A sea-watch at Portland then a visit to Abbotsbury and a stop off at Ferrybridge on the return.
A breezy night with an electric storm at around 04:00, some rain then cloudy to start.
A 2 hour sea-watch produced a good number of Shearwaters and Skuas even though I missed the pick of the bunch of a Long-tailed Skua and Sooty Shearwater but I managed a few.
1 Great Skua, 8 Arctic Skua, c35 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 20+ Kittiwake and 3 Common Scoter.
Overhead migration was minimal and only a few Chiffchaff and Blackcap were around the Obs garden.
Abbotsbury, apart from the feral birds the following noted: Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Shelduck, Lapwing, Kingfisher, Swallow, Wheatear, Chiffchaff and Cetti’s Warbler.
As for others, a Whooper Swan, 2+ Wigeon, Bar-headed Goose, several Cinnamon Teal etc.
Ferrybridge: good numbers of Ringed Plover and Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Stint, Knot and 2 Ruff.
Butterflies: Red Admiral & Speckled Wood.
Little Egret (above & below)
Fox Moth caterpillar (courtesy Loren)
Whooper Swan courtesy Loren
Whiplash Rove Beetle courtesy Loren