29th September

As forecast, a much fairer day albeit still pretty brisk throughout. Despite the wind veering towards the northwest it was the sea that stole the show at the Bill, with Balearic Shearwaters moving strongly for the first couple of hours of the morning when 225 were logged heading west; a steady passage of Gannets and Kittiwakes totalled 300 and 258 respectively, whilst some quality came in the form of two Arctic Skuas and singles of Sooty Shearwater, Long-tailed Skua and Arctic Tern. Overhead passage was conspicuous for a while, with 600 Meadow Pipits, 250 Swallows and 8 Siskins amongst the miscellany on the move over the Bill, but it remained quiet on the ground with 20 Wheatears the best on offer there.

 Grounded migrants have been really sparse this week with Wheatears providing some of the only variety amongst the seasonable spread of Meadow Pipits and alba wagtails © Martin Cade: