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The wonderful settled weather in September allowed birds to migrate south with little interruption; lovely for them and fruit growers, but somewhat boring for birdwatchers.

In October we watch for deep Atlantic depressions in anticipation of migrants from the other side. Swept up by hurricane Gonzalo three American Cuckoos, making their way from North to South America for the winter were deposited in Ireland and West Scotland - an extraordinary feat of survival - Alastair Henderson