18th July

A bit of a miscellany today with, amongst other things, hirundines moving in some quantity into the brisk easterly that had sprung up ahead of thundery rain crossing the Channel and an increase in wader numbers once the rain arrived: the hirundine tally reached 300 of both Swallow and Sand Martin through over Ferrybridge, whilst the waders there in the evening included 204 Dunlin and 15 Sanderling (with 3 Redshank also there earlier in the day). A Yellow Wagtail dropped in at Southwell but the only other interest on the land concerned at least 2 Yellow-legged Gulls that joined the Herring Gulls feasting on a hatch of ants in the beach hut fields at the Bill. A Balearic Shearwater lingered off the Bill for much of the day, with 77 Common Scoter and 2 Shelduck also passing by there.

The overnight moth catch was also quite varied, with the highlight being single Lesser-spotted Pinions at both Weston and the Grove.

Aerial activity at Ferrybridge included many freshly fledged Little Terns and the perhaps inevitable patrolling Peregrine © Pete Saunders: 

The day's Yellow Wagtail dropped in very briefly at Southwell © Nick Stantiford: 

The two Lesser-spotted Pinions constitute only the fourth and fifth island records; this was the Grove individual © Martin Cade: