24th October

The forecast rain through the morning came to nothing and most attention was given to the sea, where yesterday evening's sea passage off the Bill continued; coverage of pretty well the whole day came up with totals that included 50 Arctic Skuas, 16 Common Scoter, 9 Pomarine Skuas, 6 Brent Geese, 3 Great Skuas and a Sooty Shearwater. With precious little evidence of new arrivals most of the interest on the land concerned lingerers, with singles of Merlin, Short-eared Owl, Reed Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff at the Bill, a Tree Pipit and the Yellow-browed Warbler at Avalanche Road, a Ring Ouzel at Cheyne and 1260 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 250 Mediterranean Gulls at Ferrybridge.

At least 2 Painted Ladys at the Obs were thought to be new arrivals, whilst several Clouded Yellows were also still on the wing. Six Rusty-dot Pearl and a Silver Y were the only immigrant moths caught overnight at the Obs.