17th November

Dreary, mild and breezy conditions weren't conducive for a repeat of yesterday's finch passage and no more than a few small flocks of Goldfinches and a single Brambling were logged over the Bill. It was just as uneventful there on the ground, with a new Chiffchaff and odd lingerers including 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Goldcrests and a Blackcap of note; elsewhere, a Water Rail was new at Southwell, the Rosy Starling remained at Easton and a Yellow-browed Warbler at Pennsylvania Castle may or may not have been another lingerer resurfacing. As usual, it was busier on the water, with 1240 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and the Black Brant at Ferrybridge, a Red-throated Diver through there, singles of Red-throated and Black-throated Divers in Portland Harbour and 6 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill. 

Late news for yesterday: evidently, 3 Avocets dropped in at some time at Ferrybridge.

This morning's Red-throated Diver over Ferrybridge and a Great Northern Diver from there from a few days ago © Pete Saunders: