15th November

A completely dry day was a novelty even if for the most part it remained pretty windy. The clear sky tempted a few migrants aloft, with 610 Wood Pigeons and 300 Goldfinches departing to the south from the Bill where 160 Starlings arrived in off the sea; another 1610 Starlings headed north over Blacknor. Grounded arrivals hardly featured on the land, with a Blackcap the only certain newcomer at the Obs; however, presumed winterers did include a spread of several Black Redstarts. The sea continued to provide interest, with a Grey Phalarope settled at Chesil Cove (belated news suggests there have been singles there on many recent days), 2 Sandwich Terns at Ferrybridge and several Great Northern Divers in Portland Harbour.

One of the Great Northern Divers over Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: