6th September

Clear skies and a brisk northwesterly saw Meadow Pipit passage get going for the first time this autumn but it remained very slow for grounded migrants. The day's tally of 3 Wrynecks at the Bill included a new arrival at the Obs Quarry (singles remained in the vicinity of Culverwell and in Top Fields) but, bar 3 White Wagtails, there was nothing else of particular note amongst the thin spread of grounded migrants. Meadow Pipits were heading through into the brisk breeze throughout the morning, with the day-sheet total of 250 over the Bill thought to be erring considerably on the conservative side; hirundines were also on the move in modest numbers, but 20 Grey Wagtails and 3 late-ish Swifts through over the Bill were the only other worthwhile overhead totals. Seawatching at the Bill came up with 21 Balearic Shearwaters and a lone Great Skua, whilst 4 Black-tailed Godwits and singles of Yellow-legged Gull and Whimbrel were at Ferrybridge.

Moth numbers took a tumble, with the immigrant tally at the Obs dropping back into single figures; a single White-speck was the only noteworthy capture there.

The 'new' Obs Quarry Wryneck © Tony Hovell (upper still), Martin King (lower still) and Martin Cade (video):

Also at the Bill, a White Wagtail from today and a Common Sandpiper from earlier in the week © Keith Pritchard: