Yet another visit, my fifth this month, to the Shipley/Avon Dam area this month without either ring ouzel, redwing or fieldfare, which is most unusual. However, at first light, a noisy oystercatcher on the dam wall, a silent woodcock on the way up and seven roosting goosanders (including my first ad male of the autumn) provided some compensation. The oystercatcher, a Dartmoor rarity, was new for the site.