22nd October

A drier and still extremely mild day that came up with plenty of variety if not out and out numbers. What numbers there were were overhead where vismig sessions at two watchpoints at the Bill looked to be tapping into entirely separate streams of departing migrants; combined totals from these watches included 610 Meadow Pipits, 562 Linnets, 454 Starlings, 381 Goldfinches, 377 Skylarks, 30 Chaffinches, 30 Siskins, 25 Swallows, 14 Cormorants, 11 Redwings, 10 Redpolls, 9 Reed Buntings, 6 Grey Wagtails, 2 Merlins, a Woodlark, a Brambling and a Bullfinch. Grounded arrivals were patchily distributed, with far more by way of warblers and Goldrests around the middle of the island than at the Bill; the Wryneck remained at the Bill, whilst a scatter of at least 7 Black Redstarts, 3 Firecrests and singles of Ring Ouzel, Cetti's Warbler and Dartford Warbler, together with tardy singles of Whinchat, Redstart and Reed Warbler provided further interest. Sea interest consisted of 14 Dark-bellied Brents, 11 Common Scoter, 6 Velvet Scoter and 2 Balearic Shearwaters through off the Bill.

On a very breezy night immigrant moth numbers fell right away but by day a Crimson Speckled was a nice find at the Bill.