11th November

With the impending storm heading this way, it felt very much like the autumn was coming to an end today. Wall to wall grey skies coupled with a steadily encroaching gale made for increasingly difficult birding conditions. The sea produced a trickle of interest with the now regular quartet of Eiders joined by two Velvet Scoters, two Red-throated Divers and three Great Skuas. The winter waders also seem to have settled into their cold-weather routines with both Turnstones and Purple Sandpipers present on the rocks below the Bill. Elsewhere on the island, the harbour continued its form with four Black-necked Grebes (also seemingly set for the winter) and four Great Northern Divers. The Rosy Starling remained in Easton, now showing the signs of its future glorious regalia. 

Ferrybridge was busy with 680 Mediterranean Gulls (at times flushed by the training helicopters), 47 Ringed Plovers, 38 Dunlin and a lone Sanderling © Pete Saunders