16th November

A seemingly unlikely day for such an event provided a top notch migration spectacle as Wood Pigeons again streamed off the mainland and attempted to leave across the Channel. The conditions were inclement enough for a time that some flocks dithered before heading away west or back north but it appeared as though most did eventually get away to the south; the fullest coverage came from the Bill where a minimum of 25000 passed through. Tardy finches were also on the move, with 750 Goldfinches, 300 Chaffinches and 2 Bramblings south over the Bill, whilst singles of Redwing and Fieldfare dropped in there and another 3 Redwings were at Reap Lane. Lingerers still about included singles of Short-eared Owl and Firecrest at the Bill and single Black Redstarts at Reap Lane and Blacknor. Ferrybridge came up 380 Mediterranean Gulls, 12 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and singles of Wigeon, Kittiwake and Yellow-legged Gull, whilst singles of Sooty Shearwater and Brent Goose passed through off the Bill.

Two Rusty-dot Pearl were among the very few moths caught overnight at the Obs.

Wood Pigeons, Kittiwake, Yellow-legged Gull and Wigeon - Portland Bill and Ferrybridge, 16th November 2015 © Martin Cade (Wood Pigeons), Debby Saunders (Kittiwake) and Pete Saunders (Yellow-legged Gull and Wigeon)