28th August

A far drearier day than had been anticipated which, in tandem with a brisk south-westerly and occasional drizzly spells, did nothing for the quality of the birding. Numbers on the land were reduced to just ones and twos of a few expected species, with singles of Redstart and Pied Flycatcher about the best on offer at the Bill. Ferrybridge fared better with reports of 4 Little Stints, 3 Sanderling, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, a Knot and a Whimbrel amongst the more regular fare. The sea got plenty of attention but returned nothing more than 9 Common Scoter, 5 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater and a Great Skua through off the Bill.

The strength of the wind spoilt overnight mothing, with the immigrant tally at the Obs consisting of just 25 Rusty-dot Pearl, 15 Rush Veneer, 6 Silver Y and 2 Diamond-back Moth.