21st November

Bearing in mind the unbirdable lashing rain and wind that was a feature for the best part of the day there were some decent birds on offer on the odd occasions it was possible to watch from shelter or venture outside. A Caspian Gull that showed up towards dusk amongst the storm-driven Great Black-backs below Culverwell was the pick of the new arrivals, with 3 Blackcaps and a Redwing also new in at the Bill and the Siberian Lesser Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff still about there; offshore, Kittiwakes looked to be on the move in some numbers whenever the sea was visible. The Barn Owl was again at Southwell at dawn and 22 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Pale-bellied Brents, the Black Brant and a Knot were at Ferrybridge.

A lone Rusty-dot Pearl provided the only immigrant interest amongst the handful of resident moths that made it into the Obs traps overnight.

Both the Barn Owl and Black Brant put on decent shows during the morning © Pete Saunders:

Unfortunately the Caspian Gull was discovered right at the end of the day when the light was failing and it was only possible to get some really long range record shots of it...

...and it chose to fly off just as it started belting down with rain for the umpteenth time: