29th September

Although conditions were far from ideal, with a murky night giving way to drizzly rain for a while after dawn, there were still remarkably few migrants about. Visible passage did get going to an extent, with Swallows, Meadow Pipits and a variety of finches - together with an attendant Merlin - departing in some quantity even in the rain, but numbers on the ground were pitiful for late September; both the Wryneck and Rosy Starling lingered on, as did a Firecrest at the Obs, but Wheatear was the only summer migrant that managed a double figure total at the Bill. At Ferrybridge the Dark-bellied Brent Goose total topped three figures for the first time this autumn but there was little change in wader numbers.

The strength of the wind spoilt overnight mothing, with immigrant numbers at the Obs dropping back to 18 Rush Veneer, 10 Rusty-dot Pearl and singles of Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Convolvulus Hawk-moth, Dark Sword Grass, Pearly Underwing, Delicate, Clancy's Rustic and Silver Y.