1st November

A rewarding if still largely damp and dreary start to the new month saw a Pallas's Warbler at Southwell and a Caspian Gull at Culverwell provide the day's rarity interest. At least 6 Yellow-browed Warblers were scattered between the Bill and Weston, late singles of Ring Ouzel, Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler were all logged, whilst common migrant totals from the centre and south of the island included c250 Goldcrests and 20 each of Black Redstart and Firecrest.

The Pallas's Warbler was only a relatively brief early morning visitor to Sweethill © Pete Saunders...

...but later what was presumed to be the same bird was found a few hundred metres away at Avalanche Road where it lingered - albeit often rather elusively - for the rest of the day © Martin Cade:

Another day, another Caspian Gull: this one followed to the tee the occurrence pattern we mentioned yesterday and stayed only long enough in the Culverwell gull flock to be witnessed by its finder © Keith Pritchard:

This Sedge Warbler certainly wasn't what would have been expected from the Crown Estate Field mist-nets today - we think it's the latest Portland record © Martin Cade:

There was a nice selection of other migrants to get amongst today; Redwing © Nick Stantiford...

...and Brambling © Joe Stockwell