27th June

The promised rain held off until well towards midday allowing for some decent coverage. The Common Rosefinch showed up again at Southwell and provided the rarity interest but the day's list was otherwise full of signs of early autumn. Mediterranean Gull numbers have been building for a while and the first three figure total of the season was logged at Ferrybridge; at least 40 also passed through off the Bill, where 239 Common Scoter, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 Balearic Shearwaters and a Great Skua also made the tally. The land was relatively quiet, with singles of Lapwing and Chiffchaff the only arrivals at the Bill.

In lovely still conditions overnight moth-trapping was busy but immigrant numbers were inexplicably low, with a Small Marbled at the Grove the best of the oddities; a White Satin was a good island record at Weston.

Once a great rarity here, White Satin has become an almost expected oddity during periods of mid-summer immigration/dispersal © Duncan Walbridge/Martin Cade:

And we'd got behind with a few butterfly photos from the weekend; these mating Marbled Whites and Silver-studded Blues include a pair of the latter with a deformed female - fortunately, since their numbers look to be at a really low ebb this year, she seems to be making the best of getting the job done © Ken Dolbear: