18th October

A wild night saw to it the new arrivals were few and far between on the land and even the sea-birds weren't up to battling their way through the howling gale that continued to throw icy showers our way throughout the daylight hours. Visitors struck gold with a Melodious Warbler and a likely Dusky Warbler in the Avalanche Road hump area but both eluded later searchers; otherwise the best on offer were a Little Stint still at Ferrybridge, 3 Firecrests and 2 Merlins at the Bill and singles of Manx Shearwater and Arctic Skua through on the sea there.