2nd November

Once early fog had burnt off today was as nice a November day as it's possible to get, with a millpond calm sea and shirt-sleeves warmth. Sadly, the weather mix wasn't up to much when it came to producing birds: a few new Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests dropped in and another light trickle of finches and a few thrushes passed over but there were was precious little by way of a surprise. The numbers were again overhead, with 26 Siskins, 24 Redpolls, 14 Bramblings, 5 Little Egrets, 3 Fieldfares and a Golden Plover the best over the Bill, where at least 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps and 2 Goldcrests were new and 4 Firecrests lingered on. Ferrybridge totals included 1900 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 5 Pale-bellied Brents and a Sanderling.

Butterflies featured well in the warm sunshine: Red Admirals were relatively numerous everywhere and Clouded Yellow, Green-veined White, Large White, Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell were all logged at the Bill.

The immigrant moth tally at the Obs consisted of 12 Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Silver Y and a Cosmopolitan.

One of several Clouded Yellows on the wing at the Bill today © Geoff Orton: