6th November

With a milder, breezy southwesterly replacing the cool northerlies of the latter half of the week migrant numbers fell away today. The first Jay to reach the Bill during the current influx was the best of the oddities, whilst flocks of 600 Starlings and 70 Chaffinches arriving in off the sea did hint at ongoing movement that wasn't really being picked up on the ground that looked to be very quiet; the Hen Harrier also reappeared at the Bill after missing another day yesterday, the Treecreeper was again at Pennsylvania Castle, 2 Firecrests , a Merlin, a Black Redstart and a Bullfinch were dotted about and a Pochard passed through off the Bill. These minor highlights aside, sample migrant totals at the Bill included 9 Redwings, 4 Fieldfares, 3 Swallows and 3 Siskins.

Although not an annual visitor to Portland the cumulative all-time total for the island is actually quite high by virtue of multiple occurrences during influx years; catches for ringing though are much more infrequent: today's bird was only the fifth ever handled at the Obs © Martin Cade:

The Merlin over Southwell © Pete Saunders: