7th September

A gentle northerly was very welcome indeed after a week of persistently gusty winds and the fact that it arrived in tandem with a mainly overcast sky even resulted in there being a decent little flurry of migrants. Nothing lingered long at the Bill but grounded totals there included 50 each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, whilst overhead Meadow Pipits topped 250 with 40 Yellow Wagtails, 20 Tree Pipits and 15 Grey Wagtails providing some a bit of variety. The Wryneck remained at the Obs Quarry but quality on the land was otherwise limited to a passing Hobby at the Bill. The sea remained worth attention, with 35 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Arctic Terns and 4 Arctic Skuas through off the Bill.

Spotted Flycatchers were quite well represented, with 10 or so scattered about at the Bill/Southwell - this one was in a garden at Southwell © Nick Stantiford: