5th November

Clear and mainly sunny but a real chill in the air today. The birds didn't seem to be unduly bothered by the slide in temperature and, bar visible passage perking up a little, it was relatively quiet. Chaffinches were prominent amongst the overhead movers, with 150 through at the Bill, but Wood Pigeons didn't get going to the extent that might have been expected: 800 headed south over Ferrybridge but very few made it out as far as the Bill; 12 Redpolls, 3 Merlins, a Common Buzzard and a Woodlark were among the back-up cast at the Bill. Odds and ends on the ground included the lingering Siberian Lesser Whitethroat at the Obs and a Woodcock at the Bill. Seawatch reports included 30 Brent Geese, a Red-throated Diver and an Arctic Skua off the Bill, whilst a Pintail was again at Ferrybridge.

Moth activity tailed off, with 7 Diamond-back Moth, 4 each of Rush Veneer and Silver Y, 2 Pearly Underwing, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Dark Sword Grass making up the immigrant tally at the Obs; elsewhere a Gem was trapped at the Grove.

It's been a poor autumn for Woodlarks so one that was actually settled for a while was appreciated: