11th November

A much more birdy morning was a treat after things had slowed up over the last couple of days. Finches moving under the heavily overcast sky accounted for the bulk of the numbers, with 340 Chaffinches, 330 Goldfinches, 90 Linnets, 43 Bramblings, 26 Siskins and 18 Greenfinches south over the Bill; 2 Merlins were in attendance, whilst other odds and ends overhead included a 80 Stock Doves, 70 Starlings, a few Meadow Pipits and thrushes, a lone Ringed Plover and an incoming Short-eared Owl. Precious little was grounded, with a Siberian Chiffchaff at the Obs the only warbler logged in the Bill area, where 3 Short-eared Owls, a Black Redstart and the Jay were still about. Elsewhere, 5 Black-necked Grebes and a Great Northern Diver were in Portland Harbour, the Black Brant was again at Ferrybridge, a Rook headed south over Ferrybridge and a Black Redstart was at Southwell.

A series of sightings of Bluefin Tuna - several involving multiples (...shoals, schools, pods?) - were the first off the Bill for a while.