8th July

Sand Martin passage gathered a bit of momentum today, with 124 through over the Bill in the first few hours of the morning, but all the other movement there was offshore, including 240 Manx Shearwaters, 41 Common Scoter, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, a Great Crested Grebe and an Arctic Skua. The only other report was a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Southwell.

Overnight mothing ticked along in a similar vein to recent nights with good catches and a decent variety of mainly routine immigrants/strays; the best of the oddities was an Alder Moth at the Obs that is only the third record for the island.

With dedicated wardening and following the adoption of innovative management techniques the Ferrybridge Little Tern colony is going from strength to strength - this year is already the most successful in the modern era and the season's not over yet © Pete Saunders

With a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker about back in the spring it's perhaps not inconceivable that breeding's occurred somewhere on the island but we suspect this juvenile at Southwell is more likely a wanderer from the mainland © Pete Saunders: