19th September

Migration continued to tick over in a largely uneventful manner, with a Cetti's Warbler at the Obs the day's only out of the ordinary arrival; the first Goldcrest of the autumn was at Southwell whilst the first four Dark-bellied Brent Geese of the season passed by off the Bill. Chiffchaffs made up the bulk of the numbers on the ground, with a good 70 at the Bill and plenty more elsewhere; Blackcaps are beginning to feature more prominently - including 30 at the Bill - but variety was rather limited on the ground where several of the maybe expected mid-autumn migrants were absentees. Despite predominantly clear skies overhead passage consisted of little more than a trickle of Meadow Pipits and hirundines, with singles of Little Egret over the Bill and Golden Plover over Southwell providing the only minor interest. At least 11 Balearic Shearwaters passed through or lingered off the Bill.