5th November

The first touch of frost of the season was testament to how clear it had remained overnight and how low the chances were of there having been any sort of arrival of nocturnal migrants; however, that was more than made up for by the steady procession of diurnal arrivals - largely thrushes and finches through the morning but later including some quality in the form of a Jay at Pennsylvania Castle, a Great White Egret north from the Bill to Easton and a last-gasp Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Obs. The trickle during the morning had included more than 100 Redwings through at the Bill, where the likes of 14 Bramblings, 4 Black Redstarts, 2 Snipe, 2 Redpolls and singles of WoodcockShort-eared OwlGreat Spotted WoodpeckerFirecrest and Bullfinch added some spice to the decent list of other seasonable fare. Three passing Brent Geese and a Great Northern Diver were worth a mention from the sea there.

The third Red-breasted Flycatcher this year that's turned up completely out of the blue in a mist-net at the Obs, all in circumstances that indicated they'd just dropped in late in the afternoon © Martin Cade:

Still a quality bird at Portland, this Great White Egret was big and obvious enough to be readily noticed twice more as it lumbered north from the Bill © Pete Saunders:

Calling from a tree-top - that just about sums up how you see the vast majority Redwings at Portland © Pete Saunders: