20th November

Still dribs and drabs of passage to tap into today, even if what was logged by day was but a tiny proportion of what was on the move overnight - we've only had time to examine the first four hours of the night's nocmig recording but that revealed 1170 Redwing calls over the Obs between 20:30 and 00:30. By day, none of the customary thrushes and finches managed a three figure total at the Bill, with the likes of Fieldfare, Brambling and Siskin not even making it into double figures; 330 Starlings arrived from the south, two Merlins were again on the prowl for victims and singles of Snipe, Carrion Crow (arriving from the south) and Woodlark (trapped in the Obs garden where it had presumably dropped in to avoid a predator) were also of note overhead. On the ground, single Siberian Chiffchaffs were at the Obs and Wakeham, a Jay was at Wakeham and 2 Black Redstarts were still at the Bill. Three Brent Geese, 2 Red-throated Divers and a Red-breasted Merganser passed through off the Bill.

Woodlarks have more than enough quirky bits of plumage to be seriously interesting little things if you're fortunate enough to see one in these circumstances; this one was only the second ever handled at the Bill © Martin Cade: