17th November

A reminder that there's an In Focus field event at the Obs between 10am and 4pm this Sunday, 20th November.

Wind and rain restricted opportunities for meaningful fieldwork today but there a few odds and ends about to keep interest going. The sea got plenty of attention although rewards were pretty meagre with just 8 Common Scoter and a Pomarine Skua through off the Bill and a Great Skua through at Chesil Cove. Ferrybridge was still extremely busy with Brent Geese and Mediterranean Gulls but 12 Goosanders that pitched in for a while and 8 Pintail that flew through were the only oddities on offer. The only reports from the land were of 10 Redwings, 7 Fieldfares and 2 Black Redstarts at Portland Castle and a Chiffchaff at Southwell.

There was plenty more Brent Goose action at Ferrybridge this morning © Pete Saunders: