23rd November

The morning once again kicked off with overhead passage of more than 1000 Wood Pigeons and 81 Chaffinches, with a tardy Swallow and single figure totals of Long-tailed TitsRedwings, BramblingsSiskins and Redpolls as worthy back-ups. It was relatively quiet on the ground bar a small influx of Black Redstarts that included at least seven south of Southwell; the Rosy Starling also remained at Easton. The sea was busier than in recent days with Common Gull passage surpassing 140 birds and Common Scoters also reaching a three figure total for the first time since early July; in terms of scarcer interest, a Long-tailed Duck west past the Bill was the first for the autumn, with 4 Pintail, a Great Skua and single figure totals of each of the three regular divers also of note. 

Overhead passage can be a mixed affair at this time of year, with today's eight Long-tailed Tits departing high out to sea quite likely a unique event in the history of vis-migging at the Bill © Joe Stockwell:

The almost daily pulses of visible migrants have been popular with the long-staying Merlin that's been on the prowl for potential victims most mornings just lately © Martin Cade: