2nd November

A day of tranquillity with clear blue skies, not a breathe of wind and none of those pesky migrants to bother us. That's perhaps a little harsh for a day that produced four Yellow-browed Warblers but it was otherwise another day of scraping the barrel as far as visible migration went. Despite the appearance that all movement (however minimal) had ended by 10am, the day produced a couple of oddities later on including a pair of fly-by Velvet Scoters, a very tardy Swallow, and the first Bullfinch at the southern end of the island for the autumn. Finches were the only common migrants showing in any numbers with 23 Bramblings, 73 Chaffinches, 7 Redpolls and 24 Siskins.

At the Northern end of the island winter was rearing its ugly head with the beginnings of the wintering harbour birds with three Black-necked Grebes at Sandsfoot. Ferrybridge also had a distinctly wintery feel with 245 Brent Geese, 4 Goosanders and a Grey Plover.

At least one of the pair of Yellow-browed Warblers at the Reap Lane barns was obliging enough for a photo © Matt Ames: 

The four Goosanders at Ferrybridge were also accompanied by 9 Red-breasted Mergansers © Pete Saunders: