5th November

Although there were a few new arrivals on the ground, of which a Yellow-browed Warbler at the former Weston Street Craft Centre was easily the best, today's clear skies and chilly northerly wind were perfect vis mig conditions and many of the usual suspects responded by putting on a decent show. Wood Pigeon passage was all over the place, with a strong mainly southerly push soon after dawn - including 5900 over the Bill - being replaced by a mainly northward trickle - including 1000 over Blacknor - through the middle of the day; Chaffinches and Starlings were the next most numerous migrant, with both well into the low hundreds and both heading in opposite directions - most the former were arriving from the south, whilst most of the latter were leaving out to sea. Although nothing else passed in quantity, variety was always a feature, with a frustratingly not-quite-clinched Olive-backed Pipit over Barleycrates Lane easily the best; at the Bill 4 Lapwings, 3 Bullfinches, 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Mistle Thrushes and singles of Snipe and Ring Ouzel were amongst the miscellany of thrushes, finches and Reed Buntings, whilst a Woodcock was of note over Ferrybridge. Much of what was logged on the ground looked to be lingerers, with the Black Brant and a Black-tailed Godwit at Ferrybridge and a scatter of Black Redstarts everywhere the best.

Butterflies still about in the sunshine included a Clouded Yellow at the Obs, where the overnight immigrant moth catch consisted of just 2 Silver Y and a Dark Sword Grass.