25th April

Despite the not too distant threat of rain at dawn there was only a rather modest flurry of common migrants on the ground, amongst which it was of minor note that Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler chipped in with 50 apiece, the former having been hitherto maybe under-represented this spring; nothing else managed a double figure on the ground there, although further interest came in the form of the continued presence of the Iceland Gull, whilst elsewhere the first 2 Spotted Flycatchers of the spring were at Southwell and singles of Little Ringed Plover and Curlew Sandpiper at Ferrybridge. Two Hobbys through at the Bill were the pick of the overhead passage, which at times included a steadier flow of Swallows than might have been expected given the conditions. Sea passage was relatively subdued although did include 12 Whimbrel, 6 Arctic Skuas, a Red-throated Diver and a Little Tern through off the Bill and 4 Arctic Skuas through off Chesil; a single Greenshank was amongst a variety of waders on the move over Ferrybridge.

Little Ringed Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher - Ferrybridge and Southwell © Brett Spencer Brett's Goosey Ganderings (Little Ringed Plover) and Pete Saunders (Curlew Sandpiper, Garden Warbler & Spotted Flycatcher)