6th November

With the prospect of the wind changing to a south-easterly over night. it was with a twinge of disappointment that the Bill list couldn't be extended further. A fall of Goldcrests, particularly within the Obs garden, resulted in the capture of 26 individuals. The finches failed to materialize in any great numbers with thirty Chaffinches joined by seven Redpolls, five Siskins and a lone Brambling. Away from the Bill, an early morning sighting of a Cattle Egret was presumably yesterday's bird and had the title of 'bird of the day' stolen by a ring-tail Hen Harrier heading in over Chesil Cove; one of the Yellow-browed Warblers also remained at Southwell. Additional species included a smattering of Black Redstarts and a lone Firecrest amongst the Goldcrest flocks in the centre of the island.