22nd September

A clear night interspersed with drizzly showers and the ever-longed for south-east wind meant expectations were high for the morning, however the persistent early morning rain meant that little was found until mid-morning. Early signs were positive with multiple Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in the immediate vicinity closely followed by a Wryneck in the top fields, although it rapidly became clear that the bill was not the place to be and the rest of the island had more to share. Wakeham produced far more common migrants including Garden Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and three Goldcrests and over 50 Blackcaps were recorded at the north end. Although the 'big one' never appeared the sea was livelier than of late with one apiece of Great and Arctic Skuas, two Balearic Shearwaters and a handful of Common Scoter.