23rd July

A reminder that the next In Focus field event at the Obs takes place between 10am and 4pm this Saturday, 26th July.

Early departing migrants continued to make the most of the clear skies and settled conditions, with hirundines in particular coasting over Ferrybridge - where 125 Swallows and 100 Sand Martins were logged in quick time early in the morning - in quantity, a Yellow Wagtail over Southwell and 2 Sanderling and a Dunlin over the Bill were also of interest. On the ground the best of the bunch at the Bill were 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears, a Black Redstart and a Sedge Warbler, whilst Ferrybridge totals included 202 Mediterranean Gulls, 42 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling, a Whimbrel and a Black-tailed Godwit. Saewatching at the Bill came up with 33 Common Scoter, 7 Oystercatchers and a Balearic Shearwater.

Moth and butterfly news to follow later


Black-tailed Godwit and Mediterranean Gull - Ferrybridge, 23rd July © Pete Saunders