27th September

The impeding passing of Storm Agnes brought with it an ever-freshening southerly but, for long periods at least, far less cloud than might have been expected and overhead passage was the day's main feature. Swallows were streaming through both at Ferrybridge and the Bill, with a sample count at the latter of 2750 in 90 minutes giving a good indication of the volume of movement at its peak; Meadow Pipits were also on the move in quantity but they looked to be taking a subtly different track that didn't lend itself to straightforward counting, whilst the morning's other prominent mover was Great Black-backed Gull, with 288 south at the Bill. After a largely clear, moonlit night grounded migrants weren't a feature, with no more than odds and ends of expected fare everywhere. The island's waters weren't graced with even a fraction of the seabirds logged further west: the tally at the Bill of 22 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Skuas and a Grey Phalarope was, with the exception of the latter, barely worth a mention.