5th November

A day to forget, with a dreary, windy and birdless morning giving way to a very wet, unbirdable afternoon. Despite quantities of Redwings being audible in the swirling drizzle overnight, at dawn it was soon evident that precious little at all had dropped in and much of what had been around in recent days had cleared out. Black Redstarts included 3 at both the Bill and Blacknor and a single at Reap Lane, but among the commoner migrants no more than single figure totals of Redwing, Blackcap and Goldcrest made the log at the Bill.

Immigrant moth numbers held up quite well, with 25 Rush Veneer, 15 Silver Y, 7 Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 each of Dark Sword Grass and Scarce Bordered Straw, and singles of Diamond-back Moth, Olive-tree Pearl, Gem, Spruce Carpet, Hummingbird Hawk-moth and Pearly Underwing at the Obs.