13th November

An ultimately slightly disappointing day with an obvious if small arrival of common migrants on the ground being accompanied by nothing more exciting than an almost subliminal Serin that pitched into a treetop at the Obs for a few seconds before moving off with other finches. A flurry of new Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests were apparent both at the Bill and in many of the still leafy spots further up-island, whilst passing finch flocks and regular ones and twos of thrushes were a feature all day. Despite clear, sunny skies overhead the slack airflow and very damp atmosphere looked to have resulted in quantities of fog forming over the mainland that in turn scuppered conventional post-dawn visible passage, with not much more than 390 Wood Pigeons through over the Bill. The Wryneck, Cetti's Warbler, Dartford Warbler and Firecrest remained there, the Sabine's Gull lingered on off Chesil and a scatter of Black Redstarts were evident everywhere.