21st November

If yesterday's visible passage was straightforward to get amongst with nearly everything moving along a relatively narrow corridor then today's taking place under clear skies and in a blasting, cold northerly was all over the place and very difficult to count. Wood Pigeon was the day's stand out species, as much because the majority of the 5000 or so logged were moving at low level; a few larger flocks did leave high to the south but smaller flocks beating in off the sea or heading through further up-island were a feature all day (the last flock was actually spotted coming in off the sea at the Bill just as the sun was setting). Chaffinch and Goldfinch both totalled around 200, with Lesser Black-backed Gull and Meadow Pipit both still on the move in lower numbers; amongst the single figure totals a Yellow-legged Gull through over Blacknor and singles of Merlin and Golden Plover over the Bill were of note. Yesterday's single Barnacle Goose showed up briefly again at the Bill where a single Short-eared Owl was also still about, whilst at least 4 Black Redstarts were also still scattered around wintering spots. The offshore wind restricted sea sightings to 9 Common Scoter, 4 Brent Geese and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers through off the Bill.