16th November

If the whole morning hadn't been an unbirdable washout another waft of easterly today looked as though it might have had something of interest up its sleeve, with limited coverage during the afternoon coming with a fair spread of new arrivals. There were no particular surprises amongst what was uncovered, but a Goosander and 2 Black-tailed Godwits at Ferrybridge, a Swallow at Broadcroft and the scatter of new thrushes and Robins, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Brambling at the Bill all gave hope that autumn's far from over. Additionally, lingerers and/or winterers still about included 7 Purple Sandpipers, 4 Black Redstarts and a Merlin at the Bill and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Ferrybridge. Twenty Common Scoter, 6 Brent Geese and singles of Red-throated and Great Northern Divers passed by on the sea at the Bill.

The Goosander and one of the Black-tailed Godwits at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: