11th May

In a brisk southeasterly the sea was watched almost for the duration but, sadly, failed to live up to the billing with totals for the Bill comprising 1787 Manx Shearwaters, 803 Gannets, 166 Kittiwakes, 123 Common Scoter, 57 commic terns, 13 Whimbrel, 7 Great Northern Divers, 5 Arctic Skuas, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Great Skuas and singles of Black-throated Diver, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Gull and Arctic Tern. The migration hiatus continued on the land where there were fewer new arrivals than on any day this week and only c100 Swallows arrived in off the sea at the Bill during one observer's nine hour seawatch; elsewhere, the Continental Coal Tit remained at Pennsylvania Castle and 3 Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel were settled at Ferrybridge.

A Roe Deer was at Ferrybridge early in the morning.

Singles of Dark Sword Grass and Silver Y were the only immigrant moths trapped overnight at the Obs.

One of the day's Arctic Skuas © Joe Stockwell: 

One of the West Cliff Fulmars © Ted Pressey...

...and our current Public Enemy No 1: the Guillemot egg-stealing Raven © Ted Pressey: