.

The sea however made up the bulk of the days birds: 22 Common Scoter, c200 Gannet, 35 Manx Shearwater, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 50+ “Commic” Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 3 Black Tern, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Arctic Skua and 17 Pomarine Skua (incl of flock of 9 that flew from Chesil cove and passed the bill at c19:45, thanks to Martin Cade and Joe Stockwell for phoning through the info).

Dragonflies: Broad-bodied Chaser.

Butterflies: Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

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