26th September

Persistent gale-force winds and sporadic but drenching showers dominated the day, however it was not a day wasted and persistence paid off for one hard-working birder as a Richard's Pipit was heard amongst the many thousands of Meadow Pipits passing through the Bill. Aside from the huge pipit movement, the south of the island was livelier than of late with two new Firecrests trapped at the Obs, eight Grey Wagtails over, a Spotted Flycatcher along the east cliffs and a Redstart at Reap Lane. The sea continued yesterdays form with 142 Balearic Shearwaters throughout the day, two Arctic Skuas, a Bonxie and a small passage of Kittiwakes accompanied by an impressive flock of feeding Gannets.