8th September

A much quieter day than of late with the promised thundery rain amounting to no more than a 20 minute light shower at midday that arrived far too late to have any beneficial effect migrant-wise. Only one of the recent Wrynecks lingered at the Bill where grounded Wheatears and passing Swallows again provided all the numbers; a Mistle Thrush was a minor oddity there but for the most part common migrants were reduced to just low single figure totals. The sea didn't fare any better, with just 3 Balearic Shearwaters through off the Bill.

The beginnings of overhead autumn passage of Grey Wagtails has been apparent for a while although numbers have so far been on the low side; this one was the first that's dropped onto a garden pond at Southwell - a pretty regular spot for them at this time of year © Nick Stantiford: