18th October

Storm Babet proved to be far too tempestuous to do us any good - in fact the quantities of rain that fell meant for the most part staying indoors was the only option. A few short windows of opportunity during the morning revealed the presence of some new arrivals at the Bill, including 5 Snipe, a few thrushes, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, and singles of Firecrest and Brambling, whilst the sea there came up with singles of Red-throated Diver, Pintail, Arctic Skua, Little Gull and Common Tern amongst others. The Pale-bellied Brent Goose was again at Ferrybridge/Hamm Beach, along with 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Sanderling, a Common Scoter and 500 passing Starlings.

Scenes from a stormy Portland Harbour and Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: