18th October

Clear skies and a freshening northeasterly were potent ingredients on the vismig front today, generating some strong passage that was at time tricky to comprehensively record what with there being movement over a very broad front at the Bill. The totals from the Obs included 655 Linnets, 450 Meadow Pipits, 230 Goldfinches, 166 alba wagtails, 163 Skylarks, 120 Wood Pigeons, 90 Chaffinches, 51 Jackdaws, 16 Reed Buntings, 15 Greenfinches, 10 Siskins and the likes of 6 Redpolls, 2 Woodlarks and a Merlin amongst the single figure totals; mainly lower totals from several other viewpoints likely included a lot of birds that weren't logged from the Obs. In comparison with the riches overhead it was relatively quiet on the ground: the Wryneck remained at the Bill but singles of Water Rail, Dartford Warbler and Firecrest were all that could be mustered by way of other minor oddities there. Three Balearic Shearwaters passed by off the Bill where more than 100 Mediterranean Gulls were again lingering.

After a couple of slow nights immigrant moth numbers picked up despite a dip in the temperature, with totals at the Obs that included 27 Rush Veneer, 17 Rusty-dot Pearl, 8 Turnip, 6 Delicate, 3 Scarce Bordered Straw, 3 Silver Y, an Olive-tree Pearl and a Vestal.