16th September

A similar day to yesterday saw the lovely birding conditions of the morning gradually give way to an afternoon spoilt by some hefty showers tracking south from the mainland. Both the Wryneck at the Obs Quarry and the Hoopoe at Southwell were still about but the good spread of grounded and overflying Meadow Pipits and passing hirundines - the former numbered well into four figures at the Bill alone whilst the latter (amongst which all three species were well represented) included several strong pulses of hundreds at a time either side of midday - didn't give an altogether representative view of migration in general, since it remained decidedly quieter that might be hoped. Wheatears, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were quite well spread everywhere even if not especially numerous, but quality didn't get beyond the level of  single Hobbys over the Bill and Blacknor, single Ring Ouzels at the Bill and Bumpers Lane and 2 Little Stints at Ferrybridge.

With the conditions looking pretty unappealing for immigrant moths we've cut right back to running just two traps at the Obs and none at all at the Grove for the last week or so. The overnight immigrant tally at the Obs consisted of just 2 each of Rusty-dot Pearl and Rush Veneer, and singles of Pearly Underwing and Silver Y.

What is it with Wrynecks and the Obs Quarry? - surely there's no other single spot in Britain that's more of a magnet for long-staying, showy Wrynecks than this outwardly undistinguished location © Peter Moore petermooreblog:

More routine fare today included plenty of Wheatears © Peter Moore petermooreblog:

...and a handful of Whinchats © Pete Saunders: