24th November

A cloudy but perfectly calm day meant the nets could be opened for the first time in 5 days. The drop in wind meant the bands of threatening rain were held firmly over the continent and a shower-free morning brought a small incoming of Firecrests, Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs. Elsewhere on the island there was little evidence of any new migrants appearing with most of the usual suspects putting in an appearance. However, a Merlin chasing the Dunlin at Ferrybridge was a nice addition to the day tallies as well as a second Black-necked Grebe in the harbour and a Water Rail at Culverwell. 

A total of four Firecrests were in the garden including an individual ringed here on the 26th September that hasn't been recorded since that date. Where has this elusive bird been? ©  Erin Taylor:

The Merlin had a large selection of prey choice today with the wader tallies of Dunlin and Ringed Plover reaching 97 and 63 respectively ©  Pete Saunders: 

A nice little selection of winter specialties were recorded including Redwings, Song Thrushes and Bramblings ©  Debby Saunders: