29th November

On a day that had looked to be fizzling out quite uneventfully there were a couple of surprises during the afternoon when the 2 Pallas's Warblers reappeared in gardens at Weston after having escaped detection for a couple of days and a Cattle Egret flew past the Obs at dusk. New arrivals weren't at all numerous but did include a Short-eared Owl at the Bill, a Black-tailed Godwit at Ferrybridge and 10 Greylag Geese through overhead there. The Black Brant at Ferrybridge and Rosy Starling at Easton were the pick of the regulars that also included the Merlin and a Black Redstart at the Bill; another 2 Black Redstarts at Admiralty Quarry were an addition to the growing list of locations holding apparent wintering birds.

There are a lot of suitable secluded gardens in the Weston area that the Pallas's Warblers are presumably wandering about amongst © Duncan Walbridge:

Black-tailed Godwits are so much more regular at Ferrybridge these days than they used to be © Pete Saunders:

The Black Brant has been closely associating with - paired? - a Dark-bellied Brent whenever it's visited Ferrybridge this winter Pete Saunders: