After the 'purple' finish to last month (Wryneck, Tree Sparrow, Brent Goose and Sabine's Gull) it was always likely there would be a dip to start September. There was, but under an overcast sky and continuing chill north east breeze, I made an early start for Portland. At Barleycrates the tone of the walk was set with just 4 dozen Swallows, c8 Wheatear, c5 Sand Martin along with 2 each of Raven and Peregrine. Things did brighten a little as I flushed a Grasshopper Warbler from the weed field close to the Privet Hedge and 'heard' another (a 'hat trick') in the Sun Flower field opposite the Observatory. My joy was short lived as announcing to all and sundry at the Obs and making note on the daily record sheet of the Warblers to find that the song was coming from a 'tape lure' and not a Gropper!
Little in the Moth Traps as well,with just this poor shot of a ROSY RUSTIC, so to cut my losses it was hot foot to Ferry Bridge for the turn of the high tide.
On the way there was a Yellow Wagtail at Southwell, while at the Bridge the first signs of Zostra (Eel) Grass had been washed up on the foreshore which should be of benefit to the 'hundreds' of Brent Geese that will be arriving here all too soon.
The Paralympic Sailing started today,so no surprise to see the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team patrolling the Fleet, but the ebb was about to begin so time time to take up station at the high water mark.
Already there were a number of MEDITERRANEAN GULLs there
Shortly a SANDWICH TERN joined the throng while a further c2 passed over the Chesil Beach and into West Bay.
Having tripped over the laptop lead and severed the connection yesterday evening (sober I might add) and now reduced to the 'tablet', it was just easier to download all the photographs after editing, hence the array.
Small Waders started to arrive, including c5 SANDERLING about 100 Ringed Plover
Some still maintain traces of summer plumage,
and here are the Stats after another good month.