10th May

The pretty dreadful start to May continued with a remarkable dearth of grounded migrants and, despite wall to wall sunny skies, only a very limited diurnal passage; only considerable effort salvaged a modicum of interest from the sea. What little there was on the land included nothing in the least bit noteworthy, whilst the seawatch totals from the Bill included 500 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Whimbrel, 3 each of Great Northern Diver, Sanderling and Arctic Skua, and singles of Great Skua and Pomarine Skua.

Little Terns are arriving back at a steady rate at their breeding colony at Ferrybridge and it was interesting also to see mating Sandwich Terns there - we've often thought it odd that they don't breed somewhere in the area, but there's always a first time...© Mike Trew: 

The attractions of the opposite sex were also foremost in the minds of several butterflies - Green-veined White, Small Blue and Speckled Wood were all mating at Bottomcombe today © Ken Dolbear: